How to Make Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner with Essential Oils Customized for Your Hair Type

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Ever wondered how to make homemade shampoo? Unsure about getting started? Now there’s an easy way to learn how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner with essential oils customized for your hair type! Learn about the different types of homemade shampoos, why they do or don’t work, plus how to create your own custom essential oil blends for your homemade shampoo and conditioner that fit your ever changing hair care needs.

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Can I Make Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner?

One of the many not so fun parts of getting older and hitting perimenopause is that your hair changes. Couple that with seasonal changes from summer to winter, and my hair needs change often. (This is one of the many reasons I use henna to keep my hair looking healthy and voluminous regardless of external elements.)

I’m a DIY-er, so I’m used to having custom skin care and hair care products. Not only do I know what ingredients I’m using for my natural beauty routine, but I’m also able to avoid ingredients that I know irritate my skin or scalp. So when Mountain Rose Herbs recently released a line of natural, PH balanced shampoo and conditioner bases, I was super psyched! Now I can customize my own homemade shampoo and conditioner as my hair care needs change, without changing my core products. So there’s no uncomfortable adjustment period. And my hair always looks and feels shiny and healthy.

Even though I’m a hard core into DIY beauty — I have a lot of ingredients on hand  to prove it! — I don’t make my own homemade shampoo and conditioner. Both of these hair care products are a bit more challenging than I have the time for. And it’s not a small investment to buy many of the ingredients I’d need. Not to mention, there’s the issue of formulating the perfect product. While I may learn how to make homemade shampoo that’s perfect for winter hair care, I’d then need to come up with an entirely different recipe for summer. And for those of you who formulate your own products, you know just how exhausting that can be.

Now I can buy pre-made shampoo and conditioner bases from Mountain Rose Herbs to customize for my hair care needs. By combining these bases with essential oil blends based on my current hair type, I can easily create the perfect hair care products in a matter of minutes. And as my hair care needs change, I can in turn change out the essential oils I use with each batch. So it’s easy and painless to switch up my hair care products with each new season if necessary.

Shampoo and conditioner bottles and other hair care products

Should I Make Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner from Scratch?

You’ve likely seen a number of different homemade shampoo recipes. They include making liquid shampoo from scratch — much in the same way you would make liquid soap using fats and potassium hydroxide — making shampoo using a ready-made liquid Castile soap base (such as these examples here), making a solid shampoo bar using the cold process soap making method, and more recently creating syndet shampoo bars using synthetic detergents.

The “no poo” version of shampoo that uses a Castile base, or the cold process soap making method, doesn’t work for most people. It also requires an adjustment period, which unfortunately can make it rather traumatic to say, look in the mirror. Or go out into public. This is in part because the PH of Castile soap just doesn’t work for hair. As such, it is advised to follow your shampoo with apple cider vinegar rinse to remedy the PH imbalance. Unfortunately, many of us who have tried this method, have learned that it can damage hair over time. 

The other option for homemade shampoo are syndet shampoo bars. These shampoo bars are popular as they are deemed an eco-friendly, zero waste alternative to traditional bottled shampoo. Like most commercial shampoos, syndet bars are made using a combination of synthetic detergents. They actually do work, however, and without an adjustment period. In fact I’ve tried several and found them very similar to traditional shampoo. However, finding the right combination of ingredients and making sure they are gentle enough for your scalp, can be tricky. (Some of the ones I tried gave me an itchy scalp.) And the ingredients to make your own, quite frankly, are expensive.

Shampoo and conditioner bottles with pink orchids

Homemade conditioners don’t have the same issues as homemade shampoo as there aren’t PH issues to contend with. However, making conditioner from scratch is similar to making homemade lotions. It’s basically an emulsion with a water phase, oil phase, mixing phase and a cool down phase. Basically, it’s an involved recipe that requires basic to intermediate knowledge of the process. Therefore, for most people, it’s likely not practical to make one or two bottles for home use.

