Are you tired of toxins in your shampoo, but still need something to tame the grease? This easy, DIY shampoo for oily hair is free of non-toxic ingredients and promotes healthy, clean hair.
What’s in the bottle?
My journey to natural hair care began quite a few years ago, after the birth of my 3rd child. I had just recently discovered my gluten-intolerance, and it set me off on a “get rid of all the junk in my life” journey. After cutting out my toxic deodorant and toothpaste, my shampoo was the next thing to go.
Bye-bye cheap bottle of Suave with your fake fruity smell. I mean, just look at all the ingredients in that bottle I was pouring onto my skin!
Water, sodium larueth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, fragrance, polyquaternium-10, tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, citric acid, PPG-9, collagen, folic acid, methylchloroisothaizolinone, and mthylisothiazolinine.
Um… what? I don’t even know how to pronounce half of those ingredients. And if you’re a health-nerd you know one thing for sure: if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it on (or in) your body!
A journey to safer hair care.
My first stop on the non-toxic hair-care road was the classic no-poo go-to: baking soda. For a while it worked well on my hair, but after about a year my luscious locks (ok, I really don’t have those) started getting dry and a breaking easily. I knew my hair needed something a little more gentle.
So I turned to coconut milk. Um. Yikes. That left my hair WAY too greasy.
Next up: Castile soap and essential oils. Thankfully they were just what I needed!
Easy, DIY shampoo for oily hair.
If you’re new to the poo-free lifestyle, or even just frustrated with a head of oily mess, give this DIY shampoo a try! It uses a simple combo of essential oils and non-toxic Castile soap to help your hair stay clean and healthy.
Though there are quite a few essential oils you can use to help tame the grease, lemon and rosemary are my favorites. Lemon is great for dealing with oily hair, plus it smells nice and fresh! Rosemary also helps blood flow to the scalp and help your hair grow strong and healthy.
All the options.
Here are a few other grease-control essential oils you can use in your DIY shampoo. If you just want to use what you have on hand, that’s fine, or you can mix them up! When it comes to essential oils, I tend to use Plant Therapy for just about everything. I really like their quality, and that they have a KidSafe line. But you can definitely use whatever brand you want. Now is good, and I’ve used Young Living and DoTerra too. I probably wouldn’t use something so expensive for shampoo, though… I’d save that for health issues.
More DIY “recipes.”
Looking for more natural, non-toxic, DIY body care products? All of these are easy to make in your kitchen and only require a few ingredients!
- Non-Toxic Hair Care for Kids
- Honey & Cinnamon Lip Balm
- Easy Homemade Bug Spray
- Natural Remedies for Cold Sores
- DIY Itch Be Gone Paste
- DIY Shampoo for Healthy Hair
- Natural Tips for Healing Sunburn
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DIY Shampoo for Oily Hair
- 25 drops lemon essential oil
- 20 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- about 1 cup filtered water
Pour soap into a 16 ounce bottle with a squirt or pump-lid. (One like this would work.)
Add in essential oils and fill the bottle the remainder of the way with water.
Shake gently before using to mix essential oils into the shampoo. Use as you would a ‘normal’ shampoo.
Store in the shower.