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4 Best Shampoos for Hair Loss: Natural Shampoos for Thick Hair Growth

Shampoo for Hair Loss


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.

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 fenugreek seed powder (optional, stimulates growth and helps with itchy flaky scalp)

First, separate the egg yolk from the white.

Place the yolk in a bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons water 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:

Wet your hair. 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 dark hair choose from: hibiscus, marshmallow root, amla, rosemary, black tea, shikakai

For blond hair choose from: chamomile, marshmallow root, calendula, green tea, mint 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:

  • ½ cup of green tea
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup castile soap* (buy this one)
  • 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 may not need all the shampoo. So store any extra in the fridge. It will last up to a week.

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:

  • 6-7 pods of shikakai (buy whole shikakai)
  • 21/2 cups of water
  • 1 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) 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:

Got any question on how to make or use natural shampoo?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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