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4 Homemade Shampoos for Hair Loss (Save your Hair)

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If you find the right shampoo, that will be half the battle won against hair loss.

I know shampoo only stays in your hair for a few minutes, but it makes such a huge difference in the health of your hair.

Have you ever noticed, after using a particular shampoo your hair fell like crazy? I have. And that made me throw away even the very expensive bottle in the garbage bin.

Over the time I have realised that ‘more expensive’ doesn’t translate into a better result. But nor does cheap. Even the so-called ‘organic and natural’ shampoos have their limitations.

What has worked for me all the time is using a homemade shampoo.

I know it needs doing some work, it needs some planning, but then it gives you results — which is so important.

And if you are spending thousands on shortcuts and not getting results then there’s no point in doing that. You might as well want to try the simple, homemade solutions.

Why Use A Homemade Shampoo?

  • Because you know exactly what goes into it.
  • Homemade shampoo is free from artificial stuff like detergents, propylene glycol, diethanolamine, perfumes, parabens etc. These ingredients can be toxic to our hair, body as well as environment.
  • Detergents are used in regular shampoos to remove grease and dirt from the hair. They are also the ones that create foam, lather and bubbles. But the sad thing is most detergents irritate our scalp skin and strip hair of its natural protective oils, leaving it dry, frizzy and dull.
  • Preservatives such as methyl and propylparaben are put into the shampoos to prolong their shelf life. These parabens along with artificial perfumes may trigger an allergic skin reaction. And they can also affect your hormonal balance, which can, in turn, result in hair loss.
  • Even the so-called natural shampoos may not help. This is because the natural detergents in them tend to have a higher pH, whereas our scalp has a lower pH (around 4.5 to 5.5). So if the pH balance goes on the higher side, it can make our scalp dry and flaky as well as cause dandruff and other scalp conditions.
  • Sadly, these man-made ingredients — parabens, detergents, preservatives and artificial perfumes can take a toll on our scalp and hair follicles. And when the scalp and hair follicles— the foundation of hair—are unhealthy, they will not grow healthy hair, no matter what magic pills or potions you take.

For these reasons, a homemade shampoo made using natural ingredients is a better choice, especially if you are losing tons of hair and want to regrow whatever hair you have lost.

Also, with use of homemade shampoo your hair will get more shiny, manageable, and voluminous. And if you have been suffering from dandruff and scalp irritation/itchiness it will go. This I can say from my own experience.

So if you are excited to try out some of the homemade shampoos, you have a plenty of choices. Here are 4 nourishing and stimulating shampoos for hair loss. You will be surprised at how simple and easy they are to make.

  1. Egg yolk Hair Thickening shampoo
  2. Green Tea Stimulating Shampoo
  3. Shikakai Shampoo for Shiny, Bouncy Hair
  4. Besan Protein Shampoo

Shampoo for Hair Loss: 4 Recipes to Stimulate Hair Growth

1. Egg Yolk Hair Thickening ShampooEgg Yolk shampoo

In a bid to save your hair, homemade egg shampoo is terrific. It’s not your ordinary shampoo. It is loaded with tons of nutrients.

Egg yolk contains lecithin, which is an emulsifier. It works to emulsify the oil with water, which is then rinsed out. So basically egg cuts through the grease and dirt and will make your hair squeaky clean.

The egg is also naturally pH balanced. This quality is so important if you want to keep your scalp healthy and free from fungus and other microbes.

Plus, the egg is rich in Vitamin A, D, B12, folate, zinc, iron, protein and essential fatty acids. These nutrients give your hair extra boost to grow strong and healthy.

Here’s how to make the shampoo:

You will need:

  • 1 egg yolk*
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 5 drop of peppermint essential oil (optional, adds refreshing smell and tingle to the scalp)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera or lime juice (optional, use for extra cleansing and shine)
  • 1 tablespoon shikakai powder (optional, cleans hair and stimulates growth)

First, separate the egg yolk from the white. Put the yolk and 1-2 teaspoons water in a bowl. Add the other ingredients if using and mix well. 

*Use whole egg if your scalp is super oily, this will help remove excess oil.


  • This recipe is for shoulder length hair. If your hair is longer, double it.
  • You can add a bunch of other ingredients to make this shampoo, see here.

How to use:

You can apply the egg shampoo in wet or dry hair. If you have oil massaged your hair and want a squeaky clean effect apply in dry hair or else wet hair as you would normally do. 

Pour about a ½ tablespoon of mixture into your hand and apply to your scalp. I normally start at the top of the head, do the sides, then work at the back.

