Let’s face it, we all want beautiful hair. Whatever the reason for making your own shampoo, there are several DIY options to make your hair shine. The following recipes use all natural ingredients that can generally be found at your local grocery store.
Simple and Effective
Bottle (I use an old shampoo bottle)
Vegetable or olive oil
The baking soda in this mixture cleans your hair while the oil keeps your hair moisturized. You can add essential oils to create a desired fragrance. Fill your empty, clean bottle 1/4 of the way with baking soda. Fill almost to the top with distilled water. Add 2 Tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil. Add fragrance as desired.
These ingredients may need to be modified depending on your hair type. I have thick, shoulder length, curly hair and this mixture works well for me. For thinner or short hair, use less baking soda. For oily hair use less oil, or use oil every other wash.
Homemade shampoo will not produce as nice of a lather as commercial shampoo. I use about 8 ounces of this mixture daily. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp as you would any shampoo.
While your hair is naturally adjusting to not having commercial shampoo, it may become oily around day two or three. This will go away as your hair adjusts. If this is an issue for you, I recommend using the following recipe.
Liquid Castile Soap
Vegetable or Olive Oil
Baking Soda (optional)
Fill your bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Fill the rest of the bottle with liquid castile soap. Add 2 Tablespoons of oil. You may also add baking soda if desired; however, the castile soap provides the cleaning properties in this recipe.
This mixture adds some additional cleansing properties to your shampoo. In addition, the castile soap adds some suds to your shampoo. If you desire a certain fragrance, most health food stores have scented castile soap.
Tried and True
If you really would like a green and cheap cleaning method, you can use a plain baking soda and water mixture.
Cleaning and Conditioning
If you would like to condition your hair, add vinegar to your shampoo mixture. You may also use vinegar separately after you shampoo. I recommend using vinegar every other wash. Make sure you rinse the vinegar out thoroughly, otherwise your hair may smell like vinegar.
Each of these recipes can be modified to fit your hair needs. If your hair is generally oily you may want to leave out the oil in the shampoo. If your hair does not feel clean you can add more baking soda. I add various tea bags into my mixture to add scent. Remember that your hair will need time to adjust and you may have a brief period of oily hair. This is especially true if you just use the baking soda and water mixture. This will go away.