Making your own beard wash is a great solution for avoiding the nasty chemicals loaded into many popular shampoos and hair-care products. Nature has its own cleansers, so why not put them to good use? Read ahead for a few great DIY beard shampoo recipes that you can make on your own.
Citrus Fruit Wash
This recipe for a very simple DYI beard shampoo involves literally whatever citrus fruits you can get your hands on. Lemons have a reputation for being one of nature’s cleansers, but limes, oranges and even grapefruits have a high enough citric acid content to eliminate toxins and waste from your hair follicles, and the skin underneath.
Simply squeeze some fresh citrus fruit into a bowl and dilute it with some hot water. Then, with a cloth, dab the solution on your beard and give it a light scrub. There’s no need to be too aggressive and risk damaging your beard, the citric acid and hot water do all the work here.
The citric acid will dry out your beard and skin in the process of cleaning it, so some may choose to incorporate some organic oils, like coconut oil or agave oil into the recipe. My preference is to benefit from the deep clean of the citrus wash first, and then moisturize afterwards, usually with castor oil for extra thickness. Either way, make sure you replenish moisture levels after using highly acidic natural materials.
No ‘Poo Method – Baking Soda + Apple Cider Vinegar
Baking soda has been used by naturalists since forever. It has a seemingly endless number of uses, and one of them is simple, effective DIY beard maintenance. Use the baking soda as you would some powdered soap. Massage it into your beard with some hot water, making sure to get deep down into the beard. The baking soda is a natural exfoliant, so will benefit your skin too.
After rinsing your beard clean, use the apple-cider vinegar as a natural conditioner. The apple-cider vinegar has a PH level similar to your hair and skin, so will provide restorative properties. Use your own discretion when applying the vinegar – some people prefer to dab it on gently with cotton wool, while others use a spray bottle. You don’t need much, so smell shouldn’t be an issue.
All Natural Luxury DIY Beard Shampoo
The first two methods have been simple, easy and straight-forward. However, if you want to create a luxury DIY beard shampoo that you can bottle and use regularly, then you may benefit from this little recipe.
- Distilled water
- Liquid castile soap
- Avocado oil (2 tsp)
- Peppermint oil (a few drops)
- Tea-tree oil (a few drops)
The amounts will depend on the size of the batch you want to create, but make sure there’s twice as much water as liquid soap.
This will look, smell and feel like an expensive shampoo, but is made from entirely natural, healthy ingredients. Keep it in an old shampoo bottle and just shake before every use. As always, you can use some apple cider vinegar afterwards to balance out the PH, before applying your regular oils or balm.
Photos: Citric Fruits by Ahmed Erol / unsplash.com