Shimmer and Shine: Basic Shampoo Recipe

It truly doesn’t get much easier than this Basic Shampoo recipe.

Basic Homemade Shampoo

Depending on your hair type, you can improve the Basic Shampoo recipe by adding honey, lemon juice or a farm-fresh egg.

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This tress-cleansing concoction will seem thinner than most store-bought shampoos, but the effectiveness will be equivalent. Yield: 4 ounces.


• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s
• 1/2 tsp light vegetable oil (omit if you have oily hair)


Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Apply to wet hair. If enhanced with egg, be sure to rinse with cool water.

Shampoo Enhancers

• For dry hair, mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of Basic Shampoo.
• For oily hair, mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with 1 cup of Basic Shampoo.
• For normal hair, mix 1 raw egg with 1 tablespoon of Basic Shampoo.

Interested in more low-cost recipes for toiletries? Read Homemade Bath Products: Shampoo, Deodorant and Toothpaste.