Simple DIY Herbal Shampoo/ Conditioner that Kicks No Poo’s Butt

Simple DIY Herbal Shampoo/ Conditioner that Kicks No Poo’s Butt

I tried no-pooing with baking soda and then Castile soap and wasn’t thrilled with the results (see why here). So I experimented further and created the herbal hair wash I’m going to share with you today. But first find out why you should ditch commercial shampoo here.

It started when I read this article on no more chemical hair care from Minimalist Beauty. I decided to use some of the herbs she recommends to make my own mix. And lo and behold, it worked.

I’ve been using this hair wash for two months at about 2-3 washes per week. My hair feels just as good as it did with commercial shampoo and leaps and bounds better than when I was no-pooing or using castile soap.

I have thick hair that tends towards oily. Maybe you have dry or fine hair. Try it for yourself and see how it works for you. Then come back to this post and leave your feedback!

What do I like about it? The combo of spice and berries smells delicious in a savory, I-want-to-eat-it-instead-of putting-it-on-my-hair way. Fenugreek is an essential ingredient in curry powder, after all. It’s also tons more hydrating than no-pooing. And my hair feels bouncy and light afterwards.

Plus it was easy to make and I felt like an old-school witch stirring a potion when I did it. Oh, is that not a plus in your book? 😉

Here are the herbs I used. I purchased the powder forms of each, but if you can’t find it powdered, you can just process it to a powder in a vitamix or spice grinder.

Instructions:DIY Herbal Hair Wash

  1. Mix together equal parts of each ingredient, e.g. 1 Tbsp each*.
  2. Stir in hot water to make a paste – not too thin that it all runs out of your hair but not too thick that it’s hard to spread. Let cool so it doesn’t burn you.
  3. In the shower, apply and lather like you would shampoo**. Let it sit on your hair to sink in for five minutes.
  4. Rinse it out. It’s a 2-in-1 with conditioner built in so you’re all done!

* Mixing 1 Tbsp each ingredient makes enough for four showers or over a week if you shower every other day. Store it in the fridge between showers and thin it out as needed. If you double the recipe, I’m betting it will keep two weeks in the fridge but I haven’t tested that.

**The amount you use will vary based on how much hair you have, but don’t be stingy. I use about 1/4 of the above mix. You can thin it out and apply it with a squeeze bottle, but so far I’ve been applying it thick like a hair mask.

The dark color of this mix might stain white clothing or towels, so keep free. This makes me wonder about whether it will dye really pale blond hair so keep that in mind. It’s messy in the shower but washes off well. Once you rinse it out completely, your hair won’t be dying anything. 

For travel, I would pack some pre-mixed powder and use as needed to make a paste right there in the shower with hot water to lather. Or just try pre-mixing a batch with water and keeping at room temp during the trip. (I haven’t tried that yet and can’t guarantee it’ll keep.)

Concerns debunked

  • It’s too expensive.

    At my local health store, I purchased yucca root for $1.38/ounce, amla berry for $1.78/oz, and fenugreek for $0.48/oz.

    So, at $3.64 total, I made enough mix for 16-20 washes or almost two months washing every day or two. I’m not sure how long a bottle of commercial shampoo usually lasts, but I know this is way cheaper than most of the cleaner, more “natural” labels. And it’s 2-in-1.

    To avoid waste, if you find the ingredients locally in bulk bins, purchase only enough to try it out first and see if it works for you.

  • It’s hard to find the ingredients.

    See the section “where to find ingredients” below for more details on purchasing these herbs locally or online. 

    For the amla “gooseberry”, you can try subbing hibiscus petals as an alternative natural conditioner. Or you can omit entirely and see if a mix of just the yucca root and fenugreek seeds works for you.

  • I’m too lazy.

    Guess what? I’m also lazy and take the easiest way out if I can find it. This was actually really simple, especially because you premix it. I just mix a new batch once a week and I’m sure I’ll find some tweaks that make it even simpler when I have to travel with it.

    The hardest part was the initial tracking down of ingredients (see below) and that I have to grab it from the fridge before showering.

Where to find ingredients

  • Local health shop

    Herbally GroundedCheck around your locally owned health stores to see if they carry bulk jars for herbs. You might be surprised what they carry. If you’re in Vegas, check out the awesome bulk herb selection at Herbally Grounded off Charleston and Decatur.

 

  • Mountain Rose Herbs

    Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony cThe online wholesaler Mountain Rose Herbs is highly regarded for quality, and their herbs are either organic or ethically wild-harvested. They have Yucca Root powder, Amla Berry powder, and Fenugreek Seed powder sizes 4 oz to 1 lb. Bonus to them for also being a zero waste company.

 

 

Remember, if you are just transitioning from commercial products, chances are your oil balance is all messed up. You might have an adjustment period that lasts a couple of weeks while those oils balance out. So be a little patient. But if it doesn’t seem to be working after that time period, change it up because everyone’s hair is different.

Now your turn. Would you ever make your own hair wash? What DIY recipes have you tried?

More Unforgettable Insight

222 Responses to Simple DIY Herbal Shampoo/ Conditioner that Kicks No Poo’s Butt

    • Hey Anonymous, It’s worth giving it a try – especially if you can easily pick up the herbs at a local store. If you do, let us know how it goes!

    • Hey Anonymous, It’s worth giving it a try – especially if you can easily pick up the herbs at a local store. If you do, let us know how it goes!

  1. What a great find! I’ve had friends in the past who did the baking soda/apple cider vinegar washes and it never convinced me to go no-poo… but this worked fantastically!

    My local herb shop (Acadia in Northampton, MA) did not have Alma Berry so the owner and I did some research and found that Nettles are also very good for your hair.
    My recipe ended up being a tablespoon of Nettles, Yucca root powder, and Fenugreek seed powder each, a two drops of Rosemary oil (which helps stimulate hair growth and strength). After showering I rubbed a little coconut oil on my hair for extra conditioning and shine.

    I’ve been getting so many compliments about how beautiful my hair is! Thanks!!

    • That’s awesome Aliana! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try your version. Sounds great – I bet the rosemary plus fenugreek definitely smells like dinner. 😉

  2. What a great find! I’ve had friends in the past who did the baking soda/apple cider vinegar washes and it never convinced me to go no-poo… but this worked fantastically!

    My local herb shop (Acadia in Northampton, MA) did not have Alma Berry so the owner and I did some research and found that Nettles are also very good for your hair.
    My recipe ended up being a tablespoon of Nettles, Yucca root powder, and Fenugreek seed powder each, a two drops of Rosemary oil (which helps stimulate hair growth and strength). After showering I rubbed a little coconut oil on my hair for extra conditioning and shine.

    I’ve been getting so many compliments about how beautiful my hair is! Thanks!!

    • That’s awesome Aliana! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try your version. Sounds great – I bet the rosemary plus fenugreek definitely smells like dinner. 😉

  3. This sounds awesome!! I can’t wait to try! But, I do have a few questions.
    1. I am concerned about the whole dying thing. I love my hair color, have you noticed if over time yours has darkened from this shampoo?
    2. Have you heard of someone with very dry hair who has tried this? If so, did it work well?

    THANKS!!!!!

    • Hey Callie,

      I *don’t think* you have to worry about it dying your hair over time. It fully washes out – but then my hair is brown, not white-blond… I wish it would darken my hair over time!

      For dry hair, check out the link I have at the beginning of the post for the Minimalist Beauty article. I got the inspiration for this recipe from Dawn Michelle and she has dry hair. She suggests adding a humectant to your mix to make it extra hydrating – vegetable glycerin and agave nectar are two. I think she may even have a recipe that she uses herself in that article or somewhere on her site. You could also try increasing the ratio of the conditioning amla berries.

      Feel free to come back and leave a comment to let us know what you did and how it worked!

      Cheers,
      Adria

  4. This sounds awesome!! I can’t wait to try! But, I do have a few questions.
    1. I am concerned about the whole dying thing. I love my hair color, have you noticed if over time yours has darkened from this shampoo?
    2. Have you heard of someone with very dry hair who has tried this? If so, did it work well?

    THANKS!!!!!

    • Hey Callie,

      I *don’t think* you have to worry about it dying your hair over time. It fully washes out – but then my hair is brown, not white-blond… I wish it would darken my hair over time!

      For dry hair, check out the link I have at the beginning of the post for the Minimalist Beauty article. I got the inspiration for this recipe from Dawn Michelle and she has dry hair. She suggests adding a humectant to your mix to make it extra hydrating – vegetable glycerin and agave nectar are two. I think she may even have a recipe that she uses herself in that article or somewhere on her site. You could also try increasing the ratio of the conditioning amla berries.

