DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pouring shampoo in the hand

Crafting Your Own DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients


About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
Her YouTube channel, Jinane World, has 600+ educational videos and 100K+ subscribers.
She is an accredited Master Trainer and gives courses at a reputed academy that has 16 branches worldwide. She sells online courses about natural skincare.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

Introducing our guide to crafting your own DIY shampoo with natural ingredients. In a world saturated with haircare products loaded with chemicals and additives, there’s a growing desire for a healthier alternative. Our recipe boasts a plethora of natural components, all meticulously selected to ensure your hair is pampered with the best nature has to offer.

Discover how this concoction of ingredients transforms into a chemical-free, wholesome haircare solution that will leave you with radiant and nourished locks.

Ingredients Needed

As you can see below, our DIY shampoo is packed with a whole bunch of ingredients. Don’t be alarmed. This is normal for a DIY shampoo crafted from scratch. The end result is a product that you will use many days a week and that is free from any harmful chemicals. Take your time assembling the ingredients!

  • Rosemary hydrosol. Provides moisture and a refreshing scent to your shampoo.
  • Distilled water
  • Panthenol vitamin B5. Adds moisture and promotes hair strength and shine.
  • Decyl glucoside. Acts as a gentle, natural surfactant to clean the hair. Surfactants are often used in things like shampoos to help the water and oils in the product blend smoothly, making it easier to clean your hair.
  • Coco betaine. Enhances lather and foaming in the shampoo.
  • Polysorbate 80. Helps mix oil and water-based ingredients.
  • Grapeseed oil. Provides moisture and antioxidants for the hair.
  • Fenugreek oil. Strengthens hair and promotes healthy growth.
  • Black seed oil. Nourishes the scalp and helps maintain hair health.
  • Rosemary carrier oil. Contains rosemary’s benefits and adds a pleasant aroma.
  • Vegetable glycerine. Locks in moisture, preventing dryness in the hair.
  • Xanthan gum. Thickens and stabilizes the shampoo’s texture.
  • Mica color powder – Optional.
  • Wheat germ protein. Strengthens hair strands and promotes vitality.
  • Preservative germall plus. Extends the shelf life of the shampoo by preventing bacterial growth.

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products. Also, where an essential oil is included in my recipes, I utilize either of two types of essential oils: pure, if added in drops, or diluted, if mixed in grams.

Tools Needed

  • Scale to weigh quantities
  • Large glass beaker
  • Medium-size glass beaker
  • Two small glass beakers
  • Glass mixing rod
  • Teaspoon
  • Appropriate plastic bottle to store your DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients

Prior to use, ensure that both your utensils and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected. Wash them with warm soapy water, dry with a tissue, and then sanitize by spraying with 70% medical alcohol. Wipe them clean and let them air dry before use.

Steps: DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients

A- Preparing Decyl Glucoside/Coco Betaine

1- In a large glass beaker, pour 60 grams (2.11 oz) of rosemary hydrosol.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pour rosemary hydrosol
Pour rosemary hydrosol

2- Add 95 grams (3.35 oz) of distilled water.

3- Add 3 grams (0.10 oz) of panthenol vitamin B5.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add panthenol vitamin B5
Add panthenol vitamin B5

4- Mix thoroughly using the glass mixing rod.

5- Add 75 grams (2.64 oz) of decyl glucoside.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add decyl glucoside
Add decyl glucoside

6- Add 45 grams (1.58 oz) of coco betaine.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add coco betaine
Add coco betaine

7- Using the glass mixing rod, stir the contents slowly and gently. Otherwise, you might get excessive foaming.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Stir slowly
Stir slowly

8- Leave the beaker aside for later use.

B- Preparing the Oils

9- In a separate small glass beaker, pour 5 grams (0.17 oz) of polysorbate 80.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pour polysorbate 80 in a small beaker
Pour polysorbate 80 in a small beaker

10- Add 5 grams (0.17 oz) of grapeseed oil.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add grapeseed oil
Add grapeseed oil

11- Add 2.5 grams (0.088 oz) of fenugreek oil.

12- Add 2.5 grams (0.088 oz) of black seed oil.

13- Add 5 grams (0.17 oz) of rosemary carrier oil.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add rosemary carrier oil
Add rosemary carrier oil

14- Stir the contents with a teaspoon.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Stir the contents
Stir the contents

15- Leave the beaker aside. We will use the mixture soon.

C- Preparing Glycerine/Xanthan Gum

16- In another small glass beaker, pour 9 grams (0.31 oz) of vegetable glycerine.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pour glycerine in a separate beaker
Pour glycerine in a separate beaker

17- Add 2 grams (0.07 oz) of xanthan gum.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add xanthan gum
Add xanthan gum

18- Mix rigorously with a clean mixing rod.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Mix rigorously
Mix rigorously

19- Optional – Add a small quantity of mica color powder. Choose a color you like.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add a little of mica color powder
Add a little of mica color powder

20- Mix the mica color powder thoroughly.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Mix the mica color thoroughly
Mix the mica color thoroughly

D- Finishing the Shampoo

21- While stirring, slowly pour the “glycerine/xanthan gum” mixture into the “decyl glucoside/coco betaine” mixture.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Slowly pour and mix the glycerine-xanthan gum mixture into the decyl glucoside-coco betaine mixture
Slowly pour and mix the glycerine-xanthan gum mixture into the decyl glucoside-coco betaine mixture

22- Continue stirring.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. After mixing
After mixing

23- Add 3 grams (0.10 oz) of wheat germ protein.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Add wheat germ protein
Add wheat germ protein

24- Add 1.5 grams (0.053 oz) of preservative germall plus.

25- Stir slowly but thoroughly the contents.

26- Pour the mixture of oils you prepared earlier into the shampoo mixture.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pour the mixture of oils into the shampoo
Pour the mixture of oils into the shampoo

27- Give the contents a final slow stirring. If there is excess foaming on the surface, you can remove some with a spoon.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Nice sticky consistency
Nice sticky consistency

28- Leave the shampoo to settle for 24 hours.

29- After 24 hours, pour the DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients into an appropriate bottle.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a bottle
Pour the shampoo into a bottle

E- PH Acidity Test

It is important to check the PH of the DIY shampoo to ensure that the shampoo is good for use. The PH should be 4.5 to 6. The PH test kit I am using indicate colors corresponding to 5, 6 and 7. Using these colors is a sufficiently practical approximation.

30- Take a leaf from the PH test kit, and immerse it in the shampoo for about 15 seconds. Take it out, and wait 2-3 minutes. After that, compare the color of the leaf against the range of colors on the PH test kit. If you get a higher reading than the recommended range (as in my case in the image below; I got the matching color of 7), you have to bring the PH down:

  • Simply, prepare a solution of 10 grams (0.35 oz) of distilled water and 10 grams (0.35 oz) of citric acid. Add 3 drops first to the shampoo, mix well, and re-test the PH. If required, add one drop at a time till the reading is in a good range.
DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. PH is 7
PH is 7
DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. After adding 4 drops of citric acid solution, PH is now in a good range
After adding 4 drops of citric acid solution, PH is now in a good range

F- Let’s Try It Out

31- Pour a small quantity of the DIY shampoo in your palm.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. To try its foaminess, pour a small quantity in your hand
To check its foaminess, pour a small quantity in your hand

32- Add a little water and check the lathering.

DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients. Lathering is great
Lathering is great

How to Use: DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients

To get the best results from your DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients, use it twice a week following these simple steps:

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly with warm water.
  2. Apply a small amount of the DIY shampoo to your scalp and hair. Massage gently to create a lather.
  3. Let the shampoo sit for a minute or two. This allows the natural ingredients to work their magic.
  4. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Make sure there’s no shampoo left.
  5. Follow up with your regular conditioner or a natural hair rinse if desired.
  6. Enjoy the soft, refreshed feeling of your clean, chemical-free hair.

Simply repeat this routine twice a week for the best results and admire the healthy, beautiful locks you’ve nurtured.

Benefits

Here are the top 7 benefits of using your DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients:

  1. Gentle Cleansing: Your DIY shampoo cleanses your hair and scalp without harsh chemicals, making it suitable for all hair types, even sensitive ones.
  2. Nourishment: Natural ingredients like oils and panthenol provide essential nutrients, promoting healthy, vibrant hair.
  3. Chemical-Free: Your shampoo is free from harmful additives, offering a natural alternative to commercial products.
  4. Customizability: You have control over the ingredients, allowing you to tailor the shampoo to your specific hair needs.
  5. Environmental Friendliness: By using natural ingredients, you reduce the environmental impact associated with synthetic chemicals.
  6. Soothing Scents: Natural scents like rosemary offer a pleasing aroma during and after each wash.
  7. Healthier, Shinier Hair: Regular use results in softer, shinier, and overall healthier hair.

These benefits make your DIY shampoo a fantastic choice for anyone looking to improve their haircare routine naturally.

Here are more articles on how to make natural haircare products:

Video How-To on My Channel | Jinane World

The steps to make the DIY Shampoo with Natural Ingredients are demonstrated in this video.


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