Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo

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  1. Titilayo says:

    Do we use it like normal shampoo? Will it become foamy?

    • It will not foam. The reason most shampoos foam are because they contain harsh chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural oils. It will still cleanse your hair.

      • Adriana says:

        Dr. Axe my husband is using this shampoo with some Castile soup to make it foamy. His grey hair seems to be disappearing. He is very happy about it :). Do you think this is happened because of the Castile soup?

      • The Oily Analyst says:

        Adriana, how much castile soap are you putting into the shampoo? I’d be interested because I’ve been looking for a GOOD alternative to Wen cleansing conditioner, since it’s so pricey! Thanks!

  2. Erin says:

    Will this “shampoo” be ok for oily hair? It doesn´t have any soap in it so will it clean the hair properly without that oily feeling?

    • It will cleanse the hair but your hair may feel get oily quickly after. The reason for this is because conventional shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils so your scalp continues to produce oil in excess. It takes your body a bit before it adjusts and normalizes to the oil not being stripped from your hair.

  3. Rebecca says:

    That makes so much sense!! I tried using a homemade shampoo from this website this week (rosemary mint) and I was so confused as to why my hair was so greasy afterwards. Glad I decided to commit to this natural recipe… hopefully my hair will soon see the benefits!

    It is also rather weird that the shampoo doesn’t lather, but it is so helpful to know that that is simply from the harsh chemicals found in the shampoo… helps you wrap your mind around it and give it a chance!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Will this shampoo be safe for brunette color treated hair or will it strip/fade the color faster.

  5. Deborah says:

    I have not lemon and melaleuca essential oil what have instead any?

  6. Hannah says:

    What kind of honey would be best for this recipe? Raw?

  7. Lola says:

    I wanna try this recipe on my curly hair but I was wondering.. the honey wouldn’t make my hair kinda sticky due to the natural sugar in it ? And for how long can I keep this shampoo ? Should I leave it in the fridge ?

  8. Nancy says:

    i stopped using commercial shampoo about a year ago. It took a couple weeks for my scalp to get used to it but my hair is healthier than ever. No itchy scalp, no dandruff, no dry ends.

  9. Sharon says:

    I know nothing about essential oils. What are they and where do I get them?

  10. Tabitha says:

    How often do u recommend an individual to wash their hair?

  11. deb says:

    Will it still clean ypur hair of styling products?

  12. Vicky says:

    Would aloe Vera in place of the water add any additional benefit(s) to the shampoo?

    • Absolutely! That’d be a great addition

      • The Oily Analyst says:

        Would I have to refrigerate it if I decided to substitute aloe vera juice for water as well? Also, which would be better: aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel?

        I have DRY, curly hair. Is this shampoo ok without a conditioner? I currently use Wen, but I’m looking for a less expensive, and natural, alternative.

        I found a DIY hair gel, using gelatin, so I’ll be trying that as well, plus I’m going to try an ACV rinse.

  13. megan says:

    Can I add tea tree oil or would that not be a good idea? If so how much?

  14. Barbara says:

    Hi. This has nothing to do with this subject directly, but does to the eo’s.

    I was wondering if you had a recommendation for oils for cellulitis. I have tried so many…currently using Rosehip in Sweet Almond. It does seem to be helping a very tiny bit, but could you tell me some others? I have used so many others plus coconut oil and nothing seems to help. I really need some relief from the itching. Still “oozes” when on my feet but nothing else seems to help. Have been trying to watch what I eat…could use some recommendations there too maybe. Don’t eat a lot of meat…very rarely red meat. Waiting on a recipe using Soy from a friend. But saw where you had replied here, and thought it couldn’t hurt to ask.


  15. Carole says:

    How much do you use to shampoo hair all?

  16. Jan george says:

    I made this shampoo about two weeks ago and really like how my hair is looking and feeling. I changes containers today and noticed that it had white chucks in it that don’t devolve when shaken. Is this the honey separating? Is there a best by time frame that I should be tracking?

    Also I was wondering if I can add ylang ylang to this is it okay with the other oils?

  17. Samantha Parker says:

    my mix seems very watery. Is this the correct consistency?

  18. Naz says:

    I color my hair. Can I still use this shampoo.

  19. Ashley says:

    Can’t wait to try this. I’ve been using baking soda for about a year now. I only started reading it could be bad. I only wash weekly so I may have been not noticed the damage because I seldom wash. Don’t judg. Anyways I feel like my hair was drier so I’m excited to use this method.

  20. Mukta says:

    I oil my hairs before shampooing… Can this shampoo take off the stickiness caused by oil from my hairs?

  21. Stephane says:

    I know that you recommend that this be stored in a glass bottle, and I understand that the essential oils can break down plastics, but is there a certain plastic that could work? I’m a little worried about making this for my kiddos to use in glass bottles. Thanks!

  22. Nicole says:

    Can I substitute Agave for honey, or will that be to sugary? I’m also going to add Rosemary EO to support healthy hair and scalp.

  23. Holly says:

    Approximately how much would you use of this concoction per use?

  24. Raquel says:

    I swim often and almost every day in the summer. I have not found a successful natural way to deal with the chlorine. I do have a mostly natural shampoo from the beauty supply store that is specifically designed to clean off the chlorine. I also wet my hair, put conditiooner on it and french braid it before swimming. I hate the caps. Any other helps for protecting and cleaning of the chlorine in a more natural way?

  25. Misty says:

    Where do I find the oils mentioned in the recipe?

  26. Amber says:

    I just tried this today. I added Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base, however to make it suds up a little bit, so I could tell it was working into my hair.

  27. mark says:

    Do i have to save the shampoo on the fridge or could i leave it in the shower? i know there is no problem with honey but since i add lemon and other oils could these rotten or something? thanks for your help