12 Homemade Shampoo Recipes with Nothing but Natural Ingredients

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Natural products are great for restoring the PH balance of your hair. We also like them because they are gentle. A lot of what works to restore your hair or improve hair growth can be found in nature. While it’s great to have luxury hair care products, and to take excellent care of your hair with the most luxurious, salon quality products and potions, you should also integrate some natural products, at least occasionally, to help bring it back to its natural state – good condition, simple shine and healthy hair growth. If you struggle with hair loss, from stress or hair conditions, like Alopecia, then you might want to give some natural remedies a try. Likewise, hormonal changes in women going through menopause (and there’s early menopause too), can result in thinning hair. If you have this happening, switch to more natural beauty products for at least three weeks, and see if you can’t notice a difference.

To restore your hair’s condition, try ditching the heat tools – like hair-frying, straightening irons and curling irons – and even think about using your hair dryer sparingly. P.S., Why do we straighten the H-E double hockey sticks out of our hair anyway? Natural waves, body and volume are good; you don’t need to use a straightener every day. Change it up a bit, and try some of these no heat hair styles – They’re good for your hair. There are also some great supplements that you can get in on, to help you with good hair health. Thinning hair, or even hair that falls out, happens to more people than you think. Improper nutrition, dehydration and stress, can all adversely impact your hair. We’ve been there. A stressful ex-boyfriend or girlfriend can sometimes be the root cause (Key Word: Ex), so if you have negative people in your life, you might need a lifestyle makeover. Evaluate your life to determine the source of the problem, and then make changes accordingly. Examine all areas of your life.

Pay close attention to your diet, especially. You need to ensure that you are eating like a balanced foodie, including lots of healthy foods, rich in Vitamins and Minerals, the kinds that are good for your hair. EFAs are important, so choose a good, healthy Oil, and stick with it. We recommend Safflower, Sesame Seed or Olive Oil – just 1 Tbsp a day; that’s all you need to notice a difference in the condition or your hair and skin. For Vegans and Vegetarians, you need your B12. Also important for great hair are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc. You can find lots of useful information about each of those Vitamins right here on our site. We would also like to introduce you to a few new supplements, that you might not know about. These two are life-savers for your hair, especially, but they are also good for your skin too.

Horsetail

For really great hair, skin and nails, you should supplement with Horsetail. This is for therapeutic use only, so you should start when you are experiencing problems, and stop when your symptoms are improved. This is the stuff that makes your hair incredibly strong, and it helps if you are trying to grow it out long – think in literal terms, like a horse’s tail – the kind of strands that violin bows are made of because it’s extra strong and difficult to break. Horsetail has a host of other health benefits too, but we like it for its restorative properties, which will be reflected in the condition and strength of your hair.

Biotin

This is a wonder treat for your skin, that helps to clear up any irritation, redness or swelling that you have, within days, and it’s also great for your hair. Biotin is a helper for cell growth, and that’s exactly what your hair is made up of – cells. This supplement also supports metabolism, allowing you to get the most nutrients out of your food. You are what you eat; your hair will reflect this. For beautiful hair and skin, we think everyone should take Biotin on a daily basis.

For daily, hair care, routine maintenance that will help keep your hair looking youthful, lively and vibrant, all the time, you can use homemade shampoo. It’s not that difficult to make; it’s extremely cost effective, and you can have it customized (by you!) to match your exact hair care needs and preferences. We love really good smelling products, that are like perfume for your hair. When you make your hair care products yourself, you can have your hair scented exactly the way you want it – Kind of neat. Quick Tips: The secret ingredient is… Castile… Castile.

Here is your first, basic recipe for Homemade Shampoo. Try it, see if you like it, and then you can expand on it and customize it to make it better.

Basic Shampoo Recipe

Basic Shampoo Recipe

-½ cup water

-½ cup liquid Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp Grapeseed or Sunflower Oil

That’s all you need. Just mix it together, and get yourself some travel containers to pour it into and out of. Try that, and see if it works for your hair. If you like that, we have many, more ideas for you – All our own.

