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Your ultimate guide to homemade shampoo! Here are ten easy recipes you can use to find the perfect formula for your hair.

The benefits are that you can use all natural ingredients, avoid all of the fillers and irritants commercial makers use, scent it any way you want, and customize it to suit your hair's needs.
What more do I need to say?

I love my homemade shampoo. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling light and soft.
 
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Step 1: BASIC

For normal hair, or as a base to add your own scents, use

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Shake before use.
This mixture isn't as thick as commercial shampoos - you'll need to just tilt the bottle over your head.
I am really impressed with how much lather I get from it though!

Step 2: STIMULATE

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To wake up your scalp and your senses, try tea tree and peppermint oil!
This one's my personal favorite, and the one I use daily. It's so refreshing!

Combine
Mix all ingredients, then add 1/4 cup distilled water
Store in a bottle. Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.

Step 3: QUENCH

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For dry hair, try this:

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle and always shake well before using.

Apply to hair and allow to sit for a few minutes. Rinse well with cool water.
I've tried homemade shampoos before (worked alright but smelled awful --I am excited about these ones!) and what I found effective was to store it in a spray bottle rather than a jar. I would mist it over my head and then massage it into a lather. Pouring it on always ended up with using too much!
scoochmaroo (author)  espohranderson3 years ago
That is a brilliant suggestion!
I do not know if someone else has made this comment but if you would like to thicken up the shampoo so it is not quite so runny you can add 1/4 tsp. of xanthum gum powder that you can get from a local health food store to every cup of the shampoo. It will thicken up quite nicely the direction on the package normally say 1/2 tsp per cup but that makes it really thick start out at 1/4 and go up from there if you feel the need. I've been using it for years to double bottles of commercial body soaps and it does not leave a film or residue. Hope it helps
Firstly, thanks for this instructable scoochmaroo, it's been very eye-opening for me :) Secondly, I have a question about the water...do you know if it's OK to use deionised water instead of distilled? I bought a big container of deionised after a shop assistant assured me they were the same, only to get home and google it to find that actually, they are slightly different. Do you have any idea if it will do the job? Cheers R
scoochmaroo (author)  rocketboyroger3 years ago
De-ionized water is great. Go for it!
...also, do you think this is suitable for using as hand wash...after all, it's got the tea tree oil's antiseptic qualities :)
scoochmaroo (author)  rocketboyroger3 years ago
I use this as my everything wash. Tea tree oil is great for my acne-prone skin!
That's brilliant! I am planning to use it the same way (I've just refilled all my hand wash dispensers and shower gel bottle with a batch) It just smells so damn nice :D Thanks again
Excellent! Thanks for letting me know :D
lplayford23 days ago

Love the Peppermint shampoo!

renina1 month ago

Hi! May I ask how long I can keep this QUENCH shampoo recipe? Thank you!!! :)

suziequtest9 months ago
Thanks so much for this! I have a question, I have castor oil on hand, could I use that instead of jojoba oil? I've heard its good for thickening and growing hair. Also peppermint gives me a headache so I was wondering if I could use any essential oil or if peppermint oil does something specific in the shampoo.

The peppermint essential oil is a matter of preference, not a requirement. Im sure castor oil would work fine since http://health.india.com/beauty/8-amazing-haircare-...

Also you can try using canola oil instead of jojoba, which usually comes out feeling less greasy than the latter.

Minnie583 months ago
what homemade shampoo would you recommend for color treated hair?
wblack34 months ago
I wish I had hair. I would try Dr Scootchmaroo's patented hair cleaning solutions for all conditions what ail you all. No, really.

Also, clove leaf oil, cinnamon oil, tea tree oil and vanilla essence make for a powerful anti-dandruff and other fungus-based skin ailment treatment. Take it from a mould expert and type 1 diabetic. Yes, dandruff is a fungus-related thing.

More photos of Scootchmaroo in the shower, please!

No, really.

Yes, I'm serious!
jujulu6 months ago
Thank you for this post. I made the basic shampoo recipe with avocado oil and a few drops of tea tree oil. I love, love, love it! I do take extra time to rinse and then I slowly do a second rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (because it brings back childhood memories. My mom always rinsed my hair with apple cider vinegar). I have thick healthy hair anyway but it is so much nicer now. I couldn't be happier :-)
vmallard6 months ago
Everyone should be aware that if you have color treated hair, Lisa Bonner's blog (Dr. Bonners granddaughter) states that you SHOULD NOT use Dr Bonner's Castile soap in your shampoo recipe.
liam77 months ago
Hi!

