DIY (Do It Yourself) shampoo recipes are very famous nowadays. However, the crave for easy and natural recipes made with ingredients that can be found in our kitchen, has lead to a large number of shared online recipes that simply won't work, and may even harm your hair.
A shampoo should Cleanse the hair, Close the cuticle and Balance the hair pH. It should help remove dirt and soil from the hair and scalp (sebum, dust and styling products). It should make sure that cuticle cells are laid flat, to be able to protect the underneath layers from being damaged. In order to close the cuticle and decrease the static electricity that causes tangles, a slightly acidic pH is needed.
How a shampoo works?
A shampoo is the primary haircare product, his primary function is to clean the hair and the scalp.
Everybody knows that oil and water don't mix. A shampoo works by surrounding and trapping the fat (oils) and lowering the surface tension so that the oils can be washed off with water. This process is just possible thanks to a substance called Surfactant.
Surfactant is a shorter term for Surface Active Agent. Without a surfactant, a shampoo just won't work, and this is the main reason why the majority of DIY shampoo recipes don't work, they rarely (if ever) include a surfactant.
There are some excellent, gentle and natural ingredients that can be used to provide all the surfactant properties without harsh effects. One of the reasons why DIY recipes usually don't work is that the people making them just don't know how essential surfactant is.
We'll soon have a full haircare range, a shampoo, hair mask, conditioner and a leave-in.
Amir Cosmetics Founder, Adiato Balde