Are you suffering from hair fall or having hair woes such as dandruff, rough hair, dry hair, oily scalp? One of the major reasons why you are facing hair issues might be your shampoo which is often full of chemicals such as SLS/SLES and these can come in your way of getting gorgeous hair. Now, what’s the solution – try making completely natural and homemade shampoo yourself. Making your own shampoo would not only save you some money, it would also allow you to be in control of not adding any chemical into your hair. So without any further ado, we would like to share with you all 10 homemade shampoo recipes for beautiful hair:
1. Coconut Milk Shampoo
Take 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (can be bought online), 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil, 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind and shake well so that all the ingredients can be mixed well. You can store this mixture in the refrigerator for about a month. People with normal hair types can use rosemary, chamomile or lavender essential oils whereas chamomile and jojoba works great for dry hair types.
Note: For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil too in this mixture
2. Honey Shampoo
Take 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons mild shampoo of your choice, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon witch hazel, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon rosewater. Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Massage into your hair and your scalp well and then rinse out with warm, not hot water. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator and use the next time you shampoo. This recipe is especially suited for people with oily hair and scalp.
3. Dried herbs Shampoo
Boil 2 cups distilled or spring water and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes. Now take 10 tablespoons dried herbs of your choice (rosemary and sage are a good choice for dark hair while lavender and nettle can be used for any hair type) and put them in a cup of boiling water. Cover and allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes undisturbed. Strain the liquid from the pan into a medium sized mixing bowl and add half cup of liquid castile soap, 10 to 20 drops essential oil and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Stir vigorously and pour the contents in a plastic bottle. Store the shampoo in the refrigerator and use approximately one tablespoon per application, and shake well before each use.
4. Egg Shampoo
Put 1 egg, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon mild unscented shampoo and 1/2 cup water in a blender and blend until you get a smooth and runny liquid. Put this liquid in an old shampoo bottle and store in the refrigerator for multiple use.
5. Jojoba oil shampoo for dry hair
Take 1 tbsp mild shampoo, /2 tsp glycerin 1/2 tsp jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup distilled water. Swirl all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store in air-tight container. This shampoo will not lather as much as commercial ones but it will clean your hair nicely.
6. Baking Soda Clarifying Shampoo
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 3 cups water (this will make enough for several washings). Store in a plastic or glass container. You can also make it one serving at a time. Mix 1 Tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water. Shake well each time you want to use this natural clarifying shampoo. Apply to your scalp and scrub it gently.
7. Natural Shikakai and Reetha Shampoo:
Shikakai has been used since ancient times to cleanse scalp and hair. It produces lather and cleans hair without stripping the natural oils. Reetha, which is also called soapnut, is a popular ingredient in haircare products in ayurveda. It also lathers well and when shikakai and soapnuts are combined together, they not only cleanse hair, they condition hair and aid in hair growth.
To make this shampoo, take about 15 – 20 reethas and 5 to 10 shikakai pieces. Reetha is a fabulous cleanser but it tends to dry out hair, so we add shikakai for its natural conditioning and hair softening properties. Remove the seeds from soapnuts and soak both of them in a pot of water overnight. This will soften them to some extent. The next morning, boil this mixture or 15 to 20 mins on slow heat until they are soft and tender, you would be able to see foam once the water starts to boil. Strain the mixture, crush the soapnuts and shikakai together, to get the pulp, and wash your hair with this water. Detailed procedure on how to make this shampoo (along with pics) in this post here.
8. Reetha, Shikakai, Amla and Hibiscus Shampoo:
This shampoo is great for thrice a week use. It even helps when your hair is oiled! Reetha is normally dries out hair, so shikakai balances this. Hibiscus is great to prevent premature greying and amla is good to stop hair fall. This one’s a power packed shampoo.
This you will need to make this shampoo:
40-45 – soap nuts.
20-25 – pieces of Shikakai.
3 tbsp – hibiscus powder.
3 tbsp – Amla Powder
In a pot of water (take a big vessel and fill it with water), add the above ingredients and leave it overnight. The next day, they would have already become soft, so boil the water and let the mixture simmer on low flame for one hour. Switch off the flame and let it remain till it cools down. Remove the seeds of reetha and squeeze out the remaining pulp nicely from the reetha and shikakai, before discarding. Strain properly and store this liquid in a bottle in a refrigerator for about a week.
9. How to Make Dry Shampoo at Home
Feeling too lazy to wash your hair today, why not make your own dry shampoo then?
Things you will need – Just one ingredient – cocoa powder.
Take a little bit of cocoa powder on your fingers and dab it using your fingers on the roots of your greasy hair that need attention. Blend it through your hair evenly till you can see visible reduction in greasiness. Cocoa powder will absorb excess oil and dirt. Finally brush your hair. You will notice that this works great and reduces the greasiness to a great extent. It also gives a little bit of volume to the hair. Cocoa powder works best for dark hair and wouldn’t leave any whitish residue on the scalp.
10. Wheat Flour and Salt Dry Shampoo:
Combine wheat flour and salt in 2:1 ratio (e.g. for 1 teaspoon of wheat flour, add ½ teaspoon of salt). Store this mixture in a salt cellar and use it as described above instead of cocoa powder as your dry shampoo. Wheat flour also works good on dark hair. Apply and dab this fingers on the roots of greasy hair. This powder will absorb excess oil and brush your hair.