Make homemade shampoo (with Aloe vera & Jojoba oil)

·      To thoroughly clean your hair and scalp. In fact, this recipe has been used successfully for decades as Rastafarians' all-natural method of shampooing their interwoven hairstyle popularly called 'dreadlocks'. However, it is safe for any hair type. 
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·      To relieve seborrhoea (which is the itchy, incrusted accumulation on the scalp when excessive secretions of natural scalp sebum oil mixes with dirt) and dandruff 

·      To condition your hair. This recipe can moisturize and revitalize the hair and scalp, which in turn promotes hair growth and prevents excessive hair loss). Note that excessive hair loss caused by genetic conditions may not be preventable by this shampoo. 

·      To replace chemicals shampoos with an all-natural shampoo

·      To avoid high cost of specialized hair loss treatments.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALOE VERA SHAMPOO (Buy Ingredients for aloe vera shampoo from Amazon):
1.     The gel of half or a whole leaf of Aloe Vera (depending on the length of your hair). Buy from Naturopathic Control's Amazon Store.
This ingredient

  • is non-toxic
  • is antibacterial
  • helps to reduce the excess sebum that our scalp secretes. This in turn allows the scalp to breathe and the follicles to renew themselves
  • brings the pH of the scalp into balance
  • It contains numerous minerals and vitamins from which your hair and body will be nourished
  • does not usually cause allergic reactions. I am one of the very rare cases that experience stinging if contact is prolonged. Although not advisable, I do continue to use it without this problem by rinsing it out thoroughly and promptly.
  • is antibacterial and antifungal.
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2.    Drops of Jojoba Oil  (optional. Useful for very dry hair only). Buy from Naturopathic Control's Amazon Store.

  • is so structurally similar to sebum, the natural oil that our scalp secretes, that its presence could trick the skin into thinking that enough is already present. In turn, the skin produces less sebum. The wonderful part is that, unlike sebum, this oil does NOT clog the pores of our scalp.
  • is stable which means that it is resistant to high temperatures (the limits of which your hair treatments should fall very well within)

3.     One quarter to half cup of water

4.     A blender

5.     A container


1.     Remove the gel from the aloe leaf. Discard the skin.

2.     Blend the ingredients until they are uniform

3.     Pour your new shampoo mixture into the container (to be carried to where you will wash your hair).

4.     Apply and massage the shampoo to your wet hair and scalp.

5.     If necessary, repeat the previous step as many times as you wish until you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your hair.
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6.     You may leave the shampoo for a few minutes to allow the gel to further condition your hair.

7.     Rinse thoroughly.

8.     To maximize the effects of this shampoo, you may continue to use it as frequently as you need to shampoo and over extended periods

·      This shampoo felt very slippery between my fingers. This was great because it was easy to lather. However, the lather is slippery and a bit unlike the soapy lather that you might be accustomed to with commercial shampoos.

·      After using this recipe, my hair feels very clean. There is no lingering smell of the aloe vera after washing.

·      Build up and itching problems that I had had before using this recipe stopped.

·      Over time, my hair grew faster stronger and thicker.


Additional natural ingredient shampoo / conditioner recipes:
Other uses for aloe vera gel:


  1. Hi,
    With this home-made Shampoo recipe, can i add something like rosemary to make it smell better or will it do damage to my hair?

    1. Rosemary oil is good for your scalp (because it promotes growth). It should not be a problem. However, the smell of aloe vera dissipates entirely after you have completely rinsed and dried your hair.

  2. can i substitute olive oil in place of jojoba oil..???

    1. Yes. However, the oil is not absolutely necdessary. It is often used by people with very dry hair.

  3. @abt. Rosemary is fine. In fact, rosemary is especially good for the hair and scalp.

  4. Does this condition your hair enough that you don't have to use a separate conditioner? My hair tangles easily and I always have to use a lot of conditioner just to brush it out.

    1. You will probably not need to use any other conditioner. Try it out and let us know.

  5. Hi, can i use this shampoo when pregnant?

  6. If I were pregnant, I would use it. However, consider speaking to a doctor, especially if you want to include ingredients other than aloe vera. For instance, mint oil is not recommended for pregnant women. My blog lists some essential oils & potential risks (during pregnancy).
    Also, test a small amount on your arm first. Rinse the gel before blending if using mature leaves that ooze dark brown juice, especially if you suffer many allergies.
    Let's know your decision and experiences.

  7. I appreciate this when i had psorias around the edge of my hair line i would just pull some aloe from the plant i have outside, break it open and apply. im natural for a year now it would clear it up for months at a time.

    1. Great! Thanks for sharing that experience.

      ... and congratulations on being natural.

  8. Hi,

    I don't have an aloe plant at home but I can buy its gel from a local store. I was womdering how much gel does a leat typically contains so I can use your recipe with the gel that I buy.

    1. It is hard to say since leaves vary considerably in size. After adding a little water, I get roughly 6 - 8 fl oz from a plump leaf (that is roughly 1.5 feet long).

  9. Hi,

    I was wondering, how much gel does a leaf have? You see I don't have a plant at home but I can buy its gel from a local store, and I want to use your recipe.


  10. How long does the shampoo last? And does it have to be refrigerated?

    1. Refrigerating helps. However, I confess that I have never left it at room temperature before. If you choose to try leaving it at room temperature, consider using a few drops of vit e or l ascorbic acid as a natural preservative.

      Please try it and let us know. I'm really eager to know it works out. These days, I pretty much use all of it too quickly to see how long it will last. However, the longest that I have ever experienced is about 2.5 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

      Please let us know how it worked out at room temperature with a natural preservative!

  11. Will this shampoo remove chlorine after swimming in a pool?

  12. Will this shampoo strip chlorine out?

    Will it sting the eyes while washing it out? (I am looking for something for my toddler and she refused to close her eyes for rinsing. She freaks out if I even suggest that she close her eyes. I suppose she thinks that it'll hurt worse because she cannot see it? Who knows what toddlers think!!).

    Can I rub a little into my daughter's partly dry hair as a leave in conditioner/detangler?


  13. @parentsinmontreal,

    I have never considered whether it stings. I do not believe that it would.

    Yes, you can use this as a leave-in conditioner.

    BTW, you do not need to use the oil at all if your daughter's hair is straight and or oily. The oil is best for people with very dry hair.

  14. Really its good to have the necessary post regarding making of homemade herbal shampoo that gives the natural hair, Thank you.

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  16. Hey everybody! I recently ran into a website that said aloe Vera & jojoba can be used as a leave in conditioner + daily styling mist & today I ran into this post that I can use this as my shampoo this is awesome. I've been natural since 11/28/11 & have been searching for remedies to help me prevent my baby hairs from thinning out. I am looking forward to seeing how this works out in terms of this issue. Good news is ever since I've used this combination I don't have to deal with tangled hair just normal dot size shedding (I'm truly blessed). Beforehand, I used coconut oil a pre-conditioner b4 shampooing & using another conditioner with real avocados & everything kept me on my toes dealing with miniature knots & stuff. Yesterday, I tried to keep using coconut oil as my pre-conditioner b4 getting it rinsed out I noticed that my hair started balling up until I immediately used the aloe jojoba mix as my leave in.