Shampoo's & Conditioners + Rinses
recipes require refrigeration since they don't contain
preservatives. Shelf Life is approximately 1 week
Many of the
shampoo's don't need a conditioner applied afterwards, but one of
the vinegar rinses will remove any excess without effecting the
conditioning properties of the shampoo.
Most of these
recipes are all from
Herbal Conditioners, treatments, & Rinses
115g of castile
soap with any scent is that available plain, peppermint,
15g of rosemary
- stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature
15g of sage
has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is
15g of nettles
acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large
source of nutrients for hair growth
15g of lavender
controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces
itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM
provides organic sulphur to your scalp, which improves the
health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal
nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most
One empty 250ml
plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.
herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid.
Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the
mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and
herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 40
minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30
minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted,
strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 1/2 to 3/4
cup of strained herbal tea into the 250ml plastic bottle. Now,
pour the 115g of castile soap into the 250ml plastic bottle. Cap
the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is
now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of
the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn
what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary
the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a
shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.
MSM is called methylsulfonylmethane, an organic sulphur
compound. You can get it in gel, liquid, powder, cream or
capsule form. Consult your doctor before using MSM, especially
if you are using medications.
Ravishing Rosemary Hair Conditioner
(Rosmarinus officinalis) is thought to stimulate hair
growth. A great remedy for itchy scalps and dandruff this easy
to make recipe will leave your hair feeling softer, more
manageable and smelling wonderful.
Add 2-5 drops of rosemary essential oil with 1 teaspoon of
carrier oil of your choice, blend well. Work the oils through
dampened hair and massage the scalp. Wrap your head in a warm
towel and leave on for 45 minutes to deep condition the hair.
Wash out and rinse with cool water. Keep out of eyes.
Ingredients can be found at any health food store.
Avoid if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or
- (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) is a woody, perennial herb
with fragrant evergreen needles used in landscaping, especially
in areas having a Mediterranean-type of climate. It is a member
of the mint family.
Soapwort Shampoo Recipe
Suitable for all hair types. Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
contains saponins which is similar to soap. It lathers when
Lemon Verbena for a citrus fragrance and catnip to promote
healthy hair growth
Bring water to
a boil add soapwort and simmer, cover for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, add herb then allow mixture to cool. Strain
the mixture keeping the liquid. Pour into a bottle. Makes enough
for 6-7 shampoos. Must be used within 8-10 days. Store in a cool
water that has been treated by boiling and condensation to
remove solids, in-organics, and some organic chemicals
- In traditional medicine, the roots are used to treat certain
skin diseases. The leaves are rich in natural surfactants which
form a natural lather that is ideal for cleansing the skin.
Soapwort extracts are also used in cleansers, make-up removers,
Homemade Egg Conditioner Recipe
1 egg yolk
1 cup water
Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again.
Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your
hair. Rinse well.
are an excellent source of high quality protein.
A good source of 11 essential nutrients.
One of the
few food sources of vitamins A and D.
source of choline (an essential nutrient which plays a role in
brain development and memory. One egg yolk provides nearly
half the recommended amount of choline per day).
A source of
the carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) - which may reduce the
risk of cataracts and age related macular degeneration.
Try to stick
to organic free range eggs as always!
4 bags of Chamomile tea (or 1 handful of fresh
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
Let the tea
bags steep in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove
the tea bags and with the remaining liquid add the soap flakes.
Let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until mixture
is well blended. Pour into a bottle. Keep in a dark, cool place.
transparent sweet liquid, a by-product of soapmaking. Glycerin
is used in many cosmetic products. It acts as a humectant. Which
means it retains moisture. You can purchase it at most drug
stores or health food stores.
Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Mash together
until its smooth and about as thick as shampoo. Comb it through
the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, wash out.
Dry Shampoo Recipe
Cornstarch is used to absorb the hairs oils.
