homemade shampooTons of health food and organic stores are starting to carry all-natural shampoo bars. They're a great environmentally friendly hair care option. 

After switching to a shampoo bar from a liquid sulfate shampoo, you'll notice shinier hair, more curl definition, and vibrant color.

Here's an all-natural, cold press shampoo bar recipe for the DIYer in you.

You’ll find most of these ingredients at your local Whole Foods Market. (You'll be using lye, so be careful. Use this lye calculator for precision.)


  • 4 ounces sunflower oil
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 4 ounces castor oil
  • 3 ounces palm oil
  • 1 ounce cocoa butter
  • 8 ounces coconut oil
  • 8 ounces distilled water
  • 3 ounces lye
  • 1 ounce essential oil (your choice)


For Blonde hair

Follow the same recipe but instead of water steep half cup of chamomile tea in 12 ounces of boiling water and strain well. Measure out 8 ounces and use this for the water instead. Add 1 ounce of lemon essential oil.

For Red, Brunette or Black hair

Follow the basic recipe and substitute water by steeping 1/2 cup of chopped rosemary in 12 ounces of boiling water, strain well. Measure out 8 ounces and use this instead of water. Add mint and/or rosemary essential oils.

  1. Fill a glass bowl with the water then add the lye and stir (never do this in reverse).
  2. Allow to sit and cool down (it will create it’s own heat when combined).
  3. Weigh out and melt the oils in a stainless steel pot using stove on medium.
  4. Stir the lye solution into the pot with oils to create the mixture (use goggles or glasses in the case that the lye splashes).
  5. Mix thoroughly for 10-15 minutes then add essential oil(s).
  6. Pour soap into a mold (you can use a Rubbermaid container or heavy cardboard box lined with parchment paper).
  7. Allow the soap to set and dry for 4-6 days then cut into bars.

If you'd like to share your own DIY curly concoctions, you can submit them here for the curly community to try!