The yucca shrub grows abundantly here in the Southwest. The American Indians used the perennial shrub containing saponins for soap, the leaves and trunk fibers for starting fires, and leaves were made into cordage for basket weaving. To read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca
Follow through and I will show you how to make a herbal shampoo using the root of the yucca plant.
Step 1: Additional Information
I tried to use the root of a larger yucca shrub and the root was very hard and the soap did not produce much liquid. So I assume younger plants would yield more Sapiens. This shampoo works for cleaning, washing clothes, bathing, and as a personal shampoo. Another beauty about this shampoo is you can make it in the wild by placing a yucca leaf over a flat rock and pound the length of the leaf with another rock to release the suds. Then rinse the leaf in the river and roll the leaf between your fingers to form a cord, bending the cord in half a couple of times and use the cord for a wash cloth filled with suds!
Switching from a commercial product to an herbal one will be a challenging experience. This shampoo does lather nicely when you are making the shampoo, however it did not lather as much when I washed my hair. It cleaned my hair without stripping the natural oils and left it shiny and manageable. This has a natural woodsy herbal kind of smell. Not overly strong. My husband noticed a difference in the texture of my hair. He said that my hair smelled clean and natural with no perfume odor. I liked the simplicity of this recipe. I experimented with this recipe and found a way to make the shampoo in a gel form and add some colors and still keep the recipe simple.
I made some of the shampoo adding 1 package of Knox unflavored Gelatine and some fresh rose petals to the mixture and poured the mixture into an ice cube tray, and placed it in the refrigerator. It helped reduce the amount of shampoo that I used. The shampoo is very good but it did not have many suds.
When I was young I used to wash my hair everyday. Not anymore. I have learned that it damages the hair. Natural oils are removed when we wash our hair too often. The body has a natural acid mantle which is a protective layer that protects the skin and is removed when using strong soaps. If you are interested in more information here is a good link: http://www.examiner.com/article/skin-anatomy-the-role-of-the-acid-mantle
Switching is going to be a challenge for many and should be done with patience. It takes about 2 to 4 weeks for some to begin to notice the benefits of using a natural product. One should . . . ever so often . . . use a different product for a week or so because the body will not react the same if used over a long period of time. In some cases doctors will change the patients prescriptions so the patient does not become immune to the medication.
Beauticians will experience negative results with hair dies and perms if the customer has well water, eats a lot of eggs, consumes certain medications, or uses a vinegar hair rinse.
Yucca root can be purchased through a health food store in a root powder if you do not have access to the yucca plant. Soap-wart or tea tree oil can be used for making shampoo. The soap-wart has an offensive odor but a person can add different ingredients to change the odor. There are many recipes online for homemade shampoo. I wanted mine to be as natural as I could make it and limit the ingredients. I am happy with it so far. I may add jojoba oil to my recipe later on. I recommend applying the shampoo to the dry scalp working it into the hair then add water and massage the scalp. Rinse the scalp and finish off with 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar added to a 1 cup water solution.
Because this shampoo is not concentrated or does not contain additives it takes more shampoo than commercial brands. When I make this again I will reduce the amount of water I add to the blender and try to make a paste. I will also find something natural that I might add to produce a few more suds.
Here is an awesome collection of homemade shampoos from the editor of the living Chanel: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Shampoo/