Natural Hair Recipes

Here in our natural hair recipes section, you will find many useful recipes for castile shampoos, various conditioners, herbal rinses, and even a dandruff remedy.  Feel free to try these recipes for yourself, and let us know what you think.

For most of our shampoo recipes, we generally use castile soap. This is a very pure and mild liquid soap made from olive and coconut oils.  It is very good for the hair and skin. Unfortunately any shampoo made by this method will be very runny; we haven’t yet worked out a way to thicken the shampoo to our satisfaction.  For storage, we generally keep our shampoo in a plastic bottle.  Then when you’re ready to use it, simply squeeze some shampoo into the lid and pour it onto the top of your head.

Basic Castile Shampoo

Mix 1 part liquid castile soap to 2 parts herbal infusion. Add 1 tsp glycerin per 200 ml shampoo, if desired; it facilitates mixing, also 1 capsule of St. John’s Wort to promote hair growth!

Shampoo for Blondes:  use chamomile or calendula marigold infusion.
Shampoo for Brunettes:  use rosemary or sage infusion.
For Oily Hair: use yarrow, lemon balm, thyme or lemongrass infusion.
For Dry Hair: use chamomile, red clover, comfrey or chamomile infusion.
For all hair types: parsley, linden (lime flower), rosemary or nettle.

Essential oils can also be added to shampoos, both for scent and for their herbal properties. Some to try are: rosemary, basil, marjoram, lemongrass, lemon and lavender.

Herbal shampoo

2 Tbs. catnip
1 Tbs. castile soap
1/4 cup boiling water

Place boiling water in a cup and add catnip. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Add castile soap to cup. Mix well. Apply entire portion to wet hair and lather well.  Rinse with cool water.

A natural shampoo combination with honey for dry, damaged or treated hair:

2 cups liquid castile soap (lavender from a health food store is best)
1/2 half cup of honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. Liquid Vitamin B

Blend and use one teaspoon per washing massaging into the scalp.


Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner

The best conditioner you can use after a gentle herbal shampoo is a weak vinegar rinse. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a liter of water and use this as the final rinse. It works even better if you can catch the run-off in a bowl and use the vinegar water several times. It restores the PH balance of the hair and leaves all hair types soft and shining. Use the following herbal vinegar recipe to add the properties of herbs to your rinse.

Herbal Vinegar for Hair

Fill a jar or bottle about half full with a combination of some or all of the following herbs: rosemary, sage, chamomile, catnip, yarrow, lemon peel, orange peel, basil, lavender. Fill the bottle or jar to the top with vinegar – use a good quality apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Seal and shake every day for a few weeks. Strain and use a tablespoonful in your final rinsing water.

Essential Oil Conditioner

After towel drying the hair, put a few drops of rosemary oil in the palm of your hand. Coat your brush or comb with the oil by rubbing it in your palm, and comb the hair with it. Rosemary oil is very good for the hair, and the strong green scent fades as the hair dries. As it is a volatile oil, it does not leave the hair oily. You can mix the rosemary oil with either lavender or basil oil.

Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair

This is to be used before shampooing, once a week. Simply warm a little olive or coconut oil with vitamin E  and apply to the scalp; work well through the hair to the tips. Wrap head in a warm damp towel (dip it in hot water and wring out) and then in a large shower cap to prevent loss of heat. If the towel cools down, reheat it. Leave on for 20 minutes and then shampoo well.

Hot-oil hair treatment

  • 3 Tbs. pure jojoba oil
  • 2 capsules of vitamin E

Warm the jojoba oil and apply it to your hair, starting at the ends and working up to the top of head. Wrap hair in a towel and relax for an hour, or leave the oil in overnight. Rinse and shampoo hair as usual. Do once a week, more often if your hair is extremely dry.

Yogurt Conditioner for Dry and Flyaway Hair

Whisk together 4 tablespoons of natural, unflavored yogurt and 1 egg. Apply after shampoo and massage thoroughly into the hair, leaving on at least 5 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly with plenty of lukewarm water (not too hot, or you’ll end up with cooked egg in your hair!)

Leave-in conditioner for dry hair

  • handful of fresh rosemary
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup cider vinegar

In a glass jar with a lid, drop the rosemary and mint leaves and cover with the cider vinegar. Seal the jar and leave for two weeks. Strain the potion. After shampooing, pour a tablespoon onto dry hair and leave in.

Conditioner for oily hair

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

Wash, slice, and de-seed the lemon. Whir lemon in a blender to a smooth pulp. Filter through muslin. Mix with the cider vinegar. After shampooing, blot hair with a towel and rub lemon-vinegar mixture into scalp. Leave on 5-10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Conditioner for fine hair

  • 2 strips kombu (Japanese seaweed)
  • 3/4 cups boiled spring water

Steep kombu in spring water for 30 minutes. Remove the seaweed. After shampooing, massage into hair. Rinse.

Hair Egg Conditioner

  • 1 tsp. baby oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water

Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.

Hair Conditioner One

Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, rinse out.

Hair Conditioner Two

Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair.

Depending on the length of your hair, apply  approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry  hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15  minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as  usual.

Dandruff elixir

  • 4 or 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 Tbs. jojoba oil
  • 2 capsules of vitamin E

In a glass jar with a tight lid, combine ingredients. Shake well. After sectioning wet hair, dab mixture onto a clean cotton wad and stroke along the scalp. Wrap hair in a towel and let sit for 2 hours. Work shampoo into hair with a little water to remove oil. Rinse.

Dry Brittle Hair Treatment

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • Shampoo, few drops
  • Luke warm water
  • 2 capsules of vitamin E
  • 1 cup of vitamin A

For conditioning dry, brittle hair. Mix mayonnaise with shampoo add enough lukewarm water to mix. Apply to hair after a regular shampoo. Leave on 10 minutes and then shampoo out.

Herbal Rinses

Hair can be kept soft and shiny with herbal rinses. Pour the infusion over the hair after washing it and rinsing thoroughly. It’s even better to use a bowl to catch the infusion in as it runs off the hair, and to pour it over the hair several times. Regular use of some of these infusions will add tints and highlights to the hair.

For Brunette Hair: Use an infusion of rosemary, sage, parsley or catnip. Rinsing with a pot of black tea will darken the hair if used over a period of time, and a tablespoonful of lemon juice in the final rinse will eventually add highlights.

For Blonde Hair: Use an infusion of chamomile or marigold. A tablespoonful of lemon juice in the final rinse will help lighten the hair over time, but also tends to be drying.

For all hair colors and types: Yarrow, catnip, nettle and parsley make excellent rinses to improve shine and condition.

Remove Hair Build-up

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water

After conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny.

Remove Conditioner Buildup

Baking soda removes conditioner build-up from your hair. Rub in and rinse thoroughly, then shampoo with your regular shampoo.