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If you’re into steeping herbs and being a rock star and taking your time, you want my full recipe for How to Easily Make Your Own Shampoo With Great Lather! If you don’t have time for that, this recipe is inexpensive and works beautifully.

I sometimes don’t find out one of my kids is out of shampoo until she’s hollering from the shower and when that happens, this is my go-to recipe.

Stuff You Need

  • 3 oz. Liquid Castle Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender)
  • 1 oz. Aloe Vera Juice (not gel – make sure it’s 100% pure)
  • 1/4 tsp. Jojoba oil
  • Essential oil (Optional: About 20 drops. I don’t use it because it makes my head itch.)
  • A cup of water

I’ve used a shot glass to measure the soap and aloe vera if I couldn’t find my little anchor “measure some ounces” thing that looks like a cup but isn’t. You can use a funnel and pour all ingredients directly into your shampoo bottle. (I’m still using an old Suave shampoo bottle.)

Tilt the shampoo bottle back and forth a few times to mix it all together and you’re DONE.

Enjoy your soapy, lathery, amazing homemade shampoo you made in 30 seconds for about $1.20 a bottle.

I don’t use a conditioner or even vinegar as a rinse anymore. I find it’s just not necessary since my hair has been shorter. If you have long hair, stick with a vinegar rinse.

Quick Note: Depending on the time of year I will use less or more of the Aloe Vera Juice. If you use the whole ounce, you’re going to have very soft hair. The less you use the more texture your hair will have. So you’re on this scale where you either have very soft, smooth hair or you have less soft and smooth hair but more volume! You make the call.