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A DIY Shampoo Recipe That You Can Make At Home!

Wouldn’t life be sweeter if we all knew how to make our own products that we use daily? I’m talking about dish soap, hair products, and shampoo, shoot even car cleaner. I’m pretty sure there are people who do this! So, now it’s time for us to hop on the band wagon. Let’s start with knowing what DIY means. It’s an acronym for “Do It Yourself.”

Learning how to make everything yourself is actually not a bad idea. If you think about it, do you really know what you’re putting on your skin? Or even inside your body? That answer is probably going to be a hard no. Especially, our shampoos, we really don’t know.

They’re so many different kinds for many different types of hair. Being able to make it yourself allows you to have full control over what you’re putting in your hair. So, keep reading below, and we’ll go over a couple of recipes to get you started!


1st Recipe Ingredients- Coconut Milk DIY Shampoo

• ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
• ¼ cup liquid castile soap
• 20 drops of your favorite 100% essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rosemary, etc.)
• For dry hair, you can add ½ tsp of extra virgin olive oil or almond oil

Once you get all of your ingredients together, get yourself either an old shampoo bottle or even a pump bottle if you choose, and combine them all together. Close the lid and make sure you shake the bottle really well. Giving it a good shake will ensure all products are blended well.

Then, store your DIY Shampoo in the shower or somewhere in your bathroom. Keep in mind this recipe is only good for 30 days, so try not to double the amount unless you use a lot of product while washing your hair.

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Benefits of this Recipe

There are many benefits to this shampoo recipe because of its various ingredients. Lets learn the benefits of the various key ingredients.

Coconut Milk

As I mentioned earlier, it’s great to make your own products because you know exactly what you’re using. There are far too many ingredients that we don’t know about and far too many chemicals that are being put in things we use every day. Now, there’s no more guessing.

In this recipe, we used coconut milk. It has an amazing source of protein and natural oils, which of course keeps your hair shiny and moisturized. This product would essentially take the place of ‘sulfate’ in your regular shampoo. Sulfate, is an ingredient that’s in about 80% of shampoos if it’s not all natural. Sulfate does nothing but dries out your hair and skin. The sulfate-free formula also isn’t good. It does the same damage but not as much. So stick with coconut milk or any other base you may be able to find that’s natural.

coconut oil

Castile Soap

Castile soap is very alkaline. Which means using too much, can mess up your hair’s pH balance. So stick to the measurement that’s listed in the recipe. However, when used correctly, castile cleanses the hair and scalp very well and adds super shine all throughout.

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100% Essential Oils

There are well over 100 different types of 100% essential oils which all have different benefits. The ones that were included in this recipe were a great mixture of benefits but if you want to use another type of oil feels free!

Peppermint Oil

The most important benefit of this oil is that it can naturally allow the hair to become thicker. This is great for those who may be experiencing any loss of hair or thinning. It also stimulates hair growth by causing the blood to circulate while being massaged while you are washing your hair.
It nourishes damaged hair by repairing the hair follicles. Also, when you purchase these oils, they should come in a droplet tube, making it easy to add the 20 drops.

Lavender Oil

This oil is one of the best; it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. So even if there may be some kind of hair problem that you’re facing or don’t know you’re facing, you’re able to help fix it and help keep your hair healthy, the natural way.

Rosemary Oil

This oil can actually be found in popular brand shampoos. Its biggest feature is that it helps nourish the scalp. Anyone who deals with dryness or a flaky scalp will benefit greatly. So as you’re massaging (washing) your scalp you’re cleansing it by removing all dead follicles.

For the optional step of adding extra virgin olive oil, for anyone who normally has dry or oily hair, this oil is a natural conditioner! No need to shop a high-end beauty store searching for a good conditioner, just head to your local supermarket to pick it up. It has an abundance of antioxidants, which leaves the scalp super healthy and shiny!

That was all the benefits of your very first DIY Shampoo. Remember, you can always use other 100% essential oils in your mixture. By adding additional oils, you’re feeding your hair more nutrients. Now, the next DIY Shampoo recipe literally has two ingredients, and it’s also my favorite. It’s super fast to prepare and has great benefits.

natural oils

2nd Recipe- Apple Cinder Vinegar Cleanse

• 1 Part apple cinder vinegar
• 1 Part cool water

When preparing for this recipe, there is no exact measurement. If you want just a half bottle, then that’s what you make. It’s best to pour ingredients into a spray bottle, for easy application. Always remember to use cool water, too. Using hot water will burn your scalp. (Even when rinsing out, don’t use hot water).

Pour the ACV into the bottle, and wherever you stopped at, you want to double that with water. For example, if you did want a half bottle, pour ACV to the middle of the bottle, then the water line would be filled to the top since that’s double the amount.

Lastly, give the bottle a good shake and spray directly on your scalp, and then spray on hair.

