Update on homemade shampoo and conditioner!

Whew! This post has been a long time coming but maybe it’s better that I’ve waited to share how it has gone for me until I’ve really had time to evaluate!


When I first started using the homemade shampoo and conditioner, I struggled with it. My hair felt oily and after a week or less really the oiliness was just too much and I broke down and used store bought for just one day. (Didn’t hurt anything and my hair felt better!) but then I started back on my homemade stuff and started making some changes. I added more baking soda (probably double or more than I added the first time) and I seriously cut down on the amount of acv I used as conditioner.

Now, my hair is healthy and clean and smooth and I love it!! I finally found some condiment bottles that work really well and hold more stuff. Again, I recommend focusing more on the baking soda and less on the acv than I thought I should. My hair has always been naturally dry and sometimes just hard to handle, so I guess I underestimated the power of the acv to actually condition my hair. Now I use it sparingly except on the ends and I wash it out of my scalp immediately. I then put more on the ends of my hair and I let that sit for a couple of minutes.

This formula really does work and I recommend it to everyone. Why spend so much money on a bunch of chemicals to put in your hair when all you really need is probably in your kitchen right now and much healthier for you??

Here is the recipe again if you missed it:

Shampoo: baking soda and water. I use a good amount of baking soda. Probably about 1/6 of the container and then fill with water and shake. Apply it to your roots and scrub (it will not foam but that’s okay. It still works!).

Conditioner: Apple cider vinegar!! I would dilute it pretty heavily because it could make your hair oily. I dilute it to about 1/4 acv and 3/4 water. You can add essential oils for scent and other helpful properties. In my picture, I have added fresh rosemary!

Good luck and let me know how it turns out for you!!



4 thoughts on “Update on homemade shampoo and conditioner!

  1. I have used baking soda shampoo and learned that it strips the “acid mantle,” the protective layer on the skin even though you’d think acid=not good for hair! But the more I used baking soda, the drier my hair got. That’s my experience! I haven’t found a good DIY shampoo replacement. The best DIY conditioner I make is awesome spray leave-in conditioner made from infusing marshmallow root (from Mountain Rose Herbs, so cheap) and adding a bit of ACV and a bit of jojoba oil. It is AMAZING. Hope to blog about that soon myself but thought I’d share the DIY body care love! Love ur site!

    1. I have heard that baking soda can be harsh and that you should eve careful with it so thanks for pointing that out! In my experience, I haven’t had any problems with excessive drying and like I said, I have dry hair, but I have also seen people using treatments like coconut oil and stuff to replenish hair. I may be trying something like that soon and posting on how it works out. Thanks for your comment!!

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