While there are recipes for homemade conditioners that don’t require an emulsion, like this one from Life-n-Reflection, I’ve found these tend to work better as a hair mask rather than daily conditioning. If you have healthy or oily hair, the lack of an emulsion can make this type of conditioner more difficult to rinse out. Therefore, you’d want to use a conditioner made up of primarily butters and oils once per month or as needed.

So yes, while you can learn how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner from scratch at home, it can be an expensive investment. It costs not just money, but it can also take a lot of time finding that perfect formulation.

(If you decide you do want to make homemade shampoo bars from scratch, you can try my ginger and lime shampoo bar or sea salt shampoo bar. Alternately, you can also learn more about syndet solid shampoo bars plus discover a number of syndet solid shampoo bar recipes here.)

girl combining conditioner through hair after shampooing

Why Can’t I Add Additives to Any Shampoo or Conditioner?

You may be tempted to grab a bottle of shampoo or conditioner off the shelf and add your own additives, but please don’t do this.

Shampoos and conditioners are made with water, so they have a preservative. The preservative the manufacturer uses is specific to the ingredients used in the product and the amount of ingredients in the products. Therefore, if you add ingredients to a shampoo or conditioner off the shelf, you can break the base. There might not be enough preservative in the formula. And as such, this can cause bacteria, mold or fungus to grow. I’m sure you don’t want to wash your hair with microbes! (Just because you can’t see something growing doesn’t mean it isn’t there.)

Adding additional ingredients can also break the emulsion. Emulsifiers help combine the water base ingredients with the oil based ingredients in a recipe. If you add more ingredients to a store bought shampoo and conditioner, it’s possible you may break the delicate emulsion. This then leads to the product separating.

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How to Make Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair Type

Making Shampoo & Conditioner Using Hair Care Bases

Learning how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner customized for your hair type, however, doesn’t have to be a challenge. In fact, it’s simple to create custom, homemade shampoo and conditioner for your everyday hair care routine using the new shampoo and conditioner bases from Mountain Rose Herbs. Just add essential oils based on your hair type to their natural hair care bases and you’re good to go! Ready to get started?

Mountain Rose Herbs Shampoo Base

The Mountain Rose Herbs shampoo base is fragrance free. You can add up to 2 percent essential oils (as shampoo is a wash off product.) This means that you can add 0.32 ounces or 9.5 mL essential oils to the entire bottle. Adding the essential oils is easy. You don’t even have to heat the base! Just add the essential oils and stir.

I really love this particular shampoo base. The shampoo base has no parabens, alcohol, sulfates, or phthalates. It doesn’t have harsh surfactants either. Rather it’s made from a base of organic hydrosols that won’t strip hair. While, like syndet shampoo bars, its lather and sudsing power comes from gentle sugar and glucose-derived surfactants. Therefore, unlike some natural shampoos don’t lather well, this one does.

Mountain Rose Herbs Conditioner Base

After you wash your hair, condition it with the Mountain Rose Herbs conditioner base. Like the shampoo base, their conditioner base is also fragrance free and can be customized by adding your desired essential oils. It’s a lightweight hair conditioner, so it won’t weigh down hair. You can even use it as a leave-in conditioner if your hair is dry.

As with the shampoo base from Mountain Rose Herbs, you can add up to 2 percent essential oils to this base. Or rather 0.32 ounces or 9.5 mL essential oils per 16 ounces bottle.

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Best Essential Oils for Custom Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner

Now that you know how easy it is to make homemade shampoo using the shampoo and conditioner bases from Mountain Rose Herbs, you’re probably wondering what essential oils you should use for your hair type. Following are the best essential oils for customizing your homemade shampoo and conditioner.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is great for your hair and scalp. It’s antimicrobial and antibacterial, so it can kill germs on the scalp that can cause dandruff and itching. Lavender is also said to promote hair growth.

Lavender blends well with most other essential oils, so you can use it by itself or mixed with other oils.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is a great oil to promote hair growth. It has menthol in it, so it feels tingly when you use it on your skin. This also helps boost circulation, which can then encourage hair growth.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is one of my favorite essential oils for hair. It’s said to help hair grow faster and increase hair thickness because it promotes cellular turnover on your scalp.