      Feel free to come back and leave a comment to let us know what you did and how it worked!

      Cheers,
      Adria

  5. I can’t get this stuff to wash out of my hair? now on my SECOND shower to try and get it out, what on earth am I supposed to do?? Have any of you other posters even tried this?

    • Hi Anonymous, Is the problem that it’s dying your hair or that it feels gritty? Do you have pale blond hair? I haven’t had any problems myself and no one has commented on how it works for very pale hair. Let me know and maybe we can work through your problem. Plus, if it does in fact dye pale hair, we need to know! Adria

    • update: I did a honey wash to try and get it out ( I don’t use shampoo ). It was still obviously speckled through my hair when I got out of the second shower, after rinsing for a loong time. I had to completely blow out my hair ( which i never do as it is very drying ) to get it all mostly out. My hair feels very clean and soft, although I had a lot of breakage since I had to dry it. I am disappointed. Any suggestions for what I might have done wrong?

      • Hello again, Anonymous. Hmmm… Did you use finely ground powder versions of each herb and mix them with boiling water to activate the mucilaginous properties of the fenugreek? It always rinses out fine from my hair… Also, just to clarify – it didn’t dye your hair, right? It’s just rinsing out that was the problem? Just so light-haired people don’t freak out when reading this thread. 🙂

  6. I can’t get this stuff to wash out of my hair? now on my SECOND shower to try and get it out, what on earth am I supposed to do?? Have any of you other posters even tried this?

    • Hi Anonymous, Is the problem that it’s dying your hair or that it feels gritty? Do you have pale blond hair? I haven’t had any problems myself and no one has commented on how it works for very pale hair. Let me know and maybe we can work through your problem. Plus, if it does in fact dye pale hair, we need to know! Adria

    • update: I did a honey wash to try and get it out ( I don’t use shampoo ). It was still obviously speckled through my hair when I got out of the second shower, after rinsing for a loong time. I had to completely blow out my hair ( which i never do as it is very drying ) to get it all mostly out. My hair feels very clean and soft, although I had a lot of breakage since I had to dry it. I am disappointed. Any suggestions for what I might have done wrong?

      • Hello again, Anonymous. Hmmm… Did you use finely ground powder versions of each herb and mix them with boiling water to activate the mucilaginous properties of the fenugreek? It always rinses out fine from my hair… Also, just to clarify – it didn’t dye your hair, right? It’s just rinsing out that was the problem? Just so light-haired people don’t freak out when reading this thread. 🙂

        • I’m having a similar problem but not with the gritty feeling. I can rinse for what feels like forever and I still end up with what I call “subtle suds” and once my hair is dry, it feels stiff and dirty all around my roots. Am I making my mix too concentrated? I cleanse my hair twice a week but do thorough rinsing daily. My hair is also very long (waist length). The length of my hair feels soft and clean but my roots almost always feel dirty. I’ve run into this with soap nuts too. Help!

          • I’m going to post a shampoo recipe on my blog because after trying all these various methods, I just don’t think they work every day, all the time. Yucca root and it’s extract is a surfactant–similar to that in other surfactants used in shampoo. It can be used to make a detergent as well and can be quite drying. My grandmother used it to make a type of soap. I love using natural ingredients, but it needs to be said that some surfactants are natural. Our hair is dead, so it needs to have moisture put back into it or films coating it to protect it (especially since we dry it, curl it, straighten it and so on…)

          • I’d like to know your recipe. Would you share it, or post your blog site please. Thanks 🙂

  7. I used finely ground fenugreek and amla, the yucca was not ground so I had to make a tea from it and strain it. Do you think that was it? I saw it sudz up so I thought that would be fine. And it did not dye my hair, but I have dark brown / hennaed hair. I think amla is actually an ingredient in my henna mix.

  8. I used finely ground fenugreek and amla, the yucca was not ground so I had to make a tea from it and strain it. Do you think that was it? I saw it sudz up so I thought that would be fine. And it did not dye my hair, but I have dark brown / hennaed hair. I think amla is actually an ingredient in my henna mix.

    • Hey Anonymous, I believe I also included links for purchasing on Amazon within the article. I mostly get mine from a local shop.

    • Hey Anonymous, I believe I also included links for purchasing on Amazon within the article. I mostly get mine from a local shop.

  9. Wow when I saw those ounces of herbs from Herbally Grounded, I new I would like you…I have hundreds of those herb bags from that place. I have worked at Rainbows end and Sunflowers also. Well just trying to stay vegan not vegetarian.. Much love

    • Hey Hippy Mom, nice! You sound like a kindred spirit. 🙂 What do you do purchase your herbs for that you have so many baggies? Sounds intriguing. Adria

  10. Wow when I saw those ounces of herbs from Herbally Grounded, I new I would like you…I have hundreds of those herb bags from that place. I have worked at Rainbows end and Sunflowers also. Well just trying to stay vegan not vegetarian.. Much love

    • Hey Hippy Mom, nice! You sound like a kindred spirit. 🙂 What do you do purchase your herbs for that you have so many baggies? Sounds intriguing. Adria

  11. Does this work just as well in hard water? Hard water does not seem to work well with baking soda/vinegar hair cleansing.

    • I have tried three other natural DIY shampoo recipes and this is the best. I have hard water and no rinsing issues – my hair is dark blonde to light brown and actually thought the blonde looked more pronounced after using. I am going to add some lemon essential oil for scent though – I wasn’t crazy about the scent – but I will keep using it because my hair feels great and not oily at all! I have naturally curly hair that I found to be oily on all other DIY natural shampoos. I even use a blow dryer and flat iron sometimes and still is in great shape!

      • Kate, I’m glad this worked well for you. What other DIY shampoos did you try? Lol about the scent, I realize now that most people would rather smell like flowers than food. 🙂

  12. Does this work just as well in hard water? Hard water does not seem to work well with baking soda/vinegar hair cleansing.

    • I have tried three other natural DIY shampoo recipes and this is the best. I have hard water and no rinsing issues – my hair is dark blonde to light brown and actually thought the blonde looked more pronounced after using. I am going to add some lemon essential oil for scent though – I wasn’t crazy about the scent – but I will keep using it because my hair feels great and not oily at all! I have naturally curly hair that I found to be oily on all other DIY natural shampoos. I even use a blow dryer and flat iron sometimes and still is in great shape!

      • Kate, I’m glad this worked well for you. What other DIY shampoos did you try? Lol about the scent, I realize now that most people would rather smell like flowers than food. 🙂

        • Is there a replacement herb for the fenugreek? I really dislike the scent, even though I love curry! Another thing…the mixture does not lather. Any suggestions? Maybe I am making it too thick.

  13. I just tried this… I have had lots of trouble with the baking soda ACV route. This was amazing! Thank you SO much – my hair and scalp feel wonderful!

  14. I just tried this… I have had lots of trouble with the baking soda ACV route. This was amazing! Thank you SO much – my hair and scalp feel wonderful!

  15. Do you need to wash your hair every day when using this method? I have been doing the Baking Soda/Vinegar route for about two months now and the thing that I like the most about it is that I can go about 4 days without needing to wash again but my hair around my scalp is starting to feel strange and I’m worried about the ph balance being off. I also have oily, thick hair so if this method worked well for you then it might for me as well, but I’m just wondering how often you can go between washes.

    • Hey Heidi, yes I go a few days between washes with this method, same as when I did traditional no poo but with nicer hair between. Hope it works well for you – come back and tell us how it goes. 🙂

      • So I’ve tried this new method twice now and I’m not getting the results I expected. I have been having some build-up mostly near the roots which is part of the reason I wanted to stop using baking soda, but it seems to be getting worse now. I have no idea why this would be. I am following all of the instructions exactly. I tried a vinegar rinse and it didn’t help. I’m fairly certain the water where I live is soft so I don’t think that’s it. And I’ve been off of commercial shampoo for about two months now so I should be way out of the transition period. I really thought this was going to work well for my hair, so I’m so confused as to what’s going on! My hair is getting stringier looking every day. Any thoughts on what may be causing this or how to get rid of it?

        • Hey Heidi, thanks for sharing. I have hard water rather than soft – don’t know if that would make a difference in build up. What type of hair do you have? Mine is thick and oily. My advice would be to do an acv rinse but it sounds like you already tried that! Everyone’s hair is different so perhaps a different mix would work better for you – try some of the other ones suggested in the Minimalist Beauty article I linked to at the beginning of the post, depending on your hair type. Let me know if something else works better for you and good luck! Adria

  16. Do you need to wash your hair every day when using this method? I have been doing the Baking Soda/Vinegar route for about two months now and the thing that I like the most about it is that I can go about 4 days without needing to wash again but my hair around my scalp is starting to feel strange and I’m worried about the ph balance being off. I also have oily, thick hair so if this method worked well for you then it might for me as well, but I’m just wondering how often you can go between washes.

    • Hey Heidi, yes I go a few days between washes with this method, same as when I did traditional no poo but with nicer hair between. Hope it works well for you – come back and tell us how it goes. 🙂

      • So I’ve tried this new method twice now and I’m not getting the results I expected. I have been having some build-up mostly near the roots which is part of the reason I wanted to stop using baking soda, but it seems to be getting worse now. I have no idea why this would be. I am following all of the instructions exactly. I tried a vinegar rinse and it didn’t help. I’m fairly certain the water where I live is soft so I don’t think that’s it. And I’ve been off of commercial shampoo for about two months now so I should be way out of the transition period. I really thought this was going to work well for my hair, so I’m so confused as to what’s going on! My hair is getting stringier looking every day. Any thoughts on what may be causing this or how to get rid of it?

        • Hey Heidi, thanks for sharing. I have hard water rather than soft – don’t know if that would make a difference in build up. What type of hair do you have? Mine is thick and oily. My advice would be to do an acv rinse but it sounds like you already tried that! Everyone’s hair is different so perhaps a different mix would work better for you – try some of the other ones suggested in the Minimalist Beauty article I linked to at the beginning of the post, depending on your hair type. Let me know if something else works better for you and good luck! Adria

          • Maybe Heidi can try a clarifying bar shampoo periodically. I use a dog grooming bar soap that I love. Chubbs bars. A local friend does the baking soda and acv, but her hair always looks awful, so I never even tried it. This recipe is intriguing. I have thick curly hair.

        • It is very possible that 2 months of using the baking soda and vinegar has just been bad for your hair and is just now showing up. I personally think using baking soda often on hair is very damaging. I am totally for going natural though! I am going to give this herb brew a try.

        • I live in California and have very hard water. Whenever I visit someone with soft water, I always have to adjust the proportions of conditioner that I use. Essentially, I have to use more conditioner with hard water than I do with soft. I have yet to use this recipe, but it’s intended to be a 2 in 1. So, with that said (and with what you have described as happening to your hair) I would adjust the conditioning aspects of this recipe to suit your hair type and water type. People with thicker hair require more oil whereas people with thinner hair require much less. Also, on that same note, it sounds like your hair is overly conditioned and vinegar rinses will just make it worse. Vinegar rinses condition. If I accidentally use to much vinegar, my hair gets really oily and can sometimes look unwashed.

          Advice: Stop vinegar rinses (as a solution to your problem). Rethink herbal ratios ( cut back on conditioning herbs).

  17. I will definitely try this!

    Currently, I do use shampoo but am keen to get away from it. I have, however, been treating my hair with a homemade mask once a week that I’ve had such good results with that it’s convinced what’s in our larder is superior to what’s on the shelf at the store! (Hence my search for home-made shampoo)

    Here’s the recipe if you want to try it:
    1 egg
    1/2 strained banana (you can mash it, but the little seeds get stuck in your hair!)
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1/2 vitamin e oil
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1 Tbsp honey (optional)
    Mix well, rub into hair, wrap with a shower cap and let sit on hair for 20 mins. Then step into the shower but leave the cap on as you shower so the heat helps the hair to absorb everything.
    At the end of your shower, remove the cap and rinse well. Cleanse/condition as normal.

    I have very fine, dry hair, which can be easily weighed down by product. I find this plumps up the hair and leaves it shiny and tangle free. Everyone’s hair is different, so you’ll probably need to experiment and tweak it to your hair type.

    • Hi Hannah, thanks for sharing your hair mask recipe. Agreed that what you have in your pantry or fridge at home can make a great treatment compared to those at the store!

  18. I will definitely try this!

    Currently, I do use shampoo but am keen to get away from it. I have, however, been treating my hair with a homemade mask once a week that I’ve had such good results with that it’s convinced what’s in our larder is superior to what’s on the shelf at the store! (Hence my search for home-made shampoo)

    Here’s the recipe if you want to try it:
    1 egg
    1/2 strained banana (you can mash it, but the little seeds get stuck in your hair!)
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1/2 vitamin e oil
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1 Tbsp honey (optional)
    Mix well, rub into hair, wrap with a shower cap and let sit on hair for 20 mins. Then step into the shower but leave the cap on as you shower so the heat helps the hair to absorb everything.
    At the end of your shower, remove the cap and rinse well. Cleanse/condition as normal.

    I have very fine, dry hair, which can be easily weighed down by product. I find this plumps up the hair and leaves it shiny and tangle free. Everyone’s hair is different, so you’ll probably need to experiment and tweak it to your hair type.

    • Hi Hannah, thanks for sharing your hair mask recipe. Agreed that what you have in your pantry or fridge at home can make a great treatment compared to those at the store!

  19. This recipe is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve just been getting into the whole all-natural thing and so far in my research I haven’t been satisfied with all the baking soda and castile soap recipes. I just got raw honey that I love love love on my skin (I have moderate acne that has just been a nuisance for years and the honey started clearing it in only two uses! I put it straight on my face and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing) but I saw that someone mixed it with some water and put it in their hair. However, because water and honey ferments, it gets moldy – so you have have to make this concoction before every use, which is a total pain! I was wondering how long this mix stores if I make it? Can I just make a big batch or do I have to worry about it going bad?

    • Hey Tina,
      I mix 1-2 Tbsp of each powder together for a batch. I store it in the fridge and it keeps a week or two. I’ve always used it before I had a chance to see if it goes bad…

  20. This recipe is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve just been getting into the whole all-natural thing and so far in my research I haven’t been satisfied with all the baking soda and castile soap recipes. I just got raw honey that I love love love on my skin (I have moderate acne that has just been a nuisance for years and the honey started clearing it in only two uses! I put it straight on my face and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing) but I saw that someone mixed it with some water and put it in their hair. However, because water and honey ferments, it gets moldy – so you have have to make this concoction before every use, which is a total pain! I was wondering how long this mix stores if I make it? Can I just make a big batch or do I have to worry about it going bad?

    • Hey Tina,
      I mix 1-2 Tbsp of each powder together for a batch. I store it in the fridge and it keeps a week or two. I’ve always used it before I had a chance to see if it goes bad…

    • I undestand raw honey is antiseptic. Especially manuka honey. It does not ferment or get moldy at all. I use manuka honey 16+ active and its pricey but i use it for first aid and weekly facials with avocado. When i use the honey on wounds i dress it and this doesnt need to “breathe” like other first aid ointments. I leave it on all day and noght and redress it the next day until it heals. Ive used it for stitches, abscess and tooth infections, my son needed stitches in his belly button when the cord came off and i used that (took two weeks to heal cause diaper) and it doesnt ever get scabby. Petroleum and other antiobiotic creams causes scabs and infections and worse scarring. Also using distilled water helps a lot for storing. Just add lemon drops and some vinegar to your mix to help the ph. And tap water hardness and chlorine DO MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. for very oily try aloe. Idk who is the genius that thinks this makes hair oily but it does NOT! I actually have used aloe to lock my dreads. And very good dreads are cleaner then any hair out there. The “no poo”(term ive never heard of lol) mix is good for locking hair but ive chopped my hair and looking for more to add to my acv rinse and this is it. Awesome info.

  21. Hey Adria!

    Thank you for the article, it sounds amazing. I like in india so i can manage to get everything that’s listed. My only concern is, my living conditions, its very hot here, and there is so much dust. My hair is very dry so i like to condition it with coconut oil. I haven’t found anything that can take away the oil but not strip my hair off the moisture… any suggestions?

    Much appreciated! 🙂

  22. Hey Adria!

    Thank you for the article, it sounds amazing. I like in india so i can manage to get everything that’s listed. My only concern is, my living conditions, its very hot here, and there is so much dust. My hair is very dry so i like to condition it with coconut oil. I haven’t found anything that can take away the oil but not strip my hair off the moisture… any suggestions?

