Homemade shampoo: 8 natural recipes to take care of your hair

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To take care of our hair and have a dream mane, why not switch to homemade shampoo and mask recipes? Easy, ecological and good for your health, making your own shampoo is the beauty DIY we needed.

The slow cosmetic, we can not do without it. This art advocates a more thoughtful way of consumption thanks to natural home-made beauty products, in order to say goodbye to industrial products that are often filled with harmful components. By adopting a more ecological consumption, we focus on what is necessary: products that make us feel good. In our bathroom, we use coconut oil in beauty DIY for our hair and skin and we can’t do without it! So why not offer our body all the natural care it needs, starting with healthy hair thanks to homemade shampoo recipes?

Industrial shampoos: what do they contain?

Irritating, polluting, dangerous for health… Industrial shampoos would be the cause of many ills. The fault of their chemical composition! Among the list of the ingredients, one finds for example sulphates, surface-active agents appreciated by the industrialists for their foaming property and their low cost.

Sulfates, also present in household products such as dishwashing liquid, are aggressive to the scalp and can, in time, weaken the hair. Other problematic components: parabens. Frequently used in cosmetic products, these preservatives are suspected of being endocrine disruptors and could be the cause of certain cancers. Most industrial shampoos also contain silicones that suffocate the scalp and promote sebum production.

Their smoothing action is only superficial: silicones wrap the hair in a protective sheath, which gives it a silky appearance, but does not repair it. Highly polluting, it is estimated that it takes between 400 and 500 years for the silicone present in nature to disappear. Sulfates, parabens, silicones… An explosive recipe for our hair that makes us want to switch to homemade shampoos!

Homemade shampoos and care: their benefits on our hair

Depending on the nutrients your hair needs at any given time, some ingredients could totally change your hair routine. Others are even multi-functional, like egg for example. Does your hair feel dry and brittle? Choose egg yolk, which is ideal for making your mane more supple. On the other hand, hair with an oily tendency requires the egg white to be mixed with the yolk. To make your own homemade shampoo and increase its benefits, you can also opt for a few drops of oils (vegetable, essential). Nevertheless, be careful to respect the dosage indicated in the recipes.

How to make a natural recipe to make a homemade shampoo?

To take care of your hair, you have to know it. Whether your hair is greasy, thick, fine or dry, there are different types of shampoos for each texture. Making your own shampoo has many advantages, both for your health and for the environment. By controlling the composition, we make sure to use only natural products that are good for our mane. No need to break the bank, most of the products used in DIY shampoo recipes are already in our cupboards. Honey, eggs, yogurt… Each ingredient has its virtues, which can be combined to create a custom lotion. Looking for inspiration? We have selected 8 recipes to make a homemade shampoo adapted to your hair type.

Zero Waste homemade shampoo recipes

If you know and appreciate solid shampoos, it’s probably because of their often very clean composition, without artifice and especially for their ecological format. Often sold in recycled cardboard packaging, or even in a reusable metal box to keep them dry, solid shampoos shine because of their effectiveness and their long life span. To complete your Zero Waste routine and to be a little more ethical in your consumption, you can think about taking your solid cosmetics with you by making a carrying case for solid soap and shampoo yourself.

Find here 8 natural recipes to take care of your hair.

Dry shampoo recipe


  • 1 tablespoon defatted cocoa (for brunettes)
  • 1 tablespoon of Arrow-Root powder (if not available, substitute cornstarch)
  • one tablespoon of white clay


  1. Add one tablespoon of Arrow-Root, one tablespoon of white clay and one tablespoon of cocoa to a small container.
  2. Mix the preparation.


  1. Apply with a brush to the grapes of the head or the greasiest areas.
  2. Massage so that the dry shampoo is well distributed.
  3. Leave the dry shampoo on for 5 to 10 minutes (by tying up your hair for example).
  4. Brush your hair over a bathtub or sink so that the powder doesn’t fall everywhere.

