Something amazing happened this week!
I ran out of hair conditioner! 🙂 I have been waiting for this for a while, since my last conditioner was a huge bottle. I have been on a quest to make all of my own body care products, because I firmly believe that if you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t be on your body.
It has been a slow process… with a baby, job, husband, garden, blog, etc. (I am sure you all can relate!)– but, I have been creating kitchen cosmetics as the need arises. So far I have managed:
- Whipped Body Butter (also used as DH and my shave cream)
- Baby Butt-Wipe Solution
- Homemade Soap (with a felted version)
- Body Spray
- Deodorizing Spray
- Healing Salve
- Lip Balm
- Facial Wash
- Facial Moisturizer
…and now a conditioning rinse!
I hope to one day soon quit shampoo for good, maybe by formulating a shampoo bar with natural ingredients, or taking the plunge into the “no poo method” that everyone is talking about. The latter isn’t likely, but we’ll see…
A good starting point for me is a conditioning rinse. I was also thrilled to not have to buy more conditioner, because the brands that I am even remotely OK with putting on my body cost a small fortune; and that is not very frugal! Of course, there had to be a better way by making it homemade, with ingredients I already had around the house.
Apple Cider Vinegar– ACV softens hair by removing buildup– you know, the gunk and junk left behind from chemical-laden hair products. It also makes hair remarkably shiny by closing the hair cuticle, which opens every time we shampoo, and allows light to reflect light off the hair.
Herbal Infusion (Strong tea)– I opted for hibiscus because of my brown hair, and it is my hope that prolonged use might give me some fancy red highlights.
*Chamomile is a great choice for light hair, highlighting the natural golden tones.
*Lavender for darker hair and scalp issues.
*Nettle for all hair types. It softens, strengthens and increases shine.
There are many herbal options for toning, and check out this post for more info.
Rosemary Herbal Infusion– Rosemary is a secret ingredient in a lot of hair products. It stimulates hair growth and treats scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis.
Essential Oils— Added for scent and for healing benefits. I used lavender to heal my scalp; but rosemary, clary sage, cedarwood, or rose geranium would also be good choices. There are many options, pick your favorite.
These natural ingredients are a far cry from the petroleum, sodium laureth and lauryl sulfates, propylene glycol, oleyl betaine, and other harmful chemicals found in commercially processed shampoos and conditioners. Those synthetic products have no place on our bodies and create a whole host of skin and scalp issues. Free yourself from the nasties! Here’s how:
- Boil 2 cups of water. Steep your tea of choice and a sprig or small handful of fresh or dried chopped rosemary. Steep for at least 30 minutes, (I was in a hurry), but a whole day is better. The longer the herbs infuse the water, the stronger the healing powers.
I used a tea bag of hibiscus tea, but loose herbs will do great. A good place to get high quality loose herbs is at Mountain Rose Herbs. If you can’t grow them yourself, Mountain Rose the next best thing for most every herbalist. With a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture, it’s an easy choice knowing you are buying the best for your money and the best for the earth.
Strain out herbs, (if needed), and to the 2 cup infusion:
- Add a 1/2 c of ACV
- Add 1 c filtered water
- Add 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice. I LOVE lavender, so I used 10 drops.
I mixed this all up in a glass jar and then funneled it to a squirt bottle. A spray bottle would be better, but I was fresh out at the time. Keep this in the shower to use after shampooing. Some rinse it out. Some don’t. I opt not to rinse, and once my hair has dried, the vinegar smell has dissipated. (I promise! DH had no idea what I was up to and I had him sniff my hair one day. I asked him what it smelled like, he said, “Hair.” Ha ha, typical dude).
My hair has been shinier, softer and more full bodied–which I don’t need, but it could be worse, right? My scalp is a still a bit itchy, but I hope that by massaging the rinse into my scalp better, and completely quitting commercial conditioner my skin will sort of ‘reset’ itself and do it’s ‘natural thang’.
Dry and style as usual and finish with a homemade body spray. Mine is a lovely rose lavender 🙂
* As always, the Author is not an expert or a doctor. Nor is she a butcher, or baker, or candlestick maker, and thoughtfully encourages you to do your own research on topics of interest to you. Remedies suggested are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
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