Easy Homemade Shampoo

Shampoo is one of those “necessary evils” in life. No one wants to go around with a greasy mop, but the products designed to clean said mop are usually full of unhealthy ingredients that can pollute your scalp and your local ecosystem. The solution? Homemade shampoos. And before you write off the idea of homemade shampoo as the domain of hippies, rest assured that these recipes really do get your hair clean and shiny! 

Basic Homemade Shampoo
½ cup of water
½ cup Castile (vegetable-based) liquid soap such as Dr. Bronner’s
1 teaspoon light vegetable oil or glycerine (omit if you have oily hair)

Combine ingredients, mix well, and put in a recycled shampoo bottle. Use a palm-full or less to lather once, and rinse with warm water. 

This is thinner than commercial shampoo and it won’t suds much—but it will clean just as well.

Herbal Homemade Shampoo
Substitute ½ cup strong herbal tea (chamomile, lavender, and rosemary are good choices) for water in the Basic Shampoo recipe.

Faux Homemade Shampoo
If you want to know the real secret to truly healthy hair, grab a box of baking soda and some apple cider vinegar. Online bloggers rave about how much better their hair looks after a few weeks of using them (it can take a while for your hair to adjust).

Put a few tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom of a re-purposed squeeze bottle, top it off with hot water, and shake it well. After it settles for a few minutes apply ¼ cup to wet hair, work it through with fingers, and rinse it out. There are no suds, but the mixture leaves hair clean and shiny. Follow that with this basic rinse. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice with 2 cups water. Pour it through your wet hair and rinse with cool water.

Egg Conditioner

1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon olive oil
¾ cup of warm water

Right before you wash your hair with your homemade shampoo, beat the egg yolk until it’s frothy, add oil and beat again, then add water slowly while beating. Pour the mix through wet hair, working it in with your fingers. Allow it to sit for a few minutes then rinse it out with warm water.

Deep Conditioner
For dry or damaged hair, a weekly conditioning pack can make a huge difference. You can use any of the following in combination or alone: olive oil, coconut oil, beaten egg, yogurt, mayonnaise, mashed banana, or mashed avocado. Massage any of these into wet hair, wrap it all up turban-style in an old towel for 20 minutes, and rinse well.

Herbal Color-Modifying Rinses
While none of these will turn blond hair black or black hair strawberry blond, using them on a regular basis can add highlights and even tone down some graying strands.

• Strong chamomile tea, diluted lemon juice, or tea made with fresh rhubarb will lighten the hair. For more pronounced results allow rinse to dry in hair—outside in the sunshine if possible.
• Strong sage, lavender, or cinnamon tea will darken hair and mellow out graying strands over time.
• Hibiscus flower tea will add reddish highlights to light hair.

Antistatic Treatment For Dry Hair
Put a small dab of natural hand lotion in one palm, rub hands together to coat both evenly, and run your fingers through your hair.

Natural Hair Gel
½ to 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup hot water

Dissolve gelatin in water, store in the refrigerator between uses. Work into hair with fingertips, and style as desired.

Natural Hair Spray
½ orange
½ lemon
2 cups of water

Chop fruit finely, simmer the pieces in water until they are soft and the liquid is half gone. Strain liquid into a small spray bottle, and store in the refrigerator between uses. Spray finished hair lightly; dilute with water if sprayed hair is stiffer than you desire.