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How to Make Your Own Shampoo

Updated on March 2, 2014
Natural ingredients used to make shampoo
Natural ingredients used to make shampoo

Why Make Your Own?

There are numerous reasons to make your own shampoo. The cost of shampoo doesn't seem like very much but everyone on a budget knows every penny counts. Another really good reason to make your own shampoo is that it is better for you. The ingredients in personal care products are not closely monitored. Many of the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners are not safe. Most of them are not even necessary to clean your hair they are just fillers, dyes, fragrances and other unnecessary chemicals. These chemicals are not only bad for you they are also bad for the environment. Home made shampoos do not contain unnecessary chemicals. They contain only a few all natural ingredients that will keep your hair clean and are not damaging to your or the environment. You can even choose what different oils to add to your shampoo depending on your hair type and your preference of fragrance. This is also a great option for anyone with allergies because they know everything that they put into the shampoo.


Shampoo bottles
Shampoo bottles

How to Make the Shampoo

This is the basic recipe for home made shampoo. You can add different oils depending on the fragrance you want and your hair type.

What you will need

  • Empty shampoo bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Castile soap
  • your choice of oil (I like rose oil)

What to do

  • Pour half a cup of distilled water into the empty shampoo bottle
  • Add half a cup of distilled water into the bottle
  • Add a two to three tablespoons of the oil you chose
  • Shake well
  • Let set until you are ready to use it


Olive oil
Olive oil
coconut oil
coconut oil
Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil
Lemon oil
Lemon oil
Lavender  oil
Lavender oil
Rose oil
Rose oil

Different Oils for Different Types of Hair

There are two major types of oils. One of these are the essential oils. Essential oils are plant based and are very strong in fragrance. They are also packed with vitamins. These are commonly diluted with the second category of oils. Carrier oils are vegetable based and they have very little fragrance. They also carry many vitamins but they are not quite as strong which makes them perfect to mix with the essential oils. Different types of oils are good for different types of hair and hair conditions. A list of different oils and what they are best used for are listed below. This list may be helpful in choosing the proper oils for your personal batch of shampoo.

For dry hair

  • Almond oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Carrot oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Geranium oil

For oily hair

  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Cypress oil

For normal hair

  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Cedar wood oil
  • Clary sage oil

For dandruff

  • Rosemary oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Cedar wood oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Basil oil
  • Cypress oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Sage oil
  • Coconut oil

For promoting new hair growth

  • Coconut oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Olive oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Citrus oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Basil oil
  • Peppermint oil


Home made shampoo
Home made shampoo

How This Works

These very basic ingredients all play an important role in getting your hair clean and healthy. The Distilled water is to mix in all the other ingredients and to dilute them so they are not to strong. The Castile soap is to create a lather and to clean your hair. The oils that you choose are to give your hair the vitamins and nutrients that they need. This is all your hair really needs. Washing your hair with all natural ingredients is much healthier for your hair and the environment.

Try Making Your Own Conditioner

If you try the natural shampoo recipe and you get the results you were hoping for you might want to try making your own conditioner as well. Store bought conditioners also contain harmful and unnecessary chemicals. If you would prefer to use an all natural shampoo that is already made you can find some really great shampoos and conditioners and health stores like super-supplements.

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    • Brittanie2216 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittanie Pervier 

      5 years ago from Seattle WA

      I'm pretty sure they sell it at target. I know there are lots of places online you can buy it though. It doesn't cost much either. I would also try some health food stores that is where I buy the oils they probably have the soap as well. Castile soap is made out of either vegetable or olive oil. It is the main ingredient in the shampoo that creates the lather.

    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      this sounds like a great idea, I must try this. I'm not sure what castile soap is though, or where you'd get it?

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