Homemade Shampoo
Natural hair care

Why do these homemade shampoo recipes make me so happy, and many of my friends? That’s because they are natural hair care recipes and contain natural ingredients. These are powerful, affordable, but most importantly, they WORK! They give me that soft, healthy, shiny and bouncy head of hair that I was always jealous of. I was looking for it so badly it almost drove me follicly insane (crazy to the very roots of my hair…)

Many years I desperately roamed the dark commercial shampoo forest lined with disappointments. Their harsh ingredients hurt not only my scalp and hair but also my sensibilities and… (sob, sob, yeah, yeah…’get to the point Tinkerbell!’ ;-)

Ok, to the point, the benefits of natural homemade hair products are pretty clear if you ask me. I can choose and use all the natural ingredients I like, no fillers, no chemicals and no irritants; I’m in charge

We have the recipe you bring the energy 

…and the ingredients plus some kitchen utensils please

I chose the fragrance I like, customize and fine-tune until I have that one personal homemade shampoo recipe that suits my hair’s needs and underlines my personality…and the funniest part is, you can do it too!

Sounds too easy...

It is so easy you almost won’t believe that it will work, but it will, believe you me. And the more experience you gain, the more complicated you can make it

You will find many homemade shampoo recipes right here, and all other shampoo recipes you can and can’t think of in our natural hair care recipe collection. Just take a look

Homemade Shampoo ingredients
What's hot and what not

When I read the labels of some of those commercial shampoos it read like the chemistry book from hell: 

Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Selenium Sulfide, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, Burn Baby Burn, Xulhaiyeb JoHIuxzaey HiahghoZzrrpff MwuhuWahahahaa! …That’s how it started to sound to me after a while and also how it felt some times…sounds hot? No it’s not

There are many possible natural ingredients for homemade shampoos, a sheer endless list. But when you start using these shampoo recipes you’ll notice some recurring ingredients. Some of the basic products are:

  • Distilled water. Because it is so pure it extends shelf life of your homemade hair products. It doesn’t contain all the bacteria and other contaminants like regular water does
  • Castile Soap. This is an Olive oil based soap, very useful base product

  • Fresh and dried Herbs. Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile, Sage etc. Not only for fragrance but also for other positive and stimulating effects on your hair/ scalp
  • Vegetable oils like Jojoba, Olive and Coconut oil. Extremely powerful ingredients for natural hair care. They moisturize the hair and keep it healthy and smooth
  • Essential oils. Rosemary, Vanilla, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Chamomile etc. Same as the herbs, not only for their scent but also for their positive effects on your hair and scalp

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Homemade Shampoo Recipes

We brought together 15 of our finest homemade shampoo recipes. These are just the tip of the iceberg but will give you a good idea of what more we have to offer 

If a recipe calls for grinding the ingredients you can use a mortar and pestle, a small (old) coffee grinder or you put the ingredients in a small plastic bag and crush it with a rolling pin

If you’re using a blender or mixer or other utensils or appliances, do not use them for food preparation after you used them for these shampoo recipes

Transition period

Be aware that your hair might need a transition period ranging from instantaneously to 8 weeks (not for sure.) It all depends on the recipe, the state of your hair, your previous shampoo etc. In this period your hair needs to find its new natural balance after all these years of chemical and harsh products. Make sure you monitor your progress and take appropriate action when needed

And finally make sure you keep an eye on expiration dates of your homemade shampoo products. You’re not using preservatives (that’s good) so your product can go south pretty easily (not so good). You can use Rosemary oil extract or Grapefruit seed extract as a natural preservative because of their anti-microbial properties


Having said all that…It's now official home spa pampering time! Gather the ingredients, invite over some friends, turn off your phone, turn on your favorite music, pour that drink you love, shift your mind to the good things in life, put on a smile and most importantly:

Think positive, happy thoughts and relax...

this is actually half the secret of these recipes!

Enjoy and have FUN!

How to make shampoo

Basic homemade shampoo


A basic and simple homemade shampoo recipe for normal hair. Can be used as is or add your own fragrance by using essential oils

What do you need:

  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup liquid Castile soap (or any natural liquid Olive oil soap)
  • ½ teaspoon light Vegetable oil (olive, grape seed, avocado, jojoba oil etc.)