1/2 cup Cornstarch
Sprinkle the cornstarch in your hair, let it absorb for a few
minutes, brush it out. This is great if you are in a pinch.
the starch of the corn, or maize, grain. It has a distinctive
appearance and feel when mixed raw with water or milk, giving
easily to gentle pressure but resisting sudden pressure. It is
usually included as an anti-caking agent in powdered sugar (10X
or confectioner's sugar). For this reason, recipes calling for
powdered sugar often call for at least light cooking to remove
the raw cornstarch taste.
Put together in a medium bowl and squish together with your
hands until it's a minty green color. Smooth into hair all the
way to the tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with
Leave on for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning put a hot, damp
towel around your head -over the saran wrap. And if you have
really long hair and only need deep conditioning at the ends,
cut the ingredients in half and apply only to the ends and just
Avocados contain vitamin B6 & vitamin E
Basic Castile Shampoo
Mix 1 part liquid castile soap to 2 parts herbal infusion. Add
1 tsp glycerin per 200 ml shampoo, if desired; it facilitates
mixing, also 1 capsule of St. Johns Wort. (promote hair
Blondes: use chamomile or calendula marigold infusion
Shampoo for Brunettes: use rosemary or sage infusion
For Oily Hair: use yarrow, lemon balm, thyme or lemongrass
For Dry Hair: use chamomile, red clover, comfrey or chamomile
For all hair types: parsley, linden (lime flower), rosemary or
oils can also be added to shampoos, both for scent and for
their herbal properties. Some to try are: rosemary, basil,
marjoram, lemongrass, lemon and lavender.
Avocado intensive hair treatment
- Mash one
avocado which is recommended for its hydrating benefits and
proteins and mix with one-tablespoon lemon juice, one teaspoon
of sea salt, and one tablespoon of pure aloe until it becomes a
- Comb through
hair with your fingertips.
- Cover hair
with a plastic shower cap or bag, and wrap a towel around it to
seal in the treatment.
- Leave in for
20-30 minutes and enjoy a great book, CD or even better - just
savour the peace and quiet!
- Unwrap you
newly conditioned hair. Rinse, shampoo and rinse again for soft,
1 tablespoon castile soap
1/4 cup boiling water
Place boiling water in a cup and add catnip. Allow to steep for
10 minutes. Add castile soap to cup. Mix well. Apply entire
portion to wet hair and lather well. Rinse with cool water.
Hot Oil Hair Treatment Recipes
1 teaspoon soybean oil
2 teaspoons castor oil
ingredients then warm on low heat. Massage mixture into the
scalp and hair. Wrap hair in a hot towel for 15 minutes. Shampoo
& rinse out.
Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment
(For Dry Hair)
Combine ingredients then heat up until warm. Strain. Coat the
entire scalp and ends of hair with the oil mixture. Wrap hair in
saran wrap and a towel over that, leave on for 15 minutes. Wash
hair twice to remove the oil. Use this treatment twice a month
or when your needs a deep conditioning. Leaves your hair shiny
another alternative to the recipe above.
120g Soapwort chips
300ml pint distilled water
Simmer soapwort in water until liquid is reduced by half. Allow
to cool and filter. Add a few drops of essential oil. Bottle and
use as regular shampoo - Low lather level. Keep in refrigerator.
Dandruff is dead skin that forms on the scalp. Skin cells die
and flake off the body all the time, but if the rate is
increased and the scaly flakes are not removed then they can be
seen on the head. Normally skin cells die and are replaced
around once a month, but with people with dandruff, the process
is speeded up to about once every two weeks.
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup of White Vinegar
Combine ingredients then apply directly to the scalp. Use before
shampooing. Apply twice a week.
