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Homemade hair shampoo and conditioner

October 22, 2018

I started developing psoriasis in my early 20s.  It sprung up from a small patch in the back of my head where I usually had my hair tied up.  I didn’t know what psoriasis was and never saw someone with that skin condition. So, I thought I just had an itchy and flaky scalp.  

After I graduated from school, I was able to afford “better” hair products. By “better” I mean salon-grade hair products that would make my hair shinier and more manageable.  Up till that point, my hair was quite coarse and wavy. So I ended up using brands such as Bumble and Bumble and Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair Product to treat my scalp.  After using those products for several months, I noticed a significant and positive change to the texture of my hair, but along with that I also noticed significant hair loss.  My hair was falling off in CHUNKS! One of my friends even spotted that my hair was thinning from the top. At that point, I was only in my mid to late twenties; I didn’t want to go bald.

That marked the beginning of my journey to find something holistic and less harsh on my hair and scalp.  

Fast forward to 8 years later, I came across several posts on Pinterest with recipes of homemade hair shampoo and conditioner.  Not only were the recipes simple, but the ingredients were also very easy to purchase. That’s the start of my shampoo and hair conditioner experimentations.  

There are many things I like about making my own shampoo and conditioner – you have all the control over the proportions.  Given my scalp condition, I tend to use a lower soap to water ratio. If your hair is oilier, maybe you want to use an equal amount of soap and water.  That’s the same with hair conditioner as well. In the beginning, I would add Vitamin E and/or Castor Oil to the solution (as shown in the video), I don’t add them anymore.  I just dilute ACV with filtered water and that’s my hair conditioner.

As your body change, so will the proportion of the ingredients.  I would recommend making a small bottle to start until you figure out what works best for you.

Ingredients (shampoo and not shown in the video above):

Squeeze bottle

Bronner soap

Filtered water


Depending on the size of your bottle and how dry/oily your hair is, start with 30/70, 30% of the bottle soap and the rest is filtered water.  Feel free to add a few drops of your essential oil and even 1-2 drops of vitamin E oil.

Ingredients/Materials (hair conditioner):

Squeeze bottle

Vitamin E Oil

Castor Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar (must have the Mother in it)

Filtered water


  1. 1. Depending on the size of your bottle, fill ⅓ of the bottle with ACV
  2. 2. Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water, but leave a little bit of space for the oil
  3. 3. Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil
  4. 4. Add one or two drops of Castor Oil (Castor Oil is rather thick.  As nourishing as it is, I won’t recommend you to add more than 1-2 drops for your first bottle)

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