How To Make A Powerful Shampoo That’s Kind To Your Hair


For women and men, shampoo is a perpetual expense, and, strangely, it varies dramatically in price—some shampoos are three dollars a bottle, some are thirty (and offer essentially the same results). You can make a powerful shampoo at home and save money over both cheap and pricey shampoos, and your hair will still shine. Another reason to make your own shampoo is that cosmetic companies often use unpleasant chemicals for fragrances and color in commercial shampoos.

Probably the simplest recipe for natural shampoo is just baking soda and water (which also works great as toothpaste). Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and use it like shampoo. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a gentle abrasive; it feels great to rub it on your scalp. And because of its grit, baking soda will remove dirt and oil from hair, and loose skin cells from the scalp—use it for a while and your hair and scalp will be healthier (after an initial period of extra dryness).

Another easy shampoo to make involves lemons and cucumbers. Peel one lemon and one cucumber, then put them in a blender or food processor (add a little water to help the chopping, if necessary). You’ll get a runny, smooth paste that smells wonderful; put it in a jar, bring it into the shower, and use it like a shampoo. Scrub and rinse well—lemon goo hangs on. This mixture will cut also down on dry scalp, and it smells lovely.

If you just need to clean your hair and head with minimal effort, buy a bar of castile soap. Use it to wash your body, then your head. If you let the bar sit in warm water for a bit, it’ll be easier to get the soap into your hair. Rinse it out with water, and later, if you like, rinse your hair with lemon juice, which makes hair shine.

But, if you are into shampoo, here’s a more involved recipe:


1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castile soap
20 drops of essential oils you like (Roman chamomile adds luster; cedar and clary sage add thickness; peppermint is a light stimulant)
1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional—good for dry scalp)


Put everything into a mason jar or old shampoo bottle, shake it up well, and keep it in the shower for a month. A teaspoon is plenty to shampoo with, it’s quite potent stuff.

A related hair care tip: if your hair is prone to being oily, there are all natural powders to try. Talcum powder (aka baby powder) and cornstarch, both of which usually cost a few dollars at most, can be sprinkled and rubbed into oily hair to gently clean it out. After you’ve applied this dry shampoo, comb out your hair and most of the powder will come off on the comb, along with dirt and oil.

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