1/3 distilled water
1 tsp. lavender leaves and flowers
1 tsp. nettle
1 tsp. peppermint
1 tsp. thyme
2/3 cup liquid castile soap
1 tsp. fine sea salt
1 tsp. sweet almond oil
1 tsp. witch hazel extract
8 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
6 drops clary sage essential oil
7 drops cinnamon essential oil
To Make This Shampoo Recipe: In a saucepan, bring
the water to a boil and remove from heat. Add the
lavender, nettle, peppermint and thyme. Cover and let
steep for 25 minutes. Strain and discard the solids. Add
the castile soap to the herb water, then the salt, sweet
almond oil, witch hazel, and the essential oils. Blend
well, continuing to stir as the mixture cools and
thickens. When the mixture reaches room temperature,
transfer it to a container and seal tightly. If stored
in a refrigerator, the shampoo should keep for 2 weeks.
Shake before using. This recipe makes approximately 1
cup, which is enough for 4-5 shampoos. Massage about 1/4
cup of your shampoo recipe into wet hair, lather and
rinse with warm water.
You need a shampoo that is especially effective at
cleaning away the grit. This purifying shampoo is mild
enough to use every day and strong enough to wash the
day right out of your hair. Feel the rejuvenating
effects of this purifying shampoo recipe.
Shampoo - A Natural Shampoo Recipe.
For this highlighting shampoo recipe,
you choose which herb you would like to use in it.
1/2 cup Water
1/3 cup Fresh chamomile, lavender, or rosemary
1/2 cup Milk shampoo or liquid castile soap
2 Tbsp. Glycerine
To Make This Highlighting Shampoo: Mix water and herbs
together in saucepan and heat to make strong infusion. Steep for
at least 20 min. and then strain. Add shampoo and glycerine to
the herbal water, stirring well. Pour shampoo into bottle and
let mixture sit overnight to thicken.
Mix 1 part
liquid castile soap to 2 parts herbal infusion. Add 1/2 tsp
glycerine per 200 ml shampoo. 10 drops chamomile essential oil,
20 drops each of lavender & eucalyptus essential oils, and a
fresh sprig of rosemary to the bottle. Shake before each use.
Soapwort shampoo (Made using the herb fresh)
1. Use a rolling pin
to crush the root or a knife to chop
and bruise the fresh stems.
2. Place soapwort in saucepan and
cover with water.
3. Place the pan of soapwort over
low heat and stir until sudsy. (Do
not allow the soapwort to boil).
4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve
and allow the mixture to cool.
Use the soap immediately because it does
not store well.
Vinegar hair rinse
outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and
protects it like the bark on a tree. The cuticle is made of
overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the
hair like shingles on a roof. It is the condition of the
cuticle scales that determines whether you are going to have a bad
hair day. When the cuticle is in good shape, is unbroken, and lies
flat, your hair has a smooth appearance. When the layers of
the cuticle are tightly knit together, the light is able to reflect
off the cuticle. This is what makes hair shine! The cuticle
opens when we shampoo our hair. When the cuticle layers are
open and not knit together, the hair will feel rough, coarse and
brittle. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect
it, which gives the appearance of dull and lifeless hair.
Vinegar removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts and
closes the cuticles. Since residue coats the hair
causing it to look dull, removing residue gives your hair more
shine. By closing the cuticles, the hair slides more easily
and there will be fewer tangles. Vinegar has a tonic action that
promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that
irrigate the skin.
hair with vinegar after shampooing leaves it shining.
Certain herbs can highlight or enhance your hair colour, as well
as condition it. For example, rosemary and parsley
are good for dark hair, sage will darken greying hair, chamomile
will highlight blonde or light brown hair, calendula conditions,
lavender and lemon verbena add fragrance, linden is good for
frequently shampooed hair, and nettles will control dandruff.
This rinse is made from the herbs themselves, not essential
oils. You can use either fresh or dried herbs. If
you have a rosemary bush handy, use a sprig or two-- each about
5 inches long. For dried rosemary use about a tablespoon.
Rosemary is one of the best herbs for hair. Fresh lavender
is also nice to use. Most of the herbs you can grow
in your garden will probably be useful in some way or other.