    Much appreciated! 🙂

  23. Dear Adria,
    I like the hair wash method, although I ended up leaving out the fenugreek, and it worked great for my hair. I do want to ask about the yucca root you use. Is that the dark powder in your photo? I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but the color was very light tan. The botanical name says “Yucca glauca”. I just wondered if it is the same as the one you use?
    Thank you,
    Pat

    • Hey Pat, Good to hear it worked great even without the fenugreek. What type of hair do you have? For the yucca root, it’s the light tan powder in the photo. Probably looks just like yours. Should be the same as mine – all yucca species have “soapy” roots. 🙂

  24. Dear Adria,
    I like the hair wash method, although I ended up leaving out the fenugreek, and it worked great for my hair. I do want to ask about the yucca root you use. Is that the dark powder in your photo? I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but the color was very light tan. The botanical name says “Yucca glauca”. I just wondered if it is the same as the one you use?
    Thank you,
    Pat

    • Hey Pat, Good to hear it worked great even without the fenugreek. What type of hair do you have? For the yucca root, it’s the light tan powder in the photo. Probably looks just like yours. Should be the same as mine – all yucca species have “soapy” roots. 🙂

  25. Hi Adria,
    Thanks for the answer. I have fine, slightly wavy hair that tends to be oily. I always had to use some kind of gel or mousse to add volume, but the Amla works so well I don’t need to anymore.
    Pat

  26. Hi Adria,
    Thanks for the answer. I have fine, slightly wavy hair that tends to be oily. I always had to use some kind of gel or mousse to add volume, but the Amla works so well I don’t need to anymore.
    Pat

  27. Hello. I just purchased yucca root at the store. Have you ever made your recipe using raw yucca root? If so would you mind sharing your recipe? Thanks in advance.

  28. Hello. I just purchased yucca root at the store. Have you ever made your recipe using raw yucca root? If so would you mind sharing your recipe? Thanks in advance.

  29. Well scratch that idea – look like I bought yuca root rather than yucca. Mixed it with some coconut water and pureed it – made my hair oily – still not 100% dry but I can tell.

    • Hi Jayme,
      I’ve never tried using fresh yucca root for this recipe. The dried, ground yucca available in stores and online is made from the root as well so it seems possible… The root has the saponins that act as soap and suds up. Interesting that it made your hair oily in combo with coconut water. Wonder what it would do with the amla and fenugreek? Hmm…

  30. Well scratch that idea – look like I bought yuca root rather than yucca. Mixed it with some coconut water and pureed it – made my hair oily – still not 100% dry but I can tell.

    • Hi Jayme,
      I’ve never tried using fresh yucca root for this recipe. The dried, ground yucca available in stores and online is made from the root as well so it seems possible… The root has the saponins that act as soap and suds up. Interesting that it made your hair oily in combo with coconut water. Wonder what it would do with the amla and fenugreek? Hmm…

      • Sounds like you bought the tropical vegetable yuca (U ka) root which does NOT have saponins. The yucca (yu ka) that is used for soap and shampoo is from the plant one associates with the desert SW, it has the saponins. They are two different plants with the same name from completely different areas.

  31. Adrai – with my fine hair I feel like everything but BS or clay makes my hair greasy. Was looking for a BS alternative and was hoping the yucca root was the answer. Might have been without the coconut. Testing out rye flour now. So far so good.

  32. Adrai – with my fine hair I feel like everything but BS or clay makes my hair greasy. Was looking for a BS alternative and was hoping the yucca root was the answer. Might have been without the coconut. Testing out rye flour now. So far so good.

  33. Since I couldn’t get yucca root as soon as the other items I used the Amla and fenugreek as a conditioner and it was AWFUL! I spent at least 10 minutes trying to rinse out the little seeds and since there’s a drought in CA there’s no way I’m going through that again! Also it was icky smelling like an Indian spice shop afterwards. Good for food, bad for hair. I kept getting whiffs of my hair all day and it reminded me of being in close hot quarters with people who eat a lot of pungent foods. Ugh. I tried this again with the yucca root and it was just as bad and just as smelly. Sure my hair feels ok clean, but my hair has broken a lot in my efforts to get rid of those horrid seeds, both wet and when dry. A total failure. I will keep trying the yucca root as I like the smell of it by itself, but the rest- yuck. Tossing that!

    • Crystal, I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! When I use it, there are maybe a couple of tiny stray pieces that don’t rinse out at first, but nothing noticeable. Was your powder finely ground? And you poured boiling water over it? Hmm… Definitely the smell is a matter of personal preference. I like it, myself. 🙂

  34. Since I couldn’t get yucca root as soon as the other items I used the Amla and fenugreek as a conditioner and it was AWFUL! I spent at least 10 minutes trying to rinse out the little seeds and since there’s a drought in CA there’s no way I’m going through that again! Also it was icky smelling like an Indian spice shop afterwards. Good for food, bad for hair. I kept getting whiffs of my hair all day and it reminded me of being in close hot quarters with people who eat a lot of pungent foods. Ugh. I tried this again with the yucca root and it was just as bad and just as smelly. Sure my hair feels ok clean, but my hair has broken a lot in my efforts to get rid of those horrid seeds, both wet and when dry. A total failure. I will keep trying the yucca root as I like the smell of it by itself, but the rest- yuck. Tossing that!

    • Crystal, I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! When I use it, there are maybe a couple of tiny stray pieces that don’t rinse out at first, but nothing noticeable. Was your powder finely ground? And you poured boiling water over it? Hmm… Definitely the smell is a matter of personal preference. I like it, myself. 🙂

  35. I just tried this today, and it left me with amazing results. I did follow with a rosemary acv rinse (as I often do with other products). I noticed some comments about dry hair, oily hair, or the inability to rinse out. I think it’s worth noting that if you are switching from traditional shampoos or other methods, you may need to clarify your hair first, as these products may be interfering with this great rinse. That may help with some issues I’ve read about here.

    • Hi Anonymous, I’m glad you had amazing results!! Great tip about clarifying your hair first if switching from traditional shampoos. Do you make your rosemary acv rinse yourself?

  36. I just tried this today, and it left me with amazing results. I did follow with a rosemary acv rinse (as I often do with other products). I noticed some comments about dry hair, oily hair, or the inability to rinse out. I think it’s worth noting that if you are switching from traditional shampoos or other methods, you may need to clarify your hair first, as these products may be interfering with this great rinse. That may help with some issues I’ve read about here.

    • Hi Anonymous, I’m glad you had amazing results!! Great tip about clarifying your hair first if switching from traditional shampoos. Do you make your rosemary acv rinse yourself?

  37. So I don’t see anything about light blonde hair usage. I may have to try this recipe myself to see how if affects my color, then get back to you on it. It may be a little while, seeing as I have to find all of the ingredients first.

  38. So I don’t see anything about light blonde hair usage. I may have to try this recipe myself to see how if affects my color, then get back to you on it. It may be a little while, seeing as I have to find all of the ingredients first.

  39. Thanks to a like-minded group on FB – I have been using dark rye flour mixed with a little bit of water as my new wash method. Thought I would share on your page as well.

    • Thanks for sharing Jayme! Great idea. I’ll have to try it sometime. What’s the FB group, if it’s not too private to post?

  40. Thanks to a like-minded group on FB – I have been using dark rye flour mixed with a little bit of water as my new wash method. Thought I would share on your page as well.

    • Thanks for sharing Jayme! Great idea. I’ll have to try it sometime. What’s the FB group, if it’s not too private to post?

  41. Hi Adria! I was excited to give this herbal wash a try and glad when my local herb store had the needed items in stock, although significantly more expensive than yours unfortunately! I was able to give it a try tonight though and I’m bummed that my roots are really greasy now, although the length of my hair seems great- which was not the case when I first no poo’d with bs a couple years back now. I live in Phoenix where we also have hard water and you’re right, that does NOT make for a good combination! I also don’t think it’s due to transition as I’ve been using a homemade shampoo bar for at least a year and a half now. So I’m thinking it’s either that I made it too thick (I’d say it was about the consistency of tomato soup, lol) or I used too much of it, or I didn’t rinse it out well enough. Do you find that it requires a lot of rinsing? I feel like I rinsed for forever but again if I used too much or didn’t thin it enough I suppose that would just add to it. I have rather long hair but it’s quite thin and fine so I could see how those would be possibilies. Also, you mentioned to lather as usual with it, do you find that the yucca actually does cause it to lather? Because mine didn’t do that. It did get mucilagous and slimy feeling from the fenugreek I assume but it definitely didn’t seem soapy or lathery at all to me. Thanks for any advice, I’ll give it a some tweaks and try it a few more times before ruling it out!

