Henna + Castile Protein Shampoo – DIY

Henna + Castile Protein Shampoo – DIY 

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

You may now call me a mixologist.


I’m not what you’d call a DIY person…I think I’ve said this before, but it rings so much truth, it’s worth repeating.

Most of my creations come out whack, or I never use them.

But I do enjoy being crafty in all areas of my life. Making friendship bracelets, vegan protein conditioners, or painting seashells are all things I have done and have enjoyed immensely. I like the idea of throwing myself into a project and seeing it through to the end. I love that feeling of self accomplishment and pride that comes afterward. The pride of creation, completion, success–all that glory good stuff. It’s healthy for the soul.

So if you think about it…DIY projects are good for the soul….

Therefor, instrumental in living well….? Hmm? Maybe?

So the other day, while searching for DIY flee treatments for my cats, I got way off track and googled “homemade shampoo recipes” for myself.


32 ounces of pure castile peppermint soap!

I used to be that girl who spent tons of money on hair products…but not these days.

These days, I only need a few natural products to get the job done: water, oils, my fave conditioner and {some kind of} shampoo.

The “shampoo” part of my hair regimen varies.

Sometimes I make a cleanser consisting of apple cider vinegar, sometimes I use baking soda-based shampoos, and other times I get lazy and use the chemical crap that’s lying around the house. But when I saw this beautiful recipe of the “Perfect Shampoo” on Pretty Smart Girl, I knew it was a Must-Make recipe, even if it wouldn’t become a staple.

Read Also: ACV Rinse for Hair and Scalp Health!

I liked the original version, but I tweaked it to add a few nutritional benefits to strengthen the hair. So henna happened.


2.5 year old henna bricks that I stored in the freezer…and it’s still good 😉

Henna + Castile Protein Shampoo


  • 1 cup liquid castile soap (pure, unscented)
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tablespoon of 100% pure body art henna*


Prepare your henna*.

Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully combined. Pour into a shampoo bottle.

Apply to hair and scalp. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse. Apply your favorite conditioner.

Store this protein rich castile shampoo in a cool, dry place…not in your shower, or on top of the sink….preferably in the bathroom cabinet.

I made a large batch {doubling the ingredients above} and poured the ‘poo into a large jar. I then poured a small amount into a travel size shampoo/lotion bottle, and stored the larger batch in the freezer.

And that’s pretty much it. How great is that?

Even though this shampoo contains natural ingredients, you should follow up with conditioner. The henna acts as a protein treatment, which gives you strength, but it can also dry out your your hair.

I didn’t follow up with conditioner, because my hair is processed and needs that extra strength. It didn’t dry out my hair. Oh, the contrary. My hair was as soft as when I pay for it to be treated by a pro.

Note: For the light-haired ladies or ladies who have begun to grey, henna will change the color of your hair by darkening it. For ladies who have very dark hair, like me, it may lighten your hair. Lightening changes will not be noticeable unless standing in the sunlight. You can find out more about the color changes at Henna for Hair.

Tip: You can release the dye in henna by storing in the freezer for long periods of time.

I hope you all try this shampoo and enjoy it. If you do, post before and after pictures! I would love to see the results if your color changed.

~Live Well!


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