9 easy DIY shampoo & conditioner recipes

9 easy DIY shampoo & conditioner recipes

It’s official. I’m entering the world of DIY beauty. It’s a world I have avoided for some time, thinking – I don’t have time to make my own beauty and body care products. That’s why I buy them. Someone else has taken the time to do it, and to figure out what works. But NOW I am seeing how EASY some of the recipes are, and how much CHEAPER it is to make my own. (And trust me, the recipe has to be truly simple for me to consider spending any time making it on my own!) So – I’m sharing them with you!

**Note: If you are concerned about the pH of your DIY hair care products, I tried using a red cabbage method as a pH indicator that worked quite well! Because I’m pretty sure not everyone has those pH strips hanging around…

1. DIY Shampoo from scentsable-living.com

Put ingredients together in a container and shake well. Shake before using.

2. Shampoo for dry hair/scalp from simply Essential Oils

Put ingredients together in a container and shake well. Shake before using. This is pretty much the same recipe as the DIY foaming hand soap I have been using! It’s also the basis for the first DIY shampoo I used.

3. DIY Shampoo from CanCan

Put baking soda & castile soap into a container and shake to combine. Add other ingredients and shake it up.

4. Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils from Shalom Mama

Put ingredients together in a container and shake well. Shake before using.

5. Rye Flour shampoo from Kanelstrand

Add lukewarm water to rye flour and stir to mix. Add water until you get the consistency of a thicker liquid like shampoo. This one is pH balanced for your hair (Kanelstrand also talked about how baking soda is too alkaline for your hair) so I gave it a go to see how it worked. It left my hair feeling nice and soft when I followed it with an apple cider vinegar conditioner (see below) – however I could not rinse out all the flour no matter what I did. So my hair felt and looked pretty nice except for the flour flakes that people could mistaken for dandruff.

UPDATE: I have found a solution to the flour flakes problem and am now loving using this as a shampoo (recipe here)!

6. No Fuss Conditioner from simply Essential Oils

Put ingredients together in a container and shake well. Shake before using. I love this! It’s what I’m currently using as a conditioner.

7. Hair Conditioner from buzzfeed.com

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • a few drops of essential oil of your choice! (I added this because it just makes it more awesome)

Put ingredients into a container and shake to mix well. Shake before using.

8. Coconut Lavender Conditioner from free people

Mix all ingredients together for several minutes and transfer to a container. The mixture should stay fresh until the coconut oil‘s expiration date. To use – only put a tiny amount starting at ends of hair. Don’t apply too much to top of the head as it can make hair look greasy.

9. Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner and Detangler from One Good Thing by Jillee

Stir ingredients together (they should all be at room temperature, coconut oil should be rich and thick). Apply to hair from roots to ends. Cover hair with a shower cap, leave on for 15-30 minutes. You can use this same recipe to make a detangler by putting in 1 part of the conditioner and 10 parts of water into a spray bottle.


Looking for other DIY recipes? Check out my face care system for under $30, dry skin relief cream, foaming hand soap, and lip balm!

Do you have a favourite recipe for DIY shampoo or conditioner?


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  1. December 24, 2014    

    Is it really cheaper? because castile soap (Dr Brommers?) and coconut oil can be pretty expensive….have you priced it out compared to a good natural premade product?

    merry xmas by the way 🙂

    • December 26, 2014    

      Merry Christmas to you too! I am going to do a cost breakdown in a future post because I knew people would ask! But yes it is cheaper! It’s true that castile soap and coconut oil seem expensive when you buy a big tub – but you don’t use very much at all to get the equivalent of a store-bought bottle.

  2. February 13, 2015    

    Thanks for sharing this post. I am eager to try some of these.

    • February 13, 2015    

      You’re very welcome! I’d love to hear which one you like best when you give them a try!

  3. Liz Liz
    March 31, 2015    

    So I have hard water at home and I know that the castile soap reacts making my hair looking and feeling gross because of soap scum. Do you have that problem? Or does the coconut milk or what counter the soap scum?

    • March 31, 2015    

      Thanks for your comment. I have hard water at home as well, and using the castile soap mix does make my hair have a “wet look” as opposed to a “fluffy look” – and every couple of washes I will use a bit of baking soda as well to cut through it when it starts to feel too heavy. I haven’t tried the coconut milk one; my hair isn’t dry so I think it would be too oily for me. I am currently working on a more pH-balanced shampoo because I keep hearing the castile soap and baking soda are too alkaline for hair.

  4. Carlyn Carlyn
    April 21, 2015    

    How much of recipe #1 for shampoo should you use each time in the shower? The same amount as a store bought shampoo?

    • April 21, 2015    

      I haven’t used recipe #1 myself, but judging from the ingredients, I would guess that you would actually use less than store bought shampoo. Perhaps even half the amount. DIY shampoos with liquid castile soap tend to go further than store bought shampoos.

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