DIY Natural Shampoo Recipes for Oily Hair

Shampoo often has a lot of unnecessary harsh chemicals in it, which strip our hair of oils, making our body produce even more to compensate. This often results in super oily hair. These natural shampoo recipes for oily hair types avoid nasty chemicals, are cruelty-free and eco-friendly, too!

A lot of us turn to ‘no poo‘ shampooing because we want to get away from the harsh effects of conventional shampoos and gain the many benefits that come from that. These are all still shampoos, but they’re a lot gentler and don’t strip natural oils in the way conventional shampoos do.

I always follow-up washing my hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse as my conditioner, as it can help remove any remnants of residue from the shampoo on hair if left on for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

It used to get super frizzy, dry, brittle hair right after washing it. I’d often find my hair would develop split ends very quickly too. Now, I barely ever get frizzy hair, and my long locks look so much more nourished.

But don’t get me wrong. It’s been quite a journey to get here. I’ve trialled and tested many different homemade shampoos (including the ‘no poo’ method), and found some worked while others definitely did not.

I’ll be sharing six different oily hair shampoo recipes today, as I’ve found;

  1. Everyone’s hair is different, so what works for one person might not work on another’s, and
  2. My previous shampoo I was using on my hair just all of a sudden stopped working, leaving my hair with an oily residue, so it never looked clean – I think it was because I changed up the liquid castile soap I was using; Dr. Bronner’s seems to work the best for my hair.

I decided it was time for a change, and after two years of using the same shampoo, I did the unthinkable… I switched shampoos.

Before we get started in learning how to make these all-natural oily hair shampoos – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Before and after using these oily hair shampoos on my hair – my favourites were the apple cider vinegar & bicarb shampoos.

If you make these shampoos, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Oily Hair Shampoos

Trial and test a few of these shampoos until you find one that best suits your hair. The essential oils chosen for each of these shampoo recipes have been selected specifically for their ability to regulate sebum (oil) production.

Castile & Castor Oil Shampoo

This shampoo is quite similar to my old natural shampoo recipe, but with a few more added ingredients.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, store in a glass jar and use as you would a normal shampoo.
  2. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Castile & Castor Oil Shampoo

Aloe & Tea Tree Shampoo

Aloe vera can help to balance the skin’s pH, making it useful for dirty, greasy, oily hair. Tea tree oil can help clear follicles and allow hair to breathe, preventing oil build-up.

To make:

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, store in a glass jar and use as you would a normal shampoo, concentrating on the scalp area.
  2. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Aloe & Tea Tree Shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lemon Shampoo

Be careful not to use too much lemon juice on hair that has been coloured, as it will lighten hair. Apple cider vinegar helps restore pH balance to hair, closing hair follicles making hair look shiny and healthy.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, store in a glass jar and use as you would a normal shampoo, concentrating on roots.
  2. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Apple Cider Vinegar & Lemon Shampoo

Baking Soda & Almond Shampoo

Combining baking soda with almond oil helps clean oily hair while also moisturising. Almond oil is rich in omega fatty acids that promote blood flow to hair, in turn, promoting hair growth.

Fun fact: Massaging hair with almond oil regularly can prevent frizz and delay greying.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Mix baking soda and water together well, then add essential oils and almond oil, and mix to combine. Store in a glass jar, and shake well before use.
  2. Use as you would a normal shampoo, concentrating on roots.
  3. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Baking Soda & Almond Shampoo

Green Tree & Coconut Shampoo

Coconut oil in shampoo? What? Won’t that make your hair oilier? Actually, using a little coconut oil can help hair retain moisture and keep hydrated, preventing frizz – without making your hair look oily. Essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help remove sebum build-up on hair follicles.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together well, then store in a glass jar. Shake well before use.
  2. Use as you would a normal shampoo, concentrating on the scalp area.
  3. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Green Tea & Coconut Shampoo

Honey & Lavender Shampoo

Honey contains both emollient and humectant properties, making it a fantastic moisturiser. Emollients smooth out hair follicles, adding shine. Humectants bind with water molecules, adding moisture.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together well, then store in a glass jar. Shake well before use.
  2. Use as you would a normal shampoo, concentrating on the scalp area.
  3. Finish with a quality conditioner.
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Honey & Lavender Shampoo

DIY oily hair shampoos tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Do you use a natural homemade shampoo? Have you made your own before? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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