Shimmer and Shine: Herbal Shampoo

Give your hair the love it deserves with this herbal shampoo.


| December/January 2005


Certain herbs added to your favorite herbal shampoo can bring out your hair’s natural highlights. Use chamomile for hair, as it makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-colored hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark hair, use lavender or rosemary for hair, as they enhance your own natural color. MAKES 8 OUNCES

• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoons dried or 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender or rosemary
• 1/2 cup Basic Shampoo or mild commercial shampoo
• 2 tablespoons glycerin

1. Mix together the water and herbs and heat gently to make a strong tea. Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add shampoo and glycerin to the herbal water mixture and stir well.

2. Pour shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Let the mixture sit overnight to thicken.

3. To use: Shampoo and rinse well.


Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company, 2002). 

Click here for the original article, Shimmer and Shine: Making Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner. 



Christine Fox Dorn
7/2/2014 11:16:15 AM

After a couple of weeks, this shampoo starts to smell off, like it might be going bad. Is there something I could add to it to make it last longer?









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