I Tried to Make My Own Shampoo and Here’s What Happened

Hey guys,

So I made black soap shampoo for the first time. I first used it when one of my favourite brands carried it. It seems to have been discontinued and I was disappointed because my hair really liked it. Of course, you can learn to make just about anything once you have Youtube. I watched a couple Youtube videoes and decided that I could do this. After several months of considering it and waiting on my current shampoo to finish, I did it. Here is what I bought:

  • Carrot Seed Oil- It contained carrot seed oil (of course), vitamin E oil and canola oil for $827 from Discount.
  • Jojoba Oil- $450 (Earth Elements)
  • Glycerin -$400 (Earth Elements)
  • Black Soap-$200 (Earth Elements)
  • Aloe Vera- Free
  • Tea Tree Oil- $700 (Discount, I realized after I could have gotten it cheaper at Earth elements)
  • Argan Oil & Sweet Almond Oil- $11.20USD (Deal from Gustazos)
  • Coconut Oil-Free (Boiled it a while back)

Total:about $3800

The shampoo I was using before cost $1800 but I wanted a cheaper alternative that my hair will still like. While $3800 is clearly more than $1800, the only thing that was used up was the black soap and therefore the next time I make this shampoo again in a couple months, I’ll only spend $200. I’ll be saving money over time.

The great thing about it is that you don’t have to spend that much money you really only need an essential oil, one or two carrier oils the black soap and glycerin if you feel like it. I was just being extra with the different oils.

Okay here is how I did it.

  1. Cut up the black soap.

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A added a bit more but you really only need the amount shown.

2. Add warm/hot water to the soap and leave overnight or for a couple hours when the soap has melted. If you want a thicker shampoo add less water but i like my shampoo a little more watery so I filled the container above.

3. Add all the oils in proportions that you want. For essential oils, you only need a couple drops, they’re pretty strong. For the other oils, I used roughly a tablespoon of each oil.

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Some of the products I added

4. Put your finished product in a new container. I ended up filling 3 different containers.

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I put some of my shampoo in an old shampoo bottle I had.

5. Wash your hair.

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My hair right after I washed out the shampoo, before the conditioner. It wasn’t dry at all, I could feel the oils and I was happy it didn’t make my hair more tangled.

That’s it guys. The benefit of making your own shampoo is that you’ll be able to put your what you need in there. You can add Vitamin E oil for healthier hair or Castor Oil for thicker hair. It ends up being cheaper in the long run. It’s also sulphate free.

The drawback is that black soap can be drying but I haven’t experienced that and neither did any of the natural hair Youtubers that made theirs in this way. Give it a try, if you don’t like it, you’ll have nice oils to use on your hair and face.

Edit: I learned recently that the essential oils are antioxidants and NOT preservatives so to make sure your shampoo is safe to use over a period of time it’s best to use a preservative or just make enough to use each time. Earth Elements have preservatives you can use though. 

I’ve used it three times by the time I’ve written this post and I have no issues. I follow up with a deep conditioner in case you were wondering.

Have you used black soap shampoo?

(Featured photo is by K.S)

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