Tea tree oil is quite simply awesome for your hair: not only does it fight dandruff and scalp itchiness thanks to its antifungal properties, but it also cleans out-blocked follicles at the hair root, thus inspiring healthy growth and long supple locks.
And lucky for you, it’s simple and easy to make an effective and luxurious Tea Tree Oil shampoo right in your own kitchen—with ingredients you probably already have on hand! There is possibly nothing more divine than stirring up a sumptuous blend of herbaceous ingredients to enchant your senses and nourish your mane.
This simple and flexible recipe will provide you with a basic formula that you can manipulate and play with until you find the perfect blend for your own unique head of hair.
Why Would I Want to Make My Own Shampoo?
Why not just buy one of the hundreds of brands on the shelves?
Glad you asked! For one thing, there are a plethora of harmful chemicals—damaging both to your hair, body and the environment—found in most commercial shampoos.
Go ahead—Take a look at the shampoo bottle in your bathroom: do you know what most of those words mean? No?
You’re not alone. A good portion of the ingredients in your shampoo include things like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial chemicals. These ingredients can be irritating to the skin at best, and toxic for you and the earth at worse. (Source)
In your home-brewed batch of all natural shampoo, you’ll know what’s in the bottle and can feel good, healthy and clean when you wash your lovely locks.
It’s also easier on your wallet to make your own shampoo, since the ingredients are rather simple, and you can buy them in bulk.
Besides: it’s super fun to make your own shampoo! You can be creative—playing part scientist and part artist as you combine ingredients to create the perfect option for your unique mane!
I think we can agree that making a personalized, fabulous concoction that is both cheaper and kinder to your skin is an extra-super-plus!
Super Simple Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Recipe
1/4 cup Castile Soap:
You’ll want pure castile soap here—such as Dr Bronner’s—for an added sudsy effect and to cut grease from the hair.
1/4 cup Herbal Tea Infusion:
You can create a beautiful herbal tea infusion with your favorite hair friendly herbs to nourish your scalp and mane. Try Rosemary for dark hair or Chamomile for light hair, and consider adding in some Horsetail, Rose petals, and Nettle. Comfrey and Calendula are great options too!
To make the infusion begin with distilled water, to prevent bacterial growth and make your shampoo last longer.
Then you have a choice: For a cold water infusion, which will preserve the vitamins and minerals, add a handful of herbs to the water and let them sit in the water overnight (or at least 8 hours).
If you’re in a hurry, make a hot water infusion: Heat water to a near boil and pour it over the herbs, letting it sit for about 20 minutes. Then filter the herbs out of your now Harraraererearesrearearearaeraeraerherbal-rich infusion. (Hint: Make extra, and you can sip on the tea while you blend your shampoo!)
1/8 cup Honey:
Honey, which is chockfull of vitamins, minerals and antibacterial agents, will act to nourish the scalp, moisturize your strands and clean your hair from root to end.
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil:
Almond, Avocado, Olive—you choose! You could even combine a few. Oil helps clean, moisturize and detangle messy hair, making it look shiny and healthy.
30 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Don’t forget the Tea Tree Oil! This will make your shampoo extra medicated for an itchy scalp and clean out the pores and follicles on your head, encouraging healthy hair growth.
Mix all the ingredients together in a big a bowl. Then pick a pretty bottle (or an old shampoo bottle you have laying around) to funnel the concoction into. Make a pretty label if you like and Voila! You now have your very own Tea Tree Oil shampoo!
Shake before use and keep in the fridge if you want it to keep longer (it will last a month or so if kept in the shower).
Don’t Forget to Play!
Everyone’s hair is different, so be flexible and don’t forget to play with the recipe!
You have the complete artistic license to make a recipe that works for your hair. For dry hair, some people prefer to cut out the castile soap altogether, since it strips oils from hair. On the other hand, if you have oily hair, you may want even more.
There are some other ingredients you may want to incorporate as well. For instance, you could trade out the herbal tea infusion for apple cider vinegar (you can even infuse the vinegar!). You could also add aloe vera gel, or coconut milk and adjust the amount (and type) of oil in the recipe until you find the one that is just so.
Making your own shampoo can be a luxurious and fun experience. And by incorporating Tea Tree into your hair washing regimen, you’ll notice the results with a healthy, itch-free scalp and shiny, healthy hair!