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How To Make DIY Herbal Shampoo


Making your own DIY products for your natural hair is very easy. It’s all about having the right the products together.

One of the easiest of those products that you could make for yourself is a basic herbal shampoo. Unlike commercial shampoos, herbal shampoos do not have all the unnecessary chemicals that actually work in reverse of what the shampoo should do, especially if used too many times.

On average, naturals should only wash their hair a couple of times a month. Depending on how much product you use on your hair, you could afford to wash it once every week.

Now let’s get into showing you how to make your own herbal shampoo!

First you will want to start with a good organic castile liquid soap. I recommend the one USDA organic liquid soap. There are several castile soaps on the market but Dr. Bronners appears to be the granddaddy of them all.

Then you fuse herbs and oils into the soap. The herbs you will want to use depend entirely on you and what you feels works best for your hair. Start with the ones below if you have no clue on where to start

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Almond nuts organic sunflower seeds, or Brazilian nut seeds)
  • Henna seeds/powder/soap (see #5)
  • Mix of your favorite hair oils
  • Empty shampoo dispense bottle
  • Empty small mason jars

I will provide links to where all these can be purchased below. 1.   With the lavender, rose peppermint and rosemary, you can either:

  • Find a tea made out of lavender, rose, peppermint, rosemary, etc.
  • Or make the tea yourself

Now let’s make herbal shampoo!

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1.  Start with the rose, just cut the plant flowers up, place them in a clean, small cooking bowl (use steel if you can) and allow it to simmer for about an hour in the water. This herbal water will be used to dilute your castile soap later.

2.   The strain your rose water into a small mason jar and cap it. Place it in the refrigerator for now.

3.   Repeat this same steps for the lavender flowers, peppermint and rosemary. Place them all in their own mason jars.

4.    Now with the nuts, it will require more work. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place aluminum foil on an oven pan (I like glass). Make sure your almond, organic sunflower or Brazilian nuts are open. If not, you will have to take the shells off of them. Spread a cup of the seeds or nuts on the pan and place it into the oven. Allow to sit for 20 minutes. When you take them out, the nuts should nicely roasted and hot! Place them in a mason jar, cover with water, cap the jar and place that in the refrigerator too.

5.    Now with the henna, this could work a few ways.

  • If you have henna seeds, repeat the steps in #4.
  • If you have henna powder, just mix half a teaspoon in your castile soap.
  • If you have Dr. Bronners Organic Castile Soap with Henna made in it, then you need to do no work!

6.    Now take the empty shampoo bottle and fill a third of it with the castile soap. It does not matter what size it is, just as long as the soap itself gets diluted in the herbal water.

7.    Take each of your herbal waters of lavender, rose, peppermint, rosemary and nuts and fill the rest of the bottle with them.

8.    Now is the time to mix that teaspoon of henna into the bottle as well.

9.    Whatever oil mix you came up with (cannot go wrong with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil) place a few drops at the top of the bottle. Make sure you mix the bottle before use so the oil gets well distributed throughout the shampoo.

Because castile soap is so concentrated, you will not need to use a lot for your hair. Section your hair in fours and place a drop or two in each section.

You will create a great lather in seconds. Now enjoy your new herbal shampoo and healthier hair! Click the links below for merchants who sell the items needed:


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