6 BEST Natural Shampoos For Hair Loss

Using homemade shampoo in the shower

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.

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Homemade rosemary and peppermint shampoo

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. 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.

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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.

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. 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.

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Haunty says June 25, 2017

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.


    Will Hartfield says June 29, 2017

    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.

shaun martin says June 23, 2017

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

    Will Hartfield says June 29, 2017

    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.

Jamie says May 30, 2017

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?

    Will Hartfield says June 1, 2017

    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.

      Jamie says June 4, 2017

      Ok cool, I will leave out the homemade shampoo’s and just use the rinses with nettle, clay and ACV!

Ashely says May 1, 2017

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.

    Will Hartfield says May 3, 2017

    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.

Kevin Miller says April 20, 2017

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?

    Will Hartfield says April 23, 2017

    Hi Kevin, there is more information about avocado oil here. I’ve never tried using those 2 together, but it would be interesting to try.

Debbie says March 5, 2017

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?

    Will Hartfield says March 14, 2017

    Yes you can store it for later use, or just make a smaller amount.

Debbie says March 4, 2017

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?

    Will Hartfield says March 14, 2017

    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.

zabi says March 2, 2017

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

Evelyn Sherman says February 23, 2017

Hey, loved your blog. I like your DIY hair loss shampoo. Thanks

Isaac Trevino says January 16, 2017

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?

    Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

    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.

Dipak says January 8, 2017

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.

Ozlem ozcan says January 4, 2017

How much water is needed to make nettle tea?

    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    Its up to you depending on how concentrated you want it to be. Start by using half a cup and adjust from there.

      Ozlem Ozcan says January 7, 2017

      In winter i couldn’t find fresh nettle. What can i use instead of it?

        Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

        You can use dried nettle, which is easy to buy online or from a health food shop.

Sid says December 16, 2016

Where does one get nettle? Ca you use dried nettle loose leaf tea?

    Will Hartfield says December 16, 2016

    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.

Marcia Johnson says November 30, 2016

Thank you so much. I will definitely be using them!

SG says November 1, 2016

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.

    Will Hartfield says December 16, 2016

    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.

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