Strengthening & anti-dandruff shampoo

shampoo_smShampoo is a tricky one in natural DIY circles, as everyone seems to have a different experience with certain methods/ ingredients.

All the ingredients in this recipe are known to treat dandruff, thinning hair, hair loss and premature greying; and even if these aren’t a problem for you, at least you know you’ll have stronger hair follicles on top of clean hair. If you’re looking for a shampoo to treat the conditions mentioned above, please keep in mind that results may only show after long-term, regular use (although, results for dandruff should be noticeable after only a few washes).

The below recipe is what I’ve found to work best for me (using castile as a base), but you might have a disaster of an experience. Hence, your natural shampoo journey might take a little bit of trial and error, as did mine. Hopefully this shampoo does work as well for you as it does for me.

I’ve included five essential oils in this recipe, all of which are beneficial for hair growth and strength. However, if your budget limits the number of essential oils you can afford, then I recommend the best oil to buy for this purpose would be Rosemary. Just increase the quantity to 50 drops if this is the only essential oil you will be using.

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Lasted me about: 1 month (using every third day)

Estimated shelf life: 3 months

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.


Not for everyone. Using Castile as a base for natural shampoo can work wonders for some people, but can be disastrous for others. I’ve heard some people complain it makes their hair frizzy, and others say it gets even more greasy. You’ve just got to give it a try to see for yourself.


No longer have to wash my hair everyday, as I used to with chemical, store-bought shampoos. Good natural shampoos don’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils, therefore your hair is more balanced and you will find that you won’t get greasy hair or dandruff as often. The chemical stuff actually promotes greasy hair and dandruff if you stop using the product, that’s how they keep you buying it, and using it everyday.

Ingredient benefits

    • Raw honey: Strengthens hair follicles by retaining moisture and conditioning the hair, which prevents hair loss. Keeps hair clean and bacteria free. Treats dandruff and itchiness. (buy here)
    • Castile soap: Biodegradable soap, primary ingredient is olive oil which is great nourishment for the hair (buy here).
    • Jojoba oil: Removes build up on the scalp known to inhibit hair growth. Strengthens hair fibers from the inside. Adds shine, elasticity & softness. Helps to repair hair damaged by heat & styling (buy here).
    • Rosemary essential oil: Stimulates hair follicles, which helps hair grow stronger. Eliminates microbial activity which is often a cause of hair loss. Slows down premature hair loss and graying. Removes dandruff (buy here).
    • Lavender essential oil: Increases blood circulation, which encourages healthy hair growth. Treats stress which is often linked to hair loss (buy here).
    • Tea tree essential oil: Reduces dandruff and itchiness (buy here).
    • Peppermint essential oil: Relieves the scalp of irritation and dry skin and stimulates hair growth (buy here).
    • Cinnamon essential oil: Reduces UV damage, stimulates hair follicles, treats dry and brittle hair (buy here).
    • Lemon essential oil:  Vitamin C encourages strong, healthy and shiny hair. Treats dandruff (buy here).

Not sure where to find these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.


Strengthening & anti-dandruff shampoo
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  1. 1/4 cup Raw untreated honey
  2. 2/3 cup Pure, unscented liquid castile soap
  3. 1 teaspoon Jojoba vegetable oil
  4. 20 drops Rosemary EO
  5. 10 drops Lavender EO*
  6. 10 drops Tea tree EO*
  7. 5 drops Peppermint*
  8. 5 drops Lemon EO*
  9. 3 drops Cinnamon EO*
  10. *optional ingredients
  1. Makes 250ml.
  2. Combine all ingredients well, except the castile liquid.
  3. Add castile to this mixture, and gently combine without stirring too vigorously; as this will destroy what 'bubbly power' there is.
  4. Pour into a container of your choice. Glass is always best, but recycling an old container is a good idea too.
For best results
  1. 1) Use raw, untreated and unheated honey - not the processed stuff that's everywhere.
  2. 2) The shampoo will separate into layers, as with most of my natural recipes. Just gently tip the bottle over so that everything combines. Don't shake vigorously, as this destroys the bubbles. We don't want to destroy the bubbles!
  3. 3) If you have naturally greasy hair, excluding the jojoba oil may be a good idea.
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If this shampoo recipe is just not your cup of tea, then another DIY option for you to try is the bicarbonate of soda method (also known as the “no poo” method – strange name, I know). Here’s how it works.


I have two personal recommendations that I have tried and approved:

  1. I recommend Hemporium’s shampoo – it’s Hemporium shampoo is my first recommendation.the best bought option I’ve tried, with the simplest ingredients, and it’s worked for everyone I’ve recommended to so far. Please note, that it’s watery, so pour it straight onto your scalp (not in your hand first, you’ll just waste). Also, I know we live in a world where the ‘cleaning power’ of shampoo is judged by the amount of bubbles you feel, but you’ll have to pour the whole bottle on your head if you want the bubbly bliss that your’re used to! Just trust that the product is working, and using about 5-8 “pumps” will do the trick (even if you don’t feel the bubbly action).
  2. But if this just doesn’t cut it for you, then my Earthsap shampoo is my second recommendation.second recommendation is Earth Sap’s shampoo, which is as close to the shampoo you’re used to. It’s bubbly and has a more gel-like texture (as opposed to Hemporium’s liquid texture). The ingredients are not as “simple” as Hemporium’s shampoo, but there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that (they are natural). I just like to keep things simple. It is more affordable and may last longer, due to the little amount required for each use.

What natural shampoo ingredients or “no poo” method works best for your hair type? Please share in the comments section below.

Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.