By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Find­ing a good sham­poo can be chal­leng­ing, espe­cial­ly if you want to mix your own AND you have dry strands.  While some store-bought sham­poos can be strip­ping, many home­made sham­poos do not seem to do enough cleans­ing. How­ev­er, the fol­low­ing recipes may pro­vide that cleans­ing pow­er with­out leav­ing your strands very dry:

1. African Black Soap Sham­poo


African black soap is cre­at­ed from palm leaves, cocoa pod ash, plan­tain skin ash, palm ker­nel oil, and some­times few­er or more ingre­di­ents (e.g., shea but­ter).  Com­bine this soap with glyc­erin or hon­ey (both of which are humec­tants), grape­seed oil (helps to lock in mois­ture), and dis­tilled water to cre­ate a cleans­ing, non-strip­ping sham­poo.

4 tbsp African black soap (crum­bled into pieces)
1 cup hot dis­tilled water
2 tsp glyc­erin (or pure hon­ey)
3 tsp grape­seed oil

1. Mix all the ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a bot­tle. Shake the bot­tle well and allow the mix­ture to cool before using.
2. Save the remain­der in a closed bot­tle for future use (up to a few weeks).

2. Coconut Milk Sham­poo


Liq­uid castile soap is gen­er­al­ly made from olive oil (and/or oth­er oils) and water.  Though some nat­u­rals have shied away from it with all the talk of pH, the real­i­ty is that oth­er nat­u­rals have faired fine using it in their sham­poo recipes.  If you are inter­est­ed in giv­ing liq­uid castile soap a try, the fol­low­ing mix­ture involves the addi­tion of organ­ic coconut milk (for dilu­tion and addi­tion­al lath­er­ing), dis­tilled water (for fur­ther dilu­tion), and saf­flower oil (for mois­ture).

1/4 cup liq­uid castile soap
3 tbsp organ­ic coconut milk
1 tsp dis­tilled water
1 tsp saf­flower oil (add more if you desire)

1. Mix all the ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a bot­tle. Shake the bot­tle well before use.
2. Save the remain­der in a closed bot­tle for future use (up to a few weeks).
3. Fol­low up with an apple cider vine­gar rinse (if nec­es­sary) for pH bal­ance.

3. Enhanced Sham­poo


If you have a sham­poo in your cab­i­net that is a bit dry­ing, then here is one way to make it usable.  Mix in some glyc­erin (humec­tant), jojo­ba oil (lock in mois­ture), melt­ed coconut oil (lubri­ca­tion and mois­ture), and dis­tilled water (for dilu­tion) in a sep­a­rate bot­tle.

1 tbsp sham­poo (prefer­ably a sham­poo you want to use up)
1/2 tsp glyc­erin
1/2 tsp jojo­ba oil
1/2 tsp melt­ed coconut oil
1/4 cup dis­tilled water

1. Swirl all the ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a noz­zle bot­tle.
2. Use the remain­der to clean your hair tools, etc.

Ladies, have you tried sim­i­lar recipes? Share below!


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Great Recipes Thank you 

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Sumit Athanere

This recipe is use­ful for us. I have more recipes of home­made sham­poo. I think this arti­cle will also use­ful for our read­ers.


You can try order­ing online at or Ebay.


in hong kong is not easy to find the ingré­di­ents!! no idea where to pur­chase them…


hiy salam sar myry­bal jhrd rahn han mykiy karun sar pilez hylp


pls where can i buy jamaican black cas­tol oil and sul­phate free sham­poo in nige­ria?


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Rose, if you don’t have access to dis­tilled water, boil it. I use african black soap sham­poo, soap etc. Love love this prod­uct!!


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What can saf­flower oil be sub­sti­tut­ed with??


Real­ly love­ly arti­cle and thanks


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i might have to try this :P


I think the admin of this web page is gen­uine­ly work­ing
hard in sup­port of his web­site, because here every stuff is qual­i­ty based stuff.

Erica Brown

Great post!


Where do you find the Black African Soap? I think I’ve seen hybrids …


I use the Shea Mois­ture brand African Black Soap avail­able at Wal­greens or Tar­get online or in store. 

African Black soap

some­times you find it at local natural/organic stores


i love this arti­cle because just about every­thing is nat­ur­al. from gio­van­ni to jane carter…all of these sham­poos just take out all of the elas­tic­i­ty from my hair. hate them.


I’ve used the plain Black African bar soap on my hair. I have all the ingre­di­ents to make that sham­poo and I plan to do that next. If you live in the U.S. you can find glyc­erin at any drug store/walmart.


Or use hon­ey in place of the glyc­erin


where can it be found in kenya


its how much


I’ve made a DIY African Black Soap Sham­poo (water/African black soap/honey) in the past. It worked very well — It left my scalp clean, didn’t strip my hair and smelled great.

I’d love to try the DIY Coconut Milk Sham­poo ’cause my hair loves all things coconut. It might make a nice body was as well…


These recipes are def bud­get-friend­ly which is a plus. All I need to do is fig­ure out where to pur­chase the glyc­erin and I’ll be good to go! :)


Try Amazon.…..they have every­thing!

Joan B. in S. C.

Both CVS and Wal­green sell glyc­erin. In CVS, I pur­chased the store brand. At Wal­green, the Africare brand.


whole foods or a health food store should have it. Occa­sion­al­ly, Wal-mart has it.


Thanks a lot for this! I used to use African black soap on its own, but it was very dry­ing for my hair. So now I know how to make it work!! btw can I use nor­mal tap water instead of dis­tilled water for the African black soap recipe? I live in the Nether­lands and we drink the tap water here. So Im guess­ing it should be alright?


Yes, it works with tap water. With that said, dis­tilled water is the best for home­made mix­es as it extends shelf life.


ooh ok. I always read posts about the use of dis­tilled water but nev­er knew the ben­e­fit of it. Thank you very much Man­go­mad­ness!! :)