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Homemade Shampoo For Natural Hair

Homemade shampoo for natural hair is easier than you think. Many naturals are looking for easy recipes and I've got you covered!

Making homemade shampoo for summer? Sure, why not? It’s easier than you think and it seems that many are opting for more natural and homemade options according to my blog readers.  My goal is to create posts that cater to your needs and being a new natural does not mean you aren’t eager to try a homemade shampoo or another diy hair product.

Easiest DIY Conditioners For Natural Hair

Creating hair products is a tried and true way to ensure you are getting all the ingredients you want and nothing that you don’t. Want to save some money? Creating homemade hair products is an ideal way to do that and starting off with a homemade shampoo is going to get you on the DIY path before you know it!

Why create a homemade shampoo

It may seem obvious to some, but creating your own hair product is cheaper, allows for less chemicals you don’t want and will also make sure you know EXACTLY what you are using. That is

Basic Homemade Shampoo

½ cup water
½ cup castile vegetable-based liquid soap like Dr. Bronner’s (available on Amazon)
1 teaspoon light vegetable oil or glycerin (omit if you have oily hair)

A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Combine ingredients, mix well, and put in a recycled shampoo bottle. Use a palm-full of the shampoo or less to lather once, and then rinse with warm water. This homemade shampoo is thinner than commercial shampoo and it won’t suds as much — but it will eliminate oil and grime just as well as the over-the-counter stuff.


Detox hair mask method

This DIY hair mask helps to pull those stubborn impurities out of and on the hair shaft and is sort of  and get your hair and scalp fully cleaned. This is optional as you can simply use a natural cleansing shampoo recipe (listed below) but if you are not in favor of this process taking a month or longer, a detox hair mask is for you.  I use this before each season to get my hair ready for new weather.

1/2 cup bentonite clay powder 
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 additional cup apple cider or regular vinegar

How To Use
Mix bentonite clay powder, aloe vera gel and 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair. Put on a shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Don’t let the mixture dry! Rinse thoroughly. Rinse with 1 cup vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo. Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak.

Avocado Oil + Glycerin Homemade Shampoo

Glycerin is a natural humectant and avocado oil has a higher amount of monounsaturated fatty acids than coconut oil and grapeseed oil. It is an excellent moisturizer and when coupled with glycerin, it will bring massive amounts of moisture to your strands while you cleanse them in this shampoo.


½ cup distilled water
1 tsp. avocado oil
¼ cup liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bonner’s)
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
1/8 tsp. peppermint essential oil
1/8 tsp. tea tree essential oil
10-15 drop of favorite essential oil for fragrance (optional)

How to use

Mix all of the ingredients well and place them in an old shampoo bottle or another container. Shake the mixture well before each use before applying to your scalp and hair. Gently massage for two minutes before rising well. Condition and style as usual.


DIY Shampoo With African Black Soap

I know many of you love videos that give step by step instruction so I had to share one. This one is a favorite and for good reason so check it out and let me know what you think.

We love Naptural85 and her amazing DIY hair recipes and this African Black Soap recipe is worth checking out!  There are so many reasons to try using African Black soap as a shampoo as it will heal your scalp, rid of dirt and any ailments your scalp or hair is harboring.

She also has her own hair line! Yay, and it’s so amazing.  You can check it out here at Ulta. Melanin Haircare

Last minute tips!

  • Know the shelf life of your products you use in the recipes because without preservatives, their shelf life will be much shorter. When you you use preservatives, you lengthen the life for a few weeks. You can even add some of your own Preservatives too. Remember many of your mixes (if you have any left over) will need to be refrigerated to keep them from spoiling and it’s best to use them within a week or two.
  • If it smells funny, has fungus or mold growing on or in it, throw it out immediately. Now, something like your spray bottle concoction will be just fine sitting out for a few weeks just like my lavender water refresher spray. Most often, when you find recipes on blogs, they tell you how long they will last and how to store it, so take heed.
  • Label your creations and the ingredients and even add dates to ensure you are using it while it is fresh or still has potency. Do not just rely on your memory and know this is the best way to stay organized and to get the best out of your creations.
  • It is vital for your mixes to be stored in the right containers, jars and bottle so they last. Keep the lids on tight to stave off oxidation and to keep your product from degrading. Dark containers are best to store your mixes because the less light exposure the better and keep them out of sunlight.
  • Take notes on what you did. You want to make absolutely sure you do not make the same mistake twice by not remembering what you used. You also want to remember what you used for that bomb ass recipe. Take clear and accurate notes so you can recreate or change up accordingly. Also, you can find mixes from others and tweak adding more or less or replacing some items to accommodate your hair needs or what you have accessible. Make the recipe your own and taking notes will help you get there.

DIY Hair Pre Poo (MUST TRY) Recipes

Lastly, have fun and try new ingredients that you might never tried before. This is the time to experiment with research. That just means, look up your ingredients to know what you are using and if it will help and not hinder. If it sounds too good to be true or like an odd thing to do, skip it. Not for the Monistat type of recipes but more of the ones I have listed above.



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