How to make DIY Shampoo? Ancient Herbal Asian Recipe

DIY Shampoo

How to make DIY Shampoo? Ancient Herbal Asian Recipe

Here, I will tell you how to make DIY Shampoo with Reetha (Soapnuts/Soapberries), Shikakai (Soap Pods), and Amla (gooseberry). This shampoo is all-natural. This DIY shampoo is the old Indian/Pakistani recipe for extreme hair growth. The ancient Indian/Pakistani people used it and taught their children this essential hair growth shampoo recipe. All the ingredients of this shampoo contain extreme benefits. This shampoo will solve almost all your hair problems. Just use it consistently and watch the result. You must also be patient, trust the process, and remember that everything takes time.

Ingredients to make a DIY Shampoo

• Shikakai (Soap Pods).
• Reetha (Soap nuts / Soapberries).
• Amla (Indian gooseberry).
• Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds).

Shikakai (Soap Pods)

The Rogue TechShikakai is an ancient herb that has different names. It is also called Soap Pods, Shika, Seekaaya. It is also called Satala in Sanskrit. Its scientific name is acacia concinna. It is found in tropical forests. It is native to Asia. Asian ancestors have used it. This magical herb can also make some medicines for hair and skin.

Nutrients and properties

It has so many benefits, as it has an extreme number of vitamins that are very much essential for hair growth, is used in DIY shampoo making here. It is also rich in nutrients, for example, Antioxidants that can help hair growth in cases of alopecia (a type of hair loss), and it promotes blood circulation and can supply nutrients to scalp cells that can lead to hair growth. It also has Vitamins like Vitamin A, C, D, E, and K, which promote hair growth and provide nourishment to hair follicles; it also has antibacterial and antifungal nutrients that Prevent the scalp infections and conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, etc.; and it also has Saponin that cleans the hair and makes them silky by adding sheen to the hair.


• It reduces Hair fall.
• It prevents dryness.
• It nourishes hair follicles.
• It Cleanses the scalp without affecting its natural ph.
• It prevents split ends.
• It detangles hair.
• It promotes faster hair growth.
• It adds shine and softness to the hair.
• It slows down the premature graying of hair.
• It heals wounds faster.
• It will make your hair stronger and thicker.
• It treats stubborn dandruff and reduces white flakes.
• It removes hair lice.
• It is cheaper and better.
• It soothes itchy scalp hair.

Reetha (Soap nuts)

The Rogue TechReetha is also known as Soapnuts, Soapberries, Dodani, Washnuts, or Dodan, and its scientific name is Sapindus mukorossi. It is a dried shell (or husk) derived from a large deciduous tree of the Sapinadaceae family. It is native to Western coastal Maharashtra – Konkan, and Goa in India. It has historically always been part of Indian and Pakistani culture and is still widely used by many.

Nutrients and properties

Reetha is rich in nutrients. It is an herbal medicinal plant that grows on the hills of the Himalayas, is used in DIY shampoo making here. It has some antimicrobial and antifungal properties so that it will fight against bacteria and germs. It also has many vitamins like A, D, E, and K, promoting hair growth and nourishing hair follicles. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine that helps to clean and condition. It also contains Saponin, a chemical compound with cleaning properties, and it helps produce foam with water. It also includes sugars and mucilage. Reetha is rich in proteins and has balanced amino acids. It has both fibers, Soluble and Insoluble. It also contains Polysaccharides.


• It is a moisturizing agent.
• It can be used on your skin as a complexion agent.
• Mixing the Reetha powder with drops of your favorite essential oil can be used as a face wash.
• It is used for getting rid of belly worms.
• It can be used for different skin conditions like eczema.
• It is helpful in Asthma by adding reetha to your everyday diet.
• It can be used in obesity.
• It also has some anti-inflammatory benefits.
• It can make your hair shiny.
• It removes lice.
• It prevents dandruff.
• It is antifungal in nature.
• It has the potential to fight against cancer.
• Reetha has some compound like Saponin that fights fat accumulation in the liver.
• It can make your hair and skin healthy.
• It can treat acne.
• It contains antioxidants that help to prevent damage to hair follicles while promoting healthier hair growth.
• It heals the wound.
• It reduces hair fall.
• It prevents dry and frizzy hair.
• It treats scalp problems.
• It is antibacterial.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

The Rogue TechAmla is also called Indian Gooseberry, emblic, myrobalan, emblic myrobalan, and Malacca tree. And it’s scientifically called Emblica officinalis Gaertn or Phyllanthus emblica Linn. It grows natively in Asia and is mainly found in regions of India, Southeast Asia, China, Iran, and Pakistan. It is like a small ball with a thin and pit peel. It is the most important medicinal plant in the Indian traditional system of medicine. Indians and Pakistanis mostly use it as their ancestors have used it the whole life and taught its benefits to their children too. It is an ephemeral tree belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. It has been called a Superfruit due to its amazing benefits. It contains a lot of vitamin C, as a 100-gram serving of fresh amla berries equals 20 oranges. The fresh berries are round, yellow-green, brightly colored, and slightly sour. And the others are sour, bitter, and astringent. They are mostly eaten in the form of pickles in India and Pakistan. Amla is called the king of Rasayana because it has multiple health benefits and is the key ingredient in the popular Ayurvedic recipe.

