Most shampoo leaves your hair feeling oily, greasy, or just plain unclean. What you might not know is that there are plenty of recipes to make your own hair cleansers for little to no cost — and you may have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets! If you’re looking to try something new, or maybe want to save a bit of money, then you should try out a few of these recipes.

pH Balanced Shampoo

Coconut and coconut milk with palm branch

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 3/4 cups of pure aloe vera gel
  • Optional: Several drops of citrus essential oil

Mix both (or all three) ingredients into a bowl. Use a wire whisk to mix everything thoroughly. Then, pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Put it in your freezer and wait several hours until its frozen completely. By this time, you can move them to a bag or container, or just keep them in the trays.

To use them, take a cube out at least the night before planned use and keep it in a small container or bowl in the refrigerator until you’re ready to shower. Use it as you would normal shampoo. Work it into your scalp before moving toward the ends of your hair. Let it sit for about thirty seconds and then rinse completely. Keep in mind that this will not lather, so don’t keep adding more in an attempt to clean your hair more. A little really does go a long way. If you’d like to clean your hair to its fullest extent, try using an apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards.

Place any remaining mixture back into the refrigerator until next planned use. The shelf life of each cube is approximately one week in the refrigerator.

Aloe and Clay Detox Hair Mask


Mix bentonite clay, aloe vera and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair. Put on shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Do not let the mixture dry. Rinse with 1 cup of vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo. Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak.

Vinegar Hair Rinse


  • 2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chopped herbs of choice

Place approximately 1 cup of chopped herbs in a glass jar. Cover the jar with 2 cups of vinegar. Steep this mixture in a tightly closed jar or bottle in the refrigerator or in a dark, cool place for about two weeks. You should then strain the steeped vinegar from the herbs through a cheesecloth or a coffee filter into a fresh, clean bottle. The infused vinegar will keep its quality for about six months to a year if stored properly in a cool and dry area.

If you don’t want to wait two weeks, you can speed up the infusion by lightly heating the vinegar before pouring it over herbs. You should steep this for a few days. Please be aware of the fact that if you’re using raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, then heating may kill the natural enzymes and reduce its health benefits.

When you’re ready to use your mixture, dilute 1 to 2 tablespoon of the herbal vinegar in 1 cup of water. Then, rinse it through wet hair after shampooing. Rinse it out with fresh water, or for extra conditioning benefits, leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar scent will disappear eventually as your hair dries.

Honey Shampoo

  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. filtered water
  • Optional: several drops of essential oils, such as carrot seed oil

Make the shampoo by single serving amount to prevent spoiling it.  Wet hair, then massage a few tablespoons of the honey shampoo on the scalp. Massage well to distribute over the scalp. Don’t worry about getting the mixture on the ends of the hair, just the scalp area. Rinse well. No need to follow with any conditioner.

Herbal Shampoo

  • 1 tbs. yucca root powder
  • 1 tbs. amla berry powder
  • 1 tbs. fenugreek seed powder

Mix together equal parts of each ingredient. Stir together the mixture in hot water to make a paste–one that’s not too thin that it runs out of your hair, but not too thick that it’s difficult to spread. Let the mixture cool so it doesn’t burn you. To use, apply and lather like you would with shampoo. Let it sit on your hair and sink in for five minutes. Finally, rinse it out.

The dark color of this mix might stain white clothing or towels, so keep free. This makes me wonder about whether it will dye really pale blond hair so keep that in mind. It’s messy in the shower but washes off well. Once you rinse it out completely, your hair won’t be dying anything.