Video Blog: Making My Own Shampoo and Conditioner (Using the No ‘Poo Method)


One of the themes at Keeper of the Home this month has been making your own beauty supplies. Beth has showed us how to make our own soap, and Angela gave us a plethora of simple options for making beauty supplies like facial moisturizer, body scrub, even hairspray and more!

As for me, I’m breaking out of my comfortable little mold. I happen to enjoy “hiding” behind my writing and my computer. It’s tidy and safe and it has a delete button. :)

Behold, I give you my first ever vlog… Using the No Shampoo Method. Let me show and tell all about how I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to clean and condition my hair!

Want to learn more about going “no shampoo”?

How to Clean Your Hair Without Shampoo @ Simple Mom

No ‘Poo Update @ Keeper of the Home

Shampoo Free @Babyslime

Shampoo Free- Why and How @Sorta Crunchy

For those who also do “no shampoo”, how is it going for you and how do you make it work for your hair? Anyone out there making other types of homemade shampoo?

Top image by Amber Strocel

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Hi,

    You know I was just thinking of you with only one squeezy bottle and I was wondering if a washing -up bottle would do the trick…… Thanks for the tips and info by the way!

  2. I was wondering if you had any ideas on a safe homemade shampoo for colored hair and gray hair? Thank You

  3. Dana Mears says:

    I just tried your recipe for the no poo today and my hair is nasty feeling! It still feels dirty, oily and just icky. Is this normal? It has no body or bonce either. So far I’m hating this. Please tell me this gets better because I really do care about what I put on my body. Thanks!

    • It’s very normal to have a yucky transition stage. For me, it took a couple weeks (it gradually got better day by day). I did lots of ponytails. Ball caps work, too. :) But it does get better after your hair adjusts!

  4. You can also use nettles to help with your dandruff.

  5. Never knew making shampoos could be so easy and cheap! :) Will try this method with soda soon. Great site! Thank you!

  6. You are so wonderful! Your website is so helpful and informative! I am constantly worried about what I’m exposing my body to and what I’m putting in it so all of your tips have been awesome. I noticed you use apple cider vinegar in your shampoo, and I’ve been doing a lot of natural remedy research lately and ACV seems to be a super food! It has all sorts of health benefits like supressing the symptoms of fibro myalgia, aiding digestion and curing migrains!

  7. Shared this on FB- this is SUCH a great resource. I had no idea how hard it would be to ditch the ‘poo!

  8. Hi there! I just started using the “No ‘Poo” method about a week ago. I am relieved to see in your comments that you did the switch more gradually, interspersing natural shampoo in your regime. I have done baking soda/vinegar only for a week and my hair is pretty dang greasy. It’s funny, though, it only looks greasy on the lower half of my hair…the hair near my scalp is fine. I did use a bit of my son’s castile shampoo/soap on the ends of my hair to control the grease and was worried that I had reset the transition period. I’m just trying to stick this out and see if I can make it work, I love the idea of all the money I can save and also the uber-natural way of cleansing my hair. Thank you!

  9. Treehuger18 says:

    I’ve been using homemade shampoo and conditioner for a while, and my hair is so soft and there is no tangles like before! A bit of advice, I put two tablespoons of Dr.Bronner’s castile soap to about a 90 percent full shampoo bottle. My oily hair has been a lot better since I used it, and I advice it to anyone with oily hair. And to anyone trying out no poo, do not use oil in your hair. it will not get out unless you use commercial shampoo. Good Luck!

  10. That’s so cool! I might just try that :)

    Does the vinegar actually condition your hair?
    And… baking soda?! Isn’t that damaging to your hair?
    Even so, I am intrigued and might just give it a go. Apart from frugal and healthy, it’s also environmentally friendly since we are dumping far less toxins into the environment.

    This Good Life

  11. I’ve been using ‘no shampoo’ for over 2 years now and I love it. I have altered it a bit from what I originally read. I use 1 T of Baking Soda to 1 cup to wash with. I have hair past the middle of my back so for me I focus on the hair at my scalp since it takes a while for my natural oils to get to the end of my hair. Then I put 1 T vinegar and 1 cup water in a squirt bottle and use only about a teaspoon to tablespoon total per hair washing. I found if I used too much vinegar it made my hair too oily to fast and if I didn’t use any my hair was fried looking. So I found a middle ground for my hair.

    Another point was that yes your scalp has to remember how to produce oil slower. It’s used to having nearly all natural oil washed out everyday. When switching there is likely to be a transition period of crazy oil. When I started I had already been using some high end natural shampoo for several years so my hair didn’t freak out when I switched.

    I do use this on my children as well – why start them on chemicals or expensive natural options when I can start them on this now – no adjustment time needed!

    I absolutely love using ‘no shampoo’. My hair is so healthy and beautiful from my scalp to the tips of my hair.

  12. Thank you for this great post! I’m on my 2nd and was wanting to wait longer with her (she’s 3 mo), but never even realized I could wait that long. With my son I made his baby food, but I think I’ll try the gumming table food with my little Muffin. :) I look forward to delving deeper into your blog. Just came across it today via Frugal Granola’s site.

  13. thank you so much for this post and links to others…I cannot wait for my shampoo to run out now!! I am ready to save my money, my hair, and my family’s health!

  14. For everyone who’s having trouble with greasy hair: you have to “train” your hair by washing it less often. I started doing this a year or so ago and now I only have to wash my hair once a week! And it looks really great, if I do say so myself. Really shiny and healthy. And it has saved me so much time! I do use regular shampoo, but I’ve found that the ones with oil in them are amazing! Oil cleans oil!

    • @Lisa, Totally true, thanks for mentioning that, Lisa! It took a few weeks to get over the really bad hair days, then a couple more months to get truly used to it. Now I wash less often and there’s no greasiness.

    • This method does not work for everyone. I tried natural shampoos and no poo for five years, and my hair was always awful. I tried to train my hair to washing only three times a week and that didn’t work either.
      I think it is a great idea, and I’m glad it works for so many people, but if doesn’t work for you, don’t worry about it…not all machines are made the same ;)

  15. I just found your blog today. I love it. I also bought your e-book today. Can’t wait to dive in.

    I have been using no-poo for almost a year now. I actually blogged about it recently and tell about how I use it.

    I found that with our hard water, I had to boil the water and then pour it into the baking soda. I let it cool for a while, obviously. I also remember reading somewhere that those with lighter hair tend to do better with a lemon juice rinse. That has been true for me and my 2 daughters. I am getting ready to move my 11 yod to no-poo. Thanks for the tips about the rosemary. She’s struggled with this for a while, especially when using shampoo of all kinds. I also want to start using this on my 18 mod because she has the most beautiful curly hair and I think the shampoo is causing the curls to go flat. I don’t use the lemon on her though.

    Thanks for sharing this. Great job on the vlog.
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