Nutrients and properties

Amla is rich in essential nutrients and is well known for it, is used in DIY shampoo making here. It has been used in medicines and can solve so many issues. Amla is a rich vitamin C source necessary for our body. Amla contains the energy of 58-kilo calories. It has fiber of 3.4%, Protein of 0.5%, Fat of 0.1%, Carbohydrates of 13.7g, Calcium of 50%, Carotene of 9 micrograms, Iron of 1.2 mg, Thiamine of 0.03 mg, Vitamin of 600mg, Riboflavin of 0.01 mg, and Nicene of 0.2mg. This is just its nutritional value; it has so many properties too. It has antibacterial and astringent properties that can boost your immune system. It is rich in antioxidants which can reduce chronic health conditions like cancer, heart attack, diabetes, and many more. It contains vitamins C, E, and A. Fresh alma berries are low in sugar, so they are an ideal nutritious snack. It also has anti-hyperlipidemia and anti-diabetic properties. It can do anticancer, anti-inflammatory, digestive tract, and neurological protective activities.


• It has Carotene that improves eyesight and makes eyes healthier.
• It helps fight the common cold as it contains vitamin C.
• It improves skin conditions.
• It has some protein that burns fat.
• It can make your skin young, blemish-free, healthy, and glowing as it contains some anti-aging properties and has vitamin C and antioxidants.
• It has high-fat-burning properties that aid weight loss.
• It can relieve pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
• It has chromium that can help manage chronic conditions.
• Amla juice can keep your blood pressure under control.
• It is a proven tonic for hair that can beautify your hair.
• It has some essential fatty acids which slow down greying, strengthen hair follicles, prevent dandruff, and penetrate deep into the follicles.
• It can improve memory and brain health.
• It helps in better digestion.
• It lowers cholesterol levels.
• It improves digestive processes as it contains fiber content and is useful to relieve stomach heaviness and gases.
• It supports cancer treatment aAmla has some extracts that have killed certain cancer cells, including lung, cervical, ovarian, and breast cancer.
• It is a powerful hair regenerator.
• It enhances liver health.
• It promotes heart health.
• It improves kidney health.
• It is beneficial in curing hypertension, diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

How to make DIY Shampoo with Shikakai, Reetha, Amla, and fenugreek seeds?

After you learn this DIY shampoo’s key ingredients and benefits, you must know how beneficial and essential they are for us, especially for the hair. Now you need to know how to use it as a shampoo. Here I will tell you some simple steps to make a DIY herbal shampoo with shikakai, reetha, Amla, and fenugreek seeds. But first, take the number of ingredients as shown below:

• 7-8 pieces Shikakai (Soap Pods).
• 7-8 Pieces Reetha (Soap nuts / Soapberries). Without seeds.
• A hand full of Amla (Indian gooseberry).
• 1-2 tbs methi seeds (fenugreek seeds).

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Step no.01:

First, soak all the ingredients in about three cups of filtered water overnight.

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Step no.02:

Now transfer these herbs and liquor into a pot and bring that to a boil. Once boiling, turn the flame to low heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Now let it cool.

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Step no.03:

Now mash them up with your hands so all their goodness emerges. And then strain it to separate the liquid and the solid matter.

Step no.04:

Put the liquid into a squeeze bottle and apply it on all your hair, including the scalp and the length, for 3 to 5 minutes and wash it with only water.

Step no.05:

It is not a step of making the shampoo, but it is essential too if you use it. It is apple cider vinegar rinse. Just mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and rinse your hair with this after removing this DIY shampoo from your hair. This shampoo will make your hair a bit oily, so do an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove the excess oil from the scalp and make it healthier.

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Note: You can store this shampoo in the refrigerator for a week. Or you can put the liquid in an ice cube tray and bring it out whenever you want.

Note: you can dry the residue solid matter and make its powder. Then with this residual matter, you can make another bottle of shampoo. The powder method is given below.

Note: be careful! Let the shampoo not go to your eyes. It will cause immediate burning of your eyes.

An alternative method by using powder of Shikakai, Reetha, Amla, and Fenugreek seeds to make other than a DIY Shampoo

You can use powders too. Add a tablespoon of each powder and one cup of hot boiling water to it. Let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes or until completely cool. Now strain it through the nut milk bag so its small pieces will not stay in your hair.

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Note: As I told you above, you can use the residue pulp as a face and body scrub as it still contains all its benefits.


    M. Basit

    M. Basit is a writer at the The Rogue Tech. When he's not blogging or playing video games, he is a passionate engineer and a creator.

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