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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