Time to get Creative! Here’s your list of 12 Homemade Shampoo Recipes with Nothing but Natural Ingredients:

Avocado Avalanche

Avocados are full of Vitamins, for example Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. The rich texture of avocados serve to deeply penetrate your hair and moisturize it. In fact, it’s often used as a hair mask for this purpose. The natural, healthy oil in the fruit works overtime as a thick, volumizing conditioner, which will leave your hair feeling really soft. Mashed avocado is a great treatment for your hair, that will replenish your, dry, brittle strands, and it can also help to prevent breakage. To use it, try this recipe for an ultra, lush, moisturizing shampoo. It’s appropriately named because when you rinse it out of your hair, the nutrients run down the rest of your body and hydrate your skin, as well.

Natural Recipe

– ½ cup Milk (any kind will do, but we recommend non-dairy because – animals – awe)

-1/2 cup liquid Castile Soap

-1 Avocado (mashed)

-1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

-1 tsp. Lemon Cream Fragrance Oil

Honey Vanilla Butter

Honey can restore your dry, damaged, brittle hair. Short Story: Once upon a time a girl tried a home hair-dye kit that went terribly wrong. Her hair turned gray; it started to fall out, and somebody cried. Then she read about honey, and her hair felt better. You should try honey shampoo; it’s nature’s little wonder. Not only does it restore hair health, it can also help to lighten up your highlights – Even if they’re temporarily gray. Give this recipe a try.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 cup coconut water

-1/2 cup liquid Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp. Sesame Seed Oil

-1 tsp Vanilla Butter Fragrance Oil

Watermelon Silica Gel

Silica gel is one of those interesting health & wellness products that you won’t hear about until you need it, and somebody turns you on to it. It’s great for restoring shedding hair. If you have problems with thinning hair, and don’t understand why all of your hair is falling out, give this a try. It really helps to increase its thickness. Give it a few weeks – It works! We’ve created a great homemade shampoo, that will give your hair beautiful body. It will help it grow longer too, and you can use this even if you aren’t experiencing hair loss because we’re applying it topically. This one is soap free because you need to moisturize your hair. It won’t lather, but the upside is that your hair won’t fall out! Follow up with sulfate free conditioner, or make your own.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 cup Silica Gel

-1/2 cup Water

-1 Tbsp Olive Oil

-1 tsp Watermelon Fragrance Oil

Strawberry Kombucha

Kombucha Tea is a brand new health & wellness craze! If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. This stuff tastes delicious, like strawberry wine coolers, and it’s health benefits are incredible. Basically, it’s known as an elixir, said to help prolong life. This fermented Tea is great for your hair because it helps to reduce any irritation that you have on the skin, beneath your hair. Use some of it to make this fruity smelling shampoo, and then drink the rest of the remaining tea!

Natural Recipe

-1/2 cup Kombucha tea

-1/2 cup Castile Soap

-1 Tbs. Safflower Oil

Apple Pomegranate Cider

This one calls for Apple Cider Vinegar, and it’s good if you struggle with dandruff. Apple Cider Vinegar serves as a natural antiseptic that helps to control skin conditions, beneath the hair’s surface. It also helps to restore the PH balance of your skin, which helps to prevent, dry, flaky skin. We recommend cleansing, just with the Vinegar, and omitting the use of soap, which can be drying. Apple Cider Vinegar serves to  cleanse and clarify, removing any build up from your hair, so when preparing your shampoo, you can leave out the liquid soap, for this one.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp Olive Oil

-1 tsp Pomegranate Fragrance

Cinnamon Spice

Cinnamon can be used as a natural hair lightener that’s chemical and bleach free. This natural health & wellness spice, creates a gradual fading of color, over time. We recommend using it daily, and normally, you would add in 1 Tbsp to a serving of shampoo. As you are able to use this highlight activating component on a daily basis, we have created a natural shampoo that already includes it. It also smells nice, so that’s an added bonus. Cinnamon helps to promote hair loss, and it’s great if you have thin hair. This will help you to thicken your hair, and it will help you to get lots of volume too!

