Your hair feels so soft when you get out of the shower. After a good scrub, it dries shiny and weightless.
And then two days go by.
Now, your hair is greasy, flat, and rocks frizzy ends that won’t be tamed. You wash your hair again with that same old grocery store shampoo.
But that trusty shampoo is the problem. Today, shampoos contain myriad chemicals like parabens, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, and SLS, which provides that satisfying foam while depositing chemicals onto your scalp.
The evidence of these chemicals is on your head. Oily hair, dandruff, itching, inflamed scalp. You may think that your shampoo is helping these conditions, but it may be the culprit initiating these troublesome symptoms in the first place.
Many who are worried about the chemicals in their beauty products have vowed to go all natural. But natural paraben- and SLS-free shampoos can be pretty costly and don’t necessarily address deep down issues causing dandruff or oily hair.
Authentic essential oils added to homemade shampoos is the solution you’ve been looking for. Homemade soaps eliminate all those harmful chemicals from your shower routine, and essential oils bring their health benefits while also making your hair smell like a field of lilacs or citrus sunrise.
Solve your hair maladies for good using these trusted all-natural shampoo recipes.
Homemade Essential Oil Shampoo Ingredients
Depending on your hair and personal preferences, you can use a variety of ingredients to make your shampoo.
Most simple recipes use liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. This soap is organic, fair trade, and non-GMO project verified. You can get this soap in numerous scents (scented naturally using essential oils), but the basic, unscented soap will probably work best with your own essential oil mixture.
Some people choose to use castile soap alone to wash their hair, since it’s an all-in-one natural soap, but many find that it makes their hair dry and dull. Adding these other ingredients to your shampoo will help you get the results you want.
The second most important ingredient, if you choose to add to your castile soap solution, is coconut milk. Most recipes call for canned coconut milk, but others recommend homemade coconut milk if canned milk isn’t providing your desired results.
Some recipes move straight from these two main ingredients (castile soap and coconut milk) to adding essential oils. Others recommend a few other steps, especially if you have dry hair.
You can add a small amount of olive or almond oil to soothe frail, dehydrated hair. Others suggest adding honey, coconut oil and vitamin E oil for a more gentle mixture.
Here are two recipes you can follow, depending on how simple or complex you want to make your homemade shampoo with essential oils.
Simple Homemade Shampoo Recipe
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
- 20 drops of essential oils
- For dry hair add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
Complex Homemade Shampoo Recipe
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
- 40 to 50 drops essential oils
Essential Oil Combinations to Try
Essential oils are powerful plant extracts that can have a lot of positive physical effects, but they can also be negative. When creating your essential oil shampoo, there are a few things to remember.
Never put essential oils directly onto your scalp. Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba or olive oil first to protect your skin.
If you aren’t sure if you or your family members are allergic to any essential oils, test them before using them in your shampoo. Place 1 to 2 drops of diluted essential oil on the inside of your elbow and wrap the area for 24 hours. If your skin isn’t irritated, you should be fine to use that oil.
These shampoo recipes aren’t tear-free, so be sure to keep the soap out of your children’s eyes when they wash their hair. If the solution gets in someone’s eyes, rinse them with cool water for 15 minutes. If irritation still occurs, see a doctor.
Essential oils have many uses, from simply smelling delicious to relaxation to fortifying damaged, dry hair. Feel free to experiment with scent mixtures to find your favorite combinations. And remember, less is more when it comes to powerful oils. Be conservative with the amount of drops you use at first and add more later if the solution isn’t strong enough for you.
Some popular essential oils and their uses for shampoos include:
Chamomile: Use for fine to normal hair. Chamomile gives golden highlights and sheen to your hair, conditions, soothes inflamed scalps, and helps scaly scalps.
Cedarwood: This oil normalizes a dry and oily scalp, and stimulates scalp and hair follicles. It can be used to treat hair loss and dandruff and as an antiseptic.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and can be used for dandruff treatment.
Lavender: Good for all hair types, it helps balance natural scalp oils, soothes the scalp and calms hair, promotes hair growth, and can be used to treat itchiness and dandruff.
Lemon: Use for oily hair and treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. Gives golden highlights and helps balance your scalp’s natural oils.
Lemongrass: Helps oily hair by slowing down scalp oil production.
Peppermint: Use with dry hair. Peppermint promotes growth by stimulating circulation.
Rosemary: Good for oily hair, dandruff treatment, and promoting hair growth.
Tea Tree: Can be used to treat a dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Good for oily hair.
Thyme: Thyme is antiseptic, stimulates blood flow, and invigorates the scalp to help with hair loss.
Ylang Ylang: For oily hair, dandruff treatment, and stimulating hair growth. Oil is soothing and antiseptic.
Your scalp will need a few weeks to adjust to your natural shampoo. It’s important to be patient as the natural oils are redeposited onto your scalp and your hair soaks up all the healthy ingredients you are now feeding your locks.
Your natural essential oil shampoo will allow you to wash your hair less so you have more time to do the things you love. And once you see the shine and vitality that your hair will get from all-natural soap, you’ll never use grocery store shampoo again!