How to make a DIY moisturizing shampoo at home

If you are searching for a healthy way to keep your hair clean without completely stripping your hair of all its moisture, then learn how to make a DIY moisturizing shampoo at home with this recipe.

This DIY moisturizing shampoo is perfect for usual washdays and even everyday use. It leaves hair soft and conditioned, but above all clean.

As opposed to regular shampoos, the focus on conditioning elements also allows for a bit of detangling.

It is known that compared to a lot of hair products, shampoos have the primary purpose of cleaning your hair.

When maintaining different hairstyles, it is normal for excess oil, debris, and dead skin cells to lead to build-up that affects the health of your hair and scalp, but on the other hand, the act of cleaning your hair can also lead to irritation, dryness, and breakage.

Moisturizing shampoos are the perfect balance between cleansing and conditioning so that your hair can become healthier.


This recipe can make up to  300 grams of moisturizing shampoo.

Water Phase
  • 109g Distilled Water
  • 60g Lavender Hydrosol
  • 60g Decyl Glucoside
  • 30g Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • 9g Glycerine
  • 1.5g Guar Gum
Oil Phase
  • 12g Coconut Oil
  • 15g BTMS-25
  • 3g Cetyl Alcohol
Cool Down 1
  • 3g D Panthenol
  • 3g Hydrolysed Wheat Protein
  • 3g Natural Preservative (Dehydroacetic acid & Benzyl alcohol)
  • 3g Vitamin E Acetate
Cool Down 2
  • Citric Acid (a small sprinkle)

Method for how to make a DIY moisturizing shampoo at home

  1. The first step to creating your own DIY moisturizing shampoo at home is to measure out your water phase ingredients. The phase one ingredients include Water, Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerine, and Guar gum. Mix your glycerine with your gum before adding it to the water. Once evenly disperse, combine your water ingredients together in a heatproof container.
  2. Next, measure your oil phase ingredients: Coconut oil, BMTS, and Cetyl alcohol, and combine in another heatproof container.
  3. Keep both phases separately and gently melt over low heat using the double boiler method.
  4. Once the oil and water phases have completely melted, pour the oil into the water phase and mix until combine.
  5. Transfer to a flat surface and continue to whisk by hand until the shampoo thickens and your emulsion is formed. Routinely whisk as it cools to ensure a stable emulsion.
  6. At this point, ensure you use a scale to add the Cool Down ingredients: D panthenol, hydrolysed wheat protein, preservative, and vitmain E. Pour each ingredient into your shampoo whisking thoroughly to ensure they’re evenly distributed.
  7. Most importantly, check and adjust your pH by using either pH strips or a meter. Add small amounts of citric acid, whisk thoroughly between additions until your pH reads between 5 and 6.
  8. After checking your PH and making the necessary adjustments your moisturizing shampoo is ready.
  9. Store your moisturizing shampoo in a dark-colored airless pump or squeeze bottle container to prolong its shelf life. The shampoo should last up to 6 months.

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