Natural SLS Free Homemade Shampoo Recipe for Dry or Frizzy Hair

August 5, 2013
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Natural Gentle Homemade Shampoo Recipe for Dry, Frizzy or Ethnic Hair -  SLS and Detergent FreeIf you’ve been looking for a great shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair and still tames frizz and adds moisture, then you’ll want to give this natural homemade shampoo recipe a try. Not only is it free of SLS and detergents, but it’s simple to make. Just weigh, melt, stir and wash!

Hair Care DIY - Gentle Natural SLS Free Handmade Shampoo Recipe for Dry or Frizzy Hair

Natural Gentle Homemade Shampoo Recipe for Frizzy or Dry Hair

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


2 oz. shea butter
.5 oz. wheat germ oil
.25 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.25 oz. jojoba oil
.25 oz. argan oil
.25 oz. avocado oil
6 oz. liquid castille soap
2 ml bergamot essential oil
3 ml lavender essential oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil
2 ml tea tree oil
2 ml vitamin E oil .25 oz. fragrance oil (if desired, optional)


Begin by weighing out the shea butter in a large glass pyrex measuring cup using a digital kitchen scale then melt in the microwave. Next weigh out the wheat germ, fractionated coconut, jojoba and argan oils and stir into the melted shea butter.

Beauty DIY - How to Make Natural Shampoo - SLS Free Handmade Shampoo Recipe for Dry, Damaged or Frizzy Hair

Now weigh out the liquid castille soap and gently stir in the shea butter and oils. If you are adding a fragrance to the shampoo, you can weigh and add the fragrance oil and stir into the mixture at this time. Then use graduated plastic transfer pipettes to measure out the essential oils and vitamin E, then add to the shampoo and combine thoroughly.

Pour the handmade shampoo into a containerFinally, pour your shampoo into an empty shampoo bottle. I cleaned out and re-used my own empty shampoo bottle since this was for my personal use.

To use, simply apply the shampoo to your hair and wash as usual. As this soap is made with a true, organic liquid castille soap, it will be thinner than what your regular shampoo is. You hair may also go through an adjustment period as this shampoo acts differently and doesn’t strip your hair with harsh detergents.

After rinsing the shampoo from your hair follow with a vinegar rinse. You can then follow with your favorite conditioner or detangler if desired, although you may find with this recipe you don’t need a separate conditioner.

Alternately, if you can’t quite get used to this shampoo recipe or it doesn’t have quite the cleansing power you were hoping for, you can mix substitute the liquid soap for a basic commercial shampoo. The added oils will still help to nourish hair so there’s no need for a follow up conditioner. You can also customize this recipe to your exact hair needs by using more or less of the liquid soap or shampoo.

Need deep conditioning while getting your hair on it’s way to being healthy again? Then be sure to try my natural homemade hair mask recipe. (My mask recipe also works fab as a moisture rich shampoo when you mix equal parts of my hair mask with your regular shampoo.) For a portable shampoo on the go, try my handmade jojoba & aloe shampoo bar recipe.

Want to keep hair looking fabulous and smelling great as well as add volume in between shampoos? Then try my natural homemade dry shampoo recipe. (This got some rave reviews at a recent four day music festival.)

For more fabulous beauty diy’s and bath, body and homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also keep up with my new recipes and ideas via twitter, facebook, instagram, g+, tumblr, and Blog Lovin‘.

What are your favorite must have natural hair products?


  • michelle

    October 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    is the lavender oil a fragrance. I need shampoo for dry hair for a 2 yr old who has allergys.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      It’s an essential oil not a fragrance oil, but yes, it will have a fragrance.

  • Sara

    April 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes and information. How long is the shelf life on this

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      It depends on the shelf life of your oils. This can vary depending on how long you’ve had your ingredients or the supplier. Generally it’s the same as the shelf life of your ingredient with the shortest shelf life.

      1. Sara

        April 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

        Makes perfect sense. Thank you!

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