Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY Sea Salt Shampoo

A few months ago I fell head over heels in love with Lush's Big Shampoo, a lovely sea salt clarifying shampoo that works to volumize your roots. Our love affair was cute short, however, after I got through my first container and was hit with the harsh reality of spending $27 on a repurchase. I know, I know, a bit hypocritical for a girl that will spend $67 on a tinted moisturizer, but there are just some times that I need to draw the line (albeit a hard line to cross).

Anyways, while perusing Pinterest a few days ago I came across a DIY for the Big Shampoo, courtesy of over at The Makeup Dummy (a lovely place for all your DIY needs). I decided to give it a try, mainly because it made up entirely of ingredients I already had around the house. So I took some liberties with the recipe, but here are the ingredients, as listed by her blog:
  • 6 tbsp. Coarse Sea Salt
  • Any kind of shampoo
  • 1.5 tbsp. Lemon or Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • Empty Container
Now, as I said, I took a few liberties with this recipe. For one, I used a shampoo that contained Coconut Oil, so I didn't add anymore to that. I also had some serious trial and error with how much Sea Salt to add - let's just say that at first I added so much that it felt like a hail storm when I used it in the shower.

For my container I used an old black tub from Lush (I love these things, so many different uses!), and I started my little experiment off by adding Sea Salt and Lime Juice, mixing, and then filling the rest of the container up with my Coconut Shampoo. Now this is the part where I should have let the concoction sit, mainly because the Sea Salt will soak in much of the Shampoo, instead of the two just being separate entities. It also will help you figure out how much Salt is necessary, because without letting the formula settle I kept adding more Sea Salt.

So while I had some definite little bumps in my DIY journey, I eventually did get the formula just right. And the results? Well they were just darn fantastic! It might not have worked exactly like the Big Shampoo, but after saving $27 I can certainly live with it. My hair felt cleansed, volumized and even a teensy bit wavy (a very difficult feat to achieve with my hair, mind you). Plus, it was kind of cool knowing exactly what was going into my shampoo (oh, and it smells like a pina colada, there's that too). Overall a super easy and fun DIY that I'm glad I did.



  1. My eyes have been peeled dry for years, I feel, trying to find the best sea salt spray for doing my hair after a good blow dry. Never thought about a shampoo before but this little DIY venture sounds fantastic! Have all the ingredients in except the sea salt, which I thiiiink might be kinda key, so I'll have to run out and get my hands on some o' that. Thanks for the tip! Rosemary X

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think if you give it a try! My hair tends to be a bit on the oily side, so for me sea salt shampoo has been a real lifesaver at giving volume to me!

  2. I absolutely love the smell of Lush's Big Shampoo, and I was also a bit skeptical about buying it because of the price tag. When I finally decided that I wanted to buy it, because I heard such good reviews on it, Lush disappeared from our country!! I am so happy you posted this DIY, I cant wait to make my own now.

    All She Needs

    1. Oh you'll have to let me know what you think! I hope it works out for you :)

  3. Thank you so much for trying one of my Beauty DIYs! :)

  4. There is not one thing that Lush sells that would ever inspire me to make it at home, but I must say that this is a tried and true method for chelating the hair. ;) The lemon juice is good for dark colors, as well as it will add some beautiful, healthy highlights. ;)


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