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DIY shampoo - 4 ingredients

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Welcome back to Way to Zero Waste, today we bring you a recipe to create shampoos at home, with plastic free and economical products.

One of the mistakes we make in our daily lives is the consumption of shampoos packaged in plastic, we tend to do it because we believe it is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get them, since they are available in any store.

We started consuming plastic-free solid shampoos in order to contribute to the Zero Waste movement, we recommend 100% to make this small change because they are also long lasting!

From our platform we want to help you change these habits without any inconvenience, that's why we bring you our zero waste shampoo recipe so you can enjoy this product as much as we do. (See video below)

Remember that for your shampoo to be zero waste, you must purchase all products and tools free of unnecessary plastics and packaging. You can opt for bulk stores.


  • 40 g SCI

  • 9 g vegetable oil

  • 7 g of clay

  • Scent of your choice

There are different types of clay, and each of them has different properties. Choose the type of clay that best suits your scalp:

  • Green clay: perfect for oily hair and fights dandruff.

  • Black or gray clay: hair with hair loss, stimulates hair growth.

  • Pink clay: (mixture of red clay and white clay) for dry hair and sensitive scalp.

  • White clay: for all hair types

  • Red clay: shades blond tones.

Vegetable oils also bring different properties to your shampoo, depending on the result you want:

  • Argan oil: has vitamins, minerals and fatty acids highly beneficial for skin and hair. Repairs hair damage in just a few applications.

  • Rose Hip Oil: Repairs hair damaged by the heat of the dryer, chlorine or dyes. Makes hair look silky and shiny instead of dull. Restores natural moisture, so it can be used to treat dandruff.

  • Sweet Almond Oil: promotes hair growth, repairs dry and damaged hair, strengthens and reduces split ends, provides sun protection and gives hair a younger and healthier appearance.

  • Coconut Oil: known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties, it also provides shine and softness, without leaving hair greasy. On the other hand, it also protects the hair fiber, preventing hair breakage and providing strength.

  • Lavender Oil: significantly increases the number of follicles and improves the appearance of oily hair and hair suffering from excessive dryness. It has properties that help and accelerate hair growth.

  • Castor Oil: regenerates and strengthens dry and fine hair. It provides excellent natural moisture for your hair.


  • Before starting, it is important to protect yourself well with a mask and, if possible, the use of protective goggles. The SCI can cause discomfort.

  • We introduce the ingredients in a container and mix it. It is important that the oil is well incorporated with the powders. At this stage we will also add the aroma we have chosen for our shampoo.

  • Add a little water to obtain a more homogeneous mass. Ideally, the water should be added with an atomizer, and about 8 sprays.

  • We need to achieve a texture that when compacting the mixture remains solid. You can help yourself with a tool (spoon, container of the same size,...) to help you to make pressure and thus achieve a compact shampoo. Remember that the more compact it is, the less likely it is to break.

  • We introduce the mixture into a mold and mold it well so that it is well compacted. Finally we unmold it.

Let it sit for 48 hours and you're ready to go!

To use it, wet your hair as you normally do and apply the bar to your hair in circular motions. It will create the lather that you will use to wash your hair. It's that easy!

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