Health & Beauty Recipes > Natural Cleansers for Hair


Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Natural Cleansers for Hair:

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Two essentials for healthy, glossy hair are a skilful cut and gentle yet thorough cleansing. Pollution, heat from hairdryers, straighteners and the sun, chemicals in haircare products all take their toll on the condition of the hair. Life can be so rushed it is tempting to get under the shower and shampoo with whatever is to hand. Slow down a bit and relax. Give your hair a natural treat with some traditional, homemade hair cleansers.

Soapwort and Rosemary Shampoo

Soapwort has been used since time immemorial for the saponins it contains which give it natural cleansing properties. In this recipe soapwort is combined with rosemary which is associated with the care of dark hair. Use chamomile instead if your hair is fair.


1/2 oz soapwort root crushed
1/2 oz rosemary flowers
2 pints just boiled water


- Put the soapwort and rosemary into a large bowl.
- Carefully pour the water onto the soapwort and rosemary.
- Leave to stand until completely cool.
- Strain when cold.
- Use about 1/4 of the liquid to shampoo the hair.
- Rinse thoroughly.

Eggs have traditionally been associated with hair care especially since a link between hair health and protein was discovered. When rinsing out egg use only cool water as hot water may start cooking the egg.

Brandy and Egg Shampoo

This hair-cleansing recipe is claimed to help normalise over-greasy hair.


2 eggs beaten
1/2 pint rum mixed with 1/2 pint rosewater


- Massage the eggs into the hair.
- Leave for 15 minutes.
- Rinse eggs off with lukewarm water.
- Rinse hair with the rosewater and rum.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo can be useful for greasy hair or just when you're in a hurry. Orris root powder imparts a perfume reminiscent of violets to this dry shampoo.


2teaspoons arrowroot powder
2 teaspoons orris root powder


- Mix the two ingredients together (for long hair you may need to double the quantities).
- Brush the powder through the hair.
- Brush hair well to remove the powder.

Beer and Egg Shampoo

Beer is another favourite for hair care. It is said to give shine to hair in poor condition.


2 eggs, beaten
1 pint beer


- Massage the eggs into the hair.
- Leave for 15 minutes.
- Rinse out with cool water.
- Rinse hair with the beer.
- Rinse again with cool water.