Homemade Hair Recipes

People prefer their own homemade hair recipes for shampoos, conditioners and rinses for a variety of reasons. Some want to avoid the chemicals often packed into commercial products. They want to know exactly what they're putting on their hair and skin. They also like customizing ingredients to suit their particular hair condition, whether it be color-treated, dry, damaged or oily. To complement your custom shampoo and conditioner, here's a popular hair color made mainly from gentle, plant-based ingredients. 

It takes a bit of experimenting to create a homemade shampoo or natural hair conditioner that works for you. How well certain ingredients work depends on your specific hair type and prior hair treatments. One factor that improves results for everyone regardless of which homemade hair recipes they use is water. Water quality makes a crucial difference in how well hair care products work. Hard, mineral water makes products difficult to rinse out. Pure water doesn't react with product ingredients so leaves hair feeling soft and clean. If your home water supply isn't naturally soft, invest in a shower filter to get the best results from your homemade hair recipes.

Homemade Shampoo Recipes

Here's a basic shampoo recipe that can be modified with substitution ingredients. This product can be stored without refrigeration for about a month. You can also make a coconut milk shampoo using this recipe by simply substituting coconut milk for the water. However, the coconut milk for hair products will require refrigeration.

Homemade Hair Recipes - Basic

1/3 cup liquid castile  soap

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon almond oil

20 drops essential oil for scent - optional


mild pH balanced shampoo

herbal infused water or aloe vera juice

olive, argan, jojoba, coconut, avocado or ojon oil

Homemade Conditioner

The best hair conditioners restore pH balance, moisturize and promote hair health. For home made hair conditioners to accomplish these tasks they need a slightly acidic base, essential fatty acids, nutrients and anti-oxidants. You can make your own hair conditioner with this basic recipe and substitute ingredients as needed. Create your own high quality organic hair conditioners that cost a fraction of their retail counterparts. These nutrient-rich conditioners can be left on hair for an hour or longer before shampooing out.

Homemade Hair Recipes - Basic

1/3 cup aloe vera gel

2 Tablespoons almond oil

1/3 cup mashed banana


mayonnaise, plain yogurt

olive, argan, jojoba, coconut, avocado or ojon oil

ripe mango, avocado, strawberries

Homemade Hair Rinses

A vinegar rinse is often recommended to remove residual hair buildup and restore healthy pH levels. An apple cider vinegar treatment has anti-bacterial properties and many report it soothes dry, itchy skin. Often people claim when they rinse hair with vinegar their hair looks very shiny. The acidic rinse tightly closes cuticles and smooths hair shafts so they reflect light better. Rinsing hair with cool water encourages the cuticles to close. For best results always use a diluted solution by adding a few tablespoons per cup of water. It's not necessary to remove the vinegar rinse with water since the vinegar smell fades as hair dries. This rinse works best on normal and oily hair.

Fresh lemon or lime juice is also a popular hair rinse. It's a natural astringent that works especially well on oily hair. Simply squeeze the juice from one large lemon or two limes and mix it with 2 quarts of water. Pour slowly over hair and let it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing out.

The Right pH Balance

Hair products must impart the right pH balance for optimal hair and scalp health. A naturally slightly acidic scalp keeps bacteria in check that otherwise can lead to itching and dandruff. On a scale of 1 to 14, 1 is most acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is most alkaline. Castile soaps and baking soda are popular ingredients in many homemade hair recipes but they are highly alkaline with a pH around 9. Many people recommend using a vinegar hair rinse after using castile soap or baking soda to restore pH to the 4-5 range.

If you have color-treated hair some people claim alkaline products encourage color fading. The reviews are mixed so experiment with small amounts in your homemade hair recipes first. If you're concerned about color fading substitute a mild, sulphate free shampoo in the homemade shampoo recipe instead of the castile soap. A good shampoo for oily hair should have a pH range of 4-5 and also contain herbal extracts known to combat excess oil such as nettle, rosemary and lavender.

Home Remedies for Oily Hair

There are herbs that have been used for centuries to combat oily hair. Nettle, Burdock root, Lavender, Calendula, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel bark and Lemongrass are popular remedies. Herbal rinses are easy yet effective homemade hair recipes to make. Simply add ¼ cup dried herbs to 2 cups of boiling water. Let solution set overnight, strain herbs out then rinse hair with the herbal infusion. As you're pouring the rinse over your head, capture it in a bowl so it can be reapplied several more times. For maximum benefits leave herbal rinse in and let hair air dry.


Many people suffer from oily hair and scalp. Often they mistakenly believe the cause of oily hair to be diet related. They try to get rid of oily hair by refraining from fatty foods without success. Or they shampoo even more frequently which often causes the body to produce even more oil to compensate. However, what causes oily hair is more likely due to their genetics and hormonal changes. Fortunately there are many homemade hair recipes for oily hair that are simple yet effective. Egg yolk and honey has been used as a remedy for centuries. Simply mix the yolks of 2 eggs with 2 Tablespoons of honey to make a homemade hair mask. Massage into hair and scalp and leave on for 30 minutes or more before rinsing. Honey conditions and moisturizes while egg yolk binds with excess oils in your hair.

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