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Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner Recipes from Nashville Kat

If you have ever listened to Nashville Kat on The WBKR Waking Crew, you know that she is a “Jill” of all trades.  Yes, she’s our Nashville insider and always has the scoop on the biggest breaking news stories in country music.  Of course, you also likely know that she is a terrific cook and baker.  In fact, The Cup Cakery here in Owensboro proudly features the Nashville Kat Cupcake, which was inspired by Kat’s recipe for Limey-Lime Cake.  And, now, Nashville Kat is sharing another set of recipes.  Move over, Vidal Sassoon.  Hit the road, Paul Mitchell.  It’s been a good ride, Wella Balsam.  Nashville Kat has recipes for homemade shampoo and conditioner.  Check them out!!


HOMEMADE SHAMPOO
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. olive oil
10-40 drops of essential oil (optional)
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 cup pure liquid castile soap


Place the water and oils in a blender and mix. With the motor running, add in the xanthan gum and mix until thickened, about 5 seconds. Turn off the motor and add the castile soap. Replace the cover and quickly pulse 3-4 times to thoroughly emulsify. Don’t overdo it or you will have copious amounts of bubbles on your hands! Pour into a pump bottle and use as desired.

HOMEMADE HAIR CONDITIONER
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar – the raw kind “with the mother.”
1 cup tap water


Combine water and vinegar in a squirt bottle. Shake before each use and gently massage into hair and scalp for a few minutes and rinse. After drying, your hair will not smell like vinegar. You can also add essentials oils like lavender, tea tree and peppermint. Another option is to just use olive oil. Rub a tiny amount on your ends. Let sit for a minute and rinse well. It hydrates your hair without leaving it oily.

Makes 8 ounces. The vinegar smoothes the cuticle and balances the pH of your scalp and hair. It gently conditions without coating your hair and scalp with waxy chemicals.

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