5 Homemade Shampoo Recipes That *Actually* Clean Your Hair

Read: natural formulas for a fraction of the Dhs!
5 Homemade Shampoo Recipes That *Actually* Clean Your Hair

Sure, your hippie-dippie third cousin has been singing the praises of homemade shampoo on your Facebook feed for what feels like eternity, but you probably haven’t found a good-enough reason to swap your store-bought cleanser. I get it: DIY shampoos can seem...extra...and kinda unnecessary, especially when you can name your price and preferred ingredients and still be able to order it on Amazon Prime.

But here’s the real draw to homemade shampoos: They’re completely customizable and totally natural, meaning you can concoct the perfect formula specifically for your hair type. Have a sensitive scalp yet can’t find a good sulphate-free shampoo? DIY it. Need a ton of moisture without the silicones? Yup, DIY. Trying to go green without spending $$? Um, hi, DIY.

Seriously, no matter your hair type or budget, you can pretty much craft the perfect shampoo that’ll actually clean your hair without destroying it. And because recipes/words can be hard, I rounded up my five favorite homemade shampoo tutorials that require virtually zero effort, ahead.

This Homemade Lightweight Shampoo

A pleasant little blend of natural ingredients (like hibiscus, nettle leaf, and aloe vera powder) are combined with Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Pure-Castile Liquid Soap in this easy-to-follow shampoo recipe. Follow YouTuber Sedona Christina’s lead and throw your homemade shampoo into a cute reusable glass bottle, and you’ll be more than willing to make some extra room in your shower.

This Homemade Shampoo for Dry, Damaged Hair

This recipe seems very, shall I say, outdoorsy (unless you crack open coconuts and juice aloe vera leaves on the reg), but YouTuber Loc Crush makes it look so damn easy. This little bit of extra work will leave you with a hair-softening, super-moisturizing cleanser you’ll genuinely love.

This Homemade Herbal Shampoo

Alongside a few heavenly scented herbs (think: lavender, rosemary, and thyme), this homemade shampoo is spiked with apple cider vinegar, which not only dissolves product buildup but also balances the pH levels of your hair and scalp, helping to cut down on itchiness and flakes.

This Homemade Shampoo and Body Wash Hybrid

If you’re going to take the time to DIY your shampoo, you might as well make it a multitasker, right? This homemade shampoo recipe is gentle enough to use on your hair and body, thanks to its three (yup, three) ingredients: coconut milk, castile soap, and lavender essential oil.

This DIY Dry Shampoo

When you make the switch from harsh cleansing agents to homemade shampoos, there’s a good chance your hair will get greasier faster, since you’re not using drying sulfates to strip the oil from your hair. While you’re riding out the transition—it usually takes only a few weeks, and then you’ll find that your scalp actually produces less oil than before—make sure you have this alcohol-free DIY dry shampoo on hand, which is made with just corn starch and cocoa powder (to hide the white streaks). Sweep it through your roots with a fluffy makeup brush and the formula will soak up any excess oil you’re dealing with.

H/T Cosmo US

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