Try mixing peppermint and rosemary for a wonderfully invigorating scent.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is an excellent natural dandruff treatment. Most people get relief in about a week when they use it in their shampoo. For best results, make sure you massage the shampoo on your scalp.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil can help balance the oil glands in your scalp, so it’s a good option for oily scalp or oily hair. It’s also naturally antibacterial and antifungal and said to promote hair growth and prevent loss.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage essential oil isn’t a popular essential oil for hair care, but it is similar to lavender essential oil and also contains linalyl acetate, which promotes hair growth. Clary sage can also help make hair stronger.

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil is often found in shampoos and conditioners, but it can stimulate the scalp and prevent hair loss while encouraging new hair growth.

Thyme essential oil is a strong oil. If you do use it, mix it with other oils or use it in a 0.5 percent dilution if you’re using it by itself.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is great for dry scalps. Don’t use this one if you have an oily scalp or oily hair because it encourages sebum production. Because it helps promote oil production, it can reduce breakage and improve the texture of your hair.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is commonly used in shampoos. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial. It can help unclog hair follicles to promote hair growth. This is a great oil to use if you have dandruff or an oily scalp.

Tea tree essential oil can cause irritation. If you use it, blend it with another oil or use it at a 0.5 percent dilution.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil is a mild oil, so it’s often used to soothe irritated skin. Use chamomile for fine or normal hair. It also conditions the hair and is a good oil to use if you have an irritated scalp from psoriasis.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil can help balance oil production, so it is a great choice for oily hair. It also helps make hair shiny.

Essential oils for hair

Homemade Shampoo Essential Oil Blends for Hair

Following are four easy essential oil blends you can use in your homemade shampoo and conditioner. You can use these essential oils alone or in a blend. If I’m making a blend, I blend the oils in an empty essential oil bottle, label it and measure from there.

Promote Hair Growth

  • 1 part cedarwood
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 1 part clary sage

Dry or Damaged Hair

  • 1 part clary sage
  • 1 part lavender
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 1 part tea tree oil

Shiny Hair Blend

  • 3 parts rosemary
  • 2 parts lavender
  • 2 parts peppermint

Oily Hair Blend

  • 3 parts peppermint
  • 2 parts lemon
  • 1 part lavender

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More Homemade Hair Care Recipes

Of course, there’s more to hair care than just a great homemade shampoo and conditioner. Following are some of my favorite other homemade hair care recipes for making your own DIY hair masks, detangling sprays and even dry shampoo!

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Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair on Females for Healthy Looking Hair

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There are a number of symptoms that come not just with perimenopause in women, but aging in general. At 44 I’m no stranger to quite a few of those symptoms. While there are quite a few natural supplements we can take to tackle hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and mood swings, there are fewer options for things like age related hair loss or thinning. Fortunately I found a natural, plant based hair care product that is not only affordable, but really works! I didn’t realize just how well it worked, however, until I stopped using it.

Determined to let my hair grow out and see how much I gray I actually had, I stopped using this product for several months. I quickly discovered gray in places I’d never had gray before. I also realized just how thin my fine hair had gotten since going into perimenopause. Luckily, I knew what to do to remedy the situation. I simply had to go back to the one product I was using every quarter. That product is henna.

Last week, I finally tackled my hair care woes using henna. Not only did it cover the grays that are slowly creeping in, it improved my both my hair’s volume and texture. My hair now looks better than it did in my twenties. In fact, you can’t tell at all that my hair is thinning. The difference in my hair after applying henna hair color is nothing short of amazing. Not only does my hair feel lush, thicker and fuller, it’s also shiny, full of volume with added strength and elasticity. It also looks and feels hydrated. So I can use fewer daily hair care products. Most days I can even skip the conditioner!

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The Best Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair

If you’re over the struggle of fighting with your drab, thinning hair or even lack luster hair, henna is the perfect natural remedy! When used as a natural remedy for thinning hair, henna not only improves the texture, volume and health of your hair, it also reduces hair fall out. If that wasn’t enough, your scalp will also notice the change. Say goodbye to itchy scalp and even prevent dandruff all together! But wait. Doesn’t henna dye hair red?

