Making a Shampoo Treatment for Dry Hair

The best treatment for dry hair starts with the basics, shampoo and conditioner. While conditioner is obviously meant to hydrate hair, it doesn't provide a complete cure to those thirsty locks. Conditioner must be paired with the proper shampoo to help fully restore your hair's health.

A shampoo for dry hair must gently cleanse the strands, removing dirt without stripping vital oils. This can makes things a little difficult for creating homemade shampoo. Most homemade shampoos use Castile soap as a base, which is very effective but potentially harsh.

Adding light oils, such as almond or avocado oil, can help balance out your shampoo for dry hair and prevent stripping all the moisture away. Glycerin is another great product to add because it helps hold moisture and is, conveniently, a by-product of soap making. Glycerin must be used sparingly though, as it can also make hair appear greasy and weighed down.

Various dried herbs can be infused into a homemade shampoo, but be careful to use the correct type of plant. Citrus, mint and sage are terrible for dry hair, since they tend to strip all the oils from your tresses. Rosemary, rose, chamomile and burdock root help temporarily retain moisture in your hair.

People with dry hair should always follow any shampoo routine with a moisturizing conditioner for the best results. While shampoo can help clean your hair while adding moisture, it's ultimately the conditioning treatment you use that will have the greatest effects.

Homemade Herbal Shampoo for Dry Hair

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tbsp chamomile
  • 1 tbsp Burdock Root
  • 1 tbsp Glycerin
  • 1/3 cup liquid Castile Soap



  1. Bring your water to a boil and use a tea strainer to steep the chamomile and burdock root in the water.
  2. Let steep for 25 to 45 minutes.
  3. Add the glycerin and liquid soap, then mix gently.
  4. Use about one tablespoon of the shampoo at a time for shoulder length hair and store in cool place in a lidded container.
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