Photo: Make your own shampoo

If you can make tea, you can make shampoo. (Credit: Brooke MacDonald)

Try my eight simple hair-care recipes (including shampoo for your dog) to help you avoid toxic chemicals found in many hair products—from SLS and SLES to parabens and fragrance.

These DIY hair-care recipes are tested by moi. You'll find all the ingredients in your kitchen, a local health-food store or organic grocer, or in your garden. And, they take no more than five to 10 minutes to make, with surprisingly fantastic results!

Find my herbal tea shampoo recipe with a full list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. If you can make tea, you can make shampoo. It's great for weekly use for most hair types and works well with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

My shine rinse recipe is simple. Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with 16 cups of water. Store some of the concoction in a bottle in the shower. Apply it after you shampoo and rinse out well. Then, you can choose to condition or not. It's great at removing build-up and won't leave your locks smelling like salad dressing. And, you only need to use it once or twice a week.

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Would you also believe that plain baking soda works as an everyday shampoo? Simply mix it into a paste with water, work into your hair and then rinse out. You'll wonder why you hadn't tried it sooner (I promise). Great for adults and kids, too!

My DIY hair-care recipes will show you how to enjoy the benefits of natural ingredients in homemade cosmetics. Did you know that avocado—featured in my avocado hair mask recipe—is packed with protein and natural oils rich in vitamins A and B? Aloe juice or gel is an excellent moisturizer that enhances and accelerates skin cell growth. And witch hazel is a natural astringent and toner. Want more details? Check out all of my fun facts on homemade ingredients.

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