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Get a Nettle Head with this solid shampoo recipe

shampoo DIY

shampoo DIY

Treat yourself to a Nettle Head

Who wants a Nettle Head? More people than you’d think! These plants are rich in minerals, strengthen hair, and help fight against hair loss. That’s why we decided to include them in our solid shampoo recipe. Thanks to these shampoo bars, we’ll all have Nettle Heads… and that’s not nettlesome at all!

This homemade solid shampoo allows you to gently clean and care for your hair. It lightens and adds shine to your tresses through an easy, practical, cost-saving and zero-waste recipe. We’re wondering why we hadn’t tried it sooner!

So if you’ve always wanted to try making solid shampoo, just follow our recipe!

How to make homemade solid shampoo

Before you begin

  • When ground, SCI is very powdery. It should be handled with caution in a well-ventilated place and/or while wearing a dust mask.

  • If you haven’t tried a shampoo bar before, keep in mind that it might take a little time to adapt. Solid shampoos are very different from liquid ones. Allow at least three weeks before reaching a final opinion of this product! That’s about how long it will take for your scalp to adjust to this homemade solid shampoo recipe.


solid shampoo recipe


Good to know!

  • Nettle is known for being rich in minerals, and it helps fight against hair loss.

  • The ghassoul clay will absorb dirt and give lather to this DIY shampoo.

  • Aloe vera powder will hydrate your hair.

  • You can use different vegetable oils to adapt this solid shampoo recipe to your hair type. The ingredients in this recipe are adapted for normal hair.

    • Baobab oil is good for all hair types and will bring shine to your hair.

    • Coconut oil contains natural antibacterial agents and also sheathes your hair.

    • Jojoba oil is an essential ingredient in cosmetics. It nourishes dry, brittle hair, regulates oily scalps, and provides hair with shine.

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
  2. Carefully grind the SCI and nettle leaves separately with a coffee grinder, grinder, or mortar and pestle.
  3. Place the SCI powder in a stainless steel bowl. Add the water and vegetable glycerin, then melt the mixture on the double boiler.shampoo DIY
  4. Add the remainder of the ingredients (nettle leaves, ghassoul clay, vegetable oils, and aloe vera powder), except for the essential oil(s). Mix until you reach a compact paste that easily peels off the sides of the bowl. Remove the bowl from the double boiler.homemade shampoo bar
  5. Add the essential oil(s) and incorporate them well, then divide the paste between the molds.making solid shampoo
  6. Allow your homemade shampoo bars to dry until they are hard enough to be unmolded. This may take several hours.

Use and conservation

To use, just moisten your homemade solid shampoo, rub with your hands to foam, and apply to hair. It’s also possible to rub the shampoo bar directly onto the scalp.

Let it dry between every use.

Made in optimal sanitary conditions, this product will keep for three to six months.


    • Coop Coco

      Hi Andrea,
      We just made the calculation and if you buy all the smallest quantity, it will be around 4,90$ for 100 g of shampoo (without the essential oil because it depends on which one you chose).
      One of the good things about this shampoo is that it can last months, so it’s pretty good :D
      Don’t forget to leave a comment if you try it!
      Have a nice day!

    • Noni

      Hello, I’d like to ask about shampoo. I’m making a similar recipe to yours, but with less nettle. :-) When I melted SCI with water and then mixed everything together in bowl, it looks like your shampoo, but when I wait ( 2 hours ) it melted in the bowl and it’s like puding consistency. So it’s perfekt for pouring in to the molds, because it’s so smooth. The problem is that everything is okay first, but after 3 weeks some of the shampoos cracked in the middle – when I pour it into molds, when it has puding like consistency, it’s okay, but when it’s very thin like sirup consistency, after 3 weeks it cracks in the middle. Maybe it’s something like lava cake – hot and not dry.

      Maybe you will know where the problem is.
      Thank you so much :-)

      • COCOÉCO

        Hello Noni,
        Thank you for your message!
        We took the time to do some tests and we’ve never been able to reproduce the texture you’re describing. Therefore, we would think that there’s something wrong with the proportions of your recipe. Maybe try ours (ingredients & steps) and let us know?
        Sorry, we don’t really have an answer to your problem, we are just as surprised as you are!
        Good luck :)
        Have a great day!

  • Dan


    These shampoo bars look fantastic! Something I was wondering though…Can the SCI powder be substituted for Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, which is another gentle cleanser and foaming agent made from coconut oil and sugar, but it is in liquid form.

    Love your site and keep up the good work!

    • Coop Coco

      Hello Dan,
      We never used Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate so it’s a bit difficult for us to advise you about it. However, using a liquid agent instead of our solid one will definitely change the final product. If you want to replace SCI, you should choose one which has the same form.
      Have a nice day!

    • Janey

      Do these need a preservative? Another site says they must because of the water. How long do you think these bars last based on your experience?

      • Coop Coco

        Hello Janey,
        If this recipe needed a preservative, we would obviously add it! The proportion of water in this recipe is very low and almost everything evaporates during the preparation of your recipe. That’s the reason why have not added any preservative. We tested these solid shampoos for several months and it was not a problem. Note that you your shampoo have to dry between each use!
        Have a great day.

  • Mari

    very bad recipe. everything is dry and with chunks. the bar loosed the clay when i was washing my hear.

    • Coop Coco

      Hello Mari,
      We are sorry to read this, this is the very first bad comment about that repice. It’s a very popular one and everyone who tried it loved it… Maybe there was a problem during your DIY session?
      We hope your next recipe will please you :)

  • Subha

    Hi, Thank you so much for this easy recipe. I would like to know if I can use distilled water instead of demineralised water. Please let me know. I would really like to try this recipe. Thanks in advance.

      • Coop Coco

        Hello Subha,
        It’s better to use demineralized treated water because in any chemical reaction, minerals in water (that can be found in tap water or distilled water) can interfere. We always advise our customer to buy demineralized treated water for their DIY recipes.
        You can use SCI powder, as you can see in our recipe, we grind it (step 2). You won’t have to do it so!
        Have a nice day!

  • Marcella Andrade Lemos Silva

    Hi, there!

    First of all, thank you very much for this recipe.
    I am from Brazil and I cannot find this clay that you mentioned. Is it possible to replace with another type of clay or another ingredient? Nettle leaves has been hard to find as well, is it ok if I use some local leaves with similar properties? Thanks in advance.

    • Coop Coco

      Hello Marcela,
      It is possible, but it is quite a shame, because this clay is the only one to have interesting virtues for the hair, to wash it and make it lighter. You could replace it with another clay, but we cannot assure you the end result.
      You can replace nettle leaves with some other leaves which have simimlar properties, yes!
      Have a great day!

    • Coop Coco

      Hello Sofia!
      Ghassoul clay cleanses the scalp, absorbs excess sebum and gives the hair a nice volume. Others will not have this effect.
      Have a great day!

  • Mercedes

    I have done this shampoo bar for while now, and I love it.
    Thou, I wanted to know with what I could replace the nettle?.
    I’m in need of a change.

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