Herbal hair rinses for no poo’ers
January 29, 2009
These simple herbal hair rinse recipes are ideal for no-poo’ers. Different herbs, flowers and essential oils can be added to match your hair type or to help a specific complaint.
Simple herbal infusions
Herbal infusions are extremely easy to make, it’s almost like making a cup of tea.
The general dilution for herbal infusions is 1 heaped tea spoon of herb (dried) to 1 cup of boiling water. If using fresh herbs/flowers, add 2 heaped teaspoons.
- Chop up your herbs
- Pour on boiling water, cover (to stop nutrients escaping in the steam) and leave for 10 minutes
With this basic herbal infusion recipe, you can make many different hair rinses. If you want a stronger infusion, just increase the amount of herbs/flowers you use.
Lemon, mint and rosemary rinse (oily hair)
- Add 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped rosemary to 1/2 pint (2 cups) of boiling water
- Add the juice of 1 lemon and mix
- Cover (to stop nutrients escaping in the steam) and leave for 10 minutes
Chamomile rinse (dry hair)
This is an ideal rinse for people with fair or blonde hair.
- Add 4 tablespoons of dried chamomile to 100ml of boiling water
- Leave covered for 20 minutes
Chamomile can also be used to lighten fair hair – leave rinse on for 20 minutes and then rinse off. Be careful not to get any chamomile rinse on white towels as it can stain. Once rinsed from hair, it won’t stain towels.
Apple cider vinegar and thyme rinse (dull hair / dandruff)
Apple cider vinegar will give dull hair some shine and thyme is very good at treating dandruff
- Mix 100ml of apple cider vinegar with 10 drops of thyme essential oil
- Massage into your scalp
- Rinse hair with water
- After rinsing and your hair has dried, you won’t be able to smell vinegar
Beer rinse (dull hair)
Beer hair rinses are great for adding shine to dull looking hair. The ratio of beer to water means you won’t be walking around stinking like a brewery.
- Add 1 part beer to 3 parts water (50ml beer, 150ml water)
- Optional: add a couple of drops of an essential oil like rosemary or lemon
- Pour over hair
- Rinsing is optional
Essential oil rinse
- Mix 10 drops of your chosen essential oil (see below for suitable oils) with 100ml of water
- Pour through hair
Hair types, herbs and oils
- Herbs: chamomile, calendula
- Essential oils: frankincense, palmarosa
- Herbs: rosemary, sage, mint
- Essential oils: lemon, lime, grapefruit, cedarwood
- Herbs: rose, rosemary, thyme
- Essential oils: lavender, cedarwood
- Herbs: chamomile, elderflower, sage, nettle
- Essential oils: tea tree, thyme, rosemary
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