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Q/ I’m trying to cut down on my product consumption and would like a all-in-one for the shower to bathe and wash my hair with. I’m too sensitive to Philosophy and their products dry my hair out like crazy. I already use Dr. Bronner’s to shower with and around my house to clean. I’ve heard that you can use it but I wanted to ask you guys because I thought you may know. Can you (and should you even want to) wash your hair with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap?

A/ we are big fans of alternative ways to shampoo our natural hair. if you’ve been following this site for a while then you know that we are all about out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to hair and nothing is off limits if it works, is affordable and gives us consistent results over time.

we’ve washed our hair with castile soap before and most of us hated it at first which was a bummer because like you, a few of us also use it around our homes and wanted to get the most from the bottle. i have a love/hate experience with castile soap and i personally don’t use castile soap on my hair anymore, but if i did, i’d go back to the way i used to use it when i finally figured out how to stop it from stripping my hair which is the key here. you absolutely must dilute this soap (which is the reason for my love and hate – i lost patience for mixing it up).

there is no other way around it with castile soap. the directions on the bottle and bars make it very, very clear that it’s concentrated so pay close attention to that. trust me, i have tried it several times, and every time i was hard headed and did not compute that i must dilute, i ended up with dry and hard hair. though some women slap it straight onto their hair, we don’t recommend that. you can’t use undiluted castile soap like you would a regular shampoo and expect the same results. you’re going to need to mix it up which for me was about a 1:4 ratio – with about four parts soft water and milk and 1 part castile soap. please for the love of the hair gods, do not try to use this undiluted with hard water. you are just asking for nightmares.

so, can you wash your hair with dr bronner’s castile soap? yes, you can and to start, here is my old personal mix that leaves your hair shiny, soft and clean. full disclosure, i always eyeballed this but i also always put in an eight ounce bottle so i tried to get a close to my mix as possible.

2 heaping tablespoons raw, organic Honey or Agave Nectar
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
4 ounces Rosewater and Glycerin (this is much better than tap, trust me; again take note of the hard water advice above)
OR
4 ounces alcohol free Rosewater toner like Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Organic Aloe Vera
3 ounces Organic Coconut Milk or Cream
1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in a scent of your choice.

you can keep this in the fridge for up to two weeks. good luck!

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