Tuesday, November 20, 2012

shampoos for dry damaged hair

Chamomile Shampoo

2 tsp.. dried chamomile
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup baby shampoo (or another mild variety)

Pour the boiling water over the chamomile and steep for 30 minutes,
strain, then mix into the shampoo and use as usual.

Chamomile Hair Conditioner

1/3 cup chamomile flowers
1/3 cup olive, safflower or sunflower oil
Clean jar with lid

Combine the chamomile and oil in a jar with a lid. Place on a sunny
windowsill and shake the jar at once a day. After two weeks, strain
out the herbs. To apply, use about 2-4 teaspoons, depending on the
length of your hair. Brush out your hair and apply to the hair ends,
avoiding the scalp. Leave on about ten minutes, then shampoo out.

Chamomile Hair Rinse

1 cup boiling water
1 tsp. chamomile flowers

Pour the water over the chamomile; steep until it cools to lukewarm.
Strain out the flowers. This will soothe your scalp. To use pour over
your hair as a rinse after shampooing.

Homemade herbal shampoo

4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available - plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.
½ oz of rosemary - stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness
½ oz of sage - has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial
½ oz of nettles - acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth
½ of lavender - controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM - provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.
One empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.

Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 - 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.

The types of herbs you'll put in your homemade shampoo will depend on your hair type. If your hair is "normal", then you can use whatever herbs you may choose. If your hair is oily, on the other hand, you should use dried Nettle leaves, Sage, Peppermint or Spearmint, Burdock, Tea Tree, Rosemary, or Lemongrass. You can use one or more of these recommended herbs.

Or, if your hair is dry and "fly away", choose one or more of these natural, dried herbs to put in your homemade shampoo: Red Clover, Orange flowers, Elder flowers, Sandalwood, Burdock, Chamomile, Lavender, or Calendula.

Herbal shampoo for all hair types

1 oz. Soapwort,
1-1/2 pints of water,
1 oz. of herbs of choice (based on what type of shampoo)

Put boiling water on the dried soapwort and soak overnight. Bring mixture to boil (in an enamel pan) and simmer, covered for about 15 - 20 minutes. Stir
in herbs, and store it, covered, until it is cool enough to use. Strain before using.

Use Marsh mallow for dry hair

Peppermint/Lavender for oily hair

Marigold/Calendula for red hair

Chokeberry Rinse

Make a decoction from chokeberry bark and use to rinse and strengthen hair.

Soapwort Shampoo

Powder the root and mix with hot water. Use as a shampoo for dandruff and itchy scalp.

Natural hair conditioner

Mix 1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil for dry damaged hair. (Use 2 Tbsp.s oil for normal hair, and no oil for oily hair)

Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on for 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

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