How to Make Natural Homemade Shampoo

November 07, 2018

I’ve made natural alternatives to most of our household and toiletry products, but homemade shampoo was by far the toughest.
I tried the “no-poo” method, which has great results for some, but did not work on me at all. If you have coarse hair that isn’t naturally oily, this method may be great for you!
I also missed the foaming aspect of shampoo (I know… the “foam” in regular shampoo is made by chemicals and detergents…)
I tried plain liquid castile soap, which left a tangled mess, and I tried a bunch of homemade recipes that didn’t work well at all.
Finally, at the inspiration of a natural coconut milk (scented) shampoo that I love, I’ve finally found a recipe that I’m happy with and that doesn’t leave my hair tangled, oily or both.
Natural Shampoo Recipe
It’s such an easy recipe that I can’t believe it took me this long to think of it…
Secret ingredient: Coconut Milk!
What You’ll Need for Homemade Shampoo
Coconut milk
Liquid castile Soap (like Dr. Bronners)

Essential Oils of choice (I’ve used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

Homemade Shampoo Ingredients
¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)

1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap like Dr. Bronners

20 drops of Essential Oils of choice(I’ve used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Homemade Shampoo
Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)

Shake well to mix.

Keep in shower for up to a month.

Shake before each use.

Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.

If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

Note: Some people find that a 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water used as a rinse helps get hair cleaner and increases shine.

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