    • Hi Jessica, when I “lather”, it’s not really that sudsy and it does feel somewhat slippery (which results in the hydration). I requires more rinsing than traditional shampoo, but not an excessive amount. Perhaps it’s too heavy for your fine hair? I’d be curious to hear about your tweaks. 🙂

  42. Hi Adria! I was excited to give this herbal wash a try and glad when my local herb store had the needed items in stock, although significantly more expensive than yours unfortunately! I was able to give it a try tonight though and I’m bummed that my roots are really greasy now, although the length of my hair seems great- which was not the case when I first no poo’d with bs a couple years back now. I live in Phoenix where we also have hard water and you’re right, that does NOT make for a good combination! I also don’t think it’s due to transition as I’ve been using a homemade shampoo bar for at least a year and a half now. So I’m thinking it’s either that I made it too thick (I’d say it was about the consistency of tomato soup, lol) or I used too much of it, or I didn’t rinse it out well enough. Do you find that it requires a lot of rinsing? I feel like I rinsed for forever but again if I used too much or didn’t thin it enough I suppose that would just add to it. I have rather long hair but it’s quite thin and fine so I could see how those would be possibilies. Also, you mentioned to lather as usual with it, do you find that the yucca actually does cause it to lather? Because mine didn’t do that. It did get mucilagous and slimy feeling from the fenugreek I assume but it definitely didn’t seem soapy or lathery at all to me. Thanks for any advice, I’ll give it a some tweaks and try it a few more times before ruling it out!

    • Hi Jessica, when I “lather”, it’s not really that sudsy and it does feel somewhat slippery (which results in the hydration). I requires more rinsing than traditional shampoo, but not an excessive amount. Perhaps it’s too heavy for your fine hair? I’d be curious to hear about your tweaks. 🙂

  43. Thanks for the recipe. I tried it out for the first time today and have mixed feelings. I don’t know if I made it too thick or what but it was very hard to spread onto my hair and scalp. It was the consistency of tomato sauce. Should it be thinner? I have thick, long, curly hair. I also had weird little white plastic-y things in my hair and scalp after washing. Did I do something wrong? Help! I dye my hair with henna so I love the smell of this stuff.

    • Hi Nicole, you can change the consistency based on your preference and what spreads best in your hair. Mine always tends to go on thick and then I spread it out with some water. When the mix cools and congeals, it’s harder to spread. I often let it sit out a bit from the fridge to soften before applying. Not sure about the plastic-y things in your hair – was this worse than the left-over grittiness of henna?

  44. Thanks for the recipe. I tried it out for the first time today and have mixed feelings. I don’t know if I made it too thick or what but it was very hard to spread onto my hair and scalp. It was the consistency of tomato sauce. Should it be thinner? I have thick, long, curly hair. I also had weird little white plastic-y things in my hair and scalp after washing. Did I do something wrong? Help! I dye my hair with henna so I love the smell of this stuff.

    • Hi Nicole, you can change the consistency based on your preference and what spreads best in your hair. Mine always tends to go on thick and then I spread it out with some water. When the mix cools and congeals, it’s harder to spread. I often let it sit out a bit from the fridge to soften before applying. Not sure about the plastic-y things in your hair – was this worse than the left-over grittiness of henna?

  45. I’m trying this for the first time. My hair is fine and straight and relatively short because it runs in the family for our hair to fall out as we age. [‘Nuff said] It’s easier dealing with falling short hair, as I found out when I was in chemo 26 years ago. We don’t have hard water here.
    Anyway: I didn’t get much sudsing but I also didn’t get the grittiness some people are writing about. After what people said here about clarifying, I will wait until my second use and let you know what the result is. I did follow up with rosemary tea tonic. It will probably be a year before I see if any of this does anything about my hair loss, but that’s not as important as trying something that isn’t laden with chemicals.
    I am one of the people who likes the fenugreek scent. I have also used fenugreek in cooking so it wasn’t a surprise.
    I did get my stuff at Mountain Rose, there’s a second website that also recommends them.

  46. I’m trying this for the first time. My hair is fine and straight and relatively short because it runs in the family for our hair to fall out as we age. [‘Nuff said] It’s easier dealing with falling short hair, as I found out when I was in chemo 26 years ago. We don’t have hard water here.
    Anyway: I didn’t get much sudsing but I also didn’t get the grittiness some people are writing about. After what people said here about clarifying, I will wait until my second use and let you know what the result is. I did follow up with rosemary tea tonic. It will probably be a year before I see if any of this does anything about my hair loss, but that’s not as important as trying something that isn’t laden with chemicals.
    I am one of the people who likes the fenugreek scent. I have also used fenugreek in cooking so it wasn’t a surprise.
    I did get my stuff at Mountain Rose, there’s a second website that also recommends them.

  47. I’ve been using this mix for several months and love what it does for my hair. It should be noted, however, that some people are allergic to yucca root powder. I am not allergic to anything else… but I do notice that when I wash with the yucca powder, it makes my head itch. I’ve still been using it, while I try to decide what to use instead. I understand there are some other herbs that have a cleansing effect. The other day while washing my hair, I accidentally got some of the mix on my face and did have a mild reaction… not itchy, but sort of a light sunburn feeling, which has lasted for several days already. So, I guess it’s officially time for me to go and find another cleansing herb. I think there are two and they both have the word “soap” in their names. Soapwort and soap root, I think.

    • Hello, I just wanted to suggest an alternative to the Yucca/Amla wash. I am able to use this, minus the Fenugreek (too herb-y for me), but like to alternate with a Rhassoul Clay wash. It is a “shampoo” and conditioner-in-one also. Here is a YouTube video that explains how to make it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngX_ZdwQSk0

      You don’t have to use the Linden or Nettle extracts, and I only use 1/8 tsp. of the Rosehip Seed Oil. (My hair is fine, and tends to be oily.) Today, I was out of Aloe Vera juice, so used water in its place, and it still washed my hair just fine. I use a rounded Tbl. of the Rhassoul Clay. A drop or two of your favorite essential oil can be added. Hope you find this recipe of help!

      Pat

  48. I’ve been using this mix for several months and love what it does for my hair. It should be noted, however, that some people are allergic to yucca root powder. I am not allergic to anything else… but I do notice that when I wash with the yucca powder, it makes my head itch. I’ve still been using it, while I try to decide what to use instead. I understand there are some other herbs that have a cleansing effect. The other day while washing my hair, I accidentally got some of the mix on my face and did have a mild reaction… not itchy, but sort of a light sunburn feeling, which has lasted for several days already. So, I guess it’s officially time for me to go and find another cleansing herb. I think there are two and they both have the word “soap” in their names. Soapwort and soap root, I think.

    • Hello, I just wanted to suggest an alternative to the Yucca/Amla wash. I am able to use this, minus the Fenugreek (too herb-y for me), but like to alternate with a Rhassoul Clay wash. It is a “shampoo” and conditioner-in-one also. Here is a YouTube video that explains how to make it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngX_ZdwQSk0

      You don’t have to use the Linden or Nettle extracts, and I only use 1/8 tsp. of the Rosehip Seed Oil. (My hair is fine, and tends to be oily.) Today, I was out of Aloe Vera juice, so used water in its place, and it still washed my hair just fine. I use a rounded Tbl. of the Rhassoul Clay. A drop or two of your favorite essential oil can be added. Hope you find this recipe of help!

      Pat

    • This is a reply to mmdunne and I hope I got it in the right place. I am having itchy scalp, but the same thing happened while I was trying rogaine many years ago so I can’t be sure it’s the yucca. YMMV of course. What’s more, when I feel lazy I shampoo with lavender-scented castile soap and I think even that leaves it a little itchy. It might be dry scalp even though I don’t clean my hair every day. Soapwort is something you can grow in your back yard, in case you’re interested in herbal gardening. You can get heirloom seeds from a number of places on the web. Plant in 2 inches of fully composted manure or shredded leaves.

  49. Hi i havent tried your recipe yet, but i definetely want to. I was wondering if you have a recipe for a shampoo with a longer shelf life maybe like a month. Or if i could add a natural preservative to this mixture like vitamin e and also add in essential oils at the time of mixing like tea tree oil. Thanks for your help

  50. Hi i havent tried your recipe yet, but i definetely want to. I was wondering if you have a recipe for a shampoo with a longer shelf life maybe like a month. Or if i could add a natural preservative to this mixture like vitamin e and also add in essential oils at the time of mixing like tea tree oil. Thanks for your help

  51. I haven’t tried this yet, but I want to! I was just wondering, do you need to use hot water? Because I want to just have a jar of the mixed powders in my bathroom and add some olive oil, then spread that through my hair before I shower. I put olive oil in my hair before I shower anyways to act as a natural conditioner, so if olive oil instead of water works it would be like skipping a step for me. Also, the idea of having to remeber to grab the paste would be pretty hard for me (I forget something every time I go to shower/get dressed, usually the most important thing). And if it was just powder, would it last longer? Because things like this should only get moldy and gross if it has water in it.

