Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment and Herbal Rinse

Ingredients for Hair Treatment
(Don't have coconut milk anymore so for the sake of art I used coconut)

Every once in a while I give myself a nice spa day. Hot bubble bath with dried rosemary and essential oils, Vitamin E skin scrub down and a nice hair treatment. I recently developed a little recipe that has become my favorite. Not only is it organic and natural it will leave your hair as shiny and healthy as any deep conditioning done at a salon. I am including a great follow up rinse for you hair that I highly recommend trying. 

Always remember of course that we all have different types of hair with different needs. I will try and accommodate all those needs by editing the recipe for different hair types, but this is one of those times that you will have to figure out what works best for you through trial and error. 
I recommend doing this treatment 1-3 times a month. It's definitely not necessary all the time. This works for women and men, so I'd love to hear about some guys giving this a try for their luscious locks ;)

The Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment
  • 1 Can Organic Coconut Milk (the fattier the better!) 
  • 1/2 - A Whole Organic Avocado (this depends on the thickness of your hair, thicker = more avocado)
  • 1 Tbs Baking Soda 
  • 1 Organic Egg (For Normal hair use the entire egg, For oily hair use the egg whites and for Dry, Brittle hair use the egg yolks. If you fall in the oil or dry category you may want to use more than one yolk or white.) 
  • 2 Tbs Organic Local Raw Honey (If you don't have raw that's fine)
Combine all of these in a glass container that has a lid, a mason jar works well, make sure that your avocado is ripe enough to mash in and use a fork to whisk in the egg. Apply this to your clean and either dry or damp hair IN the bathroom with a trash bag around your shoulders or a towel you don't care about. Use the entire mixture and ensure that your hair is completely coated! Wrap a shower cap or plastic bag around your head and use an elastic headband to hold in place. Now entertain yourself for at least an hour. I took a bubble bath and watched Supernatural ;). After the hour is up hop in the shower and rinse your hair out with the Herbal Rinse or your preferred shampoo. Your hair will feel different, almost thick and uncomfortable but once you have ensured that all of the treatment is out and proceed to condition it your hair will start to soften. Once it's dry you will see the difference, particularly near the roots and tips. It will be shinier, soft and less frizzy. I encourage you to try it and leave a comment with your results!

My  phone takes bad pics, so this is the best I could take.
 My hair is long, thick and often frizzy and it's soft and shiny after the treatment

Herbal Rinse
An Herbal Rinse is a Great Shampoo to follow up the above Hair conditioning treatment with. To make an Herbal Rinse gather the appropriate herbs (preferably fresh, dried works too but requires longer steeping time) and crush about 1 ounce of herbs to cup of filtered water. (If using fresh flowers bruise the flowers instead of crushing and heat very gently) Pour this into a pot and bring to a boil meanwhile adding another cup of water. Cover, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes. Allow the Rinse to cool completely, strain them mixture and store in the refrigerator. You can add this directly to your shampoo of choice or simply use as is by pouring over hair in a bathtub and catching the rinse in a bowl so that you can re-pour it a few times. 
An easy option (If fresh herbs and flours are unavailable) is also to simply add the essential oil of your chosen herb to filtered water. 

Optional Herbs for Herbal Rinse Rose,
Rosemary and Chamomile (can be fresh or dried)

Recommended Rinses
  • Brunette - A Rosemary or Sage Rinse (hydrates and leaves a fine sheen)
  • Blonde - A Chamomile Rinse (will maintain the natural color and even lighten in some cases, will also soften)
  • Red - A Calendula Rinse (maintains the vibrance of color and moisturizes) 
  • Any Hair type - Rose Rinse 


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