Making Your Own Shampoo

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Making your own shampoo? Well, yes! Of course homesteaders are known for making their own products. We love making soap, candles, cleaning supplies, laundry soap and anything else we can reinvent. It stands to reason that we would be making our own shampoo too. It is not that hard to do. Making your own shampoo is really based on your own hair condition and color. I have dark auburn hair, which tends to be dry, especially as I have gotten older. So this is the kind of shampoo I am making, and it comes from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Herbs for Natural Beauty.

Herbs for Natural Beauty

Rosemary Gladstar’s Book


This is an easy make your own shampoo recipe. There are tons of them on the internet though, so if this one does not suit you, search for more.

8 oz. strong herbal infusion
(dried calendula flowers, marsh mallow root and nettle leaf; equal parts of each one)
3 oz. liquid castile soap
1/4 tsp. Jojoba oil
20-30 drops peppermint essential oil (or you can buy Dr. Bronner’s castile soap with the peppermint already in it)

Simmer 1 oz of herb in 8 oz. of water over low heat for 20 minutes. Strain. Cool. Slowly add the castille soap, then mix in the Jojoba oil and essential oil. Store in a bottle. Shake before use. I store it in glass bottles, as I do not use plastic if I can help it.

Dr. Bronner's Organic Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap

When you decide to make your own shampoo, you need to research what is good for your type of hair. Peppermint promotes hair growth. I have very thick hair, but because of my age, I want to keep the hair growth coming. The herbs here are for “dry” hair. If your hair is oily, use rosemary oil instead. All of these products can be ordered from health food stores online or even on Amazon. Surprisingly, it is not expensive at all.

Another tip from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, is that you should never wash your hair more than once or twice a week! More washing is not good for it. The silky clean feeling we all love is because the natural protective oils have been stripped from it with the frequent washing.  Not only that, but  hair shampoo that contains detergents are also stripping those oils from your hair. Brushing is VERY good for it!  Be sure to clean your brush whenever you wash your hair.

While I was learning about making my own shampoo, I started thinking about the other hair products I buy often. As for conditioner, I have used one all of my life. Now I finally have learned what some of those ingredients really do! They coat your hair and it feels incredibly silky, shiny, beautiful and glorious! But what it is really doing, is………..keeping the natural oils from your scalp and from actually getting into your hair! If you are stripping your hair with shampoo, and then coating your hair with conditioner, over and over…….then your hair is getting drier and drier.  It may not matter so much if you are younger, but just wait till you get in your fifties. That is when I really noticed changes in my skin and hair. What do I do for conditioner now? I massage a nickel sized amount of light extra virgin olive oil into my hair. It won’t make it oily, just soaks in. Then you just comb it out. I love to make my own products! What about you?

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