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Freedom Friday- DIY Hair Receipes

Hair Recipes

You wear your hair naturally so why not treat your hair with natural products many of which can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Making your own hair products can be fun and extremely beneficial to your hair.

Quick Protein Conditioner
Take two egg yokes ¼ cup of water, beat the mixture together and massage through hair well. Put on a plastic cap for thirty minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water (not hot). Make sure all of the egg solution is rinsed from the hair (do not use shampoo). Dry your hair and style as usual.
Taken From Braids & Beauty Magazine

Natural Scalp Healer
Mix 30 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 quart of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of sage oil and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning.
Taken from Pride Magazine

Quick Hair Treatment
Mix one egg yolk with two tablespoons of coconut oil, one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of glycerin. Pour onto the scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap for 15 – 30 minutes, then shampoo
Taken from Braids & Beauty Magazine

Product Build Up Remover for loc’s
Remove build-up from the scalp with a cotton ball dipped in one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in 8oz of spring water. Rinse
Taken from Braids & Beauty Magazine

Herbal Rinses
Place two tablespoons of your chosen herb into a glass or stainless steel pot of boiling water. (Do not use aluminum; it would release harmful mineral deposits into the herbal rinse.) Cover and remove from the heat. Let the mixture steep for an hour. Make sure the mixture is not hot; room temperature is good. Strain off the herbs, and use the infused water as the last rinse after a shampoo and deep conditioning treatment. Choose a herb from the list below according to your needs:

Herbs suitable for Infusions

Herb Good For
*Rosemary Circulation, scalp problems, dandruff
*Rosehip An emollient, damaged hair
*Sage Strength, Is astringent & antibacterial
*Chamomile Brightens, highlights, provided sheen
*Horsetail Growth, dandruff
*Nettle Baldness, dandruff, Is antiseptic
Kinard, T. (1997) ‘No Lye!’ New York, St Martins Press

Fruit Rinses
Mix one part fruit to three parts water. Let them sit in the hair for twenty minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Choose a fruit from the list below according to your needs.

Fruits Suitable for Rinses
* Banana Rinse Excellent emollient, highly natural lubricant and hair conditioner; beneficial to the hair and scalp because it binds with water to hold in moisture.
* Coconut Milk Natural emollient with great conditioning proteins. Helps to reduce the loss of moisture and to soften and smooth the hair.
* Lemon Rinse Refreshing astringent, stimulates the scalp, dissolves sebum buildup.
* Apple Cider Vinegar Retards dandruff, provides sheen to hair.
Kinard, T. (1997) ‘No Lye!’ New York, St Martins Press

Disclaimer: These recipes are used at your own risk; Au Naturale can take no responsibility for any mishaps occurring during the use of these recipes.

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Herbal Hair Care- Natural Receipes

Herbal Hair Care
Try These Natural Recipes At Home For Healthier Locks
© Aimee Hughes

While we typically turn to our herb gardens to embellish a salad or a savory sauce, these little delights can do wonders for the hair.

Herbs contain chemical compounds that can help restore the hair’s natural balance and shine. Specific herbs target particular problems. Chamomile, for instance, promotes hair growth while burdock root reduces hair loss. The following recipes are excellent ways to take care of your hair without turning to over-the-counter synthetic products which are loaded with toxic ingredients. Pampering ourselves naturally will promote healthy hair as well as whole body health.

Ginger Hair Oil

For this oil, you will need one teaspoon of grated fresh gingerroot and ¼ cup organic sesame oil. The ginger hair oil treatment stimulates hair growth while alleviating dandruff and boosting the scalp’s circulation. It will leave your hair smelling faintly of ginger, a very pleasing scent. Place the grated ginger inside a piece of cheesecloth and gently squeeze ¼ teaspoon of the juice into the sesame oil. Mix the oil and juice together with a fork until blended thoroughly. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave on for ten minutes before shampooing.

Herbal Spritz

Rub sage leaves and rosemary leaves between your fingers to release their oils. Then place the herbs in a pot and add a pint of cold water. Cover. Bring mixture to a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and allow herbs to steep, still covered for three hours. Once cool, strain the herbs and pour mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz dry hair until it is saturated, then massage into scalp and comb through. Don’t rinse. Use two or three days in a row for optimal results. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Herbal Rinse for Dry Hair and Dandruff

You will need 8 ounces of floral water or herbal infusion and two 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. In this treatment, lavender floral water can be used or you can create your own herbal infusion. Simply take fresh or dried herbs and pour hot water over them, about two to three tablespoons per cup, to make a strong infusion. Obtain a good organic apple cider vinegar and pour into a wide mouthed glass jar. To one quart of vinegar, add one to two handfuls of herbs. Set in the sun for a few weeks, shaking daily. For dandruff, use lavender, rosemary, and basil.

Herbal Rinse for Oily Hair

Ingredients needed include one pint of boiling water, one tablespoon vinegar, and one teaspoon each of burdock root, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, lemongrass and sage leaves. Pour boiling water over herbs and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add vinegar. Pour over scalp and hair as final rinse after shampooing. Leave on without rinsing out.

General Herbal Hair Care Tips

Sage is excellent for weak hair, while rosemary enhances dark hair. Chamomile promotes healthy hair growth, as does catnip. Burdock root promotes hair growth and helps keep hair from falling out. For extra body, create a setting lotion by mixing 2 ounces lemon juice with 5 drops rosemary essential oil. Comb into hair and relax!

Article Courtesy of Aimee Hughes