How to Preserve Homemade Hair Products

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Preserve Homemade Hair Products
Preserve Homemade Hair Products (Image: Peter Ong http://www.sxc.hu/profile/DeepBlu)

Some people choose to make their own hair, skin and nail products at home from natural ingredients, rather than buying commercial products. This prevents exposure to the chemical ingredients in commercial products, but some of those chemicals act as preservatives, extending the product's shelf life. If you have made your own hair products at home, there are ways to keep them from going bad, other than adding chemicals to the formula. Using a combination of methods will yield the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Opaque containers
  • Rosemary oil extract
  • Grapefruit seed extract

Make single-use batches. This may not be practical for all products, but if you make something like a hair mask that is used only every week or two, it is best to make it fresh on the day you plan to use it.

Keep it in the refrigerator. This will keep most ingredients fresh for a week.

Keep water out of the container. Make sure your hands are completely clean and dry before dipping into a container to avoid contamination.

Store mixtures in dark, opaque containers to keep out sunlight, which will reduce their shelf life.

Use antioxidants as a natural preservative. One option is to use 0.15 to 0.5 percent rosemary oil extract in the formula.

Add 0.5 to 1 percent grapefruit seed extract, which is a natural anti-microbial.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even if you follow these steps, make small batches, and don't expect to keep homemade products as long as you would a commercial product.

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