How to Make Homemade Shampoo

Sometimes the shampoos you can buy are just not right for your hair, in spite of the label's claim to the contrary. In fact when you go to the supermarket you can be quite confused by the range of shampoos on display. Some shampoos make much of their natural ingredients or of the wondrous effects they will have on your hair [source: Consumer]. Well if you haven't found a shampoo that suits you or you balk at the list of ingredients, maybe you'd like to make your own shampoo. Here are some basic recipes for homemade shampoo.

Herbal Shampoo



  • 4 ounces (113 grams) herbal soap
  • 1 pint (473 milliliters) distilled water
  • Essential oil


  1. Grate the soap into shavings.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Simmer the shavings in the water until the liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool, and then strain it.
  5. Add a few drops of essential oil.
  6. Pour the mixture into a bottle and use as regular shampoo.
  7. Store the shampoo in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

Shampoo for Dark Hair

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) herbal soap
  • ½ pint (237 milliliters) distilled water
  • ½ pint (237 milliliters) homemade walnut infusion, made by boiling a handful of walnut bark in ½ pint water. Seep for an hour.


  1. Grate the soap to make shavings.
  2. Boil up the distilled water and walnut infusion.
  3. Add the soap shavings to the boiling mixture. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Cool, and add a few drops of herbal scent.
  5. Store your shampoo in a glass jar, in a cool place. You will notice that this shampoo does not make much lather, but it will clean well [source: UNC].