Of all the Alaskan Bush People stars, Bear Brown definitely has the best hair. His long brown locks curl at the tips in a style that would make Farrah Fawcett seethe with jealousy. With hints of natural highlights and effortless body and bounce, Brown could easily star in a L’Oréal or Garnier Fructis commercial. But unlike those big-name companies, the “King of Extreme’s” hair care regimen is a bit more down to earth—literally. Most of the ingredients in his shampoo Brown pulls from the ground. All native to Alaska’s woodlands and beaches, his methods are sustainable and effective.
“My homemade shampoo makes my hair look and smell awesome,” Brown boasts to the camera.
In a throwback video from Discovery network, the Alaskan Bush People star walks his fans through the shampoo recipe step by step. Watch him collect all the ingredients of his “bush-made shampoo,” and then check out our summarized instructions.
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Bear Brown’s All-Natural Shampoo Recipe
Step one: Grab a spare water dish that your dogs aren’t currently using. No need to put it into a bottle since it’s going right back onto your hair. Then head to your nearest reserve of skunk cabbage. Despite the name, the Alaskan Bush People star demonstrates that it’s actually a beautifully vibrant, yellow flower with a lovely fragrance. While plucking the plants from the ground, mush the pedals and pollen together as best as you can. Add it to the bowl.
Step two: Next, add an ingredient that you otherwise would avoid at all cost—devil’s claw. According to the Alaskan Bush People star, devil’s claw is “one of the only things in Alaska” with poisonous thorns. But, apparently, the scent is worth the risk. We would recommend bringing a pair of gardening gloves, though, just in case.
Step three: The next ingredient might not be as aromatic as the previous two, but it does have an important purpose. Head to the beach to snag some kelp. Twist and squeeze the kelp and add the residual “slime” to the bowl. Brown explained that while not the prettiest ingredient, the kelp goo creates a good base that helps the shampoo absorb into your hair.
Step four: Seasonal allergy-sufferers beware! You’ll likely need some goggles and a mask for this next part. Find the tree with the most pollen on its branches and give it a good shake. Place your shampoo bowl beneath its branches to catch some of the debris.
Step five: For added protein and “shine,” add a couple of eggs to the mixture. The Alaskan Bush Star advised that you add this ingredient very delicately—as he proceeds to punch the shell open. Don’t worry if shell fragments fall into the bowl. You’ll wash it all out in the end anyway!
Step six: Spark up your campfire and heat up the concoction. Or, if you don’t want to take the “extreme” route, a stove will do just fine.
Step seven: Head to the nearest creek and give your scalp a good scrub.