DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Haircare / Styling

Make Your Own: Antidandruff Herbal Shampoo

As a hair stylist, my Dad has always grumbled about the promises made on anti-dandruff shampoo advertisements. His best friend, a trichologist (hair scientist) also agrees that using anti-dandruff shampoo is a viscous cycle that will lead to you buying hundreds of bottles of the stuff in your life time.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that I understand the science because I don’t but I trust their judgement! I suppose it makes sense – Using harsh shampoo chemicals on your sensitive scalp every time you wash your hair will keep your poor head sensitive long term – even if you do get a few days relief. Maybe a long term approach to scalp health could alleviate the problem.

If you are interested in trying a natural herbal solution then this recipe might be of use to you. The shampoo contains eucalyptus and tea tree which both have microbial properties that control fungus. They help to clean the scalp and facilitate healing.

A note on packaging – I always keep an eye out for pretty or usual bottles and jars so that I can make a batch for friends and family. I usually store my own in pretty containers, it feels more luxurious.


  • 50ml Water
  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 50ml mild natural shampoo (I bought an organic version on ebay – or try your local health shop)

Mix the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils. Shake well to disperse. Add the natural shampoo and the water and shake once more.

I hope that this was helpful!

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  • Ann-Marie

    Hi Amy,
    JUst wondering how you measure out 50ml of the shampoo?? Love the blog!! :) xx

  • ivy

    great! thanks for the shampoo recipe… I’m gonna try it! I found an organic shampoo already … so now only the essentials oils… :D

  • Tarandip

    Hi there! Any particular brand of essential oils to look out for?

    I feel like sourcing for one on ebay might be tough especially since i no nothing about them!
    Help please?

  • http://madamejuy(youtube) Jackie J

    Thanks Amy! I’ll try this out, I use the ginger shampoo from The Body Shop and it works for the day, but it doesn’t stop my scalp from itching… It’s the most natural approach on shampoo for dry scalp there is here in the US. What ebay suppliers do you use? there’re just so many… it’s hard to trust ebay these days…

  • Brit girl

    I’m so sick of having dandruff. I’d try anything at this stage but I’d rather use something natural so thanks :)

    • Amy

      Best of luck with it Brit!

  • Alanna

    I’m going to give this a try, I use head and shoulders and my scalp keeps getting worse and worse Grrrrr!

    • Amy

      Hope it works for you Alanna x

  • Ciara

    this sounds nice. where do you get all the essential oils? are they expensive?
    i dont have dandruff as such. i just get an itchy scalp. Sometimes i even get it the day i wash my hair(no matter what shampoo i use!). most of the time i get it the day or two after. i cant wash my hair everyday as(being a teenager) it would just get really greasy.
    im interested to try the new head and shoulders itchy scalp shampoo as dandruff isnt my problem

    • Amy

      Hi Ciara,
      I get my essential oils online from a supplier, from my local health shop (only in emergencies) and ebay. Ebay is probably the best value.
      As far as your itchy scalp goes have you had any food allergy tests done? Sometimes the Sodium Laurel Sulphate in shampoos can cause scalp irritation, itchiness etc
      You could try an organic shampoo (cheap from tesco isle) and see if the itching subsides after a few weeks – if it does that you’d be best to avoid SLS.
      Best of luck x

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