The Benefits of Using Henna for Hair

When people think of henna for hair, they are generally familiar with henna as a red hair dye. However, you can dye your hair with henna in a number of ways. By using a “clear” version of henna, you can dye your hair with no color deposit. Alternately, you custom formulate henna to keep your existing hair color or to go a different shade all together. The trick is simply using other botanical products – such as indigo – to formulate a custom color hair dye. Additionally, the by mixing henna with things like tea or coffee, you can also brings out different tones of hair color. (You can learn how to make custom henna hair dye colors further down.)

There are a number of benefits of henna for hair. And once you discover these natural hair care benefits of henna for yourself, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Not only does henna dye hair, it also improves hair health for considerably less than even store bought hair dye. Following are my favorite benefits to using henna as a natural remedy for thinning hair as well as a hair dye.

  • Henna is completely plant based so you can use it even if you’re vegan.
  • You don’t need to use any special shampoos or additional products for healthy looking hair.
  • It’s super affordable. A single application can cost as little as $5 – or half that if you have short hair!
  • Henna won’t dry out or damage your hair like chemical based hair dyes.
  • You can use henna without color to enjoy healthy looking hair without changing your look.
  • In most cases, you’ll find you no longer need to use conditioner.
  • Henna naturally bonds with hair for thicker, fuller hair and a boost of volume.
  • Using henna strengthens hair and gives it additional elasticity.
  • Henna gives hair shine so it looks and feels healthy.
  • In many cases henna helps with issues such as itchy scalp or dandruff. It also promotes hair growth.
  • I’ve found that using henna reduces daily hair fall out.
  • Henna naturally fades out so there are no obvious roots as hair grows.
  • You’ll find that the benefits of henna typically last for a three month period.
  • Regardless of your hair type, henna works for everyone and can even cover gray hair.
  • Henna hair dye is a completely natural botanical product so there’s no need to worry about potentially toxic ingredients.
  • You can buy henna premade in custom hair colors without having to mix your own botanical blends.

Tips & Tricks for Using Henna As A Remedy for Thinning Hair

Keep reading to learn where you can purchase henna to use as a natural remedy for thinning hair for women. Plus I share the exact same products that I used to color my hair and improve hair health. But first, there are a few precautions and tips for using henna hair color.

  • If you have color treated hair, you cannot use henna until it grows out and is cut off. Otherwise you may experience a chemical reaction that can damage hair and/or give you an unexpected color.
  • Always do a strand test first if trying to color over chemically color treated hair or is you spend a lot time in the pool. Chlorine can cause hair to turn green when using henna to color hair.
  • Henna needs to process for 1-4 hours. Therefore I recommend testing a strand of hair first, so you know how to leave henna on to achieve the color you want.
  • You can cover gray with henna. If you hair is more than 10-15% gray, you’ll need two applications of henna. Each application should be left on for 2-4 hours. For best results, you should wait 72 hours between applications, with red henna offering the best coverage. For white or very light-colored gray hair, try Rusalki Strawberry Blonde Herbal Henna to give hair a sun-streaked look.  (I also recommend Light Mountain Natural Color the Gray henna for gray hair.)
  • For super dry or damaged hair, you can add a carrier oil or butter to your henna paste. Or try this ready made henna gloss bar for lush, hydrated hair.
  • Metal can negatively react with henna. Therefore you should not use any metal containers or utensils when mixing henna prior to application.
  • You can store dry henna powder for up to a year. Alternately, you can also freeze any mixed henna you have leftover for up to three months for touch ups as needed. Or do dye your again a second time around.

Formulations for Creating Varying Henna Hair Colors

If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of henna hair color without a color deposit, you can use a similar botanical called Organic Zizyphus Spina Christi (Sedr.) This product won’t leave any color on your hair – even if it’s white. Sedr conditions hair in a manner similar to that of henna. It provides body, aids in detangling, conditions your scalp and and adds shine.

Alternately you can also use Cassia Obovata or Senna. Senna won’t deposit color on dark hair tones. However it will add golden tones to light colored blonde, strawberry blonde or gray hair. Sometimes referred to as “neutral” henna, senna  improves the health of hair by making it glossy, stronger, thicker and dandruff-free. Unlike henna, however, senna must be applied every one to two months.

