8 Homemade Coconut Oil Shampoo Recipes For Beautiful Hair July 1, 2016

Are you tired of your lifeless and limp hair and on the lookout for something that can make it thick, attractive and manageable? While there is a new product that hits the shelves of the market each day, not many live up to their claims. Did you know that you can make just the remedy for your dull hair at home, and that too with coconut oil?

This post talks about the various homemade coconut oil shampoo recipes. Would you like to know what they are? Then keep reading!

1. Easy Homemade Coconut Shampoo

This is the easiest homemade coconut oil shampoo and uses very few ingredients. It also takes less than 5 minutes to make. To make this shampoo, you will need:

  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 20 drops coconut fragrance oil


  1. Pour the water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for half a minute.
  2. Pour in the castile soap and blend gently without making too many suds.
  3. Add the salt and mix well.
  4. Finally, add the oils and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Store this in a squeeze bottle.

[ Read: Can Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice Promote Hair Growth? ]

2. Moisturizing pH Balanced Shampoo

Our scalp has a particular pH, and it is very important that you should maintain it. An imbalance in the pH levels can lead to fungal or bacterial infections. Most hair care products contain alkaline chemicals. As a result, the pH levels increase and the alkali in the shampoos reacts with the natural sebum (acidic in nature). This strips away the protective sebaceous layer that prevents the infections, dandruff, fungus, etc. Even the liquid soap has a pH of nearly nine which is very alkaline. So, to make a pH balanced shampoo, you need the following:

  • 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
  • 1 ¾ cups of Aloe Vera gel
  • 20 drops of any fragrant essential oil


  1. Mix the oils and gel in a bowl with a wire whisk.
  2. Pour this into a jar and refrigerate.

The shampoo does not forth soapy lather because it doesn’t have baking soda or liquid soap, both of which increase the alkalinity of the mixture. But it can be applied in the same way. The refrigerated mixture is thick and has a pudding-like consistency. Massaging your scalp with it removes the dirt and also nourishes the hair. You can wash the shampoo away with water. If you feel your hair is greasy, wash with a cup of apple cider vinegar.

3. Coconut And Honey Shampoo

Even if you make your own shampoo with liquid soap, coconut oil, and fragrance, it is not much better than the store bought shampoos, chock full of chemicals. This is because the pH of the soap is quite high, and therefore, is still pretty harmful to the hair. To make a more balanced shampoo, you can use the following recipe. It requires:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup Aloe Vera gel
  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary essential oil
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap (you can also omit this if you are okay with a lather free shampoo)
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (use if you have dry hair)


  1. Slowly stir the honey in lukewarm water until it is evenly mixed.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients barring the soap and blend well.
  3. Now stir in the soap but do not agitate too much as that will form unnecessary suds.
  4. Pour this into a squeeze bottle and store in the freezer.

Shake the shampoo well before use, as the ingredients separate, which is normal. The shampoo lasts 2-3 weeks in the fridge, so store it in several small bottles. When you use a bottle, keep it in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.

4. Coconut Oil Shampoo For Dandruff Problem

Is your hair thinning out? Do you have an itchy scalp that sheds dandruff flakes everywhere? Are you afraid of wearing black? Though it sounds very much like an anti-dandruff shampoo advertisement, it is a very real problem for many. The key to getting rid of dandruff is soothing the scalp using essential oils. To make this shampoo, you need:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup liquid soap
  • ½ cup glycerine
  • 4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (buy the therapeutic grade for best quality)


  1. Combine the coconut oil and glycerine in one bowl, and soap and milk in another.
  2. Slowly trickle in the oil mixture in the soap and milk mixture. Stir it to mix well.
  3. Add the essential oil and store it in a shampoo bottle.

Again, like the coconut and honey shampoo, this one also separates on sitting out for long. Just shake it before using. You can skip the glycerine in the recipe, but it does give the shampoo a thicker consistency. It also makes the hair much softer. However, you can skip if it makes your hair sticky.

5. Coconut Milk Shampoo

In coconut milk, there are plenty of healthy proteins and nutrients. These nourish the hair and give it a luscious texture. To make a coconut milk shampoo you will need the following:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Hot water


  1. Mix the oil and milk together.
  2. To use it, massage onto your scalp for a few minutes and leave it for better absorption.
  3. It creates a sticky, mask-like layer. Rinse it with the hot water. It cleans the scalp very well and removes dirt, excess sebum, and dandruff.

