Natural Basic Shampoo Recipe

Give your hair the luster it deserves in cold, dry winter weather. This recipe includes enhancers for oily, dry, and normal hair.

Photo by Getty Images/Ekaterina Morozova

You can easily create a shampoo containing simple, natural ingredients that’ll give your hair added body, bounce, and luster. Yield: 8 ounces.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon light natural oil (omit if you have very oily hair)


  1. Mix together all ingredients listed at right.
  2. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or plastic container.

To use: Shampoo your hair as you would normally, and rinse well with cool water.

Shampoo Enhancers

For Normal Hair

  • Beer. Place 1 cup of beer in a saucepan and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup. Add this to 1 cup of Basic Shampoo and stir well.
  • Egg. Mix together 1 tablespoon of Basic Shampoo and 1 raw egg. Use this mixture to shampoo your hair.

For Oily Hair

  • Lemon juice. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of Basic Shampoo and stir well.
  • Aloe vera gel. Add 1⁄4 cup of aloe vera gel to 1 cup of Basic Shampoo and stir well.

For Dry Hair

  • Honey. Mix together 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of Basic Shampoo.
  • Jojoba oil. Add 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of water to 1 cup of Basic Shampoo and stir well. Shampoo as usual, and rinse well with warm water. If hair seems too oily afterward, shampoo once more with 1 teaspoon of Basic Shampoo.

Also from Natural Beauty for All Seasons:

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden. She’s the beauty editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, a regular magazine contributor, and a frequent speaker at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS. This excerpt is from her book Natural Beauty for All Seasons, available below.

3/2/2020 11:27:02 AM

Please share 3 examples of light natural oils. I love this simple recipe. Thank you for sharing.

3/2/2020 8:24:30 AM

I have a question: Is it possible to add essential oils to the recipe? I love a shampoo that also smells wonderful. It's like aromatherapy for your hair that you get to carry around with you!



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