Alternately, to incorporate additional botanical ingredients in with henna to change the final color, you can follow these henna hair dye recipes:

  • Golden Tones – 100% Cassia
  • Marigold Blond Tones – 75% Cassia and 25% True Henna
  • Strawberry Blond Tones – 50/50 Cassia and True Henna
  • Copper Tones – 75% True Henna and 25% Cassia
  • Reddish Brown Tones – 60-75% True Henna and 25-40% Indigo
  • Brown Tones – 50% True Henna and 50% Indigo (add Cassia to lighten)
  • Dark Chocolate Brown Tones – 60-75% Indigo and 25-40% True Henna

For tips on mixing your own botanical henna hair colors, I recommend the book Natural Hair Coloring by hair care expert Christine Shahin. Within this book you’ll learn how to use non-toxic pigments from henna, indigo, amla, and cassia to color your hair naturally.

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Where to Buy Henna for Hair Care

Ready mixed henna hair color is a great option for getting the color your want without the guesswork. My preference is to buy henna in the color I want my hair to be, rather than make my own. Not only does it mean fewer products to buy, the back of the box shows me exactly how my hair color will turn out. For this look – Yes, that’s me! – I used the medium brown Light Mountain Natural Hair Care & Conditioner. (My hair doesn’t look like it’s thinning now!)

I first discovered this henna hair color brand at my local co-op. I love it not only for the quality, but also for the price. Later I realized I was able to save more money by not only purchasing the same brand online, but in 3-pack. That’s 9 months of hair color. And a pretty good deal if you’re trying to save money without sacrificing your look.

When my hair was shorter, I was able to get two applications from one box of henna hair color. So if you have short hair, you can use half the amount in each package and save even more. You can purchase Light Mountain Natural Hair Care & Conditioner online here.

I’ve also purchased henna hair color from Night Blooming on Etsy (she’s the bee’s knees!) as well as from Mountain Rose Herbs. Both of whom I also highly recommend. You can purchase henna hair dye in varying shades from both of these companies as well in both blends and singular hair care colors.

What to Expect When Using Henna As a Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair

I’ve already covered the natural beauty benefits of using henna for hair care, both as a natural remedy for thinning hair and improve hair’s strength, volume and luster. However, it’s important to note that the results from dying your hair with henna develop over several days, rather than immediately.

Unlike chemical laden hair dyes, henna undergoes minor changes for two to three days after application. During this time, you’ll find the color continues to deepen and intensify slightly. Your hair may also initially feel dry after washing out henna hair color. During this time, your hair will also smell what is akin to spinach. Once this time period has passed, your hair will feel and look totally transformed. And the natural scent of the botanicals goes away.

(You can see before, after and in process photos of henna for hair here.)

How to Use Henna for Hair Health & Beauty

Ready to take the plunge into henna hair care? Using henna to color your hair or to improve its condition is easy! You can even do it yourself at home. Here’s how.

  1. Shampoo hair with a clarifying shampoo. Do not follow with conditioner. Towel dry.
  2. Place the henna powder in a glass, ceramic or plastic bowl. Set aside.
  3. Boil 12 to 16 ounces of distilled water, tea or coffee. Pour the liquid onto the dry henna powder and stir. You want the henna paste to be the consistency of yogurt. (If henna is clumpy you can add several heaping Tablespoons of yogurt to the henna for a creamier consistency.)
  4. Allow the henna to cool for 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Once henna has cooled, apply henna to clean, towel dried hair. (You’ll want to wear gloves for this step.) Start at the crown of your head and apply the henna to your roots first. Then massage the henna outward.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap or grocery bag once hair is fully coated. Leave the henna on your hair for anyone from 45 minutes to four hours. (I usually allow the henna to process for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. However, a strand test is the best way to know how long your hair will need.)
  7. Rinse the henna from your hair using warm water. Once rinsed thoroughly, apply conditioner (not shampoo!) to your hair. Then rinse again.
  8. After 24 hours have passed, you can shampoo your hair. I recommend using mild shampoo such as a syndet shampoo bar.