Bonus tip: When rinsing hair, follow up with your favorite conditioner to remove any excess smells of the vinegar.

apple cider vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest multitasked products out there. ACV is high in acetic acid with a high pH level. Although you can use this product whenever you need to, it’s really great for the winter months. For a lot of us, those bitter months can have a big effect on your hair, causing excessive dryness. Using ACV will clear up all cases of dandruff and dryness within minutes.

As you can see, not everything has to be bought from a store anymore. You’re able to recreate your favorite everyday products right from your home.

The greatest thing about the DIY shampoo is that you know you’re giving your hair the best ingredients it needs. There’s no more guessing the meanings of those big words on the back of the bottles. Your product is now 100% natural.

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Lets us know if you try any of these DIY shampoo recipes or if you have any of your own. Leave a comment and share the knowledge with us. Hope to hear from you guys!

About Brit Tea

Brit Tea is an American Author. She has written two books so far and isa copy/content writer as well. She believes words can change the world.

33 thoughts on “A DIY Shampoo Recipe That You Can Make At Home!

  1. Josseñia says:

    I love the Apple Cider Vinegar recipe! I’ve been using it on my Hair for years no, it’s really great to clarify, close the cuticle and add shine!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi! Exactly! It’s the best, cheap, product ever! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  2. Sylvia Wheatley says:

    Not only are we being taught to make our own shampoos but the benefits of each ingredient as well love it. I’ve been skeptical about store brought products so I’m definitely going to be trying these out to see what works best for my hair. Keep up the good work. 👌👏🙌🙏👑

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi Sylivia! We all should be skeptical of store-bought products! There are so many chemicals in our everyday products it’s crazy! Homemade hair products are definitely the way to go! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  3. Raquellwashington says:

    I really like the first recipe. I think I will try it. I tried the apple cider vinegar cleanse before, I didn’t like it too much. I hate the smell of it. LOL.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi! Yes, try them all! That’s funny, ACV does have a terrible smell but it’s also my favorite product. So what helps me out a lot, is when I use it, I always keep the bathroom door open and keep the fan running! Also, I make enough of the product to where it fills a bottle, so all I do is spray it directly on my scalp. I promise you, very minimal smell! Try it and let me know! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  4. Jasmine R says:

    I love creating my own hair, bath and body products. I know everything I use and it’s a little fun to get your hands dirty. These are some of my favorite Butters and Oils to work with when creating anything for Hair or Skin Cocoa Butter, Shea butter unrefined liquid/solid, Mango Butter, Avocado oil, Coconut Oil, and Hemp Oil.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi Jasmine! I totally agree with everything you said! Natural is for sure the way too go! I never tried mango butter though, will add that to my list! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  5. Tarsha Howard says:

    I will try this shampoo. Apple Cider vinegar is a great clarifier and assists with removing build-up on the scalp as well.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Tarsha, Yes, ACV is my fav! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  6. Ronesha says:

    I love the coconut milk recipe! I already use coconut oil for my children as well as myself. There are benefits to fitting coconut oils and shampoos in your everyday hair care. Healthy hair food, the shine, the bounce, and the smell.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi! Yes, I agree! Coconut is for sure one of those multi-use products that you really can’t go wrong with! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  7. Christal Peacock says:

    I will definitely have to try the coconut milk shampoo on my natural hair in between switching up my wigs. Sounds like it would be great for my natural hair. I have used the Apple Cider vinegar on my best friend hair. He had dreadlocks & we all know how much product can build up on them. When I first told him I was going to use the apple cider vinegar he aaa worried he would have to smell like vinegar all day lol, but after seeing how much cleaner, lighter & refreshing his hair & scalp felt afterward he was amazed. He gets his locks retwisted once a month so every other time I use the acv during his shampooing routine. I first just do a basic rinse, then the acv & let it sit for about 10 min. I then rinse the acv with cool water then follow up with 2 rounds of moisturizing shampoo. Lastly, I use a conditioner & rinse once again with cool water, towel dry then proceed to styling.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey There Christal! I’m so glad you and your best friend love using ACV! Many people are taken back when you say it lol, but once you rinse it out, there’s no smell and you can always follow up with a shampoo. So good for you! I never tried letting mines sit though, I will try that one day! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  8. Tiarra McClendon says:

    I love making homemade products. I have never tried shampoo because wasn’t sure how to make it, but with those ingredients, I will be making it tomorrow and I will post it if I don’t forget to do it.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Heyy Tiarra! Homemade products are the best and I hope you tried some recipes so far! Don’t forget to let us know how it worked out for you! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  9. Pamela Parker says:

    I have made candles and bath salts but never has it crossed my mind to make shampoo. This is an awesome idea, especially with natural hair. Controlling what is nourishing your hair, indulging in quality simple ingredients even using those same pure ingredients to care for out hair investment.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi! Yes, you can now add shampoo right to your list! It’s so important to invest in your hair. We truly have no idea what kind of chemicals are in some of these products we get from the store. So, continue to keep your hair first! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  10. Kenyatta says:

