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How to Make Henna Shampoo at Home

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Make Henna Shampoo at Home

For centuries, Indians have used henna to make homemade shampoos of their own. Although many people buy ready-made shampoos from the market, most of them are skeptical about their effectiveness, safety and reliability. If your delicate hair does not get along well with the harsh ingredients used in most market bought shampoos, you can make your own home made shampoo with henna and other ingredients at home. It is especially good for the care of red-dyed hair and for hair dyed with Indigo or black henna. Here at, we are going to discuss about how to make henna shampoo at home.

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  1. Ingredients used
  2. The recipe
  3. How to use henna shampoo
  4. Benefits of this shampoo

Ingredients used

In order to make Henna shampoo at home, there are some specific ingredients you'll need. Take a look at each of their properties to understand why they're great to make shampoo.

Henna or Lawsonia inermis

It is the powder of a natural herb that is effective not only in coloring your hair, but also in preventing a number of scalp problems, like scalp itching and dandruff. It also works as a hair conditioner, and is helpful in growing the hair too.

Shikakai or Acacia concinna

It is a climbing shrub that Indians have been using for centuries for cleansing hair. It acts as a natural detangler, and is effective making your hair soft and smooth. Rich in vitamin D and C, it has essential phytonutrients that promote hair growth and nourish hair follicles.

Reetha or soap nuts

It contains saponins, the foaming agents that are helpful in removing grease and dirt from the hair. Being a natural hair softener, reetha works as a hair conditioner too.

Amla or Indian gooseberries

Amla has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help in maintaining the health of the scalp. Amla is traditionally known to encourage growth of hair, strengthen the hair roots, and cope with pre-mature graying.

The recipe

Take 10gms, of henna, 10gms of shikakai, 10gms of reetha, and 5 gms of dried amla in a pan, add 1 liter of water to it, and let them soak overnight. Now heat the mixture in the morning and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, lower down the heat and let it simmer for half an hour. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. When the mixture comes to room temperature, crush the amla, shikakai and reetha with your hands, and strain before using.

How to use henna shampoo

It is a natural shampoo that you can normally use just the way you use a market bought shampoo. Wet your hair, massage the shampoo on your scalp, and start moving towards the hair ends. Let it stay for a couple of minutes and rinse. Although the mix will not lather too much, it will naturally clean your hair very well. If your hair is oil, you may need to add some multani mitti or fuller’s earth to it as well. Take a look at our article on how henna works for more information.

If you're not a fan of commercial shampoo, take a look at these all natural alternatives to shampoo that are as effective as Henna.

Benefits of this shampoo

After using this shampoo, you will not need to follow up with a conditioner, as it already has conditioning properties for your tresses. This homemade shampoo is suitable for all types of hair, and does its job without stripping natural hair oils. The ingredients are easily available in the market, and it is easy to make too. If you don’t want to make it every time you wash your hair, you can freeze it in the freezer and defrost it whenever you want to use it.

You can also use henna to cover grey hair, it is natural and effective.

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Hello!! I tried and it comes out very liquid consistency, is that correct? Or should it be thicker? And if so how to make it thicker? Many thanks!
OneHowTo Editor
If you have followed a recipe it should be OK.

i have every ingrendients in powder form. like henna powder , amla reetha and seeka kai powder . can i use powder to make the shampoo
OneHowTo Editor
Yes, it's fine to use it in powder form.
Hope your henna shampoo turns out correctly!
Is it OK if I put 1/4 cup of each ingredients in powder form with 4 cups of water and the follow the procedure as mentioned in your post like soaking it overnight and then boiling it the next day. Is my measurement correct.
Hello, I'm trying to make my own henna shampoo for get a gently grey hair cover while I wash it, can I use this recipe and just add a little bit of dark walnut stain to it? Would that work as a color any shampoo? Many thanks!
OneHowTo Editor
If you have the rest of ingredients there is no harm in adding it to your henna shampoo.
Hope this helps
How to Make Henna Shampoo at Home