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Homemade Shampoo, Conditioners & Color Enhancers

Looking for cheaper alternatives to washing your hair (or something with more natural ingredients)? I’ve moved the recipes for shampoo, conditioner and color rinses and tips onto this page for better organization, there’s a lot here to get you started. Enjoy!

First up, here’s an easy way to give natural color a boost without harsh chemicals or dyes.

Directions: Mix 1 cup of shampoo with 1 cup of the following:

To Brighten: (with 1 cup of shampoo)

Source: Ageless Natural Beauty By Sally Freeman

Bring Out Highlights:

Simmer the ingredients over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. After washing hair as done normally, rinse with the infusion twice (catch the first batch with a big bowl so it can be used again a second time).

Use 2 cups of distilled water and 4 TBS of the following dried herbs…

Tip: The more regularly these are used, the more effective they will be (and last longer).


Bars [1]: Oils used include avocado, wheat germ, castor, jojoba, coconut. Other ingredients: vegetable shortening, mango butter and cocoa butter.

The No Poo Alternative [2]: The idea is to massage a baking soda and water paste into scalp then rinse off with an apple cider vinegar.



Avocado [3]: Extra virgin avocado oil, castile soap. Variation: aloe vera gel, olive oil and jasmine EO.

Herbal [4]: A lovely way to utilize herbs and flowers from the garden, this is made with dried rosemary, dried rose petals, liquid castile soap, aloe vera juice, jojoba oil, pure rosemary EO.



Fabulous Bar [5]: Lye, lard, shea butter, cocoa butter. Oils: coconut, olive, castor and rice bran.

Green Tea [6]: Made with pure liquid castile soap, brewed green tea, olive oil and honey.



Ginger [7]: Made with grated ginger root, castile and a length of cheesecloth (for straining). Can be refrigerated.

Foaming [8]: Liquid Castille, good quality olive oil, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree or peppermint EO.



Dry/Powder [9]: Equal parts of rice flour and corn starch, some baking soda or kaolin.

Coconut Milk [10]: Foams nicely, made with coconut milk and liquid castile soap.



For Babies [11]: Liquid Castile and avocado (or olive) oil (could substitute with Vitamin E).

Pina Colada [12]: Coconut milk, liquid castile, olive oil, pineapple aromatherapy oil.



Anti-Dandruff [13]: Coconut milk, castile, coconut, almond or jojoba, EO combo: melaleuca, geranium, ylang ylang, basil & frankincense.

Herbal [14]: (Yields 8 ounces) Chamomile, lavender or rosemary, liquid soap, light vegetable oil, glycerin.


This not only helps nourish locks, it also helps remove much of the buildup from commercial products.

*Note: Some herbal combinations may affect light hair (blondes, grays) or dyed. It should be ok since it’s such a small amount of herbal vinegar that is well diluted, but just a heads up to test a small patch first.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Herbs: lavender, rosemary, basil, sage
Citrus Peels: lemon peel, orange peel


Spray on as much as needed after washing (first rinse off soap well, shake spray bottle before using), massage into scalp, rinse off. No application of commercial conditioner is needed.

1 tsp honey
4 cups warm water

Directions: Mix together the ingredients then after washing hair, douse it thoroughly with the honey mixture. Dry as done normally, do not rinse the mixture out.

Another treatment:

1/2 cup honey
2 to 4 TBS olive oil (use lesser amount for greasy hair)


You’ll find more masks & conditioning wraps on this page [15].