6 Best Natural Shampoos for Hair Loss – Proven Recipes for Regrowth

Most shop-bought products are loaded with chemicals and harsh ingredients, which, overtime damage the hair and the scalp.

It is unfortunate that the damaging effects of these chemical laden products are hidden from us over the short term. Mostly because we are distracted by the synthetic smells and texture that these chemicals leave in our hair.

Over time though, the true damage begins to show from all of these chemicals (such as selenium sulfide). This leaves our hair vulnerable to hair loss, with an itchy and irritated scalp, dry, brittle hair and damaged hair follicles.

Much like making home-cooked meal, with your own homemade shampoos you will know exactly what ingredients have gone into it.

You can tailor the ingredients to suit your needs specifically. And you can save on the cost, just like eating at home rather than eating out.

Most of all, you don’t have to worry about the smell and texture of your shampoo, which is how most of us make our buying decisions, but these features require harsh chemicals.

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As you’ll see, you can make your own shampoo that’s good enough to eat.

We all have different hair types and different skin types. So why use a one-size-fits-all approach. Why not use just natural ingredients that suit you best?

If the harsh chemicals found in commercial products do one thing that is more damaging than anything else, it is stripping away the natural oils from the scalp and the base of the hair follicle.

These oils are there for a reason – they protect and nourish the hair follicle. Without these natural oils the hair follicles are much more likely to wither and die.

Unfortunately our modern diets can produce an excess of unnatural sebum which comes from a toxic body. That’s why in Hair Equilibrium I focus so much on dietary techniques.

With the detox method and the dietary techniques you’ll restore the healthy balance in your body and start producing healthy natural levels of essential oils on your scalp. These will nourish and protect your hair.

So don’t go stripping them away with harsh chemicals.

In this article we’ll use our base ingredients and then add to that a finely tuned mixture of essential oils.

We use essential oils because they are natural and are the perfect ingredients to protect the hair. They re also full of antioxidants which neutralize free-radicals in the scalp, boost hair growth and aid in the cellular repair process.

Essential oils also absorb naturally into your scalp, helping to nourish and protect it. Because they are natural, mostly from plants our body welcomes them.

Unlike harsh chemicals which the body rejects and doesn’t want getting inside the body so it reacts and creates a barrier.

This barrier caused by the chemicals our own natural oils can’t get out and the chemicals just sit on the scalp causing itching. This is why everything must be natural.

Because essential oils are extremely potent it is important to use them sparingly. We can use the techniques of diluting any essential oil in a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil so that the concentration of essential oil isn’t unnaturally high.

As a rule of thumb, 1 drop of essential oil should be diluted with at least 5ml of carrier oil.

Using The Right Cleansing Agent and Container

You will need a good container to store the base formula in. You can re-use an old shampoo bottle or purchase a squeezable plastic bottle, which makes it extremely easy to apply on your hair.

In each shampoo recipe there is a base-cleansing agent. In these recipes we’ll use either baking soda, apple cider vinegar or liquid castile soap.

My go-to choice as a cleansing agent is 1 teaspoon of baking soda + 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per wash of my hair. These ingredients are extremely easy to find and cheap to buy.

Apple cider vinegar shampoos gently cleanse the scalp

I particuarly like to use the apple cider vinegar base for my shampoo if I’m in a hard water area where calcium carbonate deposits are more likely.

Liquid castile soap is a gentle cleansing agent made from plant-based oils like olive and coconut. It has a nice foaming effect so is popular for natural homemade shampoos.

How To Use These Shampoo Recipes Effectively

These recipes aren’t a magic bullet. They won’t re-grow your hair alone. But they are absolutely 100x better than any shop bought product.

I recommend you browse through the recipes and pick one that you like the sound of depending on your hair type (normal, dry or oily) and go from there.

Don’t be afraid to create your own as well. Just follow the formula of cleansing agent + carrier oil + essential oil and go from there. The herbs are also a great addition.

Our hair and our bodies need a variation of micro-nutrients and minerals, and the best way to get these is from a large variety of different sources.