Massage your scalp for a couple of minutes and work through your hair. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cool/lukewarm water. Done.

This shampoo gently cleans the hair and adds amazing volume and bounce to it.

Natural conditioning

This step is optional: I do like to use a herbal tea rinse to condition and add shine. It also helps to tackle the smell.

You can use whatever herbs you like, here are some options:

For oily hair choose from: amla, rosemary, green tea, shikakai and nettle

For dry hair choose from: chamomile, marshmallow root, calendula, hibiscus and sage tea

To make the tea, take 1 tablespoon herb of your choice. Add a cup of hot water to it, cover and let it steep until cool. Strain and use as a last rinse.

2. Green Tea Stimulating ShampooGreen Tea Shampoo

Green tea is an awesome hair growth promoter. Thanks to its long list of powerful antioxidants (such as caffeine, tannins, catechin, and proanthocyanidins).

These antioxidants get rid of free radicals that can cause hair loss and thinning. Free radicals are a natural by-product of cell metabolism, so you can’t avoid its formation.

Plus, the antioxidants, particularly caffeine and catechins, stimulate hair follicles and encourage growth. Few studies show its benefit in treating hair loss.

Green tea can also help with scalp conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.

In this shampoo, we add two more things: pure honey and castile soap. Honey is a great moisturiser and adds luster to dull hair. While castile soap is a natural soap made from plant oils and is free of nasty preservatives, colours and perfumes.

To make green tea shampoo you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of green tea
  • 1/4 cup castile soap* (buy this one)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 5 drop peppermint essential oil (optional, adds tingly feel)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional, balances scalp oils, great for all hair types)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional, use for dry hair)
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (optional, use for extra cleansing and shine)

First, make a cup of green tea with one tea bag (or 1 teaspoon of loose tea). Pour a cup of hot water on green tea bag and let it steep for 30 minutes or until cool. (use filtered or distill water to make this tea, but it’s not necessary).

To make this shampoo, we will use half cup green tea and save the remaining to condition hair.

In a mug/jar place ½ cup green tea and other ingredients and give it a good stir. It’s done.

Note: Castile soap can leave a white film on some people’s hair. You can alternative use baby shampoo such as this or this.

How to use:

Wet your hair. Pour the green tea shampoo slowly. You can use a squeeze bottle for easy pouring. Massage gently on your scalp and hair and rinse thoroughly.

This step is optional: use the remaining green tea (and a dash of lime juice) as a last rinse to condition hair and add shine.

Extra notes:

You will not need all the shampoo. So store any extra in the fridge. It will last for a week or two.

3. Shikakai Cleanser for Shiny, Bouncy HairShikakai shampoo

One of the ancient herbs for hair wash, shikakai gently cleans the hair without removing the protective oils from the scalp.

Apart from being a fantastic cleanser shikakai, helps to strengthen the hair roots and improve hair growth.  It also restores the pH levels on the scalp to fight dandruff and remove product build-up from hair follicles.

You won’t need any conditioner after washing hair with shikakai as it’s naturally moisturising. With just one use, you can expect a healthy scalp and soft, shiny and bouncy hair.

You will need:

  • 10 gram shikakai (buy whole shikakai)
  • 21/2 cups of water
  • 10 gram soap nuts/ reethas (optional, it’s a stronger cleanser)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional, stimulates growth)
  • 1 tablespoon marshmallow root (optional, soothes irritated scalp; helps detangle hair)

Combine the herbs with water in a stainless-steel pan. Bring to a boil, and continue boiling for 10-12 minutes.

Add more water if needed. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave it to ‘steep’ until it cools. Strain out the herbs. Done. (You can pour the liquid into a squeeze bottle for easy use.)

To use:

Wet your hair. Pour the shampoo slowly over hair and massage the scalp and work through your hair.

Let it sit for 4-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Finish with a cool water rinse and let your hair dry naturally.

Enjoy your soft bouncy hair!

Extra Notes:

  1. You can make large quantities of this shampoo and freeze them in ice cube tray. More instructions here.
  2. Shikakai may darken your hair over time.
  3. Feel free to experiment with other herbs (nettle, lavender, neem, tulsi, orange peel, chamomile, amla) and essential oils.

4. Besan (Chickpea Flour) Protein Hair CleanserBesan shampoo

Besan is very nourishing for hair. It is chock-full of protein, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, selenium and essential fatty acids.

Besan also contains extraordinary amounts of antioxidants which protect the hair from damaging effects of free radicals.