Have you ever used henna as a natural remedy for thinning hair? I’d love to hear about your experiences. So be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Lemon Mint Hair Gel Recipe with Castor Oil

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Lemon Mint Hair Gel Recipe

Natural Hair Gel Recipe! This natural lemon mint hair gel recipe is made using only natural ingredients and has a fresh lemon mint scent. Formulated using both castor oil this natural hair gel recipe helps to encourage hair growth while also giving your hair flexible hold. The addition of fractionated coconut oil also allows this product to help manage frizz while also adding to hair's natural strength and shine. Plus twelve more homemade hair care recipes you can make at home.

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Natural Hair Gel Recipe! This natural lemon mint hair gel recipe is made using only natural ingredients and has a fresh lemon mint scent. Formulated using both castor oil this natural hair gel recipe helps to encourage hair growth while also giving your hair flexible hold. The addition of fractionated coconut oil also allows this product to help manage frizz while also adding to hair's natural strength and shine. Plus twelve more homemade hair care recipes you can make at home.

The addition of fractionated coconut oil also allows this product to help manage frizz while also adding to hair’s natural strength and shine. You can learn how to make my lemon mint hair gel recipe now via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog. (If your hair needs a stronger hold, simply double the amount of gelatin called for in my recipe.)

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This fabulous rose scented DIY sea salt spray gives your hair both volume and texture any time you need it! Simply spray it on then scrunch for sexy tousled beach waves. Find the recipe for my volumizing rose sea salt spray here.

Two-Ingredient Shine Spray Recipe

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Yerba Mate & ACV Hair Rinse Recipe

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Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk

DIY Silk Shampoo Bar

This homemade shampoo bar recipe is formulated with ingredients hair loves like argan, babassu and jojoba oils, cocoa and shea butters and even silk! And not only is it great for hair, you’ll find it works well on dry skin too! Discover this cold process shampoo bar recipe here.

Winter Mint Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe

Made using natural ingredients this homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe delivers intense moisture to hair ravaged by winter’s elements along with the fresh scent of spearmint and peppermint. Find the DIY for this moisturizing homemade hair mask here.

DIY Hair Oil Treatment with Jojoba Oil

A signature scented hair oil blend from the owner of Night Blooming, this natural hair oil recipes focuses on using essential oils, four penetrating oils, and one sealing oil to lock in hair’s moisture. It’s perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter. Find the recipe for the Ullasa hair oil treatment here.

Argan and Agave DIY Shine Spray and Leave In Conditioner Recipe for Dry, Damaged Hair

Argan & Agave DIY Shine Spray Recipe

Give your dry damaged hair new life with this DIY shine spray and leave in conditioner. All it takes is a light misting all over or on damaged ends and your parched strands will once again feel moisturized and boast a healthy shine! It’s also great for taming frizz. Find this DIY Shine Spray + Leave in Conditioner here.

Homemade Hair Oil + Mask for Dry Damaged Hair

Learn how to craft these helpful and all natural hair care DIY’s that utilize the power of dry oils including coconut oil and hemp seed oil to bring life and beauty back to your locks. Find these all natural hair care recipes here.

Natural DIY Dry Shampoo

This homemade dry shampoo recipe is void of cornmeal and instead uses ingredients like arrowroot powder, colloidal oatmeal, cosmetic clays, and herbs to freshen and deodorize hair, add volume and control oil. You can find this amazing dry shampoo recipe here.

Love your locks with these leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil.

DIY Leave in Coffee Hair Conditioner + Shine Spray

Love your locks with two leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. You can discover both  of these leave in hair care recipes here.

Natural Hair Mask Recipe

Whether you’re fighting off the frizz from high humidity or need to combat the damage from sun or pool chlorine, this homemade natural hair mask recipe will rejuvenate your tresses in no time with it’s combination of certified organic oils and shea butter. You can find this simple yet effective natural hair mask recipe here.