Fresh herbs are wonderful to use, but do remember to rinse them
if they have been sprayed with anything. Cut fresh herbs
in the morning after the dew has dried.
If using dried herbs, you can use them either loose, tied up in
cheesecloth or muslin fabric, or in teabag form (like one
chamomile teabag). If use using loose herbs,
you will need to strain your "tea" prior to use (a coffee filter
is excellent)-you don't want to have bits of herb caught in your
To use - Rinse through wet hair after shampooing. Rinse it
out with fresh water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just
leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar scent will
disappear as your hair dries. (The vinegar smell really does
disappear when dry, all you are left with is the faint smell of
the herbs / oils you used in the rinse)
Simple vinegar hair rinse Recipe
A good amount to make for long hair is 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar
to 1 cup of water. If you want to get fancy, create a
vinegar rinse tailored to your hair by adding herbs and/or
natural essential oils.
My favourite vinegar rinse
Into a 750ml glass bottle/jar add:
cup dried calendula flowers
cinnamon sticks (For their spicy scent)
TBS dried cloves (for their spicy scent)
cup dried nettles
cup dried chamomile flowers
Cover dried herbs & spices with pure organic unfiltered apple
cider vinegar (approx 550ml) - make sure all the herbs are
Securely cap the bottle/jar, and set aside somewhere warm and
dark for approx 4 weeks (2 - 6 weeks). Strain and store in the
dilute 1 tablespoon of the herbal vinegar in 1 cup of water.
Herb & Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe #1:
This recipe makes a larger batch and takes longer
2 cups of cider vinegar
1 cup chopped herbs of choice (see list below)
approximately 1 cup of chopped herbs in a glass jar.
2. Cover with 2 cups of vinegar.
3. "Steep" this mixture in a tightly closed jar or bottle in the
refrigerator or in a dark, cool place for two weeks.
4. Strain steeped vinegar from herbs through cheesecloth or a
coffee filter into a fresh, clean bottle.
5. Refrigerate up to 6 months. (put about a weeks worth in
If you don't want to wait two weeks, speed up infusion by
heating the vinegar before pouring over herbs. "Steep" for a few
When ready to use:
dilute 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of the herbal vinegar in 1 cup of
water. Rinse through wet hair after shampooing.
Rinse it out with fresh water or, for extra conditioning
benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar
scent will disappear as your hair dries.
Herb & Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe #2:
This is a quick recipe for one application
2 tablespoon of cider vinegar
herbs of choice
about 2 cups of boiling water
1) Boil the water in a small saucepan.
2) Add the herbs and vinegar. Cover and allow the "tea" to
steep for at least 15 minutes. If you want a stronger
herbal infusion, add more herbs, cover and simmer on the stove
for 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat and allow to steep
for 30 minutes.
3) Allow your infusion to cool. It should be used that day
or refrigerated for later use. You may also double or
triple the recipe. Just be sure to refrigerate the unused
4) When you have finished rinsing the shampoo out of your hair,
pour the rinse on your hair and massage your scalp. If you
have very long hair, as I do, you can dip your hair into the jug
before pouring its contents over your head. Avoid getting
the rinse in your eyes, particularly if you have used essential
oils. Also make sure the temperature of your rinse is just
right for you.
5) Rinse it out with fresh water or, for extra conditioning
benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar
scent will disappear as your hair dries.
6) Make sure you rinse out the shower afterwards, as some herbs
can leave it looking slightly tea stained; similarly, watch out
for your towels. The staining is only temporary and washes out
very easily; it is more likely to occur with extra strong
3/4 cup vinegar
One tablespoon fresh dried rose flowers
One cup distilled water
Heat the rose flowers with the vinegar and water.
Bring to a boil and steep for 30 minutes. After cooling , place
mixture in a jar with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 2
weeks. Strain the rose flowers from the vinegar and use
the liquid for your hair rinse.