But it’s the presence of natural saponins that make besan an amazing cleanser. Regular use of chickpea flour shampoo will make your hair shiny and strong.

You will need:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl.

Add water, little by little, and mix until you have a smooth paste. Make sure there are no lumps.

For natural fragrance, add 3 to 4 drops of essential oils of your choice, or choose from lavender, rosemary, peppermint, ylang ylang, or chamomile.

To use:

Wet the hair. Massage the besan cleanser into scalp and hair just like your normal shampoo, but don’t expect it to lather. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

Natural Conditioner

If your hair feels clean and soft, then you do not need a conditioner. But if it doesn’t, then use a conditioning hair rinse. See egg shampoo above for how to make your own conditioner/herbal hair rinse.

Extra notes:

Which is your favorite shampoo for hair loss? Please share in the comment box below….

Shampoo for Hair Loss

Leave a Comment:

Brenda says

Can I macs ash will go on the powder with my henna powder and mobile at do make my hair darker or change the color if anybody knows I could appreciate it

Keren says

Hey do you have a Shampoo recipe that have longer expired date? Tank you.

Mamon says

Am I replace by orange peel powder ?

    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

Clair says

Hi how do these recipes actually CLEAN your scalp and hair? I have dry hair and oily scalp and very difficult to clean with Diy shampoos and I don’t see how an egg cab efficiently CLEAN your hair and scalp please help!

Christina Wilder says

Hi Minaz, I’ve hair a little past my shoulders. But, the underneath side parts are thinning & I lose a lot of hair in the shower & when brushing my hair. I need my hair to be thick & healthy like before. I can also tell the thickness of all my hair is diminished. Please help. Thank You

Sherri Carpenter says

You suggest using the whole shakakai for the shakakai shampoo. Do you suggest also using whole reethas and marshmallow root also? If so, should they be cracked or mashed or anything before boiling? And can the whole herbs also be ground with a spice grinder for other recipes?

    Minaz says

    Yes, use whole reetha and marshmallow root. I usually boil the shampoo, let it cool, crush all the herbs with hand, then strain and use.

Donna Palmyra says

Great recipes for hair loss. Is there a substitute for fenugreek powder? The recipe with chickpea flour is my favorite and would like to try it out.

pooja says

hi minaz, i have been moving places and have suffered hair loss over years but as i moved to a new place it has increased manifold and volume decresed manifold. as a last resort i switched to hair buddha after a friend suggested it. i applied castor oil/coconut oil mix and washed with shikakai/amla/reetha/orangepeel/besan shampoo. oil refuses to go.kindly guide . how odten should i use this mix.also i was using antifungal shampoo which i was using for a month before this for dandruff. i am supposed to use it for one more month. shall i use it.

    Minaz says

    Hi Pooja, before washing with shikakai shampoo, do a hair mask with besan, multani mitti (or bentonite clay) and lime juice. Follow this with shikakai amla, reetha and methi shampoo.

KP says

Hi Minaz!
About the orange peel – can I use orange blossom water instead?

    Minaz says

    Hi KP, you can but it won’t be the same, but no harm as well.

Noor says

Which brand of Essential oil is best

Neha Rahim Khichi says

Hey….i loved your ree-shee shampoo.. For how many days can I keep ree-shee shampoo with fuller earth..

    Minaz says

    Hi Neha, I am happy to know you loved ree-shi shampoo. You can keep it for a week in the fridge.

Utsab Brohma says

which shampoo is best for oily hair?

    Minaz says

    All four will work.

Adil says

natural shampoo homemade is best. Shikakai and egg my favourate. My hair growing thick and nice. Thanks you madam.

Rupa says

i am using Besan (Chickpea Flour) Protein Hair Cleanser since last week, but my i am facing lot of hairfall than earlier. Please suggest why it is happening

V says

Hi Minaz…
As a kid I have used Meera hair wash powder and it has always helped keep hair issues at bay.However I am afraid to use it again these days as the quality has changed over the years with addition of sulfates.Could you help me make meera hair wash powder at home (please suggest measurements for the ingredients)? That way I can be 100% chemical free.

The ingredients listed on meera hair wash powder box are listed below.
I researched on the internet and came up with this ratio,please suggest alterations in the ratio if needed.

1 kg Ailaa powder (Albizia amara)
125 grams shikakai powder
30 grams Amla Powder
30 grams dried tulasi leaves powder
30 grams dried red hibiscus flower powder
30 grams grams fenugreek seed powder
30 grams grams green gram flour
30 grams vetiver
10 grams soap nut powder

Not sure about the ratio of rest of the ingredients- Mahua seeds/Indian butter nut,coconut shell powder, Eucalyptus globulus,bay leaves, Wild Licorice, bukkan, Kapur Kachri. Also, please suggest ratio of these ingredients as well.

juveria says

For the basen shampoo can I add coffee powder as a substitute for orange peel powder.

