I’ve been working on a few hair experiements – this is what I was up to: making my own natural shampoo and conditioner. Lately my scalp has been breaking out from any store shampoo I tried, and trust me I’ve tried them all (gentle, clarifying, SLS free, chemical free, all natural) – I could open up my own drug store with the number of shampoo bottles I have under my sink.

I have decided to try making my own and after researching the internet I ended up trying this baking soda recipe. I’ve been washing with it for a week and my scalp is slowly recovering (so far so good).

DIY Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Scalp

Shampoo Recipe

In a bottle mix 1 part baking soda and 4 parts filtered room temperature water.

Conditioner Recipe

In a bottle mix 1 part lemon juice or apple vinegar and 5 parts filtered room temperature water (I prefer the lemon juice because it doesn’t smell).

DIY Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Scalp


Apply shampoo on wet hair and massage gently for two minutes. Rinse with regular water ( try to rinse really well otherwise baking soda particles will remain in your hair and resemble dandruff  – yikes!). Rinse with conditioner and then rinse again with regular water. I like to apply a bit of moroccan oil to the hair ends when my hair is still damp. Surprisingly this shampoo cleans really well and the hair feels really soft after.

Have you guys tried this kind of homemade shampoo before? How did it work for you?