Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner Recipes

February 20, 2014

Lavender Shampoo {for normal hair}

2 tablespoons dried lavender
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup water
1/2 cup Castile soap
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil

1- Place dried herbs, zest and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, the reduce to a simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Strain.

2- Combine liquid and soap. Add essential oils after it has cooled. Place in chosen container.

3- To use, shake well and massage a tablespoon into scalp. Leave on for 2-3 minutes then rinse.

Cleansing Clay Shampoo {for oily hair}

1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried peppermint
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup water
1/2 cup Castile soap
3 teaspoons green cosmetic clay
10 drops lemon EO
10 drop orange EO
10 drops peppermint EO

1- Place herbs, zest and water in saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Strain.

2- Combine liquid with soap. Add clay and essential oils. Place into chosen container in the refrigerator.

3- To use, shake well and massage a tablespoon into scalp. Leave for 2-3 minutes then rinse.

Lavender Dry Shampoo

1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
10 drops lavender EO
10 drops sandalwood EO
5 drops neem oil

1- Place cornstarch in bowl, add essential oils and mix well to remove any lumps. Add neem oil and repeat.

2- To use just take small pinches and massage into scalp with fingertips. Brush lightly to distribute powder.

Anti-dandruff Shampoo

3/4 cups liquid castile soap
25 drops tea-tree EO
20 drops rosemary EO
15 drops cedarwood EO

1- Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine. Pour into container.

2- To use, massage into wet hair, rinse several times.

At one time I have tried using homemade shampoo's and even attempted a NO-POO, boy, oh boy!! Those were some terrible times of anxiety for me. Some people have had great success using those methods, I will be honest, I did not!!

I was also very terribly afraid of ruining my hair. As an Apostolic Pentecostal I could not just cut my hair and start over if I did ruin my hair! So in those attempts I quit way before the recommended times. I just could not do it. So now I do use store bought shampoo's, but they are 100% organic, sulfate free.

I wanted to share these recipes, even though I personally have not used them. I would love to know if you have used these or something similar, please share what you have used.

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  1. These sound wonderful. I will have to try this.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

    1. Anonymous5:42 PM

      Thank you, if you do please let me know how you liked them.

  2. This is great! I will have to try this as I'm trying to go as natural as possible and stay away from chemical filled products!

    1. Anonymous5:43 PM

      I sure hope you do try them! Going all natural is an awesome experience!

  3. I have yet to try a DIY shampoo, but have always been intrigued. My friend swears by using vinegar as a conditioner. I, however, have very thick, very long hair that can take a day to dry. I can't imagine going around smelling like vinegar for the day.

    1. Anonymous5:45 PM

      You hair would not smell like vinegar if you used only 2 tablespoons to 1 cup of water. My hair is past my bottom and I double that recipe, and I never smell bad. It actually smells really good once its dry!!

  4. I have never tried a DIY shampoo either. This is so new to me. I love the idea of making your own dry shampoo. I sweat a ton and this would be great after a workout so that I don't need to get my hair wet to wash it. Thanks.

    1. Anonymous5:45 PM

      I use dry shampoo all the time! Its amazing!!

  5. Oh my gosh! I bet these smell so good!!! I can't wait to try the one for oily hair! Thanks so much!!

    1. Anonymous1:17 PM

      The dry shampoo is a winner all the way around! You will love it!

  6. Thanks for sharing these. I too tried that no-poo thing from pinterest and did not like the results - my hair looked terrible. I know they said it got worse before it got better but I didn't think I could go any longer with it looking like that. I am now using an organic sulfate free shampoo and hair looks much better and less dry.

    1. Anonymous1:18 PM

      Yea the No-poo method was stressful to say the least!

  7. Wow, these really sound wonderful. I love the smell of Lavender! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I'm sure it's not intentional, but I'm not seeing a link back to the party.

  8. Love that you gave so many options, everyone is covered. Lavender is such a beautiful scent too so makes for a relaxing shampoo :) Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  9. Gidday Brandy! It's so nice to meet you. I got your message and have been having a good look over your blog. I'm so glad you shared a lot of your posts at Thriving on Thursday. It's exactly the type of thing I like to see on my blog and the type of life I like to lead. I have you on Feedly now so I can keep up to date with your latest posts. I'm featuring this one about the shampoo this week. Thanks again and welcome from downunder!

    Anne xx


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