Hair Loss Shampoo For Normal Hair

This is my maple syrup and carrot seed recipe which works great for normal hair types.


  • Liquid castile soap (1/2 cup)
  • Maple syrup (2 tablespoons)
  • Carrot seed essential oil (5-10 drops)
  • Castor oil (10 drops)


Mix all of the ingredients throughly in a container of your choice. Pour over wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.

Hair benefits:

The carrot seed oil purifies, detoxifies and stimulates the scalp with its vitamin content and also has anti fungal properties. The carrot also improves circulation and can stimulate hair growth.

Maple syrup is soothing and nourishing, whilst also having antibacterial properties. Castor oil acts as the carrier oil for the carrot seed essential oil, in this situation and it nourishing and hydrating in itself.

Homemade Shampoo For Oily Hair

This is a particularly useful recipe for anyone with greasy or oily or scalp. The ingredients help work together to regulate the production of oils, whilst mopping up and absorbing and excess oil.

If you do have problems with excessively oily or greasy hair this can be fixed by optimising your diet. There are lots of things you can do to reduce this oil production, for example, removing as much processed foods from your diet as possible.

One quick way to remove this excess oil from your body is by taking a greens supplement everyday.

For example, a mixture of wheatgrass powder, spirulina powder, chlorella powder will immediately help to absorb excess oils and are full of chlorophyll which helps deliver oxygen to the follicles.

Anyway, here is the shampoo recipe for greasy hair.


  • Warm Water (1 cup)
  • Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
  • Citrus Essential Oil (5 drops)
  • Grapefruit Juice (1/3 cup)
  • Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)


Mix the ingredients thoroughly in your container of choice, be careful about the apple cider vinegar and baking soda reacting to create extra gas – don’t make the container airtight. Apply to wet hair and massage into the scalp before rinsing out.

Hair benefits:

Baking soda + apple cider vinegar is one of the best and most natural cleansing agents there is, and its perfect for greasy hair where is gently dissolves and washes away excess oils without stripping any essential oils like regular shampoos.

The citrus essential oil is perfect for cleansing oily hair and removing the oily sebum from an unhealthy diet. Citrus contains antioxidants, magnesium, potassium and folate. You can also add a few drops of magnesium oil which will help with hair loss by reducing calcification of the hair follicles.

Grapefruit juice cleanses and revitalizes with high vitamin content and gentle acidic structure.

Grapeseed has been known to reduce hair loss and provide omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the scalp and hair follicles.

My Shampoo Recipe For Dry and Brittle Hair


  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Liquid Castile Soap (1/2 cup)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (1/3 cup)
  • Olive oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Almond Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
  • Geranium Essential Oil (10 drops)


Mix the ingredients thoroughly and lather on to wet hair before massaging into the hair and scalp for complete coverage. You can keep the mixture in for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly and towel drying. Use within a month or so.

Hair benefits:

The aloe vera contains enzymes and alkalizing properties that help to naturally balance the pH level of your scalp, which helps to promote hair growth and combat baldness. Olive oil helps to hydrate and protect the hair from breakage without being greasy and clogging the skin.

Almond oil has high quantities of magnesium and is moisturizing and stimulating, and also helps to soothe inflammation and irritation in the scalp.

Almond oil provides nutrients to the hair follicles

Geranium essential oil is a great way to boost circulation to the scalp thereby improving hair health and reducing hair loss considerably and is also considered to be an anti-inflammatory.

Hair Loss Shampoo For Dandruff

Dandruff is a very common problem and can also be connected with hair loss. For this reason I’ve also been on the hunt for a good dandruff shampoo.

Unfortunately, most dandruff shampoos that you can buy from a shop are useless and only make the matter worse in the long term because of all the harsh chemicals they use. Here’s my review of Head and Shoulders.

The quickest and most effective way to fix dandruff is through your diet. There really is no other way that makes such a big impact.

You’ll want to clean your diet of all processed foods and start eating a lot more high quality natural plant-based fats. Nuts, seeds and avocados are your priority. Coconut water and oil should also make it into your diet.