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Water

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp. Sesame Seed Oil

-1/4 Cup Cinnamon

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Milk contains Vitamin E and Folate, and both of these are good for your hair. If you are trying to grow your hair, then we highly recommend using it. Baking Soda, on the other hand, affects the PH balance of your hair, and allows it to absorb lots of moisture. Our Coconut Cream Pie Shampoo includes both products, so you should use this, followed by a really, rich conditioner. This is the ultimate moisturizing treatment, which will leave you with shiny and lustrous hair. We’re also giving you a boost of Vitamin E, so this one will work wonders for you.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1/4 Cup Baking Soda

-4 Vitamin E Capsules, broken open – use the liquid part only

-1 tsp Coconut Ginger Almond Fragrance

Mango Tango

Mango Tango

Mangos and Mango Juice are good for you hair. Mangos are a bit of an underrated citrus fruit, that we should all be seeing more of – because they are unique, fun and delicious. If you aren’t including these in your lifestyle, pick some up, and see what you’ve been missing. They’re awesome – High in Vitamin A (good for thinning hair – don’t exceed 10 000 IU/day) and Vitamin C (a natural hair highlighter), mangos can be used as a moisturizer (just puree them) to promote healthy, hair growth. They smell really nice too, so you should use them daily.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Pureed Mango

-1 Cup Coconut Water

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil

-1 tsp Brazilian Mango Grapefruit Fragrance

Yogurt & Honeydew

We like yogurt for your hair because of its multitude of benefits, both as a topical treat, and a foodie treat. Applied to your hair, yogurt can help to reduce dandruff, and it’s also a really good conditioner. What’s more, is that it can help you if your hair is thinning because it reduces hair loss. We also like honeydew. Honeydew is great for making delicious smoothies, and it’s naturally scented juiciness is a really great moisturizer for your hair. To use it on your hair, you just need to cube it, and throw it into a blender with some purified or coconut water – good enough to drink! This recipe doesn’t have any Honeydew melon, it just smells like them because we love it so much. You can use fragrance oil, or puree the real deal, and add it in there; You Pick.

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Coconut Water

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1 yogurt cup

-1 Tbsp. Olive Oi

-1 tsp Honeydew Fragrance Oil

Malibu Pineapple Quencher

We like Pineapple juice for hair loss prevention. The high Vitamin C content in this juicy-juice is great for your hair, and it also makes it smell nice. We like Malibu because we used to drink Rum. Your new healthy lifestyle can include all of these delicious flavors, you just have to learn to extract the goodness, and use them in the right way. You can make delicious Virgin Cocktails with Pineapple Juice, some Coconut Water and Orange Juice. – Good enough to drink, and you can also use it in your hair – You’ll smell like it too… MMM-BOY!

Natural Recipe

-1/2 Cup Coconut Water

-1/2 Pineapple Juice

-1/2 Cup Castile Soap

-1 Tbsp Sesame Seed Oil

-1 tsp Lemon Orange Blossom Fragrance

 

Champoon?

We know that isn’t a real word, but there’s talk around town that Champagne can be used as Shampoo for your hair. Apparently it has highlight activating properties. So, ok, we get it. It probably does work; however, you aren’t supposed to use alcohol in your hair because it dries it out. How do we know that? Drinking extravaganzas in a past, less healthy, lifestyle; You never mean to get it in your hair, it just happens. In fact, when searching through the aisles for great products, you should always check the ingredients for alcohol. If it’s in the top three, you should look for a less drying alternative. The final thought about champagne is this, you can use it to activate highlights a time or two, but only use it in a pinch. Otherwise, find a healthier alternative.

The Upside: Champagne is a nice, light alternative to harder alcohol, so in celebration of your healthy lifestyle, it’s ok to have a glass or two. You can make a mimosa with it too, for the occasional breakfast accompaniment. All you do is pour ½ and ½ into a champagne glass – 100% orange juice and Champagne. Better yet, blend your champagne with a whole orangey, for a nice, spritzy juice, and sip this, so you can enjoy it longer. If you’re doing this, you’re allowed to have 1 Cup of Champagne because good for you; you’re healthy.

Cheers!

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.