Homemade Shampoo: Shampoo for Oily Hair

Oily hair is hard to keep full, flowing and free from dirt. Grime tends to collect quickly on oily strands and stay there. Fortunately, you only need to use the right kind of shampoo for oily hair to deal with the issue. In fact, the problem is so simple that you can even create homemade shampoo specifically suited to combat oily hair.

Though you never want to completely strip your hair of its natural oils, you do want to rid yourself of any excess oil and every bit of build-up. Start with a strong, though not overpowering, homemade shampoo recipe. The Castile soap usually used in homemade shampoo is perfect for the basic cleansing of oily hair.

If you want to add great shine and body to your hair while helping strip away grime, grab some distilled or apple cider vinegar. Add a little to your homemade shampoo for an extra cleaning and beauty kick. The nasty vinegar scent will be a little noticeable, but once you rinse and condition your hair, it should vanish completely.

Dried herbs are always popular additives for homemade shampoos, and shampoo for oily hair is no exception. Herbs are usually infused into the water called for in the shampoo recipe. Sage is fantastic at dissolving oil and grime buildup, making it easy to rinse away. Eucalyptus or tea tree oil also help rid hair of oil, though not as completely as sage does. However, eucalyptus and tea tree oil can sting if they get into your eyes.

You can also add ingredients to your homemade shampoo that help retain the moisture you want without leaving too much oil. Rosemary, jojoba oil and marigold are usually relatively easy to find, affordable and perfect for restoring the proper moisture balance to hair.

Homemade Shampoo for Oily Hair

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tbsp sage
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Jojoba Oil
  • 1/3 cup - liquid Castile Soap



  1. Bring the water to a boil and use a tea strainer to steep the sage and rosemary in the water.
  2. Let steep for 25 to 45 minutes.
  3. Gently mix the liquid soap and jojoba oil into the herbal infusion.
  4. Use a rounded tablespoon of shampoo for shoulder-length hair.
  5. Store in a lidded container in a cool place.
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