Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner

Oh, shampoo and conditioner. They keep our hair clean and smelling great. While we all love being clean, shampoos and conditioners aren’t totally innocent products. Most of them are filled with chemicals that aren’t any good for our planet. Since they get washed down our drains, these are important things to think about! On top of that, the containers they come in are typically plastic. Sure, we can always recycle plastic, but isn’t it better to reduce the production of plastic in the areas that we can? I think so.

The answer? Try making your own shampoo and conditioner! You’ll save money and use more natural ingredients. And isn’t it better to know exactly what you’re using on your body?

Here’s a basic recipe for shampoo. Feel free to alter the recipe to make it work the best for your hair type.

You need:
1 empty bottle
3 cups of soap flakes (which you can get almost anywhere)
Water
Essential Oil of Lavender
Essential Oil of Rosemary

Directions:
Mix the soap flakes with the water and then add 4 drops of each oil.

For conditioner, the ingredients are probably already in your house.

You need:
1 empty bottle
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of baby oil
Water

Directions:
Mix the above ingredients together and you’re good to go!

This post was inspired by Hollywood Green.

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By Elizabeth Seward, Planet Green

94 comments

Jo S.
Jo S.about a year ago

Thank you Megan.

Jo S.
Jo S.about a year ago

Thank you Megan.

Diane Piecara
Diane Piecara3 years ago

always looking to learn about how to make skin and hair care products. thanks.

Aqeel Zaman
Aqeel Zaman5 years ago

Really good approach towards the cosmatic things, these are really very harmful for our planet, thanks for giving the tips & recipe of homemade shampoo & condition. Appreciable

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Ashley Kendrick
Ashley Kendrick5 years ago

Yeah definitely wouldn't suggest using baby oil at all, who wrote this article? I thought this is a green forum.... fresh avocado & mayo blended together make a really great mask once a month for your hair

Eileen Novak
Eileen Novak5 years ago

Baby oil is a petroleum product. Not good.

Megan B.
Megan B.5 years ago

I will give this a go as hubby has very dry hair and we have plenty of free range eggs.....thanks

Amd Vk
Amd Vk6 years ago

thanks

Ana Sonata
Ana S.6 years ago

thanks

Melissa Brenner
Melissa Brenner6 years ago

yes, please, let's not use mineral oil (baby oil). It's not green and it's not good for your hair. Jojoba oil is the best to use, since it is well received by the hair shaft and most closely resembles our own sebum structure.

You can use organic castille for a shampoo/body wash base, just remember that you will occasionally have to rinse with apple cider vinegar to balance the buildup it can leave.