Also, drink more water. Another thing to keep in mind is that really hot showers will quickly dry out your scalp causing dandruff. If you’re worried at all about dandruff then make sure you use cool, or mild-warm water in your shower and to wash your hair.

Okay, here’s my favourite dandruff shampoo recipe, and trust me, this is so much better than any expensive shampoo you can buy from a shop.

Just look at all those natural, wonderful ingredients that will soothe and hydrate your scalp and reduce inflammation.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Rosemary (1 bunch)
  • Jojoba Oil (1/4 cup)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (10 drops)


Take the rosemary and steep in the boiling water until the water cools, then remove the rosemary. Mix the ingredients thoroughly inside your container of choice and lather on to wet hair.

Massage the mixture deep into your scalp and allow to absorb for 1-3 minutes before washing out thoroughly.

Hair benefits:

The rosemary tea is incredibly soothing and helps to reduce the inflammation that leads to dandruff.  The jojoba oil adds extra hydration and dilutes the peppermint essential oil.

Jojoba is similar to our natural sebum so that it adds elasticity whilst protecting the scalp which reduces flakiness, and without being greasy.

Peppermint is a powerful way to fight dandruff because it helps to regulate the pH of your scalp. It has a soothing, cooling effect that helps with an irritation. Peppermint oil has been clinically proven to promote hair growth.

Peppermint oil (PEO) shows significant improvement in dermal thickness over saline solution (SA), jojoba oil (JO) and minoxidil (MXD) after 1,2 and 3 weeks.

Shampoo For Stimulating Hair Growth

Although the other recipes in this guide are great for hair loss/growth, and a much better alternative to commercial shampoos, I wanted to give a recipe that is really designed to boost hair growth, and stabilise hair loss in every possible way. This is that recipe.


  • Nettle (2-3 bunches)
  • Coconut Oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Powdered Tumeric (1 teaspoon)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 cup)
  • Baking soda (1 teaspoon)


Steep the nettles in close-to-boiling water and allow to cool before straining the water. Add the other ingredients to the nettle tea and mix thoroughly. Lather on to wet hair and allow to absorb for 2-5 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.

Hair benefits:

Stinging nettle is extremely rich in hair growth boosting vitamins A, B, C, D and K, which also help to stimulate the scalp and helps with BPH. The rosemary essential oil has antiseptic properties and can aid new hair growth.

Turmeric is a well known and powerful spice that has long medical history. The turmeric in this recipe will rejuvenate and soothe your scalp whilst providing rare nutrients and minerals that are essential for hair growth.

It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps with itching and irritation. Coconut oil hydrates and protects the scalp and hair.

Hair Mask For Stimulating Hair Growth


  • Avocado (1 half)
  • Vanilla Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Cherries (6, peeled and pitted)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Herbs (nettle, chamomile, reishi)


Take the mushroom and herbs including the nettle that you have available and steep in hot water until the water cools, then remove the solids. Add the cherries, avocado and vanilla essential oil and blend the mixture at high speed until it is smooth.

Apply the mask to wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes. Now leave the mask to absorb in for a further 15-20 minutes before rinsing out and towel drying.

Hair benefits:

This hair mask will deeply nourish and moisturize your hair and scalp while it absorbs in for twenty minutes. Essential minerals and nutrients from the avocado protect the scalp whilst providing nutrition. The cherries provide antioxidants and vitamin C.

Vanilla essential oil stimulates hair growth and the reishi mushroom acts as a 5-alpha-reducate inhibitor so it can help lower the amount of DHT on the scalp.

87 thoughts on “6 Best Natural Shampoos for Hair Loss – Proven Recipes for Regrowth

  1. Thanks Will for the wonderful recipes. The proportions you mention are they for a single use or multiple use .
    Can we make these recipes and bottle and keep them to use for a month or so or would it get rancid ?
    It would be a bit impractical to have to make these everyday for me personally.

    • Thanks, I typically make the recipes just for one use, since I like to experiment and try different variations. I don’t think you need to wash your hair everyday since this can strip too many of the natural oils away from the hair and scalp. If the ingredients can be left out of the fridge without going rancid then you can prepare these in advance and add any more ingredients that goo off easily later on.

    • Nettle grows naturally in many places, so if its available in that form then use it like that. If not you can buy it as an extract, tea of loose nettle leaf quite easily from health shops or online.

  2. I love this. I have very dry frizzy hair. Its a little more tangled when i first come out of the shower but as soon as it dries what a difference. Seriously everytime i use it he frizz level gets lower. NExt time i try making my own coconut milk too.

  3. I have dandruff and I need my hair to grow. Do i use both shampoos per shower? Are these mixtures something i have to do very regularly? Will there be negative effects if I only use once or twice and then forget?

    • Create a simple shampoo you like from some of the ingredients I’ve listed and then use it consistently. It won’t if you go back to your regular shampoo which has lots of chemicals in it. Also, if you have dandruff then add a high quality oil mixture to your diet. I recommend starting with pumpkin seed oil.

  4. Dear sir,
    Can I use Nettle leaf extract powder for home made regrowth hair shapmo? And plz send me the method. Tanks

  5. Thank you for the recipes. How many times would you recommend washing hair with the hair growth recipe per week? Also how long would you think it would take to see new hair growth?

    • I would recommend no more than 2x per week. This is only one small part of regrowing hair. You will need to do other things to to see real results, the shampoo won’t make too much difference to the health of the hair follicles. There are underlying reasons that cause the hair to fall out in the first place.

  6. I am now making the hair stimulant shampoo. It calls for 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in addition to the 1/2 cup of water needed to make the steeped nettle tea. If this mixture is a one time use, it is at least 1 1/2 cups of shampoo. Can we save this for future shampoos and how can we store it?

  7. Any information on avacado oil and hairloss? Can you use the liquid castile soap in conjunction with the baking soda or apple cider vinegar to get the lather or foaming affect?

  8. Hi, could you use any of these to make hair grow FASTER, and LONGER? I have no hair loss problems but I would like longer hair.

    • Hi Ashley, by reducing lost hair you’ll help your hair grow faster and longer, because when a long hair falls out it will be replaced by a short hair. So stopping the ‘turnover’ of hair fall increases speed of growth and overall length. Yes, these shampoos will help with that 🙂 You can also try some changes to your diet, for example bone broth contains lots of the raw materials needed for hair growth, so try that if you want your hair to grow faster.

  9. Hi Will, I have read other articles on hair rinses – using stuff like nettle, ACV, green tea, bentonite clay etc…

    Is it necessary to make home-made shampoo if I am doing the rinses? Surely they will clean / stimulate enough?

    • Hi Jamie, I personally only use ACV once per week for my ‘shampoo.’ You can add as many other hair rinses as you like on top of this but you don’t want to ‘clean’ too much since this also strips away the natural protective oils.

  10. Hello Will, how many times per week should I use the stimulating hair growth shampoo ?
    Being a gardener I need to wash it daily?

    • Hi Shaun, maximum twice per week. Anymore and you are in danger of removing too much of the protective oils from the hair and scalp.

  11. Hi Will,

    Thank you for taking your time to share your experiences and for helping us in addressing this problem. Truly appreciated. Can you please tell me if it is wrong to wash my hair every day with a commerical shampoo? I do not feel comfortable if I do not wash my hair everyday. Besides that I also apply sesame oil + castor oil + jojoba oil+ Rosemary EO+ Thyme EO+ Cedarwood EO+ Lavender EO blend everyday and massage my hair for 2-5 mins and cover it up with shower cap for atleast 30 minutes before i go to shower. In this case what shampoo can I use daily, without damaging my hair? Can I use soapnut boiled in water as my base cleanser instead of liquid castille for everyday use?Sorry for too many questions, bit I need a safe shampoo that I can incorporate into my daily hair washing routine and I am too confused and scared to use commercial shampoos now. Hoping to get some expert advise from you.


    • Hello Haunty, I recommend against using commercial shampoos or shampooing too often.
      Try using just apple cider vinegar (a few tablespoons) once or twice per week, and stop using shampoo altogether.
      If you feel that your scalp is getting very oily then this might be a sign that something internal needs fixing, such as you need to do a cleanse, or reduce the amount of oily/processed foods in your diet.

  12. Hi Will,
    What a simply (for us) informative site. Thank you so much for sharing.
    I’m wondering if you’re familiar with effects of these shampoos on color treated hair and which ingredients might be best to preserve color. Also, does the baking soda dissolve or remain abrasive in this particular mixture?

    • Hi Kris, I’m not sure about coloured hair to be honest. You could try the most simple mixture of ACV 1-2 times per week and see how that goes.

  13. Would this recipe be safe to use? 1 cup water, 2 TBS apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 drop each jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil and 1 drop each lavender, peppermint, clary sage, cedarwood, tea tree and rosemary essential oils.

  14. Hi Will,

    In regards to your Grogenx Shampoo, just had a few questions:

    Is It a hair rinse or Shampoo ?

    Does your shampoo replace me needing to do my current usual routine of washing my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar?

    Also I use Alpecin shampoo at the moment which is a caffeine formulated shampoo which you leave on hair for a few mins. If I use your shampoo will this be the same as using Alpecin?

    Any reviews?


    • Hi Dan,
      The Grogenix Caffeine Shampoo is for cleaning the hair (whereas the tonic is just for adding beneficial compounds to the scalp) so it’s not a case of either or. Since you don’t want to ‘wash’ your hair more than 2x per week (it removes protective oils) you can use the hair rinse in between.
      It would replace washing your hair with ACV yes.

      Yes I would personally replace Alpecin with our Caffeine Shampoo.

      Just take a look at some of the ingredients in Alpecin: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-2, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Caffeine, Panthenol, Parfum, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Citrate, Menthol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-7…

      No thanks!

      You really don’t want these chemicals on your scalp, disrupting skin pH, killing the natural microbiome and absorbing into the bloodstream.

      • Thanks Will.

        So instead of making things myself as it shows on the site, would you recommend just using:

        This Shampoo two times per week:

        This hair rinse say once a week:

        FYI I don’t want to wash my hair more than three times per week.
Also is the above good for stopping dandruff?

        Lastly, would you say these products are better for the scalp and regrowing the hair than using other shampoos out there ?



        • Yes Dan, thanks. We’ve designed these to be the best products on the market and I think that they are. The feedback we’re getting also suggests this to be true.

          • Hi Will,
            I still have the GRO2 spray. Would drinking this or one of the GROGENIX products help hair growth on the scalp? If so, which?
            Please bear in mind I don’t want hair everywhere, only on the scalp 🙂

          • Hi Dan,

            We strongly recommend against drinking any of the products.

            Instead, you should apply to the scalp nightly.

            – Steph

          • Hi Will, please can you kindly answer the questions…

            So instead of making things myself as it shows on the site, would you recommend just using:

            This Shampoo two times per week:

            This hair rinse say once a week:

            FYI I don’t want to wash my hair more than three times per week.
Also is the above good for stopping dandruff?

            Lastly, would you say these products are better for the scalp and regrowing the hair than using other shampoos out there ?



          • Hello Daniel,
            Yes I would definitely recommend using our Grogenix shampoo, it is absolutely my favourite shampoo on the market and it is getting amazing reviews from other people. It should also help you dandruff, but you should also optimize your nutrition to reduce your dandruff from the inside-out.
            Generally we recommend not shampooing more than 2x per week. If you need to do it more than that because your hair gets greasy and oily quickly it might be a sign that your body is trying to detox through the skin. In which case you need to improve your nutrition, especially removing foods containing vegetable oils.

  15. Hi Will for the stimulating hair shampoo, so I have to use fresh nettle? Is there a powder or liquid nettle alternative to fresh?

    • Hi Nathan, the liquid extract is probably the best bet. It is sometimes called a ‘tincture’. Powder would be okay, but the texture wouldn’t be very nice on your hair. Fresh nettle is always a good option, but of course it takes time and effort to go for that option.

  16. Hi Mister Will

    Thank you for all e-mails you send me for more than 5 months. I am convinced of your objective and scientific and professional analyzes in the cappillary field. your expertise is demonstrated through your advice and recommendations based on hard facts and scientific and proven by research and serious studies.

    I inform you that I am 46 years old and I have androgenetic alopecia for many years.

    since adolescence I have started to have greasy hair that started to fall but with a moderate frequency. I used shampoo for oily hair but hair loss continued. I had dense hair

    Since the year 2003 I used Neways shampoo “2nd chance” against oily hair and I continued to use this shampoo for more than 10 years. it gave me beautiful and thick hair and allowed me to space washes. this shampoo contains essential oils including bergamot and also ylang ylang … but I think it was harmful for my scalp because it has dried all the oils of the scalp. he accentuated the hair loss. in 2016 Neways has to stop the production of this shampoo.

    I searched a lot on the internet to find a shampoo that suits me because I am starting to have an accelerated hair loss and thinning hair.

    on the internet there is a lot of scams and people have a commercial concern more than a scientific and objective interest. so they do marketing to sell their products. it’s hard to find the right product.

    I look for natural and organic products and I tested two popular shampoo in the usa and amazon
    1- gold pura gold label
    2- surge hair from ultrax lab

    for the first shampoo pura gold I think that after a year of use, I start to have more or less positive results. the hair loss has decreased and I find that the number of hair that falls during the shower has decreased. clear areas begin to fill relatively. but my hair is becoming thinner and greasy quickly and frizz. I also take a supplement for hair “pronexa” I think it also helps to achieve these results.

    for the second product “surge hair” with caffeine. this one did not suit me it caused me itching and hair loss was accentuated. I do not know why even if it contains caffeine and essential oil of peppermint and ketocenazol. I believe that sulfates contain either the parfum that caused me these problems.

    Now I am interested in your grogenix shampoo because it contains only natural and proven products for hair loss. I like that answer a few questions:

    1-can I continue to use gold pura. how would I do to make my hair thicker and fight against the greasy look?

    2- Is “surge hair” shampoo a good product. if so, why did not he give me good results?

    3- does grogenix contain fragrance because it causes me irritation and allergies.

    4- Mr. Will, you have always advised us to look for economical products. why your shampoo is so expensive $ 47 for only 150 ml ($ 60 surge hair for 236 ml). is oleuropein expensive for example?

    I hope you lead me to the right way. and I’m ready to buy your shampoo.

    5- Is ELEXIR necessary also as a complement?

    Thank you very much.


    • Hi Mourad,
      Thanks for your in-depth questions. I’ll try my best to answer them in the short time I have.
      Firstly, a shampoo is only one way that you can fight against hair loss. To be honest, a good shampoo will only ever make a small difference because it doesn’t really address the true root cause of genetic baldness. So I do recommend some things like an optimised diet (which will help with scalp oiliness.) An optimised diet will also help reduce inflammation in the body (a real cause of alopecia.)

      I would check to see if your current shampoo contains any chemicals? Ask yourself if you would be happy if you ate a teaspoon of it. Because these chemicals will affect the health of your scalp over time. I am not sure about Hair Surge actually, I’ve never used it myself. But again, if it contains chemicals then I would personally steer clear.

      Grogenix Shampoo doesn’t contain any fragrance for the sake of fragrance. But it does contain peppermint because some studies showed peppermint and rosemary could be useful for hair regrowth.

      It’s a good question. Most shampoos you buy ‘off the shelf’ are basically made with industrial chemicals like SLS and others. They are cheap and easy to produce. We put a lot of time into researching and testing our products and of course the ingredients such as Oleuropein are much more expensive. We also decided to use only the highest quality ingredients we can find. This is because I personally use the shampoo and I don’t want to sacrifice quality just to lower the price a little bit.

      The Elixir is not necessary, but it can be a useful addition, a good alternative to minoxidil if you want to try.

      Again, don’t focus on products like topical treatments and shampoos. Get your diet optimised first. And make sure you are doing the scalp exercises and massages that relive scalp tension. This will probably help the most.