[ Read: How To Use Coconut Milk For Hair Growth? ]

6. Dry Coconut Shampoo

Sometimes, transitioning from work to party means spending a precious hour of shampooing, blow-drying and styling. Either you can do that, or you can go to the party with ratty hair and endure disbelieving looks. These are the times when you need a hassle-free dry shampoo. However, dry shampoo also contains lots of chemicals. If you want a nourishing shampoo, it is best to switch to your own DIY dry coconut shampoo. For this, you need:

  • 4 tablespoons organic cinnamon bark powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely powdered oatmeal
  • 10 drops of lavender oil (or an essential oil of your choice)


  1. Combine the powders with a whisk.
  2. Add the essential oil and mix.
  3. To apply, use a large makeup (blush) brush and dust your hair and scalp with the powder.
  4. Comb your hair to get rid of excess powder.

The cinnamon and coconut milk powder act as a conditioner, so the result is thick, shiny hair that smells heavenly.

7. Coconut Shampoo And Conditioner Combo

Coconut oil is really good for your hair texture and adds a pearly sheen to it. So, if you could make a shampoo and conditioner combo out of it that would be just the product to use for all purposes. To make this coconut shampoo and conditioner, you need:

  • 1 cup Dr. Bronner Castile soap (it contains organic oils and vitamin E and is natural)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops of coconut fragrance
  • 10 drops of vanilla extract


  1. Like all the other shampoos, it is essential that you mix the oil and soap gently to prevent lathering.
  2. Now add the fragrance and extract to add a nutty and exotic fragrance to your shampoo.
  3. Store in the fridge in an old, empty shampoo bottle and it lasts for a month.

A Tip: You can use this to clean your eye makeup. Even though it burns, it is natural and is devoid of the eye-numbing chemicals that are actually present in the ‘no tear’ removers.

8. Coconut Deep Conditioner For Curls

If you have extremely curly hair and you live somewhere humid, frizz is a constant problem. Your hair puffs up like an unkempt ball of wool and feels rough to touch. This type of hair requires deep conditioning at least once a week. For this conditioner, you need the following:

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil


  1. Mix the milk, oil, honey and yogurt in a blender until a smooth viscous cream is obtained.
  2. Add the essential oil and fold through the cream. To apply, part your hair into sections and dab some of the conditioner onto your hair. When the entire hair is covered, comb it through. Let this sit for nearly an hour. After that, shower as normal.

Coconut Hair Spray

Hair sprays are pumped full of chemicals, but at times, their uses far outweigh their disadvantages. So, it is worth your time to make this easy DIY coconut oil hair spray. For this, you need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 5 drops of coconut fragrance


  1. Use a hand blended to combine the coconut oil and water in an emulsion.
  2. Once the emulsion is formed, stir the coconut fragrance and store in an aerosol bottle. Shake well before using, in case the emulsion has separated. Spray lightly onto frizzy hair for best results.


There are various benefits of coconut oil, such as:

  1. It fights hair loss. It has been used as a hair loss treatment in India for centuries. It improves the quality of hair and strengthens the roots.
  2. It helps in cooling down the scalp. If the scalp sweats too much, the sweat and the sebum clump together with dandruff and dirt to form a thick, smelly layer of debris on the scalp. This damages the hair and prevents the natural oils from reaching the tip of the hair. As a result, you have lank, undernourished hair. Coconut oil shampoo reduces sweating and also helps in getting rid of dandruff.
  3. Coconut oil helps in retaining moisture. If you live in a hot climate, the moisture in your hair is easily evaporated. As a result, dry, frizzy hair is very normal in these conditions. But using coconut oil protects this stripping away of essential moisture.
  4. Coconut oil is a better conditioner than most of the chemical ones available from high end hair care brands. Coconut oil keeps your hair shiny and soft throughout the day and even later.
  5. Most of the anti dandruff shampoos contain coconut oil for a reason. Coconut oil massages treat dandruff and also keep it at bay.
  6. Coconut oil melts on heating and solidifies when cold. As a result, it makes styling the hair much easier. When you massage it on the scalp, your body heat melts it and helps it spread quickly. When rubbed on the hair, it becomes more viscous and acts like a styling cream or gel.
  7. It protects the hair from lice infestation. The lice treatment formulas contain harsh chemicals that can damage hair. Using coconut oil smoothes the hair so that the consequent combing for nits and lice becomes easier.
  8. During winter, some people get boils on their scalp. This can also happen when staying out for long hours in the sun. Massaging coconut oil prevents these boils and also pops them quickly.
  9. Split ends decelerate your hair growth so it is advised to trim them regularly. But regular application of coconut oil prevents split ends altogether.
  10. Coconut oil also prevents premature greying of hair.

[ Read: Best Shampoos For Hair Growth Available In India ]

Now that you know how to make shampoo with coconut oil, what are you waiting for? Try these recipes and share your feedback by commenting in the box given below.

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