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DIY Essential Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

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Hair care products are some of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic body care products. When you're washing your hair you want to wash all the nasty stuff out, without putting more in! That's why we love to make our own essential oil shampoo and conditioner. I also have a homemade essential oil hair spray recipe to help round out your hair care collection!

Below theses recipes you'll find my super-secret simplified DIY shampoo and conditioner recipes. These are what I use when I don't have time to make my own, or I've run out of and ingredient needed for one of the homemade recipes.

Even Easier DIY Essential Oil Hair Care

Another great alternative to toxic hair care products is to buy something like this unscented organic shampoo from Desert Essence, or their unscented conditioner and add your own essential oils! I recommend 8 drops of essential oil per ounce of product. For babies try this unscented baby-mild pure castile soap from Dr. Bronner. You can use it plain, or add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

DIY Essential Oil Moisturizing Shampoo
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend well using an immersion blender, or by shaking vigerously in a glass jar.
  2. Store in an 16-ounce glass pump bottle for easy dispensing.
*Variations
  1. Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Rose are all great oils for hair care. Peppermint and rosemary are great to stimulate hair growth. Mix and match as desired!
Notes
No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

 

DIY Essential Oil Conditioner
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar mix the carrier oil, guar gum, and essential oils. Then add distilled water and shake well. Store in a glass pump bottle for easy dispensing.
Essential Oils for Your Hair-Type:
  1. Rosemary and sage essential oils are good for all hair types, so consider one of these as a base. Then add either: Lemon, bergamot, or tea tree essential oils for oily hair, OR Lavender, sandalwood or geranium essential oils for dry hair or those who suffer from dandruff.
Notes
No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

 

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

<< CLICK HERE to Download My FREE EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! >>

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

 



This post currently has 37 comments.

  1. Pam
    August 16, 2017

    Any recipes for styling gel and mousse?

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  2. Jen
    July 16, 2017

    Came across your site and made the shampoo recipe as written however my hair is greasier than before shampooing. I look strung out. It needs less oil and/or more soap. All the ingredients you’ve listed are wonderful so I will try to adjust this recipe for balance.

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    • Dr. Z
      July 19, 2017

      Hi Jen,

      We’ve had a lot of great feedback on this recipe and it all depends on your hair type. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Briana
    May 6, 2017

    I really like your homemade shampoo and conditioner. I used jojoba oil, lavender and lemon oils in it. However, every morning I brush my hair, it really dry. Any suggestions?

    Also, I opened the coconut milk can and saved the rest refrigerated. Do you know the life span of opened coconut milk in refrigerator? I noticed it must be consumed within 24 hours. Not sure if that applies the same as using it as hair product.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 6, 2017

      Hi Briana, you can add some vitamin E (http://amzn.to/2qNSZF1) as a moisturizer, which acts as a preservative. The recipe should last a few weeks to a month no problem at all. Also some argon oil or magnesium gel (http://amzn.to/2pSZHJX) can help take away the frizz…

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  4. Laura Ganey
    January 11, 2017

    how much coconut milk? Doesnt say what size can. How many ounces should I use of the coconut milk.
    Thanks.

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    • Customer Support
      January 23, 2017

      Hello Laura,
      Most cans are any where from 13oz to 14 oz. That size would work. 🙂

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  5. Michelle
    October 10, 2016

    Can I leave out guar gum for the conditioner recipe?

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    • Dr. Z
      October 10, 2016

      Yes, but the consistency will be much different. It’s not dangerous so don’t worry (if that’s your concern)… 🙂

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      • Georgia Bohlman
        March 12, 2017

        Actually I am allergic to guar gum and a lot of the other gums, so for some of us it could be dangerous

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  6. Rachel
    October 7, 2016

    I’ve been doing some reading on the importance of pH balanced shampoo for the scalp. Do you know what the pH level of this shampoo is? I’m nervous to try DIY shampoos because of what I’ve read about the scalp developing issues and of the detox period. Thanks for your help!

