Drugstore shelves are full of products that promise to give us healthy, manageable, shiny, smooth, strong, and beautiful hair. The problem is, most of those bottles are filled with anything-but-healthy chemicals.
Thankfully, we need look no further than our own kitchens, gardens, or local herb shops to find natural, organic care for truly healthy locks!
Finding the Right Herbs
No matter your hair type, there are herbs just for you! Here are some of the most common.
- Basil for moisture, shine, and hair growth
- Black Walnut for oily hair and dark highlights
- Burdock for dandruff, oily hair, hair growth, shine, detangling
- Calendula soothes, conditions, adds shine, blonde or red highlights
- Chamomile for dry hair/dry scalp, conditions, softens, adds blonde highlights
- Dandelion for dandruff and dry hair, adds shine
- Elder Flowers for dry, damaged hair
- Ginger for hair growth and dandruff
- Henna conditions, softens, adds body, red highlights
- Horsetail for hair growth, strong hair
- Lavender encourages hair growth, balances oil production (for dry or oily hair)
- Lemon Balm for oily hair, helps with dandruff, adds shine
- Lemongrass protects and strengthens hair
- Marshmallow detangles, conditions, moisturizes
- Nettle for hair growth, body, makes hair soft and shiny, good for oily hair and dandruff
- Oregano detangles, helps with dandruff/scalp conditions
- Parsley moisturizes, adds shine, helps with hair growth and dandruff
- Peppermint for hair growth and oily hair
- Rosemary (a favorite!) for strong, healthy hair, conditions and adds shine
- Sage for dry scalp, adds shine, dark highlights
- Thyme for dandruff, oily hair
Now that you have found your perfect herb or herb blend, you need to get them in your hair! It’s as easy as brewing a cup of tea.
Herbal Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful conditioner for hair, closing the hair shaft and sealing in moisture. Adding herbs to the rinse only makes it better!
Fill jar with chosen herb(s).
Add vinegar, covering the herbs and filling the jar.
Cover jar with a piece of waxed paper and a rubber band (vinegar destroys metal lids).
Place in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.
Strain and pour into a clean jar.
Herbal vinegar will keep up to 6 months in a cool spot in your kitchen.
To make your hair rinse, add 1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar to 1 cup water.
For a vinegar hair rinse that is ready to be used immediately, make a herbal hair rinse (see recipe below) and add 1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar per 1 cup of water in hair rinse. If hair is dry, decrease vinegar.
Making herbal vinegar may take more time up front, but it keeps for a long time, saving you the work of making a new rinse each time you want to wash your hair.
Simple Hair Rinse
We need look no further than our own kitchens, gardens, or local herb shops to find natural, organic care for truly healthy locks! Once you find your perfect herb or herb blend, you just need to get them in your hair! It’s as easy as brewing a cup of tea.
Pour boiling water over herbs.
Allow herbs to steep covered for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
Strain out the herbs.
After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. If you have long hair, you may want to dip the ends in the mixture first, then pour the solution over your head.
Massage the rinse into your scalp.
Wash out with water, or leave in.
- Some rinses may stain light-colored towels, so be careful if you decide not to wash.
- If you make a large batch, the rinse will keep in the fridge for about a week. I take mine out of the fridge the night before so it will be room temperature by morning.
Do you make your own herbal hair rinses? What are your favorite herbs for healthy hair?
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