Hair Oil

By: Sharon Hopkins
Oiling ones hair is one of the most important things, if we want to take care of our hair. It is very necessary that hair is given proper treatment which would mean a massage with some of the most beneficial oils.
Having the right kind of oil for your hair is very important and so is oiling your hair. Many of us have a hectic schedule due to which, oiling and washing our hair holds the last priority. If you want healthy hair and one which lasts longer – oiling is the best remedy.
There are so many oils in the market which tells you tales about the benefits it provides. Before jumping in the bandwagon with others, check it from which company you are buying the oil. A trusted and known company is very important as there are many duplicates in the market.
Having good hair oil is not enough, eating the right kind of food also helps. Harmful foods such as canned and processed food which do not protect your hair instead damage it, should not be eaten. Fresh coconut is very good for your hair.
For beautiful and strong hair, massage your scalp with hair oil and leave it overnight. You can also use a steamed towel to cover your hair for half an hour for best results. This gives your hair a shiny and lustrous look.
Oiling your hair everyday would be too much to ask for. But do this at least thrice a week for beautiful hair. It does make a lot of difference if you keep doing this regularly as it is bound to show on your hair.

The massaging and oiling of your hair stimulates the blood circulation, which in return helps your hair. Due to the oil your hair is protected from the strong and hot sun rays. The oil also gives your hair that extra shine.
Some of the most popular and very beneficial oils which are being used for beautiful long hair with indefinite good qualities are

  • Jojoba Oil – can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly. It helps to soften your hair and can be used to detangle your hair before shampooing.
  • Olive Oil – strengthens your hair and nourishes it due to inherent qualities it has. It helps to reduce stress and promotes the idea of healthy hair by providing elasticity to your hair.
  • Coconut Oil – is one of the oil which helps in the lubrication of the hair. The content in coconut oil like magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron happens to provide the best for your hair. It is very useful for damaged hair due to its ability to strengthen it.
  • Rosemary Herbal Oil – is very useful for the unwanted and flaky dandruff problems. Warm the oil slightly and apply it with the help of your fingers or cotton. Rub it well on the scalp and wrap with a hot towel.

Shampoos:

Nana’s Egg Shampoo

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg separated
  • 3 Tbsp castile soap

In a bowl, beat egg white until foamy. Blend in yolk followed by the castile soap. Wet hair with warm water. Massage half the egg shampoo into scalp. Rinse well then massage remaining shampoo into scalp. Leave on hair about 1 min. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Egg Shampoo #2

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water or herbal tea

Drop of fragrant essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator for use the next day.

Herbal Shampoo

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of your favorite herbal tea, strongly brewed
  • 8 oz liquid castile soap

Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.

Conditioners

Deep Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of real mayonnaise

Instructions

Comb the mayonaisse through your damp hair, then wrap your head in a towel, let it penetrate for 20 minutes. Shampoo.

Special Note: Make sure to use mayonaisse and NOT salad dressing. Salad Dressing will dry your hair