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Customized Shampoo for Your Hair Type

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.

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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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2:05PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013


6:28AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thanks. Sounds great.

6:34AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

very interesting, thank you

5:20AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013


11:43AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:56AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Interesting article

8:14AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

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

8:17PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

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.

8:47AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

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.

3:44PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Nice idea for a thoughtful, homemade gift....would be easy for a child to put together.

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