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Make your own shampoo and hair rinse

  1. Drugstore or supermarket haircare products often contain as many as thirty different ingredients, including preservatives and silicones. Not all of these additives are equally healthy for your scalp and the environment. Fortunately, you can easily make your own shampoo and hair rinse with just a few ingredients. Better for your hair and fun to do too!

Homemade shampoo

  1. Homemade shampoo is less harsh than most commercial shampoos. Your scalp is therefore less rigorously stripped of fat. In the beginning you will therefore notice that your hair seems to get greasy faster after using homemade shampoo. But after about six weeks, your scalp will have adjusted and shed less fat. Your hair will stay fresh for as long as with shampoo from the drugstore or supermarket.

The basis

  1. The basic ingredients of shampoo are water and soap. The soap ensures that dirt and grease "dissolve" in water so that they can be washed away. You can use different types of soap. In shampoos, zetesol is usually used, which is a mixture of sodium laureth sulfate and betaine. If you are allergic to zetesol, an alternative would be rewoteric.


  1. If you want, you can add a number of extra ingredients to the base shampoo. For example, essential oils are often used to give the shampoo a nice scent or because they have a certain effect on the scalp. Rosemary oil, for example, improves circulation and activates the scalp. Lavender and tea tree oil work well against head lice (add 3 times more drops than in the recipe below). Sage and petitgrain are good against oily skin and therefore very suitable for use in a shampoo for oily hair. Fennel, on the other hand, works great on dry and brittle hair.

The preparation

  1. Prepare two clean glass (jam) jars or dishes. Bring a small amount of water to the boil, for example in a kettle. Pour 80 ml of hot water into one of the jars and add 1-2 grams of table salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Weigh out 25 grams of zetesol in the other jar. Optionally add 1-2 ml of hair squat. Now little by little transfer the salt water to the zetesol jar. Always stir gently to obtain a homogeneous mixture. Try not to stir too hard, otherwise you will get a lot of foam and it will be more difficult to pour the shampoo into a bottle. When all the water is mixed with the zetesol, you can add 10-15 drops of the essential oil. Mix again and pour the shampoo (possibly through a funnel) into a bottle or old shampoo bottle.

Homemade hair rinse

  1. A hair rinse is even easier to make than shampoo. You only need ingredients that are already in your kitchen cupboard, possibly supplemented with herbs that you can pick outside. You use the hair rinse as the last rinse water or as a spray after washing your hair. This produces soft hair that falls fluffy and has a beautiful shine.


  1. The basic ingredients of hair rinse are water and vinegar. Vinegar is an acidic solution in which fat residues can dissolve. The acidic solution also causes the hair cuticles to close. In addition, vinegar restores the acidity of the scalp and thus calms the skin so that it flakes less. It is therefore a natural remedy for dandruff. The vinegar is diluted so that the hair rinse does not become too strong. To mask the smell of vinegar and for extra effect, an extract of (dried) herbs in water is used for diluting.

The preparation

  1. Choose an herb of your choice, such as peppermint and thyme (good for itchy scalp and dandruff). Nettle is also a suitable herb and is traditionally known for preventing hair loss. Pour ½ liter of boiling water on 2 tablespoons of dried herbs or 3 tablespoons of fresh herbs. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow to infuse. Then pour the liquid through a sieve and add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Transfer the hair rinse to a bottle, old bottle or spray bottle for safekeeping.

DIY Supplies

  1. The supplies to make your own shampoo and hair rinse are available in various (web) stores. For example, take a look at the extensive range of drugstore De Lang, de Wekserij or Puranatura. Not only can you buy zetesol, hair squat and essential oil, but also empty bottles to put your homemade hair care product in. You can also often find essential oils in health food stores such as the Gardens.

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