    I figure having the olive oil I’ve already got, a jar, a teaspoon, and a shot glass in my bathroom wouldn’t be hard.

  52. I’ve used this twice now and it works great for me, I have naturally curly hair and now I don’t even need to use any styling products anymore. But I do find I can’t go as long between washes. 3-4 days max now. but that’s reasonable to me. I’m telling all my friends about this and a couple of them have already tried a sample I gave them of my herbs and they loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  53. I stopped washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner two months ago, and have been just dry brushing/rinsing with water since then in order to detox. Probably did this a little too long, but here we are. Finally, I was getting clean hair envy and started looking for baking soda/ACV alternatives, since I’ve had mixed results with that in the past. Last week I did one baking soda/vinegar wash, and I just used this recipe for the first time yesterday.

    I couldn’t be more pleased! I feel like I have clean hair for the first time in two months!! This whole time my hair hasn’t looked greasy, but it’s been “waxy” to the touch. That is totally gone. My hair feels lighter, softer, and no waxy residue. It also slightly retains the smell of the recipe, which is very earthy and nice. My first wash with this recipe, I didn’t thin it out enough and couldn’t get it through my thick hair so it didn’t feel completely clean, but I thinned it out a bit and washed again today with success.

    thank you thank you thank you! I really didn’t want to go back to conventional shampoo, but was starting to think there was no good alternative.

  54. I use a very similar recipe to yours.
    I make it fresh for each use and make more of a thick tea/thin gravy.
    I use shikakai instead of yukka. I also add brahmi and neem.
    My recipe is 2 teaspoons shikakai, 1 teaspoon amla, 1 teaspoon neem, 1 teaspoon brahmi and 1 teaspoon fenugreek. I add around 3/4 mug of boiling water and stir then leave to cool.
    I apply, massage then leave to sit while I wash myself in the shower before rinsing.
    I do find a few specks of powder stick sometimes.
    Fenugreek also makes a nice face mask with a tiny tiny bit of tumeric 🙂

  55. So could you just mix the ingredients together and store them in an air tight container. Then in the shower sprinkle some on your hand and make a paste kind of like the baking soda method??

  56. I am a guy but will mix up a test batch. Using a famous castile soap now but true, too drying. Use extra virgin olive oil as an after shower moisturizer and is great on skin all over but not head. Oil goes in eyes, not cool. Makes hair too oily. Also don’t want to wash away the vitamin D that is on the skin. So will give this a whirl. Order herbs today!

  57. Yup, I bought the needed herbs and mixed up a good batch. Not bad. Leaves the scalp non-itchy and no flakes. Feels better, not dry. Face also seems to benefit but feel I need a ph balanced cleaner for it. Yes, keeping the herbal no-pooing
    concoction.

  58. I’ve tried the baking soda, the vinegar, various commercial shampoos and all I get is dry hair, flyaway hair and no shine. My hairdresser started complaining about my hair right before I experimented with all the various alternative shampoosbaking sodas–and said it continued to worsen as I went through the various ones. I think Natural Grocery store will have most of these ingredients so I’ll guy them next time I’m in. My grandmother used to use Yucca root to make bar soap. I make my own liquid soap as well, but it will eventually weigh your hair down–the pH is alkaline and there are also a lot of good oils in there that will build up on your hair. It’s a wonderful scalp soap though, so I do wash my hair with it once a week and then use a proper pH soap to “rinse” it from the hair strands. I suspect that the castille soap would do the same thing, although the stuff sold at stores usually has citric acid added (which will help with the pH).

    Thanks for the article. I hope it works out for me, but I do have thin and wavy hair. I’d like to find something that works well on a regular basis. As it is, I spend all my time changing shampoos!

    • Maria,
      I also tried many shampoo alternatives before finding one I really love. I do like Yucca Root, and use it occasionally, but my favorite is 2 Tbl. Rhassoul clay powder + 4 oz. water in an 8 oz. squeeze bottle you get at the beauty supply. To this, I add 4 drops of rosehip seed oil. I have oily hair, so don’t need much, but you can increase this to suit your needs, up to a tsp. or more. Then shake well. This makes a “shampoo” and conditioner-in-one. Wet your hair as usual, squeeze out excess water, and apply clay wash all over. Massage in WELL, rinse with warm water, and you will LOVE the clean, soft results!

      Despite the brown color of the clay, it won’t dye your hair, skin or shower. Other clays don’t work like this one. A few drops of essential oils can be added to the Wash, but I like mine plain. You can find Rhassoul Clay powder on Amazon and some other sites, and the rosehip seed oil @ iHerb.com. Hope this helps.

      • Thanks. I’ll probably try the yucca root first because it’s easy to find. If I boil it in chamomile tea, that will act as a detangler so I can try it without buying the other two ingredients to start. I’ve bought Rhassoul Clay powder before, but not used it in my hair recipes. Since most oils just build up and weigh my hair down I probably won’t try those to start!

  59. I’m having trouble finding yucca powder (only found the root itself). I understand that tapioca is the same root different name? So would tapioca flour work?

    • I did some research–not the same plant and probably would not work. You can pulverize chunks of the root in a blender and then dry to a powder (the water from the blender is essentially the same thing as reconstituted roots). Cut in 1/2 inch or 1 inch blocks, add a bit of water as needed and blend until mush. Strain. The watery/soapy stuff can be used for the shampoo. Dry the rest in a dehydrator to form the powder for longer term storage. I am going to have to do this method too as no one around here carries the powder!

    • Hi Sailorwind! Maria’s right – tapioca and yucca root are NOT the same. The confusion stems from the fact that tapioca comes from cassava, a root that is often referred to as yuca. But, I assure you they are not related at all and tapioca does not have the same soapy properties. You can order the dried yucca root online if you can’t find it locally. I included links for Mountain Rose Herbs and Amazon in the article. You can also try using rhassoul clay instead – it seems others have gotten good results with it though I can’t vouch for it personally. (I use it on my face and love it though.) Good luck!

  60. I didn’t find Yucca Root Powder so I got some Shikakai, Amla Root Powder and Fenugreek Powder along with some water to make a paste. I let it stay for about 24 hours and then put the concoction with some water in a blender to make a smooth paste.

    The reason you need to wait for 24 hours is:

    1. Shikakai – the saponins in Shikakai work best when left in water for a day.
    2. Fenugreek – The Fenugreek mucilage also works best when left for a day.

    I have noticed that after waiting for a day – the paste becomes very slippery and smooth. So I’d do this a day before when I’d like to “no-poo” my hair. The next day, I just blend them and put the paste into my scalp and wait for about half an hour and then rinse it.
    My hair feels alive!!

  61. Hi,

    I am planning to try this but not sure if i have any of the stores mentioned in Michigan.
    Can anybody suggest where i can find it in here other than Amazon please?

    • There is a natural health food store near Decatur Michigan, so a friend told me awhile back. Decatur is near Paw Paw. If you are not close to this area then search for a Natural Health food store or Organic store near you. Trying Googling different search words. There should be a Natural food store of some kind near you. If you find one and they don’t have the needed powders, maybe they could order it for you.

      I used to live in Michigan. No longer though. Found the true Truth of God there however, Amen!! May Jesus bless you in you search.

  62. Ordering from Amazon is OK but I got 1 pound bags of Fenugreek and Goose berry. A small 1 ounce foil bag of Yucca. Could not find a supplier of Amazon that sold a 1 pound bag of Yucca so of course it ran out quickly while the others are still near full. Plus I have a friend who wants to give it a try also. So back to Amazon and balancing cost with amount and now just reading tapioca can sell as Yucca, ouch! Anyhow with God guiding me hopefully He lead me to the right one. 4 packages of 4 ounce Yucca, to make a pound.

    The dry powder of the 3, should they be kept in the refrigerator or just in a cool 50 degree room? Or does it not matter?

    • Ebay does have some Yucca listings. I am headed to NM later in the year and may just dig up some and dry it myself. The stuff is expensive online and Natural Grocery store didn’t have it. They are going to try to order it for me. If that doesn’t work, I may buy it from another grocery store and dry it. I have a dehydrator. Sure, more work! More projects! Just what I need…woman of no hobbies…

      • Maybe that is what I should have done too. Buy the root, which is no problem here, lots of folks from the islands around here. Moringa is easier to find, as a powder. I have no dehydrator. Would give my blender a good workout.

        • You can spread on a cookie sheet and dry in the oven on lowest setting. Just keep an eye on it. We used to make jerky that way so it should work okay.

  63. Hi!

    I tried this “no poo” method last night and my hair seems to love it! My hair is very long and thick (its down to my tail bone), so I really had to water down this mix to cover all of my hair. Is it ok if this mixture is very diluted or should I just increase the amount of herbs?

