Make your own Herbal Hair Loss Shampoo

January 29th, 2010, 4:22 pm


Commercialized pro-Hair Loss Chemicals

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an active used in virtually all shampoos and soaps.  It causes the product to “foam up” on your head, thus allowing you to get more shelf life out of your shampoo.  However, what IS Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (hereby referred to as “SLS”)?

SLS is used in the cleaning industry to degrease engines, sanitize public hallways, remove the grime from garage floors, etc.  It is quite corrosive and does a number on greasy surfaces.  Incidentally, it’s also used as a laboratory chemical to actually irritate the skin of subjects, so that the scientists can then test the effect of whatever compound they’re testing (ie. – an ointment) on the irritated skin.  There are a myriad of detrimental effects to both hair and health that have been proven in studies, many of which are laid out at the following link:

I could go on-and-on about SLS, but there are a number of other common ingredients in supposedly-healthy facial creams, soaps, and shampoos that you should be aware of.  Here are a couple examples:

Propylene glycol—a product derived from petroleum that is used simply because it’s cheap

Isopropyl alcohol
—It’s been found that alcohol induces cell apoptosis (cell “death”), so it’s comforting to know that it’s frequently used as a cheap solvent to carry synthetic oils

As a general rule of thumb, if the name looks chemical and not herbal in nature, do NOT trust it on your skin or scalp.  That said, the below instructions are meant to be used as a guideline to create your own shampoo.  Feel free to be creative, as there are quite a few different, healthy ingredients that you can add/replace into this recipe.

Where can I find this stuff?

I personally have ordered many times from, and recommend, Mountain Rose Herbs for your herbal ingredients. The prices are reasonable, and every product is at least organic (some are wild-harvested as well).


Ingredient List

- 4 oz. of Castile Soap (your base)

- ½ oz.  Rosemary (stimulates your hair follicles, and assists in preventing premature baldness)

- ½ oz.  Sage (loaded with antioxidants, acts as a natural preservative to prevent spoiling, anti-bacterial)

- ½ oz.  Nettles (blood purifier, stimulator, and source of nutrients for hair growth)

- ½ oz.  Lavender (reduces sebum, and also reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions)

- 2000mg of MSM (organic sulfur that not only improves the strength of the hair follicle, but also makes the cells of the scalp more permeable, assisting the transfer of the herbals through the skin, and into the follicles)

- One (1) empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.

- One (1) Mason Jar


Throw all of the dry herbs into the mason jar, and mix them up together.  Proceed to boil two (2) cups of Distilled Water.  Add three (3) heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water.  Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove, and let the herbal mixture sit for 30 to 40 minutes.  After roughly 30 minutes of cooling, put the 2000mg of MSM into the herbal mixture.  Once the 40 minute mark is reached, and the MSM is in solution, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.

Proceed to pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the empty 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients up.

Your shampoo is now good to go!  Many herbs have positive effects on scalp and hair health, and you can use this same methodology to add further herbs into your formulation.  Be creative and, most of all, have fun!  Do-it-yourself products can be incredibly rewarding, and best of all, you know exactly what you’re putting on your scalp.  No additives, no fillers, no poisons…only natural compounds. 

If any of you try this, please share your experiences in the comment section and/or forum!


Credit for this formulation goes to Rudy Silva.



This article was written by Dan Novitski, a.k.a. “nidhogge”.  Dan Novitski is a pioneer of Do-it-yourself Laser Therapy, and a long time consumer advocate for hair loss.  He can be reached at nidhogge(at)WorldHairLoss(dot)org.


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Immortal Hair

Immortal Hair


January 29th, 2010, 06:56 PM

Great article Dan!


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January 29th, 2010, 09:55 PM

Thanks Brian!

I’d just like to add for everyone else, that putting some Lithium Chloride into your shampoo would be a great way to counter an oily scalp if that is a problem that you’re encountering.  Here is a link to the instructions on how to do this:




January 30th, 2010, 12:11 AM

hey nid sounds great! btw “rudy” wouldnt happen to be rye would it?




January 30th, 2010, 03:49 AM


Rudy is just Rudy, Rye’s real name is Ryan. smile  His formula (Rye’s) is a good deal more complex.  Did you purchase IGNITE from Rye?  Been using it for a while now, and have been fairly consistent though not using the leave-in topical every day (4-5 days a week).




February 01st, 2010, 06:13 PM

man thats too bad.

no i didnt buy rye’s stuff, i just couldnt swing it nid..any positive reports w/the ignite? are you thinking that it may well be a hit?

Chore Boy

Chore Boy


February 05th, 2010, 11:23 AM

Who all tried the IGNITE?