The amount of each ingredient used, does it not depend on how many oz bottle your trying to fill?
Kelly029 months ago
I must try this!! Thank you!
mimilynda10 months ago
What great natural recipes & instructions! You're helping lots of ladies by sharing this info ... thanks for paying it forward, the Universe will reward you!!
dcarver200311 months ago
This is so great and glad more people are doing it. I make my own castile soap and love the coconut oil in it. My hair feels great and because its light and frizzy the extra weight of the coconut helps out! So glad this is available to more people now!
kool
Nice. Thorough! Pretty, too.
stepdad231 year ago
Can someone private message me pls to let me know this is working lol
mjacobs91 year ago
Great tips! Natural products are the best for hair, though I must admit that I'’ve been cheating a bit ,haha, I use a Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan oil system, it has EVERYTHING you need to get dry and brittle hair back to health. My hair used to look terrible but it's been improving a lot thanks to this stuff. I use the argan oil, the shampoo and the hair mask. It's really good! (it's online at beyas.ca).
How do i know if i get a responce lol
stepdad231 year ago
Im helping my step son his class has to make homade shampoo using household products can anyone help it must lather
mholgate11 year ago
I was just wondering…
If I added de-ironised water (or whatever its called)would it work as an ordinary shampoo or would it just turn into one big fat sloppy mess???
Hi all, Thank you for the shampoo recipe :) Iv been trying to go all natural for my hair and skin care, and after days online looking at lots of wesites and blogs I thought your recipe looked the best. From the first wash I loved it! I was worried Id be one of the people who went through a few weeks of greasiness but nope - it left light, soft ringlets. However, the more Iv been using it its no longer perfect and Im left with a sticky residue at the ends of my hair :( Has anyone had this problem or have any suggestions? Many thanks :)
amuscat11 year ago
Why isn't there one for oily hair?
shale91 year ago
How would you make this in bulk? And could I use it for my newborn(1 month) and toddler( almost 4 years)?
Do you have a recipe for someone who has very oily hair as well dandruff to make their own shampoo and also what about a something to make for detangling your hair. I love your recipes so far and have found them to be very easy adaptable and informative.
reachnana1 year ago
you can make natural hairspray w/ herbs, sugar, etc. i'm sure there's lots of recipes that work. and if u keep using the commercial after products, at least ur no 'pooing them out regularly! and most people like starting w/ the smaller recipe sizes till they get the right concoction for their head, so it's' mo easy to start small & adjust from there. have fun!!
reachnana1 year ago
I was wondering why coconut oil is not recommended in any recipes? it seems like it might make things thicker & it's got a great ph & is so nourishing. i'm probably just gonna try swapping it in & see, but thought i'd ask & see what experience w/ it others have had.
scoochmaroo (author)  reachnana1 year ago
Coconut oil is amazing for hair, but it can be heavier and greasier than others. I have a deep conditioning Instructable in the works that features coconut oil!
mbrodhagen1 year ago
Could less water be used or none at all?
boss_lady4 years ago
Yeah right, a DIY dry-shampoo!? This begs to be tried by me, the queen of the greasies. Any idea which of the others would be best for baby-fine hair that gets stringy and dirty in under twelve hours?
I had that problem for a long time and still do on that favourite week of the month from time to time. I've been doing a lot of research and have been playing with homemade recipes for months because I learned that store bought shampoos strip our hair of the natural chemicals and cause our scalp to over-produce oils. It's a pretty viscous cycle because I would constantly be washing my hair. I went through a pretty rough detox period trying to use bakingsoda/water and a vinegar rinse but could never get the mixture right for my hair so it got really dry but waxy weird for a month. I later learned that it went through a detox and that it was essentially just riding the chemical buildup from shampoos from my hair. I found I was able to go almost three days without it going greasy after the first two weeks! I've since been washing my hair with about 1/2cup plain yogurt and half a fresh squeeze lemon. I normally put it into a squeeze bottle and massage it onto my scalp and throughout my hair and leave it in for about 20-30minutes before my shower. I've also done it in the shower on a day when I had no time and it works pretty well. I leaves my hair feeling almost super squeaky, I find reducing the lemon can help with that. I can still go a few days now without having greasy hair, I just make sure I massage my scalp in the morning before my shower to loosen up any built up dirt or oils from the day before and rinse my hair with luke warm water and it's good to go.
My hair is squeaky clean now too!...and I've been getting compliments on it almost daily it seems!!!  It's super soft & bouncy with lots of shine  =)
Try the De-Flake one, and be sure to concentrate on the hair and not your scalp, because too much of it on your scalp with encourage your scalp to produce more oil. It's a good idea to use two shampoos (or cleansers). One for a gentle cleansing of your scalp, and one for a good washing of your hair.
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