      • Will,
        Do you have any info on how much the caffeine is absorbed into the blood. I am not supposed to have caffeine, so when I tried another hair product with caffeine on the label, I only left it on my scalp for a few minutes. The Grogenix Scalp Elixir would leave caffeine on my scalp all night. I’m worried that doing so would cause put caffeine in my blood and cause me problems. Do other people have trouble sleeping while using G Scalp Elixir?
        Thank you for such great info.

        • Hi Scooter, this is a good point. Although we don’t have any scientific data on it, I have tested this myself. I personally don’t drink coffee and rarely drink tea with caffeine in it. My caffeine tolerance is very low and my body takes a long time to metabolise it. So we made sure, when designing the elixir that the caffeine content wouldn’t interrupt sleep for people with a low tolerance.

  17. Hey,
    Thanks for such an informational article!
    I just have a quick question ” What is the shelf life of these shampoos?” “Can I prescribe and give them to my patients after making them?” “Any specific storage conditions?”

    • Given the ingredients are stable by themselves then the shampoos themselves will last a long time. Apple cider vinegar has a long shelf life so formulas based on these usually are fine to store for 6-12 months.

  18. Hi Will!

    I am 22 & am experiencing hair loss. I have gone through almost all of your website and posts. Regarding the shampoo thing, I have one question what formula or ingredients list will you recommend for all hair types? I am asking this because I cannot perfectly determine what kind of scalp do I have. I am sure I have a scalp that this too full of dandruff but apart from that it is also

  19. Hi Will, you said we should not wash our hair more than twice per week, but I live in tropical country which is very hot. And my scalp is too dry that it secrets excessive oil that clogs the pores. If I only wash 2 times per week, I think my scalp will become worse. What do you suggest for my case? thank you

    • This is more than likely a problem with your diet, creating an overproduction of oils and sebum. Improving your diet, or even going so far as to do a detox to improve the functioning of your liver and colon (which will help to eliminate more toxins) would really help. I’ve also lived in tropical countries and I honestly don’t think it makes much of a difference. 2 x per week is plenty enough. Actually, the more you use shampoo the more oils your scalp will secrete. If your diet is optimised you can actually stop using shampoos at all and your scalp will start to clean itself.

      • Hi Will. Just wanna ask, should I rinse my hair with ACV after shampooing or before shampooing my hair? Gotta say the smell of ACV sure sticks to the hair.

        • Hi Zesty,

          The ACV rinse should actually replace one of your weekly shampoo sessions. The smell can be a bit overwhelming, but the results can be worth it. You could also try diluting the ACV with water (in a 1:1 ratio) if that helps.

          – Steph

  20. Does the washing your hair no more than 2 times per week rule apply if you exercise everyday? I ask because my hair gets drenched in sweat each day. Thanks!

    • Hi R,

      Well it’s not recommended (as it can dry out the scalp and increase sebum production), if you aren’t having any trouble than you could continue.

      I would recommend at least dropping your shampoo routine from thrice per week to twice.

      – Steph

    • Hi,

      We recommend rosemary tea over rosemary oil as it’s gentler and not as potent. This is important when you’re battling dandruff, as you could experience discomfort/pain from the application of rosemary oil.

      – Steph

  21. Hey just I have thining/fine hair near the crown… has been last couple years… hasn’t gotten better or worse really with any shampoos I’ve use. Was about to start nioxin but was wondering from you what could be my best natural solution to fight this… also with my hair I feel like I have to wash every morning because it looks greasy and is everywhere..

    • Hello Jacob, if you have to wash your hair every morning because it looks greasy then this could be a sign that your body is detoxing oils and wastes through your scalp, in which case you need to optimise your diet better. I recommend only shampooing once per week. Your hair will take a while to get used to it but will eventually stop producing so much oil if your diet is better.