Hair Mask Recipe for Hair Growth

This easy, all natural hair mask recipe contains natural neem oil and castor oil as key ingredients that help to encourage hair growth. In addition it also contains coconut oil and sal butter to help moisturize and repair hair and a blend of essential oils for scalp health. Learn how to make this natural hair mask recipe here.

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My Must Have Beauty Products

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Must have beauty products that I never want to live without. Discover new beauty favorites from makeup and hair care to a pretty rockin' styling iron!

While I make my own homemade bath, body and beauty products, I still love to buy beauty products as well. While these aren’t handmade, they are a few of my must have beauty products that I’ve fallen in love with and that continue to make their way into my life repeatedly. I hope you’ll consider giving them a try or share your own must have beauty products in the comments.

My Must Have Beauty Products

The Bed Head Rock ‘n’ Roller Ceramic Styling Iron is my favorite hair styling tool for quick and easy body and tousled waves. Having grown up the 80’s curling irons were always a necessity. It started with feathered hair in junior high and then progressed to three inch high bangs and an entire can of hair spray. By the end of high school, I’d grown out my bangs completely and had thankfully gone over to a natural air dry and go style. Curling my hair back in the day would take a solid hour so not only did I save time by ditching my curling iron, but I luckily didn’t hold onto that insane hairstyle trend. For the most part after that I hung up my curling iron for good. Until now.

I actually bought the Bed Head Rock ‘n’ Roller Ceramic Styling Iron twice. I initially purchased this styling iron as a Christmas gift for a teenager. However, after seeing how fantastic her hair looked after using the Bed Head Rock ‘n’ Roller Ceramic Styling Iron, I went out and invested another $25 on a second one for myself. I specifically purchased this styling iron for a formal charity event that I attended. However, I instantly fell in love with not only how easy it was to use, but also how quickly I could style my hair using it.

The wavy curls this styling iron creates hold amazingly well and it really does add a LOT of volume. I can get a basic look with this styling iron in about ten minutes. For body I use this styling iron on large sections of hair at a time without a styling product. For something more substantial, I use a small amount of product for hold and work with smaller sections of hair. Once I’ve done my entire head, I go back with even smaller sections in just a few areas around my head to give it more texture and pop. This is by far probably my favorite purchase of 2016.

As far as makeup goes, the Natural Instincts Eyeshadow Palette from theBalm is probably one of my most favorite eyeshadow palettes ever. The colors are not only fantastic but highly pigmented and allow you to create natural to bold looks with both matte and shimmer shadow choices. Plus the packaging is simply fun! If you prefer an even more diverse palette that contains blushes, bronzers, shadows, and glosses, then you’ll love theBalm’s It Takes All Kinds Makeup Palette.

For keeping my makeup exactly where it needs to be all day long I use NYX Cosmetics Matte Makeup Setting Spray. As far as setting sprays go, this one not only works well but it’s also very reasonably priced. I spray my face with this setting spray after applying all of my makeup other than my mascara. (I had an unfortunate accident once where I had still wet mascara, following with a setting spray and then sneezed. I’m sure you can create a visual in your head for that one.)

To keep shine away the entire day, I actually apply NYX Cosmetics Matte Makeup Setting Spray twice. I spray it on once after applying my makeup, then again a second time after dusting my finished look with NYX Cosmetics Translucent Studio Finishing Powder. This translucent powder is great for oily eyelids too and helps to keep eyeliner from transferring to just above the crease of my eye like a lot of them seem to do.

As far as eyeliners go, I’ve only found one that doesn’t seem to do that. And that’s Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner. While you can’t get a super fine line with this eyeliner, it is great for bolder looks. Not only does it apply like a liquid eyeliner with a super smooth application, but the vivid color will literally outlast all of your other makeup. It’s also waterproof, smudge proof and smear proof and comes in a wide selection of colors including black, brown, green and purple.

When it comes to mascara I seem to have a lot of on again and off again love affairs. For about a two year period I was madly in love with Benefit’s BadGal Lash Mascara as it offered both volume and length while separating lashes. I never got any clumps with this mascara, However, it did tend to wear off over time, and while touching up was a snap, it just didn’t maintain the length I wanted without having to be reapplied later in the day.

