Ancient civilizations called it the elixir of life. Milk and honey have been used for centuries to preserve youth, smooth and soothe the skin and as a natural hair shampoo that gently cleans and conditions. Although there are several milk and honey products available on the market, most also contain harsh and harmful chemicals that can cause sometimes severe health problems as well as dry out your skin and hair.
One of these chemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) a surfactant, is what makes shampoos, body washes, shaving creams and detergents foam. It is absorbed through the skin and can accumulate in internal organs. When combined with nitrogen based raw materials it forms nitrates, a known carcinogen and skin and eye irritant.
Consumers have been so conditioned to believe that soaps and shampoos have to foam in order to clean. This is simply not true. Milk and honey both have natural cleansing and antimicrobial properties that gently clean, condition and moisturize. They work so well together that additional ingredients are not necessary. This all natural, homemade milk and honey shampoo will leave your hair clean, soft and shiny. And chemical free.
In a blender, combine 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 whole cup milk. Blend. Of course, organic milk and honey are best because they are free of pesticides, bovine growth hormones and antibiotics.
Wet hair and squeeze out excess water. Pour a generous amount of the milk and honey shampoo into your hair. Work it through your hair from roots to end, and gently scrubbing your scalp, just as you would with a store bought shampoo. Remember, your milk and honey shampoo will not foam, but it will clean and condition. Rinse hair and style as usual.
You can still use your natural milk and honey shampoo when traveling. Purchase a small bottle of honey, a small whisk and a plastic mixing bowl or a squeeze bottle. You can buy a small carton of milk or order from room service and make your shampoo in your room. Whisk the ingredients in a bowl, or pour them into a squeeze bottle and shake until blended.
It may take up to two weeks for your hair and scalp to adjust to being cleaned without shampoo. During that time you may notice that your hair seems to be more oily than normal. If this happens, after shampooing you can work a little bit of apple cider vinegar through your hair and rinse.