How to Make Hair Shampoo at Home


Ever gotten overwhelmed by all the different kinds of shampoo? Then don’t look at the back of those shampoo bottles, because you won’t even be able to pronounce most of the ingredients. When you make your own shampoo at home, you always know exactly what goes into it. Whether you make shampoo to avoid chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or to do your part for the environment, you might be surprised at how well it cleans your hair. Start with a basic recipe, then modify it to suit your particular needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Castile soap bar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. glycerin
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. light vegetable oil (optional)
  • Herbs and muslin tea bag (optional)

Grate the Castile soap bar using a kitchen grater. Grate only 8 tablespoons at a time for one batch, or grate the whole bar for other shampoo projects.

Melt 8 tablespoons of the grated Castile soap flakes in 3 cups of hot water.

Pour 3 tablespoons of glycerin into the soap mixture and stir until dissolved.

Pour into a shampoo container and store in a cool, dark place.

Add 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and 1/2 teaspoon light vegetable oil if you have dry hair.

Steep herbs in a muslin teabag in the hot water for an herbal shampoo. Chamomile will give extra shine to blond hair, while rosemary is beneficial for dark hair and oily hair. Try peppermint to liven things up a bit and rose petals for a sensual touch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Glycerin is available at most craft stores and Castile soap bars are found in most health stores. These items are also sold in online shops such as The Soap Saloon (see Resources). Chemical-free homemade shampoos do not suds up as much as store bought. Even though your homemade shampoo does not give you a white and bubbly shower cap does not mean your hair is not getting clean.
  • Always use high quality ingredients to avoid skin irritation.

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