  64. I just stumbled upon this and cant wait to try it!! However, would you be able to subsittute coconut milk for the water or would that not work? I too tried castile soap and it didnt work lkke id like but I loved the coconut milk aspect of the shampoos I tried. Thanks in advance!

  65. Hi, I have used this instead of shampoo for the past 2 months and my light brunette hair has darkened A LOT- to the point that it’s very dark brown now… I loved my hair color =( I just stopped using this mix. Do you have any ideas of a DIY natural mix that could lighten my hair over time so I get back to my color?

    • Try rinsing with chamomile tea. Although your hair may be darker naturally–some shampoo ingredients that you may have used in the past might have been lightening your hair. They add these ingredients because by slowly leaching color, you get more shine–much as you do when you highlight your hair. Chamomile tea will gradually lighten your hair. My mom uses it every other day instead of shampooing and finds that it also cleans her hair well for inbetween.

  66. I second chamoile tea. You can also try rinsing with diluted lemon water, possible adding lemon to your shampoo mix as well. Also, raw honey. You can mix the honey with a little bit of ACV and use as a rinse. You can also try washing with aloe and raw honey.

  67. I think Yucca root powder is the same as Tapioca Flour/starch, please feel free to point out if I am wrong. However, I used tapioca starch, which I purchased from a local Indian store. There are some posts online that recommend the use of tapioca flour as a dry shampoo, which made me feel safe to use it, even if the two are different.

    I really liked the experience, I like my hair after using this mixture. I recently switched to shampooing every other day, so my hair would be somewhat oily on the second day. This is my second day after using this mixture and it isn’t oily at all. After shampooing, the first day my scalp would itch badly and it didn’t itch after using this mixture. There is one thing that I am concerned about, when I put the mixture on my head, my scalp stung a lot. I am not sure if it was the mixture that made it sting or my scalp is dry. Suggestions are appreciated.

    • No, they are not the same plant/root. I did some research when I couldn’t find the yucca easily and they are not the same. I don’t know if it will hurt anything, but the soap yucca properties are different.

  68. I’ve been using BS and ACV for the past 3 years and I’ve recently wanted to switch to something more pH balanced. I’ve tried clay, honey and now this herbal wash. This has been over the past few months. My hair is now a disaster. It feels coated (waxy), heavy, tangled, frizzy and dry. Not manageable at all. Any suggestions? I have normal, thick (but not course), wavy hair.

    • Get a good clarifying shampoo and see if that gets rid of the buildup. I’ve used a lot of homemade shampoos and MANY of them cause buildup, just like commercial versions (although the buildup is usually healthier oils). I have to use a clarifying shampoo no matter what. Commercial shampoos have so many “proteins” in them, I get buildup in about two days. You can even use a cheap clarifying shampoo like Suave to see where you are at. You may or may not need conditioner. Usually the homemade shampoos have enough oils that you can wash with a clarifying shampoo and not need a conditioner, but you’ll know. I’d stay away from vinegar–that will really make a mess of your hair over time and it doesn’t always get the buildup out. Believe me, I’ve tried.

      Maria at BearMountainBooks.

      • Thanks Maria! I will try a clarifying shampoo. I did also use a liquid castile soap in the past few months. I think some people with finer hair don’t mind a bit of a coating but it just weighs my hair down. I like it to feel really light and soft. I’m also afraid that I’ve damaged the cuticle by doing the BS and ACV for so long. I’ve been trying to get away from using the vinegar so will continue to do that. It just feels like with each method I try, another layer of buildup is added! I really love making my own beauty products as it’s economical and you know what is in it but am so close to going back to a (somewhat natural but conventional) shampoo and conditioner.

        • I have very fine hair–and I *detest* the buildup. I’ve learned to avoid any of the shampoos with proteins. I’m still trying to make my own, even if I can use it every other shampoo–but I want it to be something healthy for my hair, even if it is moisturizing. You might look into this gal’s products/sites: http://alaiynab.com/ I learned a lot from her blog where she talked about making soaps and shampoos. I really appreciated all the discussions and she answered questions too. I haven’t tried her products, but I can tell from her blog that a lot of thought/practice/effort went into making them. She’s tried a number of shampoos herself and I think the ones she has now sound like a great result of a lot of trial and error. I have tried shampoo bars before (not hers, but my own and one other) and they will generally cause buildup. Her shampoos sound like she took the basic mild cleansers and developed a product. I may be finding out soon!

          • I will check her products out! Thanks so much! I can’t imagine anyone liking the build up but it seems like some people don’t mind it. 🙂

          • I ended up doing a bentonite clay, chamomile tea and apple cider vinegar hair mask as a clarifier. I left it on for 20 minutes. It worked like a charm and left my hair soft and clean. I tried the herbal shampoo with a chamomile tea rinse 4 days later and my hair was clean, soft and the curl was enhanced. It’s definitely gritty but it rinsed out fine. I think if I will clarify when needed (every month or two) and do the herbal shampoo in between a couple times a week. It could be my imagination but my hair also seems to be growing faster! I’m also hoping the tea will lighten my hair and cover my few greys eventually. I rinsed out the chamomile tea…should I be leaving it in?

    • This happened to me when i first stopped using shampoo and used everything i could find without breaks. Just leave it alone for like a week and start slowly introducing things to it and see how it reacts. I do this often. Like the BRAT diet lol

  69. hi thanks for this shampoo recipe! I’ve just tried it but the powders didn’t dissolve very well so the substance was filled with little powder parts so it felt like i was scrubbing my hair in stead of washing. Is this right? Or did i do something wrong in the mixing proces?

    • You did nothing wrong. It is gritty. When you wait 5 minutes after applying, then go into shower to rinse out. Make sure you rinse well, even use a wash cloth over and around head to make sure pockets of it are washed away.

      So I have it always ready, I make big batch’s up. Enough to fill a family size humus jar. Store it in refrigerator. Keeps well.

      • I gave up on this kind of thing and just started making my own shampoo. THere’s not much lather to it, but there’s no grit. I found the recipe and ingredients on ingredientstodiefor. I haven’t decided which of the shampoos will be perfect, but they are better than the store stuff and so far seem to be gentle. There’s another supplier online too that has recipes and ingredients. It is called theherbarie.com. I haven’t tried their recipe or ordered from them though. It is hard to take a recipe and order from somewhere else because they often use their own branded name for the same ingredients so you can’t tell exactly what it is!

  70. I just washed my hair with this for the first time and it feels super soft and nice :). Didn’t wash out all the oil though. The mixture also felt grainy and lumpy (had to use a coffee grinder) and was also much lighter in color than yours (no black substance). Do you wash with this mix all the time, or do you need to clarify or take a break and do a different wash sometimes?

  71. hi…is this mixture all right for colored hair…i am considering hair color…i have very thin hair and an oily scalp…?

    • How many days have you gone in between? The same thing has been happening to me. My hair is already very thick and heavy. Any additional coating and it’s completely unmanageable. I would like to hear recommendations as well.

      • Are you coming off of using shampoo? I’ve found that I can’t just quit cold turkey. This is a good recipe to use to make intervals between shampoos longer.

    • Any time you add water to a product, bacteria can and will eventually grow. Refrigeration slows that, as do some herbs–but without a preservative, your shampoo will essentially spoil within a few weeks. It is plant products and water (think about the veggie drawer after a while…)

  72. As an alternative to the yucca powder you can use soap nut powder. Some Indian grocery stores carry it (also called Aritha powder). Both yucca and soap nuts contain natural saponins/surfactants.

  73. This is my third wash in 3 days, and i can not get it to all wash out!! It leaves little white pieces in my hair that look like dandruff, and i have never had dandruff before. I fallowed all the steps and even put it in a blender to see if that would help with no luck. I don’t know what to do different or what I’m doing wrong. I spent 40 bucks to get the ingredients shipped to me so I don’t want to just give up on it.
    HELP!

    • I had the same problem too. It really helps if you fill a basin with water and soak your hair in it several times (immersing) before leaving the shower 🙂

  74. I have been using this recipe three to four times a week for the last month or so and am completely sold. I have shoulder-length curly hair. My hair has never had this many consistently good hair days ever. Not only is my scalp much less itchy, but my curls have much more body, bounce, and definition. Yes, I had to develop a new technique for how I wash my hair (head upside down, scrub in shampoo more aggressively on scalp and from root to tip, rinse more thoroughly, etc.), but it is completely worth the effort and additional minute or two in the shower.

