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How to Make Sulphate Free Shampoo at Home?

How to make besan (chickpea flour) shampoo

 

Why sulphate free?

Sulphates are detergents used in shampoos to get rid of dirt and grease. But, they can be harsh and strip away the natural protective oils from your scalp and hair, resulting in dry flaky scalp, and lusterless hair.

And beware of term ‘plant derived’. Claims such as ‘sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) derived from coconut’ are nothing but a cute way to detracts the buyers from really knowing what they are using. All SLS is derived from vegetable oil, usually coconut, but it undergoes lots of processing involving one of the harshest chemicals – sulfuric acid – and is therefore classed as synthetic ingredient. So, there is nothing coconut-y about it.

What is the solution?

It’s pretty simple. Make your own shampoo!

When the word ‘shampoo’ comes to your mind you think of soap and lather. In fact the word shampoo comes from Hindi (Indian) word ‘champoo’, which itself is derived from the Sanskrit root capayati, which means to press, knead or rub. In India the term champoo was used for head massage, usually with some form of herb infused oil. And only after thorough oiling and massaging the hair would be washed. Ancient hair cleansers were made by mixing powdered herbs, medicated flowers, and water. Sometimes floral and herbal infusions were used.

Today the most important ritual of champoo or champi is nearly extinct, even from the place where it all started — India — and hair washing, using detergent based cleansers, is what people choose. Convenience for quality is the price you pay for a busy life.

Making Your Own Shampoo

There are some amazing ingredients in nature that make super hair cleanser and leave our hair clean, healthy, and smelling awesome. But be prepared to wash your hair with some atypical looking potions. These potions, though, will give you gorgeous hair, so they are worth trying out.

The shampoo recipe that I am going to share with you needs no pre-preparation. Most of the ingredients are not difficult to find – can be brought online or from an Indian shop.

To make this shampoo you will need – chickpea flour, orange peel powder, henna powder, and some honey.

Before we proceed on how to make let’s see what each ingredient has to offer:

Chickpea flour (Besan): Indian women have used chickpea flour and other lentil flours in hair care and beauty preparation for thousands of years. Rich in protein, chickpea flour will make your hair shiny and strong. It also cleans the hair very well.

Orange peel powder: The orange and other citrus peels help to gently exfoliate the dead skin and flakes on the scalp. It also balances your scalp pH and the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties may help with dandruff. Plus it smells uplifting and refreshing.

Henna: Henna coats the hair shaft, and adds body and luster and makes hair silky soft. Regular application will add reddish or brownish tinge (henna colour varies depending on where it was grown) to the hair. Also if you have grey hair then this shampoo is an easy answer to cover them.

Note: Those of you with lighter hair or coloured hair should avoid henna, as it will alter the colour.

Honey: Honey is very moisturizing and nourishing for your scalp and hair. It’s also a humectant – meaning it attracts and retains moisture – and therefore helps to condition the hair. Plus, its antiseptic effects will keep your scalp healthy and dandruff free.

How to Make Sulphate Free Shampoo at Home?

To make this shampoo you will need (These amounts are for mid-length hair):

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To make:

  • Put chickpea flour, orange peel powder, henna and fenugreek (if using) in a bowl.
  • Add warm water little by little and stir to form a semi thick to runny paste. And make sure there are no lumps
  • Finally add the honey and stir well. You can also add 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice instead of honey or both. Aloe vera is very moisturising and makes hair smoother and more manageable.
  • For natural fragrance, add 3 to 4 drops of essential oils of your choice, or choose from lavender, rosemary, peppermint, ylang ylang, or chamomile.

To use: Wet the hair. Massage into scalp and hair just like your normal shampoo, but don’t expect it to lather. Make sure all areas are covered. And be gentle, as a rough or rapid application may disturb the roots of your hair. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

Note: Even after you have rinsed well, there may be some shampoo bits remaining in your hair. But, do not worry as they will fall off as your hair dries and when you comb your hair. And Always use a wide tooth comb to untangle.

(Also read: 10 Best Natural Hair Cleansers: For Strong, Healthy, & Shiny Hair)

Natural Conditioner

If you hair feels clean and soft, then you do not need a conditioner. But if it doesn’t, then use a conditioning hair rinse.

I love using green tea conditioning rinse along with besan shampoo. Green it helps add extra shine and strength to your hair. Plus, some people claim that it helps to reduce hair loss. (Here’s how to make green tea rinse.)

You can also use any of your favorite herbal teas such as rosemary, lavender, chamomile, mint, marshmallow root and hibiscus to condition and add shine.  Feel free to experiment and see what works best for your hair.

