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Summer Shampoo: two nourishing recipes with Cove.

by The Nitty Gritty Team
Do It Yourself

Ah, summer. The season of sun, sand, and saying sayonara to styling tools. Combs and brushes not included. (What do you think we are? Animals?) We're talking blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners. Because sun's out, and so is heat damage.

Summer is the ideal time to simplify your hair care routine, and just let your locks be. We've put together a few simple shampoo recipes to keep your hair looking healthy, shiny, and frizz and flake-free (say that three times, even at normal speed) all summer long.

Keeping your body hydrated is a hot weather no-brainer. But what's keeping your hair quenched? Consider treating dry hair to a hydrating shampoo made with Castile soap and nourishing coconut milk. The Castile soap will gently cleanse your hair and scalp, and the coconut milk will add moisture to fight frizz. Here's how to make it.

Shampoo Recipe


  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup Castile soap (we used Cove Unscented to let the coconut scent shine)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Melt coconut oil, then combine all ingredients in a container with a lid. Shake it up and you're done. Use 1-2 teaspoons, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, and shampoo like you usually would. Let your hair air dry and hit the beach with smooth, sweet-smelling locks. One batch will keep in your shower for up to a month.

Coconut not your thing? Try this light and invigorating Castile soap and green tea shampoo.

You'll need:

  • 4 ounces brewed green tea, cooled to room temp
  • 4 ounces Castile soap (we used Cove Peppermint for a super fresh scent)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Combine green tea and Castile soap in a container with a lid. Melt coconut oil and add to the container. Shake well, and remember to shake before each use.

This shampoo is suitable for most hair types, and might be especially good to try if you get the odd flake or two. Dandruff is nothing to blush about, by the way. Studies show that up to 50% of the population deal with what's known in the dermatology world as "seborrheic dermatitis". Since Cove Castile soap doesn't contain artificial fragrances, colors, or harsh foaming agents, in a recipe like the one above, it can gently cleanse the scalp of excess sebum and product build-up, which often makes dandruff worse.

Unfortunately, not all hair types will have a summer romance with Castile soap. Because it has a pH on the more alkaline side of the pH scale, it's not recommended for use on color-treated hair. And that's a bummer. But maybe it's also another great reason to get back to your roots and go au natural.


Keep clean simple, friends.

Are you a low-maintenance summer hair lover too? Share your favorite minimal effort summer styling tips below.

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