Though castile soap is said to be a gentle natural cleanser for skin and hair, for some people especially those with sensitive scalps, it may not be the best option for shampoo. These homemade shampoo recipes do not contain castile soap and therefore do not lather like those containing castile soap.
Do they work effectively in getting rid of dirt, grime and stale oils? They sure do! I use them all the time! Today, I’ll be sharing with you 3 of my favorite homemade shampoo recipes without castile soap that I love to use often!
PS: Many people who stay away from conventional shampoos or use the no ‘poo method, don’t wash their hair often – some even wash their hair just once a week but I beg to differ – please wash your hair every other day for a healthy scalp + hair.
3 Homemade Shampoo Recipes without Castile Soap
Note: All these measurements are for straight medium-thick shoulder length hair. Feel free to adjust the ingredients according to your hair length and thickness.
1. Normal Hair: Coconut Oil Honey Shampoo for Irritated Scalp + Shiny Locks
This is my most favorite homemade shampoo recipe without castile soap. It’s just INCREDIBLY cleansing and soothing. Here are the benefits of each ingredient used:
- Coconut oil – Applying coconut oil to hair has actually been proven to actively fight hair loss. When you apply coconut oil to your scalp and hair before a shower, it seals the hair strands which prevents water from entering the hair and causing the hair strand to expand leading to uneven, stringy and rough hair. Read more about it in detail in this post of mine. Coconut oil also easily penetrates into the hair shaft and follicles, which deeply nourishes them.
- Honey – Honey is a deep cleansing agent which drives out dirt, stale sebum, dead cells and grime from deep within the scalp. It also hydrates hair, fights dandruff, soothes irritation, nourishes & promotes growth as well as naturally conditions hair.
Note: I got some readers saying this shampoo made their hair greasy. Keep in mind this shampoo is designed for normal/dry hair types so if you have greasy hair, reduce/eliminate the coconut oil from the recipe and adjust the other ingredient measurements. Or, simply choose another shampoo recipe because you know coconut oil will make your oily hair even oilier so just use common sense here.
- 2 tbsp organic liquid honey (where to get it)
- 2 tsp coconut oil (where to get it)
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (where to get it)
I make a fresh batch of this every time I’m going to shower because it’s very easy to. Simple get a bowl, squeeze in 3 tbsp of liquid organic wildflower honey, add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Stir well with a spoon to form a creamy shampoo!
How to Apply
Face a mirror and untie your hair if it’s in a bun/ponytail. Now start sectioning your hair and applying the shampoo! You can go from left to right or even start from the middle but all you’re going to be doing is systematically applying the whole mixture onto your scalp. When your whole scalp is covered, scoop up the remaining mixture and smooth it over the length of your hair. You do not need to coat your whole hair length in the mixture! You only need to use what little was left in the bowl. Now I like to let the nourishing nutrients penetrate for about 5-7 minutes so while waiting you can do other things like shave, wash your body or do some squats lol. When the time is up, rinse off thoroughly with warm water first then cold water. That’s it! Your scalp will feel clean and soothed and your locks will be silky and shiny.
2. DIY Egg Shampoo for Greasy Hair + Hair Growth
When I used this diy egg shampoo, my scalp and hair were left squeaky clean and I had absolutely no issues detangling my hair! I used my fingers and detangled all of it in 3 minutes! The eggs naturally condition hair, remove excess oils, nourish the hair follicles and promote hair growth! Rhassoul clay removes dirt and grease, rosemary EO promotes scalp circulation and hair growth while lemon EO combats dandruff, acts as an antibacterial and leaves your hair smelling fresh!
- 1-2 eggs (depending on your hair length and thickness)
- 3 tsp rhassoul clay (where to get it)
- 4 tsp honey (where to get it)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (where to get it)
- ¼ cup water
- 7 drops rosemary essential oil (where to get it)
- 3 drops lemon essential oil (where to get it)
- High speed blender (where to get it)
- Clean container or jar
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils) in a blender and blend for about 7 seconds. You will have a foamy mixture. Now add the essential oils and stir well. Transfer to a jar and take it to the shower with you.
