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Simple Homemade Shampoo Recipes for All Hair Types

Making your own homemade shampoo can be fun, and relatively inexpensive. They don't contain harsh chemicals or synthetics that can damage your hair or your health. You can also have a lot of fun experimenting with essential oils if you are into aromatherapy and add a different essential oil every time you make a batch. That way you can finally come up with a shampoo you really like.

Other than just being fun, homemade shampoo can also allow you to come up with a natural beauty product that is right for your hair type. So whether you have normal, oily or dry hair you will be able to find a shampoo recipe here for your type of hair.

And if you are looking for some hair rinses head over to our section on natural hair care tips.

Homemade Shampoo Recipes for All Hair Types

Basic Shampoo Recipes

This first homemade shampoo recipe is for all hair types.

  • 1 cake toilet soap, grated
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons Eau de Cologne

Simmer grated soap in boiling water until dissolved. Allow to cool before adding the eau de Cologne. Store in jars.

This second recipe doesn't use as much soap.

  • 1 tablespoons of good toilet soap, grated
  • 1/2 pint hot water
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine (buy from your local drug store)
  • 2 teaspoons Eau de Cologne

Melt soap in hot water, add the glycerine and eau de Cologne. Mix, bottle and shake before using.

  • For dark hair, rinse with 2 tablespoons malt vinegar to 1 pint warm water.
  • For fair hair, rinse with lemon juice instead of the malt vinegar.

Family Shampoo

Save all your leftover soap pieces or grate 1 bar of toilet soap. I like using the Pears glycerine soap. If you are using the soap bar grate it first. Boil in 2 cups of water and simmer until the soap has all dissolved.When the mixture has cooled pour into wide mouthed bottle or jar. You can ad a couple of drops of an essential oil of your choice for a nice fragrance. When the mixture is cold it will form a jelly.

Homemade Shampoo Recipes for Dry Hair

Basic Egg Shampoo

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water

Beat the egg yolk, then slowly beat in the water. Work the mixture into your scalp and hair using your fingertips. Rinse thoroughly, and dry.

No-Soap Egg Shampoo

  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1 lemon

Beat egg with the lemon juice. Massage into the hair before rinsing out with luke warm water. This will leave your hair soft and glossy.

* You can use 1 dessertspoon apple cider vinegar instead of the lemon juice.

Egg Yolk Shampoo

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Eau de Cologne
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pint warm water

Beat egg yolks with eau de Cologne, massage into hair then lather and wash. Follow with a rinse of lemon juice in 1 pint warm water.

Egg and Brandy Shampoo

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 egg yolks

Combine the water and the brandy, slowly beat in the egg yolks. Massage into the hair and allow it to sit in the hair for 10 minutes before rinsing away.

Egg and Chamomile Shampoo for Dry, Fair Hair

  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg yolk

Make 1 cup strong chamomile tea with the water and the tea bags. Beat the egg yolk and beat into the chamomile infusion.

A Rich Egg Shampoo and Treatment for Dry Hair

  • 15 ml rosemary essential oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 15 ml glycerine

Mix all ingredients together. Rub into wet hair, and leave for 10 minutes. Then work into a lather and wash hair well before rinsing in clear, warm water.

Hair Rinse:

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 drops essential rosemary oil

Mix together in a teacup of warm water. Rinse through hair.

Coconut Oil Shampoo

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine
  • 3 tablespoons rosemary leaves and flowers

Make the rosemary infusion first. Take the 3 tablespoons of rosemary leaves and flowers and boil in 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, before using.  Now combine all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well.

Homemade Shampoo Recipes for Oily Hair

Egg and Rum Shampoo

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 cup rose water *

First beat the eggs, massage through hair, leave for 15 minutes, rinse off well with water. Now mix the rum and rose water together, using this as a rinse. You can pour through the hair 2 - 3 times.

* You can make your own rose water by taking 3 cups rose petal off your roses. Now boil  the rose petals in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes. Cool and strain out the petals. Bottle the rose water in clean, sterilized jars. The rose water will last 6 months like this.

Chamomile and Egg White Shampoo

  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg white

Make a strong infusion with the chamomile tea bags. Whip up the egg white and fold in the chamomile tea. Use and rinse off in warm water.

Homemade Shampoo for Dandruff

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tepid water

Beat the egg yolks into the warm water, massage into scalp and hair. Leave for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Now mix the apple cider vinegar with the tepid water and rinse through the hair 2-3 times.

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Once in while you don't have time to wash and dry your hair but your hair looks a little greasy because it is over due for a wash. Don't panic! Just take the smallest amount of cornflour and sprinkle it on the hair. Now brush it through. Of course this is a lot easier if you have fair hair.

Where to Go After This?

Natural Hair Care Tips

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Homemade Beauty Recipes

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By Kathryn Bax

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