I am trying to figure out if it's possible to make my own shampoo; ultimately I would like to stay away from sulfates and a lot of the chemicals that are found in today's commercial shampoos.
I have had success with two herbs: yucca and soapwort. But that success extends only to getting my hair clean (yes, that is in fact the point
), but not with making real shampoo. This is b/c what I wind up with is soapy water, which is difficult to use. It would be really cool if there was a way to thicken it; cornstarch, arrowroot and xanthan gum haven't really worked out.
Do I need a surfactant here? I don't need anything to help with cleansing - again, the herb itself does a good job there. Is there a thickener I can just throw in, or do I need a thickener in conjunction with something else? Would it help to find a homemade recipe for shampoo to follow - even if it has some stuff in there I really don't want - at least as a starting point, and then work my way down from there?
Some time back, I found and still use a 'natural' liquid shampoo that is SLS and paraben free, and although the viscosity is not that of commercial shampoos, it's absolutely fine. If I can get there, I would be happy. Maybe I need something that is in that shampoo? I can list the ingredients if need be. The co. says the shampoo is hot or cold process soap with lye (that ok?) and oil, and that it does not require sulphates.
Any tips and pointers will be appreciated... thanks in advance.