How to Apply
Wet your hair. Then slowly pour the egg shampoo on your scalp and strands. Then start massaging your scalp and hair to loosen dirt and grime. Leave it for 2 minutes then rinse off thoroughly using tepid water (NOT hot water). Wrap your hair in a non-fluffy towel. When dry, your hair will smell pleasant and be silky soft!
3. Coconut Milk Shampoo for Damaged Hair + Silky Locks
Coconut milk is a popular base ingredient in many homemade hair shampoo recipes – it cleanses hair & scalp, balances pH, nourishes & moisturizes, conditions locks and calms an itchy and irritated scalp as well. Vegetable glycerine removes dirt and impurities from hair, thickens the shampoo and locks moisture into hair. Olive oil is the best oil for damaged hair, it’s rich in antioxidant vitamin E and lubricates dry hair. Geranium essential oil nourishes & conditions hair as well as makes this homemade shampoo smell heavenly.
What you need
- 1/2 a can of coconut milk (where to get it)
- 2 tbsp vegetable glycerine (where to get it)
- 2 tsp olive oil (where to get it)
- 5 drops geranium essential oil (where to get it)
- High speed blender (where to get it)
- Applicator bottle (where to get it)
Place all ingredients except the geranium oil in a blender and blitz for 5 seconds. Pour into an applicator bottle, add the geranium, shake well and voila! Your coconut milk shampoo is ready!
How to Apply
Work with dry hair. First apply it all over your scalp by pouring a little using an applicator bottle and rubbing it in to loosen dirt. After your whole scalp is covered, move on to your hair length. Stand over your sink while you slowly pour little by little from the applicator bottle to soak your hair length. Once done, wring out your hair to remove the excess liquid and then tie your hair with a clip. Leave it to penetrate and loosen dirt & grease for about 2 minutes. During this time, you can wash your body or shave. After 5 minutes, start thoroughly rinsing your hair with warm water first, then seal off with cold water. Wring out and wrap your hair in a non-fluffy towel.
- For best results, make these homemade shampoos fresh for one-time use but if you want to store it for later, keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days maximum. If it smells funky, do not use.
- Use any other essential oils of your choice to enhance your shampoo! For example: tea tree for dandruff, rosemary for hair growth and lavender for beautiful scent.
- Do you need to use conditioner after using these homemade shampoo recipes without castile soap? No you don’t! All these ingredients including egg, honey, coconut oil, olive oil and the essential oils all work in naturally conditioning hair so you will have a MUCH easier time detangling. Personally, after using these homemade shampoos, my hair becomes silky soft and I just have to use my fingers to instantly detangle in 5 minutes or less without any problems!
Essential Oil Recipes for Hair & Scalp
If you’re interested in using natural ingredients for your hair and scalp, you might love our ebook: Complete Guide to Essential Oils for Hair & Scalp. It contains a lot of DIY recipes including how to make your own hair growth or cleansing shampoos, conditioners, hair creams, moisturizers, hair serums and basically how to use essential oils for a healthier scalp and beautiful hair. You can find out more here or buy now here.
Where to Get a Natural Shampoo without Making Your Own
If you are going chemical-free on your hair, but want to save the time of making a homemade shampoo, this Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo & Conditioner set is a game-changer. It contains powerful herbs such as sage: for dandruff & itchy scalp treatment, rosemary: for hair growth and prevention of hair loss and spikenard for dandruff treatment. It also has argan, jojoba and tea tree oils that all protect the scalp from germs, keep hair clean as well as hydrated and moisturized. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, so it will not lather the way you are used to, but you will quickly get used to it and notice the difference!
DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions Guide with Recipes
Want to make your own herbal hair oils? Check out our DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions eBook that contains an A-Z list of healing herbs and spices to infuse for hair, what base oil to choose for your hair type, methods of infusing your hair oils plus 20 exciting hair oil recipes for dry hair, heat damaged hair, hair growth, even gray hairs, scented hair and more!