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Natural Homemade Shampoo for Hair


Do you want to make your own shampoo at home with natural ingredients? Natural shampoos are easy to make, gentle on your hair and scalp, and good for the environment. They can also help you customize your hair care according to your preferences and needs.


Why make natural homemade shampoo?

Making natural homemade shampoo has many advantages for your hair, such as:

  • It cleans your hair without removing the natural oils and moisture.

  • It nourishes your hair with natural nutrients from plants and fruits.

  • It prevents or reduces common problems such as dryness, frizz, dandruff, irritation, and buildup.

  • It reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals and preservatives that may cause allergies, hormonal imbalances, or environmental damage.

  • It saves you money and reduces waste by using simple and readily available ingredients.


What do you need to make natural homemade shampoo?

The basic ingredients for natural homemade shampoo are:

  • Water: You can use distilled water or boiled water to avoid impurities and bacteria.

  • Liquid soap: You can use castile soap or any mild vegetable-based liquid soap that is unscented and sulfate-free. Castile soap is made from olive oil and other plant oils and is gentle and biodegradable.

  • Oil or glycerin: You can use a light vegetable oil such as olive oil, almond oil, or avocado oil, or glycerin to add moisture and shine to your hair. You can omit this ingredient if you have oily hair.

  • Essential oils: You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give your shampoo a pleasant fragrance and additional benefits. For example, peppermint oil can stimulate blood circulation and hair growth, lavender oil can soothe inflammation and calm your nerves, tea tree oil can fight bacteria and dandruff, and chamomile oil can enhance your blonde highlights.


How do you make natural homemade shampoo?

The basic recipe for natural homemade shampoo is:

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup liquid soap

  • 1 teaspoon oil or glycerin (optional)

  • A few drops of essential oils (optional)

To make natural homemade shampoo, follow these steps:

  • Gently stir all the ingredients together in a bowl or a measuring cup. Do not beat the mixture too much, as this will cause it to foam up.

  • Pour the shampoo into a clean plastic bottle or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Label the bottle with the date and the ingredients.

  • Shake the bottle well before each use. Use a small amount of shampoo (about a teaspoon) and massage it into your scalp and hair. Rinse well with lukewarm water.


How do you customize natural homemade shampoo?

You can customize your natural homemade shampoo by adding different ingredients according to your hair type and needs. Here are some examples of how to do that:

  • For dry or damaged hair: Add moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera gel, coconut oil, organic honey, or shea butter to hydrate and repair your hair.

  • For oily hair or scalp: Add clarifying ingredients such as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda to remove excess oil and dirt from your scalp and hair.

  • For color-treated hair: Add gentle ingredients such as green tea, henna, or beet juice to preserve and enhance your color.

  • For curly hair: Add smoothing ingredients such as glycerin, flaxseed gel, or marshmallow root to define your curls and prevent frizz.


Natural homemade shampoo is a great way to care for your hair and the environment. It is easy to make, cost-effective, and gentle on your hair and scalp. It can also help you customize your hair care according to your preferences and needs. Try some of the recipes we suggested above or experiment with your own ingredients and see the difference for yourself!


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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