After the recent hair care scares related to Bawang Shampoo, more and more people are turning to homemade shampoo recipe – even after product quality officials debunked the original reports of excess carcinogens.
According to one woman interviewed by Shanghai Daily, her reasons for creating her own shampoos are because she didn’t know which brand of shampoo to trust. Meanwhile, Dr. Wang Jiayuan of Shanghai Yueyang Hospital applauded the idea, as such ‘natural homemade’ hair care products will not have any side effects.
The report inspired us to check this out for ourselves – so we went a-‘head’ (pardon the pun!) and made some of our own shampoos. Here’s the best and worst of our “natural homemade” experiences:
The first we tried was called ‘egg head’. It involves beating an egg or two with some cold water, massaging it through the hair, and rinsing with tepid water to avoid scrambled egg in your hair. The recipe boasts leaving your locks shiny and soft; however, we were left with hair the smelt somewhat like wet dog. We kind of ignored the ‘tepid water’ warning and were further disappointed that no scrambled egg materialised. So much for killing two birds with one stone!
We continued our quest, though with all the various shampoo recipes out there, we decided to keep things simple Not only do some of the recipes sound like fancy cocktails (i.e. ‘lemongrass and vanilla’), but some of the ingredients seemed somewhat… hard to find. Unfortunately we were fresh out of castile soap and borax.
The second shampoo we used was a ‘sugar shampoo’. It involves mixing equal measures of sugar and honey, massaging through your hair, leaving it in for 10 minutes and then rinsing out. It was at the ten minute point that we buckled and ran crying to the bottle of ‘Head and Shoulders’ on the shelf. We were left sticky and messy. It even took a couple of washes with the shop bought stuff to sort us out.
And since we’d already washed our heads with the real stuff, it seemed too much of a shame to pour anything else on ourselves for the night. But, being the kind souls we are; decided to leave some recipes for our faithful readers to try:
How about ‘a-mayonnaising’? It involves smothering your head in, you guessed it, mayonnaise. Whack on a shower cap, leave it over night and bam, you’re left with sleek, strong hair…apparently. If not, then you’re left smelling like you work in a fast food joint.
Or there’s Beer Shampoo! It technically requires the use of regular shampoo too (which renders the whole carcinogens thing moot, we guess), but promises to “build up the hair shaft and repair any dry, sun damaged or over-processed hair.” Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of half-drunk bottles of Tsingtao.
More of a liquor fiend? Vodka apparently “cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.” You’ll also spend all day feeling – and smelling – like a Russian drunk.
If you don’t fancy those; how about using a ‘pritt stick’? No? Urine? Absolutely not!
If, in your quest for natural shampoos, you fancy checking out some of the wacky recipes we found, then go here. Although we have to admit, it’s probably not worth the hassle. Maybe you should just take the advice of some naturalists and just quit washing it with anything but water altogether.