Ah, the satisfaction of doing things yourself: knitting a sweater, building a coffee table, cooking a meal in the coziness of your own kitchen, and – of course …
… concocting your own shampoo and conditioner.
Okay, so it’s not that common. But it is a lot of fun. And making your own hair products at home is easier than it sounds. In fact, many of the ingredients used in DIY products will be right there in your pantry. Any extras – like essential oils – can be found at your nearby health foods store.
A Quick Note About Essential Oils:
Many of these recipes call for essential oils. If you want to get the most essential oil bang for your buck, here’s what might work best for you, depending on your hair type:
Dry hair: sandalwood, ylang ylang, lavender
Oily hair: lemon, sage, tea tree, geranium
Normal hair: rose, rosemary, lavender
Oversleeping. We get it. Suddenly, you don’t have time to jump in the shower and slather on shampoo and conditioner. That is why dry shampoo is a lifesaver.
Dry shampoo uses powders that absorb oil, leaving hair looking clean. They also add great texture and do wonders for styling – especially if you haven’t shampooed in a few days.
Shaker (a well cleaned-out spice shaker will do)
¼ cup arrowroot flour or organic cornstarch (for lighter hair)
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour or organic cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (for darker hair)
1 tablespoon baking soda
Optional: a couple of drops of essential oils
Whisk together the powder ingredients in a blender or bowl. If using essential oils, drop those into the bottom of the shaker. Transfer the powder mixture into shaker and shake well to mix with the oils.
Sprinkle into your hair and work in with fingers.
Use anytime your hair’s a little oily, but you don’t have time to shampoo – or if you’re trying to go a little longer between washings!
Oh, to be rid of those self-consciousness-inducing white flakes distracting from your otherwise perfect black shirt. Well, instead of booking it to the drugstore, whip up a little something at home.
Castile soap – which is made from olive oil, water, and lye – is a gentle cleanser that removes product buildup and excess sebum, while the oils in this recipe restore healthy moisture. And the antifungal properties of tea tree oil make this an especially effective dandruff shampoo, since some forms of dandruff are caused by a fungus overgrowth.1,2
½ cup liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons distilled water
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons melted shea butter
½ cup melted coconut oil
20 drops essential oil of your choice
15 drops tea tree oil
In a mixing bowl, combine soap, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil. When well-blended, add in distilled water and shea butter, followed by the essential oils.
Use as you would any shampoo! Or leave on a bit longer, to reap the full benefits.
Vegetable glycerin comes from the liquids and fats of vegetables. Its light, hydrating qualities make it a great option for a leave-in conditioner.
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
1 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon essential oil
Mix ingredients together and transfer to a spray bottle. After you shampoo, spray on hair and massage. Don’t rinse out.
Eggs are rich in protein, and you know what the basic building block of hair is? Yep – protein. They also contain biotin, which may help prevent hair loss and maintain shiny hair. Coconut oil – because it’s a triglyceride – penetrates deep into the hair shaft, filling in cuticle gaps and reducing protein loss.3,4
Combined with the nourishing properties of olive oil and honey, this is a great natural conditioner that restores a weary head of hair.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons water
½ mashed banana
Combine ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Massage into hair strands and let absorb for 15 minutes. Wash out with shampoo.
Olive Oil Deep Conditioner
This is a great option if you’re too lazy to put together a bunch of ingredients, but still need a deep conditioner.
Olive oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can strengthen hair, add shine, and encourage hair growth. It’s also chock full of antioxidants, which help keep hair looking young.5
Olive oil conditioner is especially good for thick hair, but you can still use it if you have fine hair – just dilute it with some pomegranate oil so it doesn’t get too heavy.
Take lukewarm (not too hot!) oil and massage through hair until saturated. Leave on for 30 minutes, then shampoo out.
Fractionated coconut oil is the lighter and more liquid form of coconut oil (as opposed to virgin oil, which turns solid at room temperature). Its super-absorbable quality makes it great for applying to hair – it moisturizes thirsty strands without getting greasy or weighing hair down. A 2016 study showed that regular application of coconut oil helps to protect against damage caused by straightening and bleaching.6
Not to mention – it’s loaded with antioxidants, which can help slow down hair aging.7
Use this homemade gloss to fight frizz, add shine, and protect from heat styling.
½ cup fractionated coconut oil
Optional: 5 drops of an essential oil
Simply fill a dropper bottle with the oil. Shake well if combined with essential oils. Distribute a few drops throughout hair with hands.
Looking to spruce up for a night on the town? Instead of spending upwards of $20 on salon pomade, get these three easy ingredients together and make your own. The beeswax means you’re getting great styling hold, while the coconut oil may help reduce hair protein loss and help keep hair healthy.8
4 tablespoons beeswax
4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
4 drops essential oil
In the bottom kettle of a double boiler, heat up an inch of water until boiling. Add beeswax to the top kettle, and let it melt. Then, add in coconut oil and essential oil and stir until liquified and consistent. Pour into a tin and let set. Cool for a few hours before using.
Looking for that carefree, just-got-back-from-the beach look? Well, you don’t have to dive into the surf or even spend big bucks on a salon spray. Here’s a super easy alternative. The sea salt adds texture, while the coconut oil hydrates any strands that the salt might dry out.
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
1 tablespoon leave-in hair conditioner (use our DIY recipe!)
1 cup warm water
Pour warm water and sea salt into a spray bottle and give a good shake until the salt dissolves. Combine fractionated coconut oil and leave-in conditioner in a bowl and mix. Add this to the spray bottle, and shake again.
Apply to damp hair and wait for people to ask you’ve if you’ve just returned from a trip to Capri!
DIY Hair Products Make for Happy Hair
So, next time you’re out of shampoo or conditioner, try whipping up one of these for a change. A few simple ingredients can do wonders to clean, restore, and style your hair.