You may also like: Ditch Conditioner, Use a Hair Rinse

Chickpea flour substitute: You can replace chickpea flour with mung flour (green gram), flax seeds flour or rye flour.

Make your own orange peel powder: Wash, dry, and peel orange. Eat the orange! Save the peel. Cut the peels into thin slices so they can dry faster. Spread all the peels on a tray and place under the sun to dry. You can also place them somewhere dry and warm. Turn daily until dry and crisp to touch. Grind into a fine powder. And your homemade orange peel powder is ready!

Enjoy your gorgeous hair!

 

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Sahana Kashyap says

Hey but this won’t work if you’ve oiled your hair right?

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    Minaz says

    It depends, if you have lightly oiled, it will remove the oil. Or you can use egg shampoo.

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Roxana Elena Roban says

Such a nice website! 🙏

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Saee Ajri says

Hey,
I am a college student and live at a hostel so i don’t have the time or resources to make this shampoo fresh every time i wash my hair. So can i store this shampoo and use it for a month or so?

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    Minaz says

    You can make a dry mix and store it.

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Miss Kanma says

Thanks for this wounderfull piece. Pls how can I get the ingredients( except honey and alovera)for the sulphate-free shampoo. Thanks

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Isha baghel says

How to prevent and make grey hair turned to black if i am a teenager??

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    Minaz says

    Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain antioxidants which keep grey hair away. Aim for 2-3 fruits, and vegetable for lunch as well as dinner. And potato and paneer is not vegetable 🙂
    Also check for any vitamin deficiency you may have: B12, Vitamin D

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Pinki Chakrabarti says

Hi Minaz,
I am going to try the sage tea for darkening my hair. My only concern is, could it cause allergy?
By the way I really like your natural hair treatments.
Thank you.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Pinki, I have not heard of sage tea causing allergy. But do a patch test if you are concerned.
    Also, read the safety precautions at the end of the post.

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daniela says

Hi Minaz, I am a little confused.. if I wash my hair every other day with besan/oatstraw and/or honey,aloe.. , can I use the reetha/marshmallow as rinse every time in between or is it too much? Thank you very much 🙂 Daniela

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    Minaz says

    You can use reetha/marshmallow as often as you like.

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      daniela says

      Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

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daniela says

Hi Minaz, could you plese tell me, what is the best way to use herbs/flour? I use herbs and flour in “powder” form and I am wondering, what gives me the most benefit ? The “powder” or if I use the “infusion” from it? Thank you very much ???? D

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    Minaz says

    Hi Daniela, what is your hair like? And what do you use them for?

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      daniela says

      I have thin hair and oily scalp and I have blonde highlights in my hair, so the highlighted part of my hair is a little damaged and frizzy. ( I know:( )
      I wash my hair with besan flour with some detangler ( I alternate marshmallow, oatstraw or slippery elm), sometimes I add honey and/or aloe, lemon/lime or orange peel, chamomile and/or lavender to my shampoo.
      1x/week mask with fennugreek/keffir and gelatin rinse. I did try other flours, but my hair was not clean, so I use only besan, that works perfectly.
      I also can’t use clays, amla and yucca, it gives me very itchy rash.

      Right now I am trying to wash my hair every other day, but the second day my hair is very oily. I did use dry shampoo on the second days, but I stoped that, because I was afraid to clog my scalp. I was also trying to use just rinse the second day, but it didn’t do anything. The hair was still oily.
      For about 2 weeks (since you write about the essential oils) I use a little jojoba oil with ylang and it seems to help with the oiliness, but it is only 2 weeks, so I can’t say yet …but I am hopeful 🙂
      Thank you very much for your time

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      Minaz says

      I am also not fond of dry shampoo, for the very reason that it can clog hair follicles. The way you are using besan shampoo is perfect. After fenugreek mask do a hair rinse with:
      1 tbsp marshmallow root, 1 tbsp chamomile, 1 soap nut.
      Use whole herbs and make a strong tea by boiling them for 10-15 mins in 2 cups of water. Adding soapnut will help with oiliness. You can use the same rinse in between shampoos.
      Let me know how this goes.

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      daniela says

      Great, thank you soo much, I’ll try that, it means the soap nut could be used every other day, correct? I used the soap nut a couple times just for washing clothes and I didn’t like it, because we have a very hard water and the clothes wasn’t clean, but I never used the my hair. I”ll try it and let you know. Thanks again 🙂

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DJ Aquino says

How much fenugreek powder do you add?

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    Minaz says

    Use 1 teaspoon.

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Pragya says

Can this be used on alternate days?

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    Minaz says

    No, use once a week.

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