    I made my own ACV rinse before I added Lemongrass and rosemary to it. I remember when I first started making my own products those were the first two essential oils I bought and it gives me a nostalgic feeling when I use them. I was a freshman in college messing up my mom’s kitchen when I first started.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Kenyatta! Messing up Moms kitchen was the only way to get things done back in the day! I hope you’re still making homemade products! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  11. Lakisha Bush says:

    You guys are so informative. I love reading your blogs. I really love the tips and the DIY treatments you give for at home care. I know for sure I will start tonight trying this ACV. This is a product I admire. I know it helped me with my weight but I had no idea it was also good for the hair. Thank you again.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Lakisha! You are so welcome! We want you to know we truly appreciate your support! ACV is one of the best products around. It has so many benefits! Let us know how it worked out with your hair! Thanks again for supporting us!

  12. Miekell says:

    I personally love the education aspect of this site. It is very enlightening!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      And we personally love your support Miekell! We’re happy you find it very enlightening!

  13. Chevyree Akridge says:

    I would like to pride myself on being the DIY Queen if I can find the products I will most certainly make it and that coconut milk shampoo was just wanted I was looking for! I’m in the market to start a men’s beard maintenance kit and that will I think will do just what I need it to do! Even though we are a hair extensions business our men need love too lol!! I love coconut oil I’m also very much into oil pulling it’s been around as long as time, a lot of people can’t stand the thought of having coconut oil in their mouth for 15 mins but when I say it does the trick it does the trick, say goodbye to BAD breath! Coconut oil should be everyone’s best friend! And Apple cider as well wants to shed a few pounds that’s my go-to remedy!! This article will be archived I absolutely love it!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey There Chevyree!! I couldn’t agree any more with you! Coconut oil is one of the best products out! & More people need to learn about oil pulling!! You don’t find too many people who know about that. Once the oil melts in your mouth which only 5 seconds, it’s just tasteless liquid to me! Congrats on your new business adventure! Continue to plan then execute! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  14. Takeala Lewis says:

    Okay so I tried the apple cider vinegar cleanse because I couldn’t try the coconut cleanse because of my allergic reaction to coconut and I’m in the kitchen I’m mixing it up I’m trying to make me a shampoo okay and everybody knows that I like all natural products like a hundred percent natural product so if I able to make my stuff myself so I am I’ll go make it myself instead of going to buy it at the store but anyways so I’m in the kitchen and I mixing up my own concoction as my mom called that that night and she like so you can put that in your hair and I’m like your natural hair cleansing and you go to the floor and I’m like your mom like just let me explain to you what I’m doing so I said it down. Spencer her what was going on what I was doing and how I wanted to try to make my own natural products for my hair and all this other stuff she said okay that’s fine anything you need help with just let me know that you need me to try some things out there so I said okay so can you put this in my hair she said no I can’t do that that stinks it smells like feet but anyways so I went on to make my shampoo my conditioner my hair mask and all that good stuff and she’s noticing me in the kitchen more and more and and I’m putting everything in my hair milk eggs an extra virgin olive oil raw honey I mix baking soda and certain mixtures that I’ve made sugar so I’ve just been experimenting with just about everything and more and you know I have two small kids so I’m in the kitchen a lot anyways so this particular time I did my apple cider vinegar cleanse on my hair but then I came back and I did a deep conditioner and she tells me all your hair looks pretty but it really stinks do you mind going to the bathroom I have some Pantene on the Shelf it smells really good please wash your hair

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Takeala! Your entire post was way too funny! Poor Mom! You have to help her out in the natural game! Also, once you rinse the ACV out, just do one rinse of shampoo and the smell won’t be on your hair anymore. And when you’re applying it, turn the fan on in the bathroom and keep the door open; that eliminates the smell too! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  15. Nicole Jenkins says:

    I am definitely going to try these recipes. A lot of people are looking for more natural products and this could be a great way to add value to your hair extension brand.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Nicole! I couldn’t agree more! Going all natural is the way to go! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  16. Melissa Brown says:

    This article was very informative! I have never made my own shampoo, but I did make like a conditioner for my hair because it was shedding a lot. I mixed Mayonnaise, egg, and some replenishing oil together and put it on my hair and let it set on my hair for awhile. It seemed to help my hair, and I also knew the protein was good for my hair. It might not be for everyone but I liked it. After reading this article I think will give making my own natural shampoo a try. I never knew that peppermint oil was good for thinning hair and hair loss. Thanks for all the information!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey There Melissa! Yes! There are so many different kinds of oils out there, far too many to name and all have great benefits! I encourage you to research some more and see what you come up with! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  17. Candace Davis says:

    I love the idea of making my own shampoo. Nowadays, we don’t know what these companies are putting in their products, so making it myself will end up being the safest way to make sure natural ingredients are going on my scalp.

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