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.

Homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes for natural hair care. How to make homemade shampoo and conditioner with essential oils customized for your hair type. The easy way to formulate custom homemade shampoo that’s PH balanced to work with your hair not against it for your daily hair care routine. 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 for every hair type.

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.

Homemade shampoo recipes with essential oils for natural hair care. An easy beauty hack for custom hair care for your daily hair care routine. Learn how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner with essential oils customized for your hair type. The easy way to formulate custom homemade shampoo that’s PH balanced to work with your hair. 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 homemade shampoo.

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!

Homemade shampoo recipes for natural hair care with essential oils. Learn how formulate DIY homemade shampoo recipes with this easy beauty hack for custom hair care for your daily hair care routine. Learn how to make homemade shampoo and conditioner with essential oils customized for your hair type for hair growth, strength, volume or shine - whatever hair care product your hair needs the most. The easy way to formulate custom homemade shampoo that’s PH balanced to work with your hair type.

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My Beauty Favorites

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I love to try new beauty products. If it’s new and fabulous then I have to try it for myself to see! Here are a few products that make the grade and have found a home in my everyday beauty regiment.
1. mark. Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation, $12 from mark. – My friend Melanie started selling mark. cosmetics last year so I’ve been trying out products here and there in order to support her. The line is really great, but my favorite product is the Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation. It can be worn alone or over your favorite foundation. The coverage and finish is the best I’ve ever used!

2. CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Mascara Black Sapphire, $6 – I have gone through a ton of mascaras in my lifetime searching the perfect one. While there are a handful of truly great ones out there, this is my current favorite! It’s waterproof and beautifully lengthens my short lashes without flaking or clumping. Choose your shade based on your eye color.

3. Organix Hydrating Shampoo, Teatree Mint, $4 – This lush and fabulous shampoo is completely free of sulfates which keeps my scalp from drying while the tea tree keeps it from flaking without having to turn to harsh dandruff shampoos. Available in a variety of types for all hair types in shampoos and conditioner. Try the Coconut conditioner for a deep condition for super dry hair.

4. Rose Sugar Mineral Lip Tint, $7 from French Girl – Goes on smoothly without a greasy feel and feels fabulous! Very moisturizing with a lovely tint for perfectly pretty lips. Several shades to choose from, and it’s both organic and vegan.

5. ALMAY intense i-color™ powder shadow – Choose a trio based on your eye color. Shades last and last without wearing off halfway through the day. I love the staying power of this shadow!

6. Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Makeup, $9 – Provides coverage without being too heavy and lasts all day.

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7. Waterproof Mascara Remover, $12 from Green Beauty Cosmetics – All natural formula easily removes even the most stubborn eye makeup with ease. Leaves lashes feeling soft and glorious.

8. mark. Face Xpert Flawless Touch Makeup, $10 from mark. – A lightweight foundation that beautifully evens out skin tone. They offer the perfect shade for my fair skin.

9. Soul Kiss®, $3.69 from Biggs and Featherbelle – The best lip balm for moisturizing chapped lips! For minty moisture, try Eskimo Kiss®.

10. Unscented Shea and Cocoa Butter and Goat Milk Cold Process Soap with colloidal oatmeal, $5 from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen – The perfect soap for dry, sensitive skin. Makes a great facial soap by cleaning gently without sulfates or fragrance.

What are some of your favorite beauty brands and products? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Natural Shampoo Recipes + 15 Homemade Hair Care Recipes

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You’re going to love this collection of easy natural shampoo recipes. Plus discover 15 fabulous hair care recipes to condition, strengthen and add shine to your locks.

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Natural Shampoo Recipes

Create these natural shampoo recipes in your kitchen using simple, all natural ingredients. For quality organic herbs and botanicals, I recommend shopping with Mountain Rose Herbs.

Soapwort Natural Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Soapwort Root
1 Tablespoon Dried Chamomile Flowers
1 Cup boiling water
5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Instructions:

Pour the boiling water onto the soapwort and chamomile, cover and leave to infuse until cool. Stir in essential oils.

Natural Herbal Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients:

4 oz of nettles, calendula & rosemary combined
1 1/4 cup boiling water
2 1/2 T of liquid castille soap
1 t jojoba or virgin coconut oil
2 drops geranium and 2 drops carrot seed essential oil
10 drops grapefruit seed extract

Instructions:

Steep the herbs in the boiling water for 20 minutes and then strain. Add the jojoba or virgin coconut oil and the Castille to the tea and stir well. Once cool, add the essential oils and bottle. Add 10 drops grapefruit seed extract.

Natural Shampoo Recipes! Create these natural shampoo recipes in your kitchen using simple, all natural ingredients including herbs and botanicals. Plus discover 15 fabulous hair care recipes to condition, strengthen and add shine to your locks.

Sunshine Shampoo Recipe for Blonde Hair

Ingredients:

1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions:

Mix together all the ingredients and heat in the microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes until it is hot but not boiling. Cool the mixture completely and strain to remove the lemon zest. Store in a bottle. Shampoo as you normally would. Rinse well with cool water.

Wonder of the Desert Shampoo Recipe for Dry Hair

Ingredients:

1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon glycerin
1/4 teaspoon avocado oil or other light vegetable oil

Instructions:

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.

Natural Shampoo Recipe for Normal Hair

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
1/2 teaspoon sunflower or other light vegetable oil

Instructions:

Mix together all the ingredients. Store in a bottle. Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.

Chamomile Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients:

6 chamomile tea bags
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

Instructions:

Steep the teabags in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard. Add the soap flakes to the tea and let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until well blended. Keep in a dark, cool place in a sealed bottle.

Natural Dandruff Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup shampoo base of your choice without conditioner
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons apple juice
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
6 finely ground cloves

Instructions:

In a blender, mix all ingredients on low for 30 seconds. Wet the hair with warm water and shampoo the mixture into the hair well. Rinse with warm water. Makes 1/4 cup. Cover and refrigerate. Discard after 3 days!

Love your locks with this leave in coffee hair conditioner and shine spray recipe that's perfect for dry and damaged hair!

More Homemade Hair Care Recipes

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