Natural Shampoo Recipe You Can Make at Home

In this article, we'll take a look at a healthy recipe to make your very own natural shampoo at home. It's a very easy natural shampoo recipe!
Natural Shampoo Recipe You Can Make at Home

Last update: 24 April, 2019

Would you like to make your own shampoo with a natural shampoo recipe?

These days, most of the products we use to wash our hair are synthetic and contain substances that can damage our hair and overall health. If you want to protect your hair from all this, here’s an all-natural shampoo recipe that’s easy to make at home!

Why Use Natural Shampoo?

Shampoo manufacturers want their products to smell attractive and create a lot of foam.Often, we don’t realize that these are actually very powerful products that are harmful to health when used over time.

For example, most of them contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant (tensioactive compound) which they also use as an industrial detergent and degreaser. When we apply it to our scalp, it removes the natural oils on our scalp and irritates and dries the skin. Plus, it’s also toxic.

A natural and healthy alternative is to use organic shampoos. You can buy them with natural and plant-based ingredients and essential oils, although these shampoos can be more expensive than conventional products.

To get around these problems, one solution is to use a traditional formula that’s natural and cost-effective and that you can make your own natural shampoo at home.

A Homemade Natural Shampoo Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Two plastic bottles

How to Make Shampoo

  • For normal hair, mix a tablespoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water until it dissolves and fill half of one of the bottles with it. This first mixture is your shampoo.
  • Add more baking soda for oily hair, or reduce the amount if you have dry hair.

How to Make Conditioner

  • Mix a quarter of a glass of apple cider vinegar with one glass of water in the second bottle. This second mixture acts as a conditioner.
  • The drier your hair is, the more vinegar you’ll need to add.

How to Apply Your Natural Shampoo and Conditioner

  1. Apply the baking soda mixture to wet hair, covering your scalp in sections and gently massaging it in.
  2. Rinse well. Your hair will feel a little rough, but the vinegar will neutralize its pH.
  3. Apply the vinegar mixture over your hair and scalp, and then rinse it out. (Don’t worry: The vinegar scent disappears once your hair dries).

Other Optional Ingredients for a Natural Shampoo Recipe

In addition, you can also add essential oils for a better fragrance and to take advantage of their properties. For example, tea tree oil helps with dandruff, and rosemary oil helps prevent hair loss. Lavender is relaxing for the scalp and leaves a lovely scent. 


Essential oil with rosemary, natural shampoo recipe

If your hair is very dry, apply a little jojoba oil or sesame oil after washing, and treat it to a hydrating hair mask when you feel it needs it.


Hair often needs a little time to adjust to the use of natural products, to replace that natural layer of oil that keeps our hair and scalp healthy.

Once you leave chemical products behind, you might experience notable changes, such as greasier hair or more dandruff. Do be patient, however, because after a couple of weeks the positive effects will start to show.

Another option is to make the transition slowly, using progressively less chemical products each time you wash, and progressively more natural shampoo and conditioner, until you’re eventually no longer using those damaging chemical products at all!

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