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    • Dr. Z
      October 11, 2016

      Hi Rachel,

      No, sorry, I don’t. I’m not really concerned with pH. I think there’s a lot of hype around acidity and alkalinity and manufacturers are making lots of money off speculative claims. Just my two cents… 🙂

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  7. Sue
    September 14, 2016

    I have grey/white hair and my well water will turn my hair yellow with out a blueing agent. Any suggestions? Please?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 19, 2016

      I would contact my friends at Crystal Quest and get a better filter for sure! Tell them I sent you and they’ll give you a nice discount! 1-800-934-0051

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  8. Gail
    September 11, 2016

    Can I use glycerin in place of the guar gum?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 11, 2016

      Hi Gail,

      Guar gum is a thickening agent. Glycerin is more of a moisturizing agent so it would change the consistency considerably…

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  9. Errol Johnson
    September 11, 2016

    I have been reading about homemade body washes and shampoos and they all warn about bacterial growth after a time and to add an additive to prevent this. What is the life span of the recipes for your shampoo and conditioners . Is there a natural additive to prevent mold growth?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 11, 2016

      Hey Errol,

      Good question. These DIY recipes are designed to be used up in a couple weeks. During that time, the essential oils should hold off all contaminants. 🙂

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  10. Stella Flores
    September 9, 2016

    I wonder about the coconut milk going bad in the shampoo.
    Also do you shake the can or do you use the water after it seperates?
    I like using coconut milk but it dies go bad. Help pkease

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    • Dr. Z
      September 19, 2016

      Yes, I’d shake with every use like most natural products. Sediment settles usually. This recipe will last a couple weeks and should be totally fine w/o refrigeration. 🙂

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  11. Andrea Kennedy
    August 30, 2016

    I need one for my husband who has psoriasis. He is now using one with coal tar in it and I have read that this is not good. I would prefer one without coconut milk as I am sure he’d put up a big fuss about that! Any suggestions? Thanks so much. I have enjoyed your Summit very much.

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    • Dr. Z
      August 30, 2016

      Why would he put up a fuss about coconut oil? Don’t tell him what it’s in it! 😉

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      • Cathy
        January 14, 2017

        ???
        Love it

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  12. Sara
    August 24, 2016

    For the shampoo: do I need to use the canned coconut milk that has guar gum in it to get the right consistency? I see that some canned coconut milk now comes without the guar gum ( which I prefer because I can’t eat guar gum or I have stomach problems) but wasn’t sure if that would be a problem for the shampoo. Thanks! Hoping to try this soon 🙂

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  13. Kathy
    June 22, 2016

    I made this shampoo right by the recipe. However, my hair looks so oily now that I am going to have to wash it again with something else if I go anywhere today. How can you like this so much when it leaves your hair so oily? Is there something I’m missing?

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    • Kathy
      June 23, 2016

      Just wondering why the recipe has changed since I left my comment ??

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      • Dr. Z
        June 23, 2016

        Because it was the wrong one – so sorry!!

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    • Dr. Z
      June 23, 2016

      Hi Kathy,

      So sorry, we updated the recipe because the original that was published was incorrect. My apologies for the inconvenience, but that original post had WAY too much oil in it.

      This recipe is more of the “standard.” 🙂

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  14. Karen
    June 13, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z:
    I love using essential oils and have tried the shampoo recipe you have but the baking soda leaves a horrible residue in my hair no matter how long I rinse it. Is there something I can substitute for the baking soda?

    BTW, I use the shampoo as a body wash so I wouldn’t waste what I made and it’s great for that. Lol

    Thanks

    Karen

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    • Customer Support
      June 13, 2016

      I would try leaving the baking soda out. A lot of people love it, but how it works for you will depend on your hair type, as well as your water. If you have soft water it may not be washing out properly.

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  15. Dalia
    May 28, 2016

    I have been washing my hair with lemon and it leaves my hair some what heavy. I have curly hair so my hair needs a lot of moisture to keep off the frizz.
    Is this shampoo will help with the frizz? Will it leave my hair soft and not heavy

    Thank you for responding.

    Dalia

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Dalia,

      It should leave your hair soft and help with the frizz, but that can depend on the chemicals in your water and product that you put in your hair afterwards as well. Not to mention your diet and sun exposure, etc.

      Try it out and keep up posted! 🙂

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  16. STEVE MENGO N D
    May 28, 2016

    Have been reading your articles. how do i get the ess oils as i live in KENYA,OR better still tell me how i can make it.

    Thanks.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Steve,

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know the specific countries specific companies sell to. My suggestion would be to ask the company that you’re interested to directly to see.

      Regarding how to make them, that may be easier and cheaper depending on shipping costs and etc. You need a steam distiller, LOTS of fresh herbs and some patience. 🙂

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