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Recipes for DIY Shampoos and Conditioners

Have you ever wondered how to make your own shampoo and conditioner? Maybe you’re wondering for health reasons, monetary reasons or simply out of curiosity. DIY shampoos and conditioners have less chemicals and ingredients, can be very inexpensive and easy to make and are better on the environment.

Here are a few great recipes I’ve found online:

Homemade Shampoo

Use a bottle from the dollar store or an old recycled shampoo bottle for your recipe.

  • 1 cup pure liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
  • 1 cup green tea (brewed for 30 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Use as is, or depending upon your hair type, add an herbal infusion to replace the green tea in the above recipe. Use a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs and a cup of boiling water to prepare the infusion, steeping for 30 minutes. Here are some suggestions for different hair types (and predicaments):

  • for dark hair: sage leaves
  • for greasy hair: yarrow
  • for fair hair: marigold flowers
  • for dandruff: a mixture of nettle leaves and burdock roots

Homemade Conditioner

Use a simple vinegar rinse as a conditioner 2-3 times a week, and not only will you be truly surprised at the results – both shiny and detangled locks – you’ll wonder how you ever bought into the whole high-priced, toxic conditioner notion in the first place.

What you’ll need:

  • 2.5 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 bag of your favorite herbal tea, for fragrance

To make your vinegar rinse, place the water in a container of your choice (old conditioner bottle). Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Use about 3/4 of a cup of the rinse each time you condition, shaking up the bottle prior.

Natural Shampoo Using Coconut Oil

How to Make Natural Shampoo:

  1. 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)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing