Homemade Shampoo Recipe Plus Nourishing Rinse and Deep Conditioner

I’ve purchased several natural shampoos that I really enjoy, but the price is not always as enjoyable.  So I thought that a homemade shampoo recipe would be my best option for a natural alternative that is easy on the pocketbook.

Many homemade shampoo recipes use a base of Castile soap.  While I enjoy Castile soap for hands and body cleansing, my hair has never felt clean after shampooing with it.  It just feels weighed down and heavy.

Each of the recipes below can be used as often as you find necessary.  And the best part is they all use only one natural ingredient each that you probably already have in your home.

Homemade Shampoo Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Mix the baking soda with a small amount of water until a paste forms.  Apply the paste to the roots of your hair only.  Massage around your hairline and throughout your scalp.  Rinse with water.

Nourishing Rinse Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice

Mix vinegar with a small amount of water.  Apply the mixture to the ends of your hair only.  Rinse with water.

Deep Conditioner

  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

If you feel your hair is too dry or frizzy you can apply a tiny amount of coconut oil to your hair.  I just place a tiny amount in my palm, rub it around, and run my fingers through my hair.  No rinsing necessary.  I have naturally oily hair and this conditioner in very small amounts is light enough to effectively condition my hair without making it heavy or greasy.

This series of cleaning, rinsing, and conditioning leaves my hair feeling clean and healthy.  It’s shinier and healthier.  If you find the vinegar too harsh you can substitute lemon juice with excellent results.  Also, if you find the baking soda too abrasive for your scalp you can reduce the amount by half and mix in more water to make it more of a rinse.

Additional Homemade Shampoo Recipes

If you’re interested in more natural beauty ideas, check out these other homemade shampoo recipes:

What is your favorite homemade shampoo recipe?  If you do the no poo method, tell us your success story.  We need to know these things.  Make sure to leave a comment below.

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By |2013-12-04T01:39:53+00:00October 17th, 2012|Health and Wellness, Organic and Green Living|6 Comments

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  1. Michelle October 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I have been looking for a organic shampoo with no nut oils, and I tried the baking soda last night, ( I have baking soda in my bathroom already for cleaning purposes! : ) and I was amazed that it actually does work! My hair is fresh and clean. I also used my conditioner from “The Honest Company”, and it seemed to work well along with the baking soda wash. Thank you for the tip!

  2. Elvia February 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I color my hair ,Do this shampoo works with color hair?

  3. Amanda February 12, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Hair has a pH of 4 to 5.5, so to not disrupt your acid mantle (sebum production on your scalp) you should only use pH balanced shampoos. I have done a lot of research on this, I have also attended beauty school so I can say this is true. Using highly alkaline solutions on your hair (baking soda, bronners soaps, etc.) though it feels soft and manageable that is really the disulfide bonds in your internal hair structure being weakened by the alkaline solution.The colors and perms that are performed use this method to work, they “open up” your hair to deposit the color or permanent, then a clarifying shampoo is used to “close” your hair and lock the color or permanent in. To then bring your hair down to it’s proper pH a acidic solution (apple cider vinegar) when using a alkalinic cleanser is used, this is called clarifying. This dual process is not healthy for your hair or your scalp. There is a great tutorial on youtube on your hair’s pH and why this rollercoaster up and down the pH scale is highly disruptive. The maker of these tutorials is a licensed salon owner and stylist. You can check her out at KimmayTube on youtube. Or, you can ask any stylist that you know. This is why so many shampoos on the market advertise that it is pH balanced. Because that is very important. So forcing your hair to go up to an 8 or 9 and then forcing it back down to a 4.5 in a short period of time is very damaging. If you would like to keep your hair in it’s proper pH, and love making homemade beauty products, then mix 1/4 cup of coconut milk (store bought or homemade both are fine) and 3 heaping tablespoons of aloe vera gel (lily of the desert), shake well, strain through cheesecloth to remove aloe fibers, and wallah! You have pH balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair, stimulates growth of your hair, and is edible! Food for your hair! Refrigerate after use, it generally has a 1 week shelf life. You can find this recipe on youtube as well. I find that if you pour it on your scalp only, and massage and let rest till you are done with your shower, then rinse, it is magic on your hair. Just google all the benefits of aloe vera, and you will see. Then google all the benefits of coconut milk, and you will see again. This shampoo has been so amazing, I can’t ever imagine using anything else ever again.

  4. Gennifer August 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hello, I’ve been investigating ph balanced shampoo recipes and all I have found are the honey and water recipe an the aloe and coconut oil recipe. They look really good and I plan on trying the “aloe and coconut milk”, but do you know of any recipes that give the similar effects without the use of soap or vinegar? Thanks, great site!!!

    • Crystal Collins August 4, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Not any that I have tried Gennifer. Let me know if you find a good one! 🙂

    • SME June 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Try Dr Bronners Hair Rinse – as a conditioner… instead of a vinegar rinse. It’s concentrated so it has to be diluted (1-2 capfuls to 1 cup water) – the concentrate smells very citrusy. I like the hint of orange scent in the mix – which goes away once hair dries. Day 1 of trying it as a rinse to coconut milk/aloe gel shampoo. As per many comments online, hair feels greasy during transition period… hopefully this is a quick transition. Will experiment more.

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