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.

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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:

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