  75. Thank you for the recipe, I have been using 3 T water and 1 T raw honey let it dissolve and put wash my hair and rinse very well and hair is never sticky or needs conditioner.. and I have long hair which tangles easy..

  76. Hi all, I am very interested to start this but just have a few questions that hopefully someone can answer for me
    * I have coloured hair (rich red colour) will doing this strip or fade that colour?
    * up until 2 weeks ago I pretty much straighted my hair every second day and used so many different products that I can guarantee I would have some type of build up on my hair. So should I do a cleansing shampoo or product in the weeks before I start using this?
    * my hair is above shoulder length and quite fine, I was going to start using a mask made up of coconut oil, tea tree oil, Rosemary oil and organic olive oil to help stimulate growth. So was wondering if the 2 things will counter act each other.

    Really want better hair, it such a self confidence killer when it feels blah

    • I have very fine hair as well and honestly most of these homemade ones are too harsh for me after a few times using them. I have not tried this exact one because I couldn’t get the yucca powder readily. I don’t know if it will fade the color. I think it depends on the pH of the formula and it’s impossible to know what this one is. I can tell you that rosemary oil is for oily scalp/hair/skin and if you have dry hair, that might not be the right oil. You might want to try jojoba or lavender. But everyone is different–so try a few things and see what works for you! You can also buy the “hydrosol” products–which is basically the water left over after they do the EO extraction. Good luck!

      Maria

  77. I’ve read one post about hair darkening from using this mixture. I have a lot of grey around my face and I don’t want to dye it. Will this product eventually discolor my grey hair?

  78. I’m confused. Exactly how much of each ingredient do we use? And, hot water… specifically, how much? I can make my own amount based off the correct ratio you provide..

  79. Thanks for sharing the DIY herbal hair cleanser/conditioner. I’ve been looking for something like this that’s easy to make. Do you have any recipe for hair styling gel or styling moose?

  80. I tried your recipe, but I found the thickness of it difficult to work with. I instead took 1 Tbsp of each herb and boiled it in about 2 cups of water. I added corn starch to thicken it, and put the resulting mix in a bottle in my shower. It is my favorite shampoo. I love it. It has not spoiled. It is easy to rinse out. I am a believer.

  81. I’m definitely going to try this. Just a question, I noticed you put “The Conditioner” by the Amla Powder and was wondering if just this mix is enough to suffice for both a shampoo and conditioner, or if you have made a separate conditioner to use with this?

  82. I was so interested in this because I have gone “no poo” for about 5 weeks. I have only used water for washing my hair. I don’t like vinegar and baking soda, I think it is eventually bad for your hair and vinegar lightens dark hair, which I don’t want. Anyway, I love using the herbs! It truly does clean. I tried it with cornstarch like someone above suggested and loved it! I used 2 Tab of each herb with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Let sit at least 30 min. Bring to boil again and add 1-2 Tab cornstarch(mixed with alittle water). I don’t strain the herbs out. I found this was much easier to wash out of my hair. I just put it in a empty shampoo bottle and use plenty. I have had it in my shower for about 2 weeks now and it has not gone bad. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Thank you so much!!!

  83. Hi, just wondering how much water you use in your mix? Straight up “no-poo”ing might be a little too hardcore for me right now. Really anxious to try this out once I get back from vacation!

  84. Hi! I’m excited to try this, never did anything like this before but I use organic shampoo so that’s a plus! Can’t wait to see how this works! 🙂

  85. Maybe people are using fenugreek powder as oppose to fenugreek seed powder? Also amla has tannins which can help make hair even out the orangey tones. It wont darken it but itll level the tones. Do you still henna your hair? I have been looking for a chocolate light brown like yours. Which henna do you use? My hair is dark brown with light brown and red tones so im scared to henna. Last time i did a light brown it still came out red.

  86. Hi, I tried this recipe without fenugreek, and it left my hair feeling clean. I’m ecstatic that it worked because I’ve tried lots of other DIY shampoos like BS/ACV, bentonite ‘poo, and honey ‘poo, all of which left my hair heavy and more oily (I have oily hair).

  87. I’ve used this a couple times and I’m liking it. Only issue I have is after this last time my hair feels “waxy” I rinsed it well so I don’t think it’s from that. My hair is long, straight and fairly thick yet fine….if that makes sense.

    • Hi,

      I think your hair is becoming greasy because of the fenugreek paste. That makes the hair slightly greasy. If you wish you can use a mild herbal shampoo to wash your hair

  88. if I omit the amla, could the other yucca and fenugreek powders possibly dye my hair? I don’t want my hair to change color over time and want to know if it’s just the amla that would do that. Thinking of just using vegetable glycerin as a conditioner. Thank you!

  89. If I omit the amla, will the other two powders possibly dye my hair. I don’t want my hair to change color over time so want to know if it’s just the amla or a combination of the other powders as well. Thanks!

  90. DOES THIS WORK ON AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR? LOOKING FOR A NO LATHER POO. DOES THIS LATHER & IF IT DOES, WHAT MAKES IT LATHER? THANKS!

  91. I tried the recipe yesterday with high hopes, but after thoroughly rinsing my hair & scalp actually felt greasy. It was so bad I actually grabbed my bar of Ivory soap to wash it with, which worked great! I’m going to look further into the Ivory soap (99 44/100 % pure WHAT??). After using the ivory I used a very mall amount of a Nature’s Gate conditioner, but may next try the Ivory w/ a DIY conditioner. Luckily I was able to buy each of the 3 herbs in just 1 ounce increments, so I didn’t end up blowing a small fortune on it.

    • Make sure the ivory isn’t a true “soap.” Real soap will cause hair loss after about a week of use (I know because I make soap, bars and liquid–and after a sort time you get buildup. Your hair will be incredibly soft, but that buildup somehow results in a rather large amount of hair falling out after a short time). Many soap makers don’t know this and sell a shampoo bar–but watch for hair loss if you use the bar soap very often.

      Maria
      BearMountainBooks.com (I don’t sell soap or other products, although I do make my own shampoos, lotions and soap!)

  92. Hello 🙂 I love this idea so much and can’t wait to try it! I’m searching everywhere for a similar idea/recipe that could be used for face and body. I love the portability of the powder. Do you have any ideas? Thank you so much for the recipe.

  93. First off: Thank you so much for this incredible shampoo alternative! I have been no-poo for 6 months now, and this has been my favorite cleansing method by far. For the first 4 months I used BS & ACV rinse to cleanse my hair once a week, bi-weekly, while using yolk to cleanse on the alternate bi-weeks. This method and schedule worked fine, but I didn’t like that I could only cleanse my hair once a week, especially if I were to get my hair sweaty/dirty. (Also, the use of egg yolk as a hair cleanser forced me to take cold showers.. which were less-than preferable.)

    Anyways, this yucca, amla, and fenugreek mixture is fantastic for cleansing my hair! Every time I use this wash my hair feels thick, healthy, shiny, and my scalp feels completely clean. I also love that I can store it for a week or two in the fridge, so that I don’t need to make a new batch each shower. And my shower smells incredible!
    I plan to continue this wash indefinitely, because I really have fallen in love with it, but I have once question:
    I am 20 years old and have very thick, wavy, Italian hair, and have never experienced any hair loss in the shower prior to this shampoo method, but since I’ve started using it (every 2-3 days) I’ve notice that I loose about 15-20 strands of hair per shower. This isn’t a huge deal, but it was an alarming change at first. Have you notice any extra strands of hair falling out in your showers? Could any of these products promote hair loss?
    It’s such a minimal amount (the average person looses 100 strands of hair a day) that I plan to continue using this natural cleansing method, but because I’ve never lost any hair in the shower before, I wonder what could be causing it?
    The benefits LARGELY outweigh this small negative, but I’m hoping to hear some feedback.. if others have experienced a similar outcome?

  94. Thanks for this 🙂 I just went to the store and got fenugreek and amla. I want to get some aritha too but what do u think about mixing the herbs with Castile soap? Do u think they would balance each other out or is the Castile too harsh for the herbs?

  95. Is this OK for color-treated hair? If not, does anyone know of a homemade shampoo that is? Please reply! I’ve been searching and searching for one. (My hair is white, colored honey-blonde.)
    Thanks so much

  96. I really wanted to love this recipe. I had such high hopes but even after 3 tries, it still left my hair dirty, greasy, and gritty feeling, and the gritty little pieces were nearly impossible to rinse out. I was still picking out sandy looking pieces long after each wash, and I rinsed for maybe 5 mins each time. I even had the finest consistency of each powder and tried thinning it out with more water and used an immersion blender. (I have long, avg thick, dark hair, which tends to be avg in the oily/dry dept.) This was just a fail in my book.

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