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3 Easy Homemade Shampoos for Dry Natural Hair

• Apr 1, 2013

By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Finding a good shampoo can be challenging, especially if you want to mix your own AND you have dry strands.  While some store-bought shampoos can be stripping, many homemade shampoos do not seem to do enough cleansing. However, the following recipes may provide that cleansing power without leaving your strands very dry:

1. African Black Soap Shampoo

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African black soap is created from palm leaves, cocoa pod ash, plantain skin ash, palm kernel oil, and sometimes fewer or more ingredients (e.g., shea butter).  Combine this soap with glycerin or honey (both of which are humectants), grapeseed oil (helps to lock in moisture), and distilled water to create a cleansing, non-stripping shampoo.

Ingredients:
4 tbsp African black soap (crumbled into pieces)
1 cup hot distilled water
2 tsp glycerin (or pure honey)
3 tsp grapeseed oil

Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle. Shake the bottle well and allow the mixture to cool before using.
2. Save the remainder in a closed bottle for future use (up to a few weeks).

2. Coconut Milk Shampoo

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Liquid castile soap is generally made from olive oil (and/or other oils) and water.  Though some naturals have shied away from it with all the talk of pH, the reality is that other naturals have faired fine using it in their shampoo recipes.  If you are interested in giving liquid castile soap a try, the following mixture involves the addition of organic coconut milk (for dilution and additional lathering), distilled water (for further dilution), and safflower oil (for moisture).

Ingredients:
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
3 tbsp organic coconut milk
1 tsp distilled water
1 tsp safflower oil (add more if you desire)

Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle. Shake the bottle well before use.
2. Save the remainder in a closed bottle for future use (up to a few weeks).
3. Follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse (if necessary) for pH balance.

3. Enhanced Shampoo

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If you have a shampoo in your cabinet that is a bit drying, then here is one way to make it usable.  Mix in some glycerin (humectant), jojoba oil (lock in moisture), melted coconut oil (lubrication and moisture), and distilled water (for dilution) in a separate bottle.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp shampoo (preferably a shampoo you want to use up)
1/2 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup distilled water

Instructions:
1. Swirl all the ingredients together in a nozzle bottle.
2. Use the remainder to clean your hair tools, etc.

Ladies, have you tried similar recipes? Share below!

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Rose
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Rose

Thanks a lot for this! I used to use African black soap on its own, but it was very drying for my hair. So now I know how to make it work!! btw can I use normal tap water instead of distilled water for the African black soap recipe? I live in the Netherlands and we drink the tap water here. So Im guessing it should be alright?

mangomadness
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mangomadness

Yes, it works with tap water. With that said, distilled water is the best for homemade mixes as it extends shelf life.

Rose
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Rose

ooh ok. I always read posts about the use of distilled water but never knew the benefit of it. Thank you very much Mangomadness!! 🙂

bwlivingwell
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These recipes are def budget-friendly which is a plus. All I need to do is figure out where to purchase the glycerin and I’ll be good to go! 🙂

roxanne
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roxanne

whole foods or a health food store should have it. Occasionally, Wal-mart has it.

Joan B. in S. C.
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Joan B. in S. C.

Both CVS and Walgreen sell glycerin. In CVS, I purchased the store brand. At Walgreen, the Africare brand.

Jade
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Jade

Try Amazon.…..they have everything!

mangomadness
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mangomadness

I’ve made a DIY African Black Soap Shampoo (water/African black soap/honey) in the past. It worked very well — It left my scalp clean, didn’t strip my hair and smelled great.

I’d love to try the DIY Coconut Milk Shampoo ’cause my hair loves all things coconut. It might make a nice body was as well…

jane
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jane

its how much

jane
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jane

where can it be found in kenya

linnie
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linnie

I’ve used the plain Black African bar soap on my hair. I have all the ingredients to make that shampoo and I plan to do that next. If you live in the U.S. you can find glycerin at any drug store/walmart.

singlemom_4
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singlemom_4

Or use honey in place of the glycerin

shelikes
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shelikes

i love this article because just about everything is natural. from giovanni to jane carter…all of these shampoos just take out all of the elasticity from my hair. hate them.

Gayle
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Gayle

Where do you find the Black African Soap? I think I’ve seen hybrids …

thelady
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thelady

I use the Shea Moisture brand African Black Soap available at Walgreens or Target online or in store.

African Black soap
http://www.amazon.com/Raw-African-Black-Soap-Ghana/dp/B003PFBCTU
http://www.amazon.com/Dudu-Osun-African-Black-Soap-100%25/dp/B0023A7JF4/

sometimes you find it at local natural/organic stores

Erica Brown
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Erica Brown

Great post!

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Tamara
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Tamara

i might have to try this 😛

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Halima
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Halima

Really lovely article and thanks

Succatti
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Succatti

What can safflower oil be substituted with??

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SimplyNatural
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SimplyNatural

Rose, if you don’t have access to distilled water, boil it. I use african black soap shampoo, soap etc. Love love this product!!

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jane
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jane

pls where can i buy jamaican black castol oil and sulphate free shampoo in nigeria?

shuaibarain
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hiy salam sar myrybal jhrd rahn han mykiy karun sar pilez hylp

Nini
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Nini

in hong kong is not easy to find the ingrédients!! no idea where to purchase them…

Mel
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Mel

You can try ordering online at Amazon.com or Ebay.

Sumit Athanere
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This recipe is useful for us. I have more recipes of homemade shampoo. I think this article will also useful for our readers.
http://sumitathanere.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-make-natural-homemade-shampoo-for-beautiful-hairs

Just For Womens
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Just For Womens

Great Recipes Thank you

From : http://www.JustForWomens.com

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Areanna
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Areanna

African black soap made my hair grow (kept it strong) for the first time in years!!!!

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