Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair

Hey everyone,

I have been trying to go all natural in terms of shampoos, but have miserably failed. Sometimes a bad recipe or sometimes pure laziness! Having known the dangerous and horrible things that commercial shampoos do to our hair has horrified me enough to get back up and start making my homemade shampoo once again! So after much research and trials, here are my two best recipes for a homemade shampoo. So, let me first ask you a few questions. Are you suffering from hair fall? Are you facing problems with your hair in terms of hair thinning even if you are taking care of your hair? Dry Hair? Rough Hair? Well, all of these are consequences of nothing but our commercial shampoos. Thanks to the following ingredients (they are really bad for your hair):

Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
  • DEA/Diethanolamine.
  • Parabens.
  • Fragrance.

I cannot shout enough on SLS/SLES. Even though I have stopped using shampoos consisting SLS/SLES since a year now and have seen the difference it has made to my hair; I still want to avoid as much chemicals in my hair as possible. This world is full of chemicals, even in food, so the more natural the better!

So, here are 2 homemade shampoo recipes’ that’ll be great for your hair:

1. Reetha, Shikakai, Amla and Hibiscus Mix:

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!

Things you will need: (This will make a batch enough to last a week, 4-5 washes for waist length hair).

Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair


  • 40-45 – Reethas (soap nuts).
  • 20-25 – pieces of Shikakai.
  • 3 tbsp – hibiscus powder.
  • 3 tbsp – Amla Powder.


1. In a pot of water (take a big vessel and fill it with water), add the above ingredients and leave it overnight.
2. The next day, they would have already become soft, so boil the water and let the mixture simmer on low flame for one hour.

Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair

3. Switch off the flame and let it remain till it cools down.
4. Remove the seeds of reetha and squeeze out the remaining pulp nicely from the reetha and shikakai, before discarding.
5. Strain properly and store this liquid in a bottle in a refrigerator for about a week or 10 days.

Eco Tip: The remains of reetha and shikakai that are left after straining can be used as a hair mask! (Remember to remove the seeds of reetha and grind it to make a wonderful paste to be used as a mask).

How To Use This Homemade Shampoo:
This liquid can be used as a shampoo.  Allow it to come to room temperature.  Remember you will see less foam in this current state and it will foam only when your hair is clean, so you will need to use it 2-4 times depending on your hair type. This liquid will also clean hair if you have oiled your hair. Condition your hair as usual after washing; you may want to keep your conditioner for a little extra period of time since natural shampoos do not have silicones (conditioning agent) present in our regular shampoos.

Pros of Reetha, Shikakai, Amla and Hibiscus Shampoo:

  • Zero chemicals.
  • Cleanses and conditions hair.
  • In the long run, this shampoo helps prevent premature greying of hair.
  • The ingredients are not expensive/hard to obtain.
  • Prevents hair fall.
  • Makes hair soft and shiny.

Cons of Reetha, Shikakai, Amla and Hibiscus:

  • Reetha can be drying to your hair, but nothing that a conditioner would not be able to resolve.
  • This can be a messy and time-consuming procedure.

My Tip: I know this is a little messy procedure, but trust me, it will be worth going that extra mile. You can spend squeeze out a bit of time on a Sunday and prepare the batch for the coming week!

2. Homemade Shampoo 2:  Build-up Clearing Shampoo
This one is a simple recipe and can be used once in two weeks to clear the build-up from your hair. This shampoo makes your hair squeaky clean, but it is advised to use it ONCE in two weeks ONLY.  Since the nature of baking soda is alkaline, it does not go well with the natural pH level.

Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair

Things you’ll need (for one time wash):

  • Baking Soda.
  • Warm water.


  • Mix 1 part baking soda, in 3 parts of water.
  • That’s it! Use the liquid as a shampoo and see your hair become super clean!

How To Use The Build Up Clearing Shampoo:

Since baking soda is alkaline in nature, it is advised to use this shampoo once in two weeks to clear your scalp off all the build-up. Once washed, rinse your hair with vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) – this step is important to neutralize your hair; since baking soda is very alkaline (PH: 9.5) Later, condition as usual 🙂

These shampoos will save you not only your money but will give you healthy, gorgeous tresses. Go that EXTRA mile, IT’S WORTH IT!

Have a great weekend guys….. Lots of Love and Light 🙂


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6 thoughts on “Two Homemade Chemical-Free Shampoos For Shiny Hair

  1. Amazing Vidhi! ritha shikkakai shampoo, I used to make earlier, but now, since it’s time consuming, I have not made it in a long time 🙁 I have one doubt about apple cider vinegar, how many parts water should I add for diluting acv?

    1. Thanks Jomol… Ya even I do get lazy sometimes… but then again I get up! Make it 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts luke warm water.. that’s what I do 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this Vidhi! When we were young, My mom used to wash our hair with reetha sheekakai shampoo and she use to make it fresh every time. I am now so lazy to do all this.. 🙁

  3. I used to wash my hair with reetha, amla, and shikakai years ago, it’s really a wonderful home-made cleaner! Used to love it back then but now it seems like a task to do… 🙁

    xx Aditi

    1. Aditi! its a sign you need to start again :P… I know its a task … but thinking of long term it realllyyyy is worth a few minutes … Go do it ! 🙂

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