How to Make Hair Products

Bronze Henna Shampoo

Henna, a centuries-old favorite, won't damage your hair the way dye or bleach can. To give a bronze or reddish cast to dark hair, try this gentle henna shampoo.


  • Measuring cup
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Pint container with cap
  • Funnel
  • Coffee filter
  • Sharp knife


  • Water
  • Powdered henna
  • Borax
  • Liquid laundry bluing
  • Castile soap

Yield: About 1/2 pint

Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Remove it from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of powdered henna, 1/4 teaspoon of borax, and 1/4 teaspoon of liquid laundry bluing. Stir the mixture and strain it into a pint container through a funnel lined with a clean coffee filter. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Cut a small, hand-size cake of castile soap into quarters with a sharp knife. Cut one quarter of the soap into shavings, and add the shavings to the mixture. Heat the mixture over a low flame until the soap dissolves, and strain it again into the pint container. Cover it tightly.