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How to Make Homemade Shampoo (Recipes)

Updated on May 1, 2013
My homemade shampoo in the shower
My homemade shampoo in the shower | Source

There are many reasons why you may choose to ditch that store-bought shampoo. Maybe you're trying to save some money. Perhaps you're concerned about all those chemicals on the ingredients label of your shampoo and you're looking for an alternative. It's possible you heard about the 'No Poo' movement and want to jump on that bandwagon. Or you might be just plain curious as to what results DIY shampoos would have on your hair (like I was). Whatever the reason, I have two natural shampoo recipes you need to try out!

Both of these shampoos are free of any harsh chemicals and smell fantastic!

DIY Shampoo for Light Hair Colors

Here's a recipe for shampoo you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This is a very mild shampoo and can be used daily but after some time, you won't need to because your hair will become less oily from using natural shampoo.

Plus, did you know that chamomile tea is used for naturally lightening your hair? It's true, use chamomile regularly in your shampoo and your hair will gradually become lighter!

5 stars from 1 rating of Global-Chica's DIY Shampoo

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Can be used daily by anyone with light hair
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This is all you'll need and some boiled waterThis is how the camomile concoction looked after seeping for 20 minutes Then I strained the camomileLastly, I added sesame oil and Castile soap to the camomile liquid and stirred it really well before transferring it to a shampoo bottleNow I have a personally made shampoo in my bathroom!
This is all you'll need and some boiled water
This is all you'll need and some boiled water | Source
This is how the camomile concoction looked after seeping for 20 minutes
This is how the camomile concoction looked after seeping for 20 minutes | Source
Then I strained the camomile
Then I strained the camomile | Source
Lastly, I added sesame oil and Castile soap to the camomile liquid and stirred it really well before transferring it to a shampoo bottle
Lastly, I added sesame oil and Castile soap to the camomile liquid and stirred it really well before transferring it to a shampoo bottle | Source
Now I have a personally made shampoo in my bathroom!
Now I have a personally made shampoo in my bathroom! | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried chamomile or Lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons Castile soap (infused with the essential oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Put the camomile (or lemon peel) in a pot or jar that has a tight lid. Pour the boiling water over the contents. Cover with lid.
  2. After 20 minutes, strain, leaving the liquid and discarding the hard contents.
  3. Add Castile soap (you can get it at health food stores - I got my bottle of Dr. Bronner's with lavender essential oil at Whole Foods), add sesame oil to the liquid and stir well.
  4. Pour your shampoo concoction into a squirt plastic bottle or maybe even an old shampoo bottle (which is what I do) and you're done. Congrats, you've made your own shampoo! Optional: If you have a dry scalp (dry, flaky skin), add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to the shampoo. Tea tree oil has many healing properties and will cure it.
  5. Apply this shampoo as you would with any regular store-bought shampoo, rinse and condition as usual.

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DIY Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair Colors

Here's a recipe for shampoo that will not only make your hair less oily, it will also make your dark tresses more vibrant. Sage is used as a natural remedy to cover greys.

Chemicals in Shampoos

Store-bought shampoos have ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate, which is a detergent! Detergents are used to get rid of oil and grease particles and that's what it does to the oil that your scalp produces naturally.

No Poo Movement

Have you heard about the 'No Poo' movement? It's a movement based on the idea that the shampoos we buy in stores have so many chemicals in them that they strip our hair of oil that's produced naturally and our scalps compensate by producing more oil.

When you use homemade shampoo, your hair looks and feels less greasy. It's true! My hair usually looks disgustingly oily the day after washing it so I'm stuck washing my hair every morning (or using dry shampoo) but by using homemade shampoo, my hair looks so much better the next day that I'm gradually starting to wash my hair every other day!

Home made shampoos gets our scalps back in balance, and they naturally become less greasy.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried rosemary or sage
  • 3 tablespoons Castile soap (infused with the essential oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: Can be used daily by anyone with dark hair

Instructions

  1. Put the rosemary (or sage) in a pot or jar that has a tight lid. Pour the boiling water over the contents. Cover with lid.
  2. After 20 minutes, strain, leaving the liquid and discarding the hard contents.
  3. Add Castile soap (you can get it at health food stores - I got my bottle of Dr. Bronner's with lavender essential oil at Whole Foods) and sesame oil to the liquid and stir well.
  4. Pour your shampoo concoction into a squirt plastic bottle or maybe even an old shampoo bottle (which is what I did) and you're done. Congrats, you've made your own shampoo!
    Optional
    : If you have a dry scalp (dry, flaky skin), add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to the shampoo. Tea tree oil has many healing properties and will cure it.
  5. Apply this shampoo as you would with any regular store-bought shampoo, rinse and condition as usual.

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      Grainne Butler 

      9 months ago

      I made your shampoo with camomile. Worked really nicely. Didn't use vinegar, used diluted lemon juice.

      My hair is clean, shiny and soft. really pleased. Been using it for two weeks now, as good as store bought if not better.

      Thank you.

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      Robert Morgan 

      3 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks for these instructions. I am ordering my castile soap and going to make the blonde soap. Blessings.

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      cjarosz 

      4 years ago

      I haven't heard of the second one. The first one I have. A lot of people say that lemon dries out their hair. Others like it.

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      melissa07 

      6 years ago

      Nice info! I have to try this once my pro naturals argan oil shampoo runs out...

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. I really need something to help with my oily hair, and to cover the gray that's coming in. Voted up!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I never considered making my own shampoo but your recipes sound like they are great if you want healthy, nice looking hair. I have always tried to buy a good quality shampoo and conditioner, which seems to work for me, but I think making your own is a great idea.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Oh. This is awesome! I like making my own shampoo and I need to try the recipe for darker hair. I'm with you - I have to wash daily because my hair looks gross after only 1 day! I would love for it to not be that way. I will definitely try this and I also have use for all the sage growing in my garden besides cooking. :D

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