Customized Shampoo for Your Hair Type

Here’s an easy way to turn your store-bought shampoo into the perfect fit for your hair type: By adding just one ingredient. Dry, oily, or normal hair will benefit from this quick fix–and your hair will smell marvelous, too.

Learn how to turn your bottle of shampoo into a personalized spa experience for healthier and more beautiful hair, here:

The secret is essential oils.


1 tablespoon shampoo (please use an all-natural kind; baby shampoo is best)
4 drops essential oil for your hair type (see below)

1. Mix the essential oil of your choice into the shampoo.

2. Apply to wet hair, gently rubbing into hair and scalp, then rinse until all traces of shampoo are gone. Dry and style as usual.

Essential Oils for Your Hair Type

DRY HAIR: Lavender, carrot seed, sandalwood, cedar wood.

OILY HAIR: Lemon, bergamot, juniper, rosemary, thyme, or ylang-ylang.

NORMAL: Patchouli, juniper, rosemary, lavender, geranium, clary sage.

Adapted from Natural Beauty Basics, by Dorie Byers (Vital Health Publishing, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Dorie Byers. Reprinted by permission of Vital Health Publishing.
Adapted from Natural Beauty Basics, by Dorie Byers (Vital Health Publishing, 2001).

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Debbi Ryan
Deb Ryan2 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Thanks. Sounds great.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

very interesting, thank you

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Interesting article

natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

i would prefer to start making the shampoos and conditioners more natural and not use store-bought options.

Julimar C.
Julimar C.3 years ago

It would be nice to have a recipe that considered other factors. For instance, I have a flaky, itchy scalp (was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis years ago) and medium thick, rebellious hair. I often have to fight to balance my scalp concerns along with my fluffy hair (the volume makes it a pain to deal with). My hair usually seems to have oilier roots and dry ends, too. A customized shampoo sounds like a great idea, but all of these recipes seem to be aimed to people who have few concerns.

John L.
John Landau3 years ago

Baby shampoo (Johnson's) has Formaldehyde in it. Not a good idea. Defeats the whole purpose of attaining healthy hair. The author of this article should know that.