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Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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From the pages of Wellness Mama, here’s a wonderful homemade shampoo recipe that I’ve heard works great on natural hair. This is not a “no-poo” recipe, (one of the ingredients is Castile soap), but for those who alternate between co-washing and a sulfate free shampoo, or who just prefer shampoo, it sounds like a hair loving scalp stimulating shampoo recipe that you may want to test.  Leave a comment below if you try the recipe and let us know what you think.

Natural Homemade Shampoo Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk , (organic and BPA free)
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Castile Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (completely optional)
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (I’ve used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)
  • For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Natural Shampoo:

  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!
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4 Responses to A Homemade Shampoo Recipe for Natural Hair

  1. Joan Cayenne says:

    I love your recipes. I was looking for this a long time.

    What can I use instead of castile soap?

    Joan.

    • Dianne says:

      Hi Joan-

      All credit goes to Wellness Mama. We are just sharing her recipes.

      Other mild, oil based soaps are Goat milk soap, and Coconut Oil soap; both are mild like Castile soap. I’ve never used any of these myself and from what I can see, at least online, it seems to be hard to find in liquid form. I also noticed that people tend to use these soaps on their body, (similar to Castile soap so I don’t think it’s an issue; especially if it’s 100% natural and oil-infused). Just be sure to purchase from a natural food store like Whole Foods or a similar store, or on a natural health store online. Here are a few samples that are all natural that you may be able to find in your local store:


      Goat Milk Soap

      Coconut Oil Soap

      Thanks for commenting!

      • Joan Cayenne says:

        Thanks for your feedback. Where I live in I don’t know if there’s any soaps like these, if so what is an alternative.

        Joan.

        • Dianne says:

          You are welcome! Do you mean an alternative in terms of purchasing these products? I shop a lot online. You could perform a search online to see if you can find the products at a better price than on the website links in the comments. Let us know your results!

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