Homemade herbal shampoo for oily hair
Make a basic shampoo out of 1 part distilled water to 2 parts liquid castile soap. Then add a variety of herbal additions to keep your hair oil-free. Clean out empty commercial shampoo bottles and save them for your homemade shampoo mixtures. Boil a half cup of water and add 1 tbsp. of rosemary and 2 tbsp. of fresh mint. Steep the mixture for 20 minutes before straining it into a clean bottle. Mix ¼ cup of the basic shampoo with 2 tsp of the herbal infusion for a natural way to control oily hair. If you lack fresh herbs, you can also steep 2 tbsp. of dried peppermint, 2 tbsp. of dried spearmint, and 1 tbsp. of sage in 1 cup of water for 25 minutes. Strain mixture into a shampoo bottle and add 2/3 cup of homemade castile shampoo. Store homemade shampoos in the refrigerator and use mixtures within 1 week to avoid spoilage.
Shampoo for oily hair
Combine tea tree oil with castile soap and apricot oil to make a naturally healing shampoo for oily hair. Pour ¼ cup of distilled water and ¼ cup of castile soap into a clean, empty shampoo bottle. Add 10 drops of tea tree oil and ½ tsp. of apricot or olive oil and shake mixture well.
Aloe Vera and lemon juice shampoo
Turn can your regular shampoo into one that helps control oily hair by adding aloe vera and lemon juices. Squeeze ½ teaspoon of gel out of an aloe vera plant leaf or buy some aloe vera gel from a local pharmacy. Add this gel and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to ¼ cup of your regular shampoo. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on your hair for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Oily hair usually doesn't need any type of extra conditioning.
Oily hair shampoo
To make this shampoo recipe you’ll need:
8 oz distilled water
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
2 teaspoons of dried rose petals
3 ounces liquid castile soap
3 Tablespoon aloe vera gel
¼ teaspoon of jojoba oil
30 drops of pure rosemary essential oil
Place the rosemary and rose petals into a jar.
Fill the jar with boiling water and immediately place a lid over the jar.
Let this mixture steep for a minimum of 30 minutes. Sometimes I just let the mixture stand until cool.
Strain the herbs. Let the remaining liquid cool to room temperature.
Place the liquid into a shampoo bottle. (You can buy a new shampoo-like bottle or simply store it in an old shampoo bottle that has been washed out.)Add the castile soap to the container and the jojoba and essential oil and aloe. Shake well and voila! You have your own handmade herbal shampoo. You’ll want to shake this mixture each time before you use it.
This shampoo should last for several weeks. If it will take you longer than that to use the whole content you may consider keeping a portion of it in the fridge to prolong the shelf life.
If you don’t have distilled water (you can buy it at any grocery store), you can use regular water – but this may lead to a shorter shelf life. The distilled water ensures that you aren’t adding any bacteria to the mix.
Greasy hair shampoo
Here is a recipe for shampoo to use on greasy hair.
1 drop Basil Oil
12 drops Cypress Oil
15 drops Lemon Oil
3 drops Rosemary Oil
8 oz. Castile Soap
Mix together really good in a blender and shake up before each use.
Making your own brew
When you make your own mixtures at home it is best to store them in airtight containers to help to keep them fresh. Some good essential oils to use on greasy hair are as follows:
Eucalyptus lemon Oil
Pimento Berry Oil
Some good vegetable oils to use on greasy hair are as follows:
Evening Primrose Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Herbal shampoo for all hair types
1 oz. Soapwort,
1-1/2 pints of water,
1 oz. of herbs of choice (based on what type of shampoo)
Put boiling water on the dried soapwort and soak overnight. Bring mixture to boil (in an enamel pan) and simmer, covered for about 15 - 20 minutes. Stir
in herbs, and store it, covered, until it is cool enough to use. Strain before using.
Use Marsh mallow for dry hair
Peppermint/Lavender for oily hair
Marigold/Calendula for red hair
Make a decoction from chokeberry bark and use to rinse and strengthen hair.
Powder the root and mix with hot water. Use as a shampoo for dandruff and itchy scalp.
Natural hair conditioner
Mix 1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil for dry damaged hair. (Use 2 Tbsp.s oil for normal hair, and no oil for oily hair)