Shampoo bars make take a little while to get used to, if you usually use liquid shampoo.
But despite a tiny bit of extra faff, they’re well worth it for the environmental benefits – because they don’t come in plastic bottles.
To buy them in shops, they’re a little more expensive than a cheaper shampoo brand, but they do last.
Metro.co.uk’s Laura Abernathy tried and tested the best on the market, and found she got her money’s worth – as it kept her hair cleaner for longer.
If you’re keen to try the trend yourself, you can make your own bar of shampoo with just a few simple ingredients.
Here’s how to make one yourself, with tips from Net Voucher Codes and a few YouTubers…
How to make your own shampoo bar by hand
Start with a soap base
There are a few different ready-made, meltable soap bases to choose from, which can be purchased via Amazon.
These form the base of your shampoo bar, and is what you’ll add other ingredients to.
YouTuber Our Oily House recommends one containing glycerin in the above video – to get the bubbly effect like regular shampoo.
Other types contain ingredients like shea butter (for softness), cocoa butter or coconut milk, which are often useful for damaged hair.
Once you’ve got some chunks of the soap base cut up, you’ll want to melt it on the hob, with a bit of water.
Alternatively, mix olive oil and pure coconut oil (200ml total) to act as a soap base, if you’d prefer not to prebuy.
Choose your ingredients
Next, you’ll need to add a ‘carrier oil’, such as olive, jojoba, coconut or grapeseed.
Drop in some shea butter, or a similar type of butter, to help keep hair soft (just a few tablespoons, or around 50ml). Melt them in, then add some essential oil.
Essential oils are good for adding a scent to your shampoo bar – and your hair post-wash.
There are dozens to pick from, but some of the best known include lavender, jasmine and tea tree. Use drops liberally: 15, 20 or 30 drops, depending on your preference.
Some shampoo recipes online like to mix a number of essential oils, not just for the pleasant smell, but for the benefits to your hair.
Naptural85 lists Vitamin E oil, plus lavender, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary and neem oil in her African Black Soap homemade shampoo tutorial.
Add to a mould and let them harden
Once you’ve got your mixture, you’ve essentially got your homemade shampoo ready to use.
But now you need to turn it into a bar, so you’ll need some kind of mould for this.
The best and most-used option is usually a silicon bar mould, which is readily available on sites like Amazon.
Pour the mixture into the moulds, then leave them to set in the fridge for several hours.
Credit: Original article published here.