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Haircare for the frugal

The state of the economy affects us all in different ways. Unfortunately for me, it’s affected my ability to be a product junkie. When regular visits to beauty supply stores are no longer in your budget, necessity truly becomes the mother of invention. You would be surprised how many organic hair care products you can create just by raiding your refrigerator and cabinets. And when you consider the cost of brand name organic shampoos and conditioners, you may just see the benefit of making these products yourself.

Many items you’re likely to already have in your fridge, such as yogurt, mayonnaise, eggs and honey are great for conditioners. Throw in some avocados and coconut milk and you can create a variety of conditioners. One of my favorite conditioner recipes consist of 1 avocado (peeled and mashed), about 8 oz. coconut milk and 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Although, any of the ingredients mentioned above can be combined to create a conditioner. Mayonnaise and eggs are ideal for deep conditioners because they are a great source of protein. I recommend using extra virgin olive oil in any conditioner you create because it’s a great moisturizer. Refrigerate any leftover conditioner and use it within three days. There’s nothing like a container of rancid conditioner to make you rethink this whole organic thing!

When it comes to making organic shampoos, I’m not a fan. Unless you wash your hair daily, it would probably be more convenient and less expensive to buy a bottle of organic shampoo. However, if you’re like me and you favor sulfate-free shampoos because they’re less harsh than regular shampoos but you have a hard time finding them, make your own! My favorite recipe calls for 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap and 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Some people choose to make homemade shampoo from tea bags and fresh herbs, but that’s a little too extra for my taste. I do, however, highly recommend dissolving a chunk of organic black soap in hot water if Castile soap isn’t available. If you plan to keep the shampoo longer than three days, add several drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, tea tree, rosemary, peppermint) to the shampoo to preserve it. Store the shampoo in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bottle for up to one month.

When it comes to some hair care products, you truly get what you pay for. Making your own shampoo and conditioner, however, is a great way to save money and avoid many of the harsh ingredients found in commercial products. But remember, always store homemade hair products in clear containers and check them before putting them on your hair. The only thing worse than rancid product in your refrigerator, is rancid product on your hair. Or so I’ve heard.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing