Make Your Own Natural Hair Shampoos and Conditioners

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Haircare products can be expensive, so why not make your own? These shampoos and conditioners are made from products you probably already have in the kitchen. You don't need to worry about chemicals and they are easy to make.

I haven't tried these on hair that has been permed or colored, so proceed with caution if you question any ingredient. The only ones that I would question are those containing vinegar or baking soda and they can change the PH balance.

Homemade Shampoos


You need to choose the right shampoo for your hair type. Once you've found the right one, you'll probably never go back to the name brands again. Any shampoo that contains oil for instance, isn't going to work well for oily hair.

Baking Soda Shampoo

I've heard many woman rant and rave how well the baking soda shampoo works. Just add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water. Stir it to dissolve. If your hair is extra long, you may need to use more.

Baking soda can dry your hair out, so use a vinegar rinse (see below) after shampooing.

Beer Shampoo - To Add Volume

Make your own beer shampoo. Ad 3/4 cup of beer to 1 cup of any kind of shampoo.You'll need to first boil the beer in a pan that doesn't react to the beer until the beer is boiled down to 1/4 cup. This will remove the alcohol from the beer, so it doesn't dry out your hair. Then cool down the beer and add it to the shampoo. Store in a bottle and keep capped.

It will give your hair wonderful body, because the proteins from the malt and hops will give a coating to the hair and help build it up. It will also help repair damaged hair.

Instant Dry Shampoo - For Oily Hair

If you are in a hurry and your hair is oily and there just isn't time to shampoo, this is a quick fix for oily hair. All you will need is cornstarch or finely ground oatmeal. Don't use the packets with sugar added, but the oatmeal out of the box.

Hold up you hair to access the scalp and and just rub the cornstarch or oatmeal through the hair. Do this across the entire scalp or oily area. It will absorb the oil. When you are finished brush your hair until all particles are out. You may need to shake your brush once in a while to keep it clean as you are brushing.

We used this idea in the 70's, but used powder instead. It worked great.

Homemade Rinses and Conditioners


Lemon Koolaid - Remove Built-up Chemicals

To remove built-up chemicals on your hair, use a package of lemon koolaid. Mix as you normally would without adding the sugar. This works well to remove even rust from the hair. Only use this once a month and use a conditioner when you are finished.

Mayonnaise - For Deep Conditioning

I tried this years ago and it does condition your hair, but it is one of those things that easy does it. Only use a small amount. Use this just on the lower part of your hair for a good conditioning and for split ends and not your scalp or the hair near your scalp. It may take two shampoos to wash out since it is oily.

Pumpkin - Conditioner

For an easy conditioner, mix a can of pumpkin with a serving sized container of plain yogurt. Apply this to damp hair. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Shampoo afterwards. Use this treatment just a couple of times a month.

Vinegar - Deep Cleaning and PH Balance

Use vinegar to deep clean your hair. It will restore the proper PH to your hair and remove residues from haircare products. Only do this about once a week. Pour one cup over unwashed hair. Be sure to condition afterwards.For a nicer smelling scent, use a fruit vinegar, like raspberry.




Be sure to try of few of these until you find the perfect shampoo or conditioner for your hair type. It will save you a lot of money.

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SMD2012 profile image

SMD2012 4 years ago

Love the dry shampoo recipe and the beer shampoo too! Voted up, useful, beautiful and shared!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

SMD2012, Thanks for voting up and sharing.


susanm23b 4 years ago

Love all these fun suggestions! I never knew pumpkin was good for your hair as well as your body. Voted up! Interesting!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Susan for commenting and voting up. I'm learning more uses for pumpkin myself all the time. I've heard mixed with yogurt it is good for your face too.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Mayo and vinegar, I've used both on my hair. The other suggestions are new to me. Very interesting!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I use the mayonnaise for light conditioning and deep conditioning. I would suggest a small amount and for those with dry scalp or dry hair. These are really good, I have never heard of the beer before. thanks for sharing.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Cardisa, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting. I agree that only those with dry hair should use the mayo. We tried it when we were teenagers with oily hair and had a heck of a time getting it out.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Cyndi10, Thanks for commenting. I'm happy you found it interesting.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Bright ideas:)

I would like to try out that vinegar one

Thanks for sharing


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creativelycc 4 years ago from Maine

Very interesting. I love learning about natural shampoos. A friend told me about the baking soda shampoo a few weeks ago, I was afraid to try it because I have dry curly hair. Maybe I might try it and do the vinegar rinse and mayonnaise conditioner afterwards. Thank you!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

thumbi7, You are welcome and thanks for commenting.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

creativelycc, That should work, because they use vinegar for fabric softener too. I've tried it and it works. If it softens clothing, it should soften hair. I used the vinegar on my hair when we didn't have a water softener. It worked well to take out chemicals from the hard water. Thanks for commenting.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Barbara, I use very warm or comfortably hot water to rinse the mayo. I use it after shampooing, but a very small amount.

You can mix it with other fruit smoothies to reduce the fat. Live puréeing papaya, cucumber or avocado with it so you end up using less mayo with same effect and a nice fruity scent.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Cardisa, The cucumber sounds nice and cool in the summer too.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have never tried any of these before, so have found this interesting and useful

Voted up and many thanks for sharing.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Movie Master, Thanks for commenting. You'll have to give them a try.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great ideas and most of the items can be found around the house already! Fantastic hub, voted up and all that. :)


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Ttoombs08, Thanks for commenting and yes, that's the neat part is that you already have most of the ingredients already.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This is an extremely helpful hub! The best beauty products often come straight from the kitchen! The list of organic shampoos and conditioners listed by you is engaging. I have heard that some Hollywood actresses used these mentioned products as their homemade beauty products. In my country, I used natural herbal shampoo consisting of hibiscus(flower), gooseberries and acacia concinna, which is an all-round natural shampoo!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.


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shalycriston 4 years ago from USA

Nice! really these are interesting tips to me... lol


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

I have made my own shampoo and conditioner based on another hub. The shampoo was good, but the conditioner was a little weird with the mayonnaise. The smell stuck around for a while, so I would have to find a way for it not to smell bad. I will keep your ideas in mind if I mix up my own shampoo again.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

ishwaryaa22, It sounds like your have good ingredients available. We don't have these in our area. Gooseberries can be grown here though. Thanks for commenting.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

shalycriston, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Stephanie, I wan't crazy about the mayonaise, but a lot of people use it. Thanks for commenting.


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mailxpress 4 years ago from New York

Great home remedy tips. I've done the mayonnaise thing and it works good.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

mailxpress, Thanks for reading and commenting.


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brsmom68 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

These are interesting alternatives to commercial shampoos and conditioners. I've heard about beer shampoo, but did not realize it had to be boiled first. I may have to try it with one of the cans that have been in the back of the fridge for a very long time. :) Voted up and interesting. I wanted to pin it as well, but it needs a picture. :)


hi friends 4 years ago

Interesting and nice.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

brsmom6, Thanks for reading. You need to boil the beer to get the alcohol out, because it will dry out your hair otherwise. Some people use it without boiling, but this is the reason you should boil it.


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hi friend 4 years ago from India

informative


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

friend, Thanks for reading and commenting.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Barbara Kay, I enjoy all the info about natural shampoos and have bookmarked this Hub! I have always liked beer shampoo as it does provide volume but it is great learning these other tricks for hair care.

Thanks for posting and voting up.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

beth, Thanks for commenting and I'm happy to hear you can use some of the ideas.


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Little Red Wagon 4 years ago from The South

I had forgotten about using cornstarch for an "instant" shampoo and vinegar as a rinse. Thanks for the reminders. Doesn't the vinegar also bring out the red highlights in one's hair? I had friends in high school that used lemon juice to bring out the blond.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Little Red Wagon, I think it actually takes rust out of your hair if you have it. This would take the red out of hair that isn't actually red. Thanks for commenting.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, and Interesting. I'm bald, but I'll share this hub with my wife.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

B. Leekley, Thanks and I hope the ideas help your wife.


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LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

Great tips. Thank you. I used to grow soapwort (Saponari officinalis) to make my own shampoo but an unexpected frost killed it and I will have to source some more.

Recently I've been very lazy, buying shampoo. 100% natural because I try to avoid unnecessary chemicals. Baking soda and vinegar sound like nice, easy alternatives. I'm just wondering how strong the smell of vinegar will be when emanating from a steamy bathroom. Mental note: open the window!! :)


hello 4 years ago

Wow, I love love love the raspberry vinegar idea! I used apple cider vinegar in my last wash and it eliminated my dandruff to the dot and left my hair shiny! The smell was quite overwhelming while I had it on, but several washes with plain ol' water took care of that.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting hub, Barbara. These ideas are new and worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

Bookmarking and voted up, useful and interesting. Passing it on.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

that was really new to me.. never thought that these things can be used on hair. wow new discoveries again.


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Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Since I changed my diet, I have a whole jar of mayonnaise sitting lonely in the fridge. I never considered using it as a hair conditioner. But, since I do have dry hair, it would be a good way to use the product without gaining the calories! Voted up and useful.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

rajan jolly, Thanks for commenting and passing it on.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

unkknown spy, You'll have to try them. Thanks for viewing and commenting.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Your Cousins, You'll have to wash it out afterwards really well. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

unknown spy, Thanks for reading and commenting.

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