You may add essential oils to the recipe above (I would suggest
adding up to 10 drops of lavender or 5 drops of rosemary
essential oil) or use the essential oil hair rinse recipe below.
Some words of CAUTION:
There are many wonderful essential oils that
could be used but you MUST do some research.
Essential oils are very strong and many can be
skin irritants if not used correctly. Lavender is one of
a very few essential oils that can be used directly on skin.
Others like clove or thyme essential oil WILL irritate your
skin if used full strength. Even though the oils are
diluted in this recipe--you must be knowledgeable about the
amount of essential oil to use in your dilution.
Essential oils are expensive. But do NOT
use the cheaper fragrance oils or "nature identical" oils.
These are synthetic, can cause skin irritation and provide
none of the benefits of natural botanical essential oils.
Eucalyptus Hair Rinse:
Bring 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup gumnuts to a boil, then turn
down heat and let them simmer, covered, for a half hour.
Drain, add 1 cup cold water, then pour over scalp and hair and
leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse off.
This is really good
for camping, etc. to keep bugs off of you, and also just a nice
rinse. Use after shampoo (and before conditioner if needed).
herbs used for hair
great for thinning hair, dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and
Catnip: Promotes healthy hair growth
Chamomile: a healing and soothing herb to soften hair, soothe
the scalp, lighten, condition, and stimulate growth
Horsetail: Helps brittle hair due to its high silica content
useful for all hair types it stimulates hair growth, and degreases
lightens hair colour
conditions, improves colour and texture, helps with dandruff,
irritated scalp, and dry scalp
enriches hair colour and gives a nice lustre
great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhoea
Peppermint: stimulates the scalp
Rosemary: excellent for all hair types and problems it acts as a
tonic and conditioner, one of the best herbs to use, gives lustre
and body, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out
dark highlights in the hair
traditionally used to restore colour to greying hair, excellent for
Saw Palmetto: good for hair thinning and hair loss
Thyme: good for oily hair, dandruff, and mild hair loss
Witch Hazel: leaves and bark are astringent and cleanse oily
for oily hair
Yucca: Navajos swear by yucca root to prevent hair loss and
to cure dandruff.
essential oils used for hair
Oily hair - promotes growth
Fine to normal hair - gives golden highlights
All types of hair - dandruff treatment
Normal hair - Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even
Oily hair - Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp,
dandruff, lice, and under active sebaceous glands
Dry hair - Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under active
Oily hair - Dandruff treatment
Dry hair - Promotes hair growth
Fine hair - Soothes scalp
Oily hair - Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth
Oily hair - Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under
active sebaceous glands
Oily hair - Dandruff treatment
Essential oils are the all-natural aromatic extracts from a variety
of aromatic plant material including grasses, leaves, flowers,
needles, twigs, peels of fruit, seeds, bark and roots. For example,
in roses essential oils are found in the flowers, in basil it is in
the leaves, in sandalwood in the wood, and so on. Essential
oils are used in aromatherapy, are extremely concentrated, and very,
methods used to extract pure essential oils are time consuming,
expensive, and require a high degree of expertise. It takes in
excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5
teaspoonfuls of rose essential oil.
Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are
available at a much lower cost, you must use only natural plant
essential oils to achieve the botanical benefits . Synthetic
fragrance oils offer only scent.
like the difference between drinking pure orange juice and orange
flavoured water. Both can provide an orange flavour, but only
the natural orange juice can provide the nutrition as well.
There are many wonderful essential oils but YOU MUST do your
should NEVER apply essential oils directly to your skin without
doing your research. Essential oils are very strong and many can be
skin irritants if not used correctly.
Essential oils are very concentrated substances and are for external
Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.
Store essential oils in a dark glass bottle and out of the sun.
Check with a professional Aroma therapist, Doctor or reference manual
when using pure essential oils during pregnancy.