Hair loss can happen for many different reasons (diet, genetics, hair products) and can be incredibly frustrating. However, there are many great high-quality shampoos and conditioners that combat hair loss and promote re-growth. The only downside is that the product is really expensive as hell and all have manufactured ingredient that could trigger your allergy symptoms somehow and some ways if you are special sensitive type.
In the other hand, you always have another choice – DIY your shampoos. Don’t take these recipes lightly, though — especially if you’re on a budget.
Much like making home-cooked meal, with your own homemade shampoos you will know exactly what ingredients have gone into it. As you’ll see, you can make your own shampoo that’s good enough to eat.
You can tailor the ingredients to suit your needs specifically. And you can save on the cost, just like eating at home rather than eating out. Besides cleaning and conditioning, these recipes can keep your color true, your scalp healthy, and your miscellaneous woes (frizz, split ends, and so on) in check. This is a restorative formula that is designed to make your hair re-grow, the remaining hair thicker and fuller while preventing hair fall out.
1. Maple Syrup and Carrot Seed Oil
The carrot seed oil purifies, detoxifies and stimulates the scalp with its vitamin content and also has anti fungal properties. The carrot also improves circulation and can stimulate hair growth.
Maple syrup is soothing and nourishing, whilst also having antibacterial properties.
- Liquid castile soap (1/2 cup)
- Maple syrup (2 tablespoons)
- Carrot seed essential oil (5-10 drops)
- Castor oil (10 drops)
Mix all of the ingredients throughly in a container of your choice. Pour over wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly with cool water.
2. Egg Yolk Hair Thickening Shampoo [for thin hair]
Egg yolk contains lecithin, which is an emulsifier. It works to emulsify the oil with water, which is then rinsed out. So basically egg cuts through the grease and dirt and will make your hair squeaky clean.
The egg is also naturally pH balanced. This quality is so important if you want to keep your scalp healthy and free from fungus and other microbes.
Plus, the egg is rich in Vitamin A, D, B12, folate, zinc, iron, protein and essential fatty acids. These nutrients give your hair extra boost to grow strong and healthy.
- 1 egg yolk*
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 5 drop of peppermint essential oil (optional, adds refreshing smell and tingle to the scalp)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera or lime juice (optional, use for extra cleansing and shine)
- 1 tablespoon fenugreek seed powder (optional, stimulates growth and helps with itchy flaky scalp)
First, separate the egg yolk from the white.
Place the yolk in a bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons water and mix well.
Pour over wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-5 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly with cool water.
Note: Use whole egg if your scalp is super oily, this will help remove excess oil.
3. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar [for oily hair]
Baking soda + apple cider vinegar is one of the best and most natural cleansing agents there is, and its perfect for greasy hair where is gently dissolves and washes away excess oils without stripping any essential oils like regular shampoos.
- Warm Water (1 cup)
- Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
- Citrus Essential Oil (5 drops)
- Grapefruit Juice (1/3 cup)
- Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
Mix the ingredients thoroughly in your container of choice, be careful about the apple cider vinegar and baking soda reacting to create extra gas – don’t make the container airtight. Apply to wet hair and massage into the scalp 3-5 mins before rinsing out.
4. Green Tea Stimulating Shampoo
Green tea is an awesome hair growth promoter. Thanks to its long list of powerful antioxidants (such as caffeine, tannins, catechin, and proanthocyanidins).
These antioxidants get rid of free radicals that can cause hair loss and thinning. Free radicals are a natural by-product of cell metabolism, so you can’t avoid its formation.
Plus, the antioxidants, particularly caffeine and catechins, stimulate hair follicles and encourage growth. Few studies show its benefit in treating hair loss.
Green tea can also help with scalp conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.
- 1/2 cup of green tea
- 1/2 cup castile soap* (buy this one)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 5 drop peppermint essential oil (optional, adds tingly feel)
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional, balances scalp oils, great for all hair types)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional, use for dry hair)
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (optional, use for extra cleansing and shine)
Note: Castile soap can leave a white film on some people’s hair. You can alternative use baby shampoo such as this or this.
First, make a cup of green tea with one tea bag (or 1 teaspoon of loose tea). Pour a cup of hot water on green tea bag and let it steep for 30 minutes or until cool. (use filtered or distill water to make this tea, but it’s not necessary).
To make this shampoo, we will use half cup green tea and save the remaining to condition hair.
In a mug/jar place ½ cup green tea and other ingredients and give it a good stir. It’s done.
Wet your hair. Pour the green tea shampoo slowly. You can use a squeeze bottle for easy pouring. Massage gently on your scalp and hair and rinse thoroughly.
This step is optional: use the remaining green tea (and a dash of lime juice) as a last rinse to condition hair and add shine.
5. Aloe Vera Gel and Almond Oil [for dry and Brittle Hair]
The aloe vera contains enzymes and alkalizing properties that help to naturally balance the pH level of your scalp, which helps to promote hair growth and combat baldness. Olive oil helps to hydrate and protect the hair from breakage without being greasy and clogging the skin.
Almond oil has high quantities of magnesium and is moisturizing and stimulating, and also helps to soothe inflammation and irritation in the scalp.
- Water (1/2 cup)
- Liquid Castile Soap (1/2 cup)
- Aloe Vera Gel (1/3 cup)
- Olive oil (1 teaspoon)
- Almond Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
- Geranium Essential Oil (10 drops)
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and lather on to wet hair before massaging into the hair and scalp for complete coverage. You can keep the mixture in for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly and towel drying. Use within a month or so.
6. Shikakai Cleanser for Shiny, Bouncy Hair
One of the ancient herbs for hair wash, shikakai gently cleans the hair without removing the protective oils from the scalp.
Apart from being a fantastic cleanser shikakai, helps to strengthen the hair roots and improve hair growth. It also restores the pH levels on the scalp to fight dandruff and remove product build-up from hair follicles.
Shikakai may also darken your hair over time.
- 6-7 pods of shikakai (buy whole shikakai)
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 1 soap nuts/ reethas (optional, it’s a stronger cleanser)
- 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional, stimulates growth)
- 1 tablespoon marshmallow root (optional, soothes irritated scalp; helps detangle hair)
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