February 06th, 2010, 09:49 PM

Chore Boy—

Rosario has it along with me.  I actually contacted Rye a few days ago, and asked him how feedback was thus far.  He said one guy said he is growing new vellous hairs and has halted his hair loss, which is promising!



February 13th, 2010, 04:58 PM

Wow, that’s awesome! I didn’t know it was actually that easy to make.

I mean, it’s not that bloody simple, but much high quality, and so much better than most hair loss treatments out there.




February 13th, 2010, 05:38 PM


Exactly man, cheap and pretty straight-forward; something anybody can do with a little spare time.  Well worth it as well!! smile



February 24th, 2010, 10:08 PM

hey everyone,

Today I just made the shampoo. Took me ages to find the ingredients in australia and pure msm powder.

Also, I couldnt find solid castile soap and I bought liquid one…is that ok?

Also, I made double the amount and I filled up a HUGE bottle with the shampoo.

It is worth it. I used 50$ and made shampoo that would last me for at least 6 months. It could probably cost me less if I looked more at cheaper places but I couldnt wait.  This thing is 100% worth making.

Will let you all know how its going after using it for a month or so. But since now that I have only been using castile shampoo my hair feels good and also I have no itching…

P.S I love this website even if it’s not fully ready yet




February 25th, 2010, 03:21 AM

Hey TrelosEllinas!

Real glad to hear that you made the shampoo—did you use these ingredients or did you add some of your own choices as well?

I think it’s advised to buy the liquid castile soap since it’s your base, so you actually bought the right one.

Even so though, $50 for 6 months breaks down to meager $8.50 or so per month…well worth it for a quality shampoo.  I’m real glad to hear that it’s kicking the crap outta the “itchies” for ya! smile  Thanks for the compliment as well; we have some really cool and unique things in the works (including some unique natural supplements that we’re developing) that will be sure to turn a few heads!!



February 25th, 2010, 11:36 AM

By the way I think that shampoo would keep the mosquitoes away as it smells really….....not nice. lol

hopefully it doesnt keep people away from me too lol.

Is there anything I can use to make the smell a bit better?

Maybe mint? or maybe not….?!?!?! But to be honest I prefer it to smell bad rather than putting something on my hair that is full of chemicals and makes your hair nice for a day and in the long run you lose it.

By the way people I spoke to my dad about the shampoo and he said when he was in Greece in his 20’s and they didnt have money they were using Green Soap which is made out of Olive Oil and his hair was fine. He started losing his hair at his 40’s which also makes a lil bit of sense.

BEcause if I am 22 and been using bad shampoos for all my life and started losing hair at 21. My dad is 50 and started losing his hair at 45….I hope you can see what I am trying to say. But all this is one of the thoughts I have made.

Also something really important in my family my grandpa that lives in Greece has been using Olive Oil Soap all his life even now. He is 70 and I swear his hair is still brown hasnt lost anything and you can style his hair without even putting any gel on its actually really cool.





February 25th, 2010, 03:42 PM


Peppermint Oil and Lavender are two things that could be used to improve the scent a good deal.

I’ve heard of some folks that use Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil topically, and I’ve actually used Olive Oil shampoo myself.  Bit pricey bought from the store though so I discontinued its usage.  I think you can buy it online though for a reasonable price.

Something like that would be good to use on your hair for the first “shampoo”, then wash out and apply this one and leave it on for the duration of your shower.



March 09th, 2010, 07:03 AM


Is it ok to use fresh herbs? Heres in the uk nettles grow everywhere and you can buy fresh herbs in the supermarket.





March 17th, 2010, 06:36 PM


Hmm, that’s a good question.  If not, you may want to look into Googling around for how to dry out herbs, which I would imagine would just take a little time if anything.  It certainly couldn’t hurt to try though, just tear/cut up the fresh herbs and pack them into say a 1/2 ounce or so.



May 01st, 2010, 01:52 PM

Great shampoo forumula.. I wanted to add that in INdia they use the herbs Brahmi (Bacopa, Indian pennywort), Amla and Bringaraja for great hair in addition to aloevera and hibiscus. I will definitely be making this shampoo and adding the above herbs to it. For better smell I might try adding rose water/solution.

Most of these herbs are available in powder form packets in your nearest INdian grocery store, however you can probably get a much purer and fresh organic form online if you google some ayurvedi websites operating in the US.



July 24th, 2010, 08:13 PM

Yeah I plan on making this very soon….Thanks for sharing this with us



October 04th, 2010, 12:38 PM

Hey I was looking on mountain rose herbs, and there is powder forms of the ingredients above. should i buy the regular dried herbs or the powder forms? Also is it nettle root or just nettle?

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