Shimmer and Shine: Making Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner

Give your hair the love it deserves with natural shampoos, conditioners and rinses.

| December/January 2005

Having strong, beautiful hair doesn’t require exotic hair treatments, or cost a fortune. Simple, homemade shampoo and conditioner products can keep your hair healthy, bouncy and full of shine—and they’re easier to make than a pot of soup.

Great-looking hair is something everyone desires, and it is not difficult to achieve. If you eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest, your skin and hair will show it. Although proper hair care and conditioning are vital, the most important thing you can do for your hair is to keep it clean and well nourished.

Hair-care products, such as shampoos, conditioners and rinses, all perform specific functions that keep your hair looking and feeling its best. Shampoo cleans the scalp first and hair second by loosening dirt and oils. Conditioners protect the hair from drying out and becoming too brittle, which can result in breakage. Rinses clean the hair thoroughly and help to remove any hair-product traces.

Make sure to keep homemade hair products in clean containers in a cool, dry place. Avoid germ contamination by washing hands before making and using hair-care products. If the products separate, simply stir the mixture thoroughly. If one of your homemade products smells very bad, it probably is. Throw it out.

How To Make Homemade Shampoo: 

• Basic Shampoo 
• Herbal Shampoo 
• Body and Bounce Beer Shampoo 

11/8/2017 8:36:51 AM

I've always heard lemon juice will also lighten your hair, but knowing its high acid content, have been hesitant to use it for fear it would dry the hair out. Anyone have any experience with using lemon juice?

Cindy Koestler
2/19/2013 4:46:19 PM

Stinging nettle is a great rinse for you hair, it contains so many nutrients in it along with minerals and vitamins. Try doing a nettle infusion for a rinse. You will be suprised.

Alaura Landoe
1/11/2013 3:06:27 PM

Doesn't the beer make the hair smell weird? What's in the beer that helps the hair? What are some good herbs that can make your hair smell nice?

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