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8 DIY All-Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Recipes

People decide to try making homemade versions of store-bought hair care products for a variety of reasons. Some people are looking to save money, and others are looking for all natural alternatives for their favorite shampoos and conditioners.


Here are some easy homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes for you to try. Feel free to experiment with them until they suit your hair-care needs.

All-Natural Dandruff Shampoo

1 c. liquid castile soap*
5 drops tea tree essential oil
1/2 tsp. jojoba oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in a pint sized mason jar. Shake well before using. If you find that this shampoo dries out your hair or scalp too much, then add a little more jojoba oil.

coconut oil

Oily Hair Shampoo

1 1/2 c. liquid castile soap
5 drops lavender oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in a pint sized mason jar. Apply a small amount to wet hair and wash as usual.

Dry Shampoo

If you don't have time to take a shower, you might want to try this dry shampoo that you can just spray in your hair to remove extra oil from your hair.

1 tbsp. cornstarch
4 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol

While this shampoo is not technically "dry", you won't have to get your hair wet to use it. The cornstarch and the rubbing alcohol will have a drying effect on your hair, which is great for people who have naturally oily hair.

Dry Hair Shampoo

If you have troubles with dry hair, then give this easy homemade shampoo recipe a try.

1 c. liquid castile soap
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. tea tree oil
1/4 c. water

Mix all ingredients together and store in a pint sized mason jar. Use a small amount and shampoo as usual.

Honey Hair Conditioner

4 tbsp. honey
10 tbsp. white vinegar
2 c. water

Mix together honey, vinegar, and water in a quart sized mason jar. Shake until thoroughly combined. Apply honey conditioner after shampooing as normal. Leave conditioner on hair for 5 minutes and then rinse. Style as usual.

Avocado Deep Conditioning Treatment

2 c. real mayonnaise
1 small avocado

Peel and cut up avocado and place in a small bowl. Mash with a potato masher and stir in mayonnaise until smooth.

Rub avocado mixture into hair and wrap hair in a warm damp towel. Leave on hair for 20 minutes and then rinse.

Note: Use this conditioner right after you make it, it does not store well.

Banana Deep Conditioning Treatment

As an alternative to avocados, you can also use mashed bananas as a deep conditioner.

1 small ripe banana
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. sweet almond oil

Mash the ripe banana in small bowl and mix in honey and almond oil. Rub banana mixture into hair and wrap hair in a warm damp towel. Leave on hair at least 15 minutes and then rinse.

Homemade Baby Shampoo and Baby Wash

1/4 c. liquid castile soap
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. warm water

Mix all ingredients together and store in a pint sized mason jar. You can also add a couple of drops of essential oil such as lavender oil to this recipe, but if you are using this as shampoo, take care not to get it in your baby's eyes.

*Note: You should be able to find most of these ingredients at your local Walmart. You might have to look at a health food store or a grocery store that has a health food section to find the liquid castile soap. You can find it on the same aisle with the natural cleaning products.

Consider limiting the chemicals you take into your body by making your own shampoos and conditioners. As with anything, it takes time to get used to making your own homemade products. An added benefit to making your own is being able to customize the products by changing the scents with your favorite essential oils.

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