Homemade Shampoo is one of those tasks that seems a little scary at first, even a little bit impossible. But as it is with most things, it’s easier than you think it might be. Today I’m going to share with you how to make your own shampoo with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Make Your Own Shampoo
–Find more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar here: Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s been almost two years since I’ve purchased shampoo. Yet my hair is softer, healthier, less frizzy, and much more manageable. I encourage everyone to at least give it a try, regardless of hair type!
What You Need to Make Your Own Shampoo:
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap (Where to Buy)
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Oil or Baking Soda (optional, see note below)
- 4-5 drops essential oil (optional) (Where to Buy)
How to Make Shampoo
Combine all the ingredients in a jar or bottle that is easy to pour from. Shake before each use. You can use any kind of Castile soap in this recipe and you may find that certain kinds will have a different effect on your hair (example: we use a tea tree castile soap for dry scalp).
Adding Oil or Baking Soda: Adding an oil (such as olive oil or liquid coconut oil) or baking soda into your shampoo is optional. A small amount of baking soda can help with oily hair while the oil can help with dry or frizzy hair. It’s good to do a little experimenting to see what works best for your hair type.
Homemade Hair Rinse
What You Need for Homemade Hair Rinse
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2/3 cup Water
- Essential oils (optional) (Where to Buy)
- Dried herbs/flowers (optional) (Where to Buy)
How to Make Homemade Hair Rinse
Combine the water and vinegar (and oils, if using). Store in a small spray bottle. (You can get bottles for all your DIY projects from Bulk Herb Store). As I mentioned above, you may want to play around here with the ratio of the apple cider vinegar to the water to find what works best for your hair type.
Making an Herbal Infusion
If you are using dried herbs or flowers, you will need to make an infusion.
Measure out your desired amount of water into a saucepan and add the dried herbs. For my latest infusion, I used 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, and 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers. Set the pan over medium heat and bring to a light simmer. Cover and let steep for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the herbs/flowers and combine with the vinegar. Some say you will need to store infused water in the fridge, but I keep mine in the shower with no issues. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.
You might want to note that certain herbs will create different highlights in your hair. Lavender can help with dark hair, chamomile or lemon will help with blonde or lightened hair, hibiscus will bring out the color in red hair. If you only use a small amount or don’t use the herbal infusion rinse daily, you probably won’t see a change.
Another alternative to an herbal infusion would be to add essential oils to your shampoo.
Tea Tree has great cleansing and antibacterial properties. It’s a great addition for kids shampoo because it helps protect against lice.
Lavender is calming and known to help speed up hair growth. Rosemary helps thicken hair and reduce hair loss as does Cedarwood. In fact, using all three of these essential oils together can help to reduce hair loss and increase hair growth.
Lemongrass has been shown to be effective in cutting down on dandruff and moisturizing the scalp.
How to Use Homemade Shampoo
Use this DIY shampoo just like any other. Squirt a small amount onto your head, lather and rinse. Make sure to shake before using. Spray some of the vinegar rinse onto your hair, massage, and comb through (if you have curly or thick hair). Let it soak for a few minutes if you wish, then rinse. You don’t have to rinse the vinegar, as it can act as a leave-in conditioner. (The vinegar smell should dissipate after a few minutes.) Enjoy!
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Would you ever try and make your own shampoo? What essential oils and herbs would you add?
This post on Make Your Own Shampoo was originally posted on Little House Living in April 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.