As part of our series of make your own beauty products, let’s have a look at how to make your own all natural shampoo for oily hair. Although this recipe is designed for oily hair in particular it can be used for any type of hair and is OK for frequent use. Homemade shampoo was one of the first beauty products that I tried to make, mainly because it is so easy to get started with – easy process and easy to source ingredients. Throughout this site the emphasis is on practical ways to make your own stuff, real methods and real recipes that ordinary people can use, not some obscure method that requires a science degree!
If you have done any research on homemade shampoo recipes you will be aware of hundreds of different variations using all sorts of ingredients. Don’t get bogged down reading all the different ones. When starting out I suggest picking out something simple and easy to make, just pick a recipe suitable for your type of hair and have a go. You can think about it all you like but you will never learn anything until you just get going. The thing is, until you try your own homemade products you simply won’t get what it is all about. You need to experience how easy it can be but more importantly just how effective these products can be. Pick a recipe, make it and use it! I guarantee you’ll be impressed.
A Note Before you Start – most of the home made shampoo recipes you find will be made using a bought, base shampoo. You can go further and make your own Base Shampoo but it is a little tricky to make and you may waste a lot of time learning. The best idea is to buy a good organic base shampoo (un-perfumed) and use this, at least in the beginning.
Really Simple, Cleansing Shampoo for Oily/Greasy Hair
A gentle but very effective cleansing shampoo. The petitgrain is great for sensitive scalps and for oily or greasy hair. This one is so simple, yet really effective – give it a try and see what you think.
4 tbl spoons (60ml) organic base shampoo
2 drops of petitgrain essential oil
2 drops of geranium essential oil
Couldn’t be easier – just mix the ingredients thoroughly and put them into a dispenser. Be careful not to use too much of the oils – when people are starting out they often think 2 drops is not much and so add six or seven. Essential oils are usually very concentrated so try the two drops first – you can experiment later. I recommend making this small amount first to try it. You can of course just multiply the recipe for larger amounts.
Use as a regular shampoo. It will probably be a thinner consistency to most commercial shampoos, depending on the base shampoo you use. For greasy hair just wash and rinse once. Most people with greasy or oily hair feel the need to wash their hair every day and this shampoo is good for daily use as it is quite mild and gentle on the hair.
Petitgrain oil is extracted from the leaves and small twigs of the orange tree; it has a floral/woody smell (quite nice!). This oil is great for oily and greasy skin and hair and is often used in acne treatments.
Geranium oil of course is from geranium leaves and has similar cleansing properties with a smell a bit like rose petals. The combination of these two oils gives this homemade shampoo recipe its anti grease properties and give it a nice clean smell.
Try Other Homemade Shampoo Recipes
There are loads to choose from but try adapting this one to suit you. Other good essential oils suited to oily and greasy type hair are:
- Peppermint essential oil – great for adding an extra zest! The smell is fantastic and it has soothing qualities for the scalp.
- Lavender – a different smell and a different feel. When you begin to use the various essential oils you will notice the effects of the individual oils, each has unique qualities.
- Lemon Balm Oil – another variation which is great for regulating oily hair. Do not substitute lemon juice! It is very acidic and may cause damage to the hair if used too much.
Try mixing and matching the oils to see what works best for you. Make small batches and try shampooing with them for a week or two and check out the results. The beauty of this recipe is that you can personalize it to your preference.
The Benefits of Homemade Shampoo Recipes
As with all our homemade recipes the biggest benefit is in using only natural ingredients. People are becoming more aware of the adverse effects of the numerous chemicals used in so many shampoos and beauty products these days – read one of the labels! You can easily make great natural alternatives which are easier on your hair and not so hard on the environment.
Can you save money by making your own shampoo? Yes you can, but this is not significant enough to make much difference in my opinion. The benefits to your hair should be the main motivation with this make your own project. Of course when you begin to make all your own beauty products the savings can build up and indeed become worthwhile.
This recipe couldn’t be easier for beginners, there are many others but I have selected this one in particular to encourage you to make a start. Stop reading, buy 3 cheap ingredients and take 5 minutes to make your own shampoo!