More recently I fell in love with Tarte Cosmetics Lights Camera Lashes Mascara. While this mascara is great for building length, it falls a little flat in the volume arena. And, if it’s overapplied, those long, lustrous lashes almost appear fake. But I didn’t give up.

I recently tried stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara through the Birchbox sampling program and struck gold. This mascara is probably THE mascara I’ll have a forever lover affair with. stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara adds massive length to my leashes as well as volume for those bold evening looks where you want everyone to notice your eyes before the dress. While it’s not always what I want for a regular work day, it’s a staple for evenings out.

As far as hair care goes, I’ve been using Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner for several years now to “wash” my hair. I will never go back to traditional shampoos again after discovering this product. I cannot recommend Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner enough for anyone who struggles with their hair or fights with it constantly trying to find the right product to balance out the damage done by shampoos and the elements. Unlike other no-poo options, this product does not make your hair look dirty or feel greasy. Another plus to this cleansing conditioner is that it can also be applied after cleansing as a moisturizing leave in product if your hair is particularly dry or damaged. So, you know, it’s one less product to buy.

While I’ve stopped using shampoo, I have not given up on conditioners. So I typically follow this cleansing conditioner with my favorite regular conditioner. Right now I actually have two favorites. I’m using both L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Volume Thickening Conditioner and L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner – and at the same time. I just mix the two together in the palm of my hand. The volume conditioner gives my fine, straight hair a little extra oomph, while the repairing conditioner conquers dry hair brought on by winter and adds shine. In the summer my hair leans toward more oily, so I switch to just using the volume conditioner.

I know. It may seem a little weird that I combo my products to customize them, but I feel like I can’t be the only one. I’m the same way with lipstick too.

So now that you’ve heard about my must have beauty products, tell me about yours!

If you liked this post you may also like my posts on Unique New Beauty Products to Try and Korean Skin Care Products I’m Crushing On. To discover more of my favorite must have beauty products be sure to follow my Bath & Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

Easy Two-Ingredient Shine Spray Recipe for Frizzy, Dry or Damaged Hair Care

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Do your locks look dull and lifeless? Humidity causing frizz? Give your hair a boost with this easy two-ingredient shine spray recipe for dry, damaged or frizzy hair care! This easy two-ingredient argan oil shine spray recipe for hair adds shine and nourishes hair without weighing it down. It’s perfect for dry or frizzy locks!

DIY shine spray for hair. A simple summer beauty hack. Don't let frizz from heat and humidity ruin your look! Instantly smooth hair and add shine with this easy 2-ingredient shine spray recipe! It's an easy hair care recipe that's perfect for summer hair care. This easy two-ingredient argan oil shine spray recipe for hair adds shine and nourishes hair without weighing it down. It's perfect for dry or frizzy locks when humidity is high or your hair is dry or damaged!

The key ingredient in this shine spray recipe is argan oil. Argan oil is a luxurious oil obtained from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s naturally rich in tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids. Because of this, its is commonly used in skin, nail, and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration as well as to strengthen brittle hair and nails.

This easy two-ingredient Argan oil shine spray recipe for hair adds shine and nourishes hair without weighing it down.

Argan Oil Shine Spray Recipe for Hair

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. Argan oil
1 oz. Cyclomethicone
.1 oz./2.8 grams fragrance oil (or 12-24 drops essential oil), optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the argan oil and Cyclomethicone.  Combine in a 2 oz. glass bottle using a funnel. If a scent is desired, you would also weigh out and add a skin safe fragrance oil or essential oil to the bottle. Close the bottle with a fingertip mister, then shake well to combine.

To use simply spritz a small amount on hair for softness and shine as well as to reduce frizz. Alternately you can spritz a small amount into the palm of your hand and apply to hair ends to help keep ends healthy and prevent breakage.

This argan oil shine spray recipe also makes a great dry oil body spray for silky smooth skin.

If you like this shine spray recipe then you’ll also want to check out my custom scented dry oil body spray recipe made with jojoba, hemp seed and fractionated coconut oil.

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