Recipe for solid shampoo

Ingredients :

  • Sodium coco sulfate 80% = 40gr (allows to formulate foaming shampoos)
  • Shea butter 10% = 5gr
  • Infusion of chamomile 10% = 5gr
  • 20 drops of silk protein (moisturizing and will help to coat and smooth the hair)
  • 20 drops of provitamin B5 (strengthens and coats the hair, soothes the skin)
  • 2 g of emuslifer conditioner (hair conditioner)
  • 5 g of stinging nettle powder (strengthens hair, regulates sebum and fights against hair loss)
  • 1 drop of lactic acid (adds shine to hair)


  • 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil (tones the scalp, fights oily skin)
  • 2 drops of Jatamansi spikenard essential oil (stimulates hair growth)
  • 1 drop of German chamomile essential oil (fights against skin irritations)
  • 1 mold
  • 1 mini whisk
  • 2 containers, 1 for mixing the ingredients and 1 for the water bath for the oil phase


  1. Aqueous phase: infuse the chamomile flowers for 10 min and take 5 g in which to melt 40 g of sodium coconut sulfate in a water bath.
  2. Oily phase: melt 5 g of shea butter + 2 g of emuslifer conditioner in a water bath.
  3. Do a Mix together the 2 phases, then add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mix well to obtain a homogeneous paste.
  5. Mix well to obtain a homogeneous paste.
  6. Place the dough in a mold and let dry for a few days before use.

Recipe for shampoo for dry hair

This recipe uses jojoba oil, an oil known for its moisturizing and repairing properties. Perfect for dry hair, this homemade shampoo will only take you a few minutes to make.


  • 25 cl of distilled water
  • 25 cl of Castile soap (known for its moisturizing properties)
  • 250 ml of Aloe Vera
  • 250 ml of jojoba oil
  • One teaspoon of glycerin


  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply on hair as a traditional shampoo.

Recipe for shampoo for oily hair

This recipe is based on lemon and bergamot essential oils, known for their purifying properties. This shampoo can be stored up to six months if stored in a dry place, away from light and heat.


  • 186 ml of Neutral Universal Washing Gel BIO
  • A spoon of 0,5 ml of arginine
  • 16 drops of essential oil of bergamot BIO
  • 16 drops of organic lemon essential oil


  1. Pour each ingredient in a bowl, one by one.
  2. Mix gently.
  3. Transfer the preparation into a bottle.
  4. Recipe for pH balanced shampoo
  5. Recipe from Hello Glow blog

Store-bought shampoos have a high pH, around 10, while the acidity of our scalp is more like 5. Too aggressive, they destroy the hydrolipidic film that protects our hair from external aggressions. Stephanie Gerber, from the Hello Glow blog, has come up with a pH-balanced shampoo that is adapted to our skin’s natural acidity.


  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 10 drops of essential oil of ylang ylang, rosemary or lavender


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Keep the mixture at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  3. Shake well before use.

Recipe for fortifying shampoo

This shampoo uses the benefits of eggs to restore hair strength.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of rum
  • one tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Apply to hair by massaging, then rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Recipe for Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

We use the power of thyme to cleanse the scalp and fight dandruff. A little time consuming to make, this shampoo can be kept for up to three months.


For phase A:

  • 24 ml of surfactant base consistency.

For phase B:

  • 3 drops of organic lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops of organic rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops of organic thyme geraniol essential oil

For phase C:

  • 111 ml of organic neutral shampoo base

For phase D :

  • 7.5 ml of plant salicylic acid cosmetic active ingredient
  • 1.3 ml of silk protein cosmetic active (liquid)


  1. Transfer phase A to a bowl. Heat slightly if necessary to obtain a homogeneous translucent preparation.
  2. Pre-solubilize phase B in phase A by mixing vigorously between each addition.
  3. Add phase C to the A+B mixture.
  4. Finally, add phase D, mixing well between each addition.
  5. Transfer the preparation into a bottle using a small funnel if necessary.

Dry shampoo recipe

No time to wash your hair? Dry shampoo is here to save you! Simple to make, this recipe found on Gala’s Blog uses cocoa to tint the mixture, but blondes will be fine without it.


  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of green clay
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of cocoa for brunettes (adjust according to your hair color)
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix the green clay, cornstarch and essential oil in a bowl.
  2. Add the cocoa until the right color is obtained.
  3. Use with a brush or sprinkle on the skull.
  4. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then brush well.

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