  22. Hi, my name is Andreea, I am 34 and I suffer from androgenic alopecia. I have recently started using a combination of essential oils ( mixture of rosemary, cedar wood, lavender and thyme) with jojoba and grapeseed as a base. I apply this to my hair everyday. My question is: would the natural shampoo recipes you have on the website be ok to be used everyday? The oils leave my hair quite greasy, so I feel I need to wash it after every application. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Andreea,

      It’s best to avoid overwashing, as this can lead to dryness and increased sebum production.

      However, you can rinse the oils with water only on a daily basis, or reduce the amount of oils you’re applying at one time.

      – Steph

  23. Hi Will, what are your thoughts on the lipogaine shampoos, and would you recommend doing a acv rinse even after using your caffeine shampoo?

  24. Hi Will,

    Thanks for your posts.

    I am having flaky dandruff scalp. I went to dermatology to check my scalp they have suggested a shampoo called Keraglo – Ad Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I am using it but i don’t see good results. When i comb my hair when these flakes fall on my face i see paining pimples on. Do you have any best suggestion on it. Also i have an hair fall problem too.

    Thank you in advance.


    • Hi Manesh, I am not a bog fan of so called ‘anti dandruff shampoos.’ The problem is, dandruff is really an internal issue, meaning there is something going on inside your body causing the problem. You will need to optimize your nutrition to fix the problem in the long term. One of the best things you can do is add healthy fats to your diet. For example, avocados and chia seeds. I’ve written a longer article about dandruff here.

  25. Hi again. will the dry brittle hair shampoo be good for traction alopecia? since it is anti inflammatory like you mentioned.

  26. I used Keranique shampoo, conditioner and serum for the scalp (all with Minoxidil) for 6 months. Over that time my hair thickened considerably. Since stopping it, my very fine hair has got a lot thinner, with a constantly itchy and flaky scalp! It is driving me crazy. What can you recommend please? I am getting desperate. I am in NZ and can’t find anything suitable here.

    • Hello Yvonne, why did you stop using it if you were getting good results? Was it because you were getting side-effects from the minoxidil?

  27. What should be the ratio of ACV, Baking Soda and Liquid Castile soap for the shampoo?
    Also should I add some water to the above mixture?
    Please suggest me some brand for Liquid castile soap to buy online

  28. Hello Will,
    I have (another) question:
    As I am having both – dry scalp with a bit of dandruff and I need to regrow my hair – my question is: Can I create a mixture of the two recommended natural shampoos above? Or do I have to wash my scalp twice? The thing is – I just need to wash my (long, thinning) hair twice a week without having greasy hair.. So I don’t have the cance to put the shampoo on my scalp to often. I’d love to get started this week!
    Thanks again,

  29. Hi Will,

    Its been 2 months i am following your treatment . Now i have got some hair.. But don’t know as the hair is growing i am seeing the lil born hair is falling every day 2-3 ..i am worried any help or suggestion. Please let me know if you need more details.


    • Hi Mahesh,

      In the initial phases of treatment, it’s very common for shedding to increase. It’s also common to see ‘baby’ hairs begin to grow, and then shed almost immediately.

      As you continue with treatment, these baby hairs should grow thicker and longer. This will occur as miniaturization of the follicle reverses.

      The important thing is to remain consistent.

      – Steph

  30. Hi
    I would really like to try the Hair Mask For Stimulating Hair Growth recipe but I find it a bit confusing. How much reishi do I use and why is it put alongside the herbs? Do I use the solid parts or the liquid to make the mask.

  31. Hey will,

    After using the dandruff shampoo above with apple cider vinegar, etc; is it necessary to use a different shampoo after or something specific to make sure everything is washed out? Especially the apple cider vinegar, as that could have a lasting scent.

    Thanks for your help and time on these articles and website in general, a lot of good information.

    • Hi Moe, the scent (which many people don’t like the smell of) of the ACV will fade quickly. I would just recommend a thorough rinse with (cool) water. I want to re-emphasise again that you shouldn’t be shampooing too much. I rarely do more so than once per week these days. If your hair is getting oily quickly this has more to do with your nutrition. If you’ve shampooed very regularly in the past it will take some time for your scalp to adjust and stop producing so much oil. I would slowly increase the time between each shampoo.

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