How to do it:

Simply mix all ingredients until you have a nice smooth substance. Pour it in a bottle (squeeze bottle, foaming bottle, flip cap bottle) and wash away; you’ll notice this shampoo will give an impressive lather

It might be slightly thinner than you’re used to in a regular shampoo but that won’t take away from the power and the fun.

How to make shampoo

Hibiscus homemade shampoo

The plants and flowers of the Hibiscus bush are known to cleanse the scalp and hair. For as long as they can remember the people of India and Indonesia have been using the cleansing properties of this bush to treat their hair. They are believed to remove dirt without eliminating the precious oils on your scalp that it actually needs and they soften the hair

What do you need:

  • 1 handful of Hibiscus leaves
  • Water

How to do it:

Crush the Hibiscus leaves with your hands or in a mortar. Put these in a pot and just about cover them with water. Boil it for 20 minutes while stirring it every 5 minutes. When it is done pour everything through a strainer and let it cool down

Massage it into your hair and scalp as you would with a shampoo, this will form a very nice and non-drying lather. Rinse it and condition

How to make shampoo

Yucca root homemade shampoo

Yucca root contains high concentrations of saponins. These natural compounds foam and clean deeply when lathered on your hair. For Native Americans from the Southwest for centuries yucca root has been the main ingredient in their natural hair care recipes. It is their answer to soapwort, which was used for the same reasons in natural hair care recipes across Europe and Asia


What do you need:

  •  ¼ cup dried Yucca root
  • 1 cup distilled Water

How to do it:

Bring the water to a boil in a pot add the dried yucca root and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool down and then strain it


This will make a non-lathering and non-drying homemade shampoo   

How to make shampoo

Tropical Surprise homemade shampoo

A tropical surprise shampoo recipe with coconut and vanilla. Makes for a wonderfully fragrant shampoo, which turns into a thick sort of gel that is easy to apply

What do you need:

  • ¾ cup distilled Water
  • ½ cup unscented Shampoo base
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Vanilla fragrance oil
  • 10 drops Coconut fragrance oil


How to do it:

Bring the water to a boil, let it cool down a few minutes and pour it in a ceramic bowl. Pour the shampoo base in the water and stir gently with a whisk. Then mix in the Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, salt and the fragrance oils. Keep stirring until you get a smooth, thick liquid

Pour it into a plastic squeeze bottle that can be closed and here you go, your own personal natural shampoo

How to make shampoo

Soapworth homemade shampoo

Soapwort, or at least the soapwort root, is known in the natural hair care universe for its gentle cleansing abilities. Like the yucca root, soapwort root contains a high concentration of saponins. This will give you that gentle foamy cleansing action that can be used as a sort of wash-all

What do you need:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dried & chopped Soapwort root
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Verbena

How to do it:

Put the water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the dried soapwort, gently stir, cover and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Take it from the heat source and add the Lemon Verbena, let it steep and cool down

When cooled down pour it through a strainer. Pour the liquid into a squeeze bottle (or any bottle, but squeeze bottles make for more foamy fun)

This should get you about 6 or 7 wonderfully sudsy shampoos. If you store it in a dark, cool place after using it, you can keep it for a maximum of 10 days


Tip: There’s much more where that came from, check out more of our Soapwort shampoo recipes

How to make shampoo

Organic Egg homemade shampoo

A delightful organic egg shampoo recipe, best suited for organic dry hair in an organic shower using organic water…yes, yes we got the point…


What do you need:

  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 organic Egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure natural Olive oil Soap (Castile soap works but there are more)
  • 2 drops of Lavender essential oil (or any fragrance you prefer)

How to do it: 

Mix all ingredients in a blender until you get a nice smooth consistency…and that’s it really, it’s ready to use

Massage it gently into your hair using warm water (don’t use hot water, it will boil the egg ;-) then rinse it out

Whatever is left of your egg shampoo can be kept only until the next day if you keep it sealed in your fridge

How to make shampoo

Dandruff homemade shampoo

Many people are looking for dandruff shampoo recipes these days. Is it because they had enough of those incredibly silly overdone anti-dandruff commercials? ;-) Who knows? Anyway, natural homemade hair products can be just as effective or even better than the commercial ones


What do you need:

  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup liquid Castile soap (any other unscented liquid olive oil soap will work as well) 
  • ½ teaspoon light vegetable oil (think grape seed, avocado, jojoba oil etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Apple juice
  • 6 Cloves


How to do it:

Ground the cloves to a fine powder in a mortar (if too complicated take the equivalent amount of ground cloves.) Put all ingredients in a blender and gently blend until you have an even and smooth consistency (use the lowest speed)

Now it’s ready to use. Massage the mixture into your wet hair and scalp. Leave it in for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water

What is left can be kept in a sealed container in your fridge for a maximum of 3 days

Tip: You're fighting dandruff? Try our home remedies for dandruff

Tip2: Always wondered why apple cider vinegar was used in some homemade shampoos? Find out on our Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo page

How to make shampoo

Stimulating homemade shampoo

Stimulating shampoo recipe to give your scalp and senses a kick in the behind! Peppermint and Tea tree…zzzzzzing!


What do you need: 

  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup liquid unscented liquid olive oil soap (liquid Castile soap obviously will also work)
  • 2 teaspoons Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops Tea tree essential oil


How to do it:

Gently mix the liquid soap with the oils then add the water 

Pour it in a squeeze bottle and you’re ready to use it as you would a regular shampoo

How to make shampoo

Dry hair homemade shampoo

If you have dry hair like me, you’re going to love this dry hair shampoo recipe just as much as I do

What do you need: 

  • ½ cup Water
  • 3 tablespoons grated Castile soap (you can also use liquid olive oil soap/ castile soap)
  • ¼ cup organic Coconut milk (fresh is best)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil (organic of course…)
  • 4 tablespoons Rose petals (organic…get the point?)
  • 3 drops Rose essential oil


How to do it:

Boil the water, pour it in a cup and add the rose petals as you would when making tea. Let this steep for about 30 minutes. Then strain it. Slowly add the rest of the ingredients to the strained liquid and whisk until you have a nice even consistency

Pour it in a flip cap bottle and go defeat your dry hair!

You can store it in a dark place

How to make shampoo

Oily hair homemade shampoo

If you have oily hair like my husband, you’re going to love this oily hair shampoo recipe just as much as he does


What do you need:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons grated Castile soap (you can also use liquid olive oil/ castile soap)
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop Rosemary essential oil


How to do it:

Boil the water pour it in a cup and add the mint leaves as you would when making tea. Let it steep for 30 minutes. Reheat the mixture slightly then take it from the stove

Strain it and add the castile soap to the liquid, gently stir until you have an even consistency

Let it cool down and then add the oils while gently stirring

Pour it in a flip cap bottle and go defeat your dry hair!

Store it in a dark place

Tip: Using the right shampoos oily hair can be beaten. Most waterless shampoos are good to fight oily hair. Try our dry shampoo recipes and find out

How to make shampoo

Dry homemade shampoo

Dry shampoos are on the rise, they’re easy and you don’t have to use them in the shower per se. Dry shampoo recipes are easy to prepare and use. The resulting dry shampoos are known to clean oil, dust and dirt very well and can be kept for a longer period of time


What do you need:

  • ¼ cup Oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Lavender (or fragrant herb of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda


How to do it:

Crush the lavender in a mortar and add the other ingredients. Grind everything together and there you go, dry shampoo ready

Use enough to sprinkle it on your hair so it covers all of it. Massage it for about 5 minutes into your hair and scalp

Brush it out thoroughly…DONE without a drop of water

Tip: Waterless or dry shampoos are the new craze, want to know how to make them yourself for a fraction of the costs of commercial ones? Try our dry shampoo recipes and find out yourself

How to make shampoo

Herbal homemade shampoo

Herbs are very useful in natural hair care recipes, they’re powerful and can do all jobs formerly done by your “trusted” chemical shampoos. In this case they stimulate hair follicles and hair growth, are anti bacterial, reduce itchy and flaky scalp and strengthen your hair. In short, a wonderfully herbal shampoo for oily scalp and hair. All natural with just a handful of different herbs


What do you need:

  • 2 cups distilled Water
  • ½ cup liquid Olive Oil soap (liquid Castile soap obviously will also work, you can use any scent you want)
  • 2 tablespoons Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Sage
  • 2 tablespoons Nettle
  • 2 tablespoons Lavender
  • 2000 mg MSM*

How to do it:

Boil the distilled water and in the meantime mix all the herbs in a small container. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs to the boiling water while gently stirring. Now take the pot of the heat source and let it sit for 35 minutes. Let it cool down for 30 minutes and then add the 2000 mg of MSM

Leave it for about 40 minutes so the MSM can melt. Then strain the mixture. Pour ¼ cup of the liquid into a plastic bottle and add the liquid soap

*MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane. Who’s up for a game of Scrabble? Although it sounds pretty chemical, it is actually a natural organic Sulphur compound found in plants. Our body also needs it and we normally get it through food

It has proven hair-strengthening properties and for some it improves the shine in their hair. It is available in gel, liquid, powder, cream or capsule form. Consult your doctor before using MSM, especially if you are using medications

How to make shampoo

Hair loss homemade shampoo

Rosemary should be one of the herbs in your arsenal when you are battling hair loss


What do you need: 

  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup liquid Castile lemon soap
  • 2 tablespoons dried Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil


How to do it:

Boil the distilled water and add the Rosemary to it. Keep stirring gently and add the Castile soap and sweet almond oil until you get an even consistency

Strain it and let it cool down. Then pour it in a flip cap plastic bottle

Use it for a maximum of 3 times a week 

Store in a cool and dark place

How to make shampoo

Damaged hair homemade shampoo

If you have been dying your hair once too many, stayed out in the sun too much or your hair is simply tormented by split ends, that’s when this damaged hair shampoo recipe might come in handy. It contains loads of protein to replenish the nutrients in your damaged hair


What do you need:

  • 1 large Egg
  • ½ cup distilled Water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon organic Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 5 drops Geranium essential oil


How to do it: 

Put the water in a blender and break the egg into it then add all other ingredients. Blend at the lowest speed until you get a smooth and even consistency

Pour it into a plastic flip cap bottle and use as you would with a regular shampoo

Because of the fresh egg you can only keep this for a few days in your fridge

How to make shampoo

Rise & Shine homemade shampoo

A wonderful shampoo recipe that will make your hair look lively and add a wonderful shine to it

What do you need:

  • ¼ cup distilled Water
  • ¼ cup liquid Lemon Castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons dried Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil
  • 15 drops Lemon essential oil


How to do it:

Boil the water then add the Rosemary and let it steep, like you would with a tea, for 15 minutes. Strain it and let it cool down

Now add the rest of the ingredients to the liquid while stirring gently

Pour it in a plastic bottle and use as you would a regular shampoo

How to make a sandwich

Chicken & Pesto homemade sandwich

A delightfully tasty sandwich

What do you need:

  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Sliced Chicken Breast
  • Pesto
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mustard


How to do it:

Hold on, hold on, hello hold ooon one second, what’s going on here?

…I sat behind my laptop just a tad too long I’m afraid. Starting to hallucinate, seeing chicken sandwiches…no good, no good. Going to end it here and get me some refreshments

But not after wishing you all the luck with these homemade shampoo recipes though. So, Bye and have fun!

Love it now!!

...thank me later ;-)

Some words of caution 

Before you use any ingredient from these natural hair care recipes, make sure you know what the effect is on your skin, hair and health in general; especially if you have sensitive skin, are pregnant, or have a medical condition. Also take special care in determining the right dosage 

Because you can never be too careful, always do a patch test on a small piece of skin (e.g. behind the ear) to see how you and your skin react to separate ingredients

Also beware that essential oils are powerful; make sure you know what you use, its effects and how much you use

Looking for more natural hair care or homemade hair product recipes?

Why stop at these homemade shampoo recipes? We have many, many more specific natural shampoo recipes, conditioners, rinses, hair styling products, dyes, hair treatments and remedies. Take a look at our natural hair care and shampoo recipe pages below. They will lead you into a whole new world of homemade hair products that will take your natural hair care regimen to another level and make your home spa days even sweeter

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