Could you also help me with best oil method to prevent hair fall & also coffee hair mask?

I am experiencing hair fall problem a lot which have made my hairs a lot thin please help for this which oil & which homemade shampoo to be used. great help needed. Thanks in advance

Manan says

Hey Minaz, sorry to trouble you again.

I have been using your egg shampoo regularly, and I can only say thank you very much. My hair is less thin, and feels better.

However, today, just to experiment, I went and bought ingredients for the besan shampoo. So I got the aloe Vera juice, and only after getting back home did I realize there are preservatives in it. It has sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. It also has some sorbitol.

I went online and did research and have found out that sodium benzoate can potentially harm me.

I want to take your advice about the whole issue – whether I should use the juice, drink it, or throw it away?

Thank you.

Manan says

Hi Minaz. This morning, finally, it had started smelling a little different. Or maybe I wanted it to smell different. In any case, I threw the remaining away, and I’m gonna make a fresh batch. Thank you.

Manan says

Hi Minaz, sorry to bother you again. I’m getting worried now. It has been almost 6 days, and I can’t say that the shampoo has gone bad. The smell and color look okay to me. Maybe it’s because I added lots of lemon juice and some of olive and almond oil that’s preserving it. But in any case, I’m no expert and I don’t want to put shampoo that’s gone bad on my already almost bald head. Could you tell me how to check for bad EGG shampoo please? Maybe I could email you a picture or something if you can give me your email?

Manan says

Hi. First of all, thank you so much for your time and effort. I just have one question – if I make a large quantity, for eg 300 – 500 ml of the shampoos, at what rate will they go bad at room temperature?

    Minaz says

    Hi Manan, you can’t store it at room temperature, it will go bad in a day or two.

      Manan says

      Thank you Minaz. Although that’s very disheartening. How about the refrigerator? And secondly, how will I tell if it’s gone bad? Will it be the smell or will it start looking different? I’m asking because I made some of the egg shampoo using 2 eggs, and apart from all the ingredients mentioned in the main recipe, I added peppermint essential oil, olive oil, and a spoon of almond oil. It’s been 4 days, it’s been in my bathroom, and it smells fine, and I use it every day. Am I doing something wrong? Could you help?

      Minaz says

      Hi Manan, I would say you are lucky the egg shampoo has not gone bad.
      I have given storing instruction for shikakai shampoo in the article (see extra notes).

Hina khan says

How to remove oil from hair I use shikakai shampoo but oil is not properly washed out.Kindly help me in this.

    Minaz says

    To remove oil, apply egg shampoo followed by shikakai shampoo.
    You can use shikakai shampoo when you don’t oil your hair.

      Theresa Collins says

      the green tea recipe sounds good, I have been thinking hair with hair loss, do you think the green tea is the best to try they all sound so good

      Minaz says

      I would try more than one because you never know what will work for your hair.

Erin says

How often can we use the egg shampoo/ treatment as well as the 4 shampoo recipes listed above? Thank you so much????????

andre says

i am bold.what can i use to regrow my hair.baldness is in the family andre

Elijah says

Hi, I have oily scalp. I am a male and i oil my hair before shampooing sometimes the night before. Wil egg shampoo be able to clean all thag oil?

    Minaz says

    Yes egg is a fantastic cleanser. But use no more than once a week. In-between you can use a herbal tea or shikakai shampoo to freshen your hair.

Pragya says

Very useful article. Can the besan and egg cleanser be used as a hair pack then washed with water? My hair is super oily.

    Minaz says

    Yes of course, you can use it that way.

Jo says

I use egg shampoo and it has made a big difference. No dandruff. My hair has grown and has got’n stronger. It works for real.

    Minaz says

    I too love egg shampoo!

    jawaria says

    is not it smelly?

Liz says

Wow came looking for one home made shampoo got 4 options. I have normal hair will try them all over next few weeks. Can I use more than one optional ingredients in the mix?

    Minaz says

    Yes go ahead and experiment with different herbs. Once you find the right ones for you it will be worth it.

      Miss Dan says

      Hello minaz please for how long will you preserve this to be use

      Minaz says

      You can’t preserve them for long as it doesn’t contain preservatives. You can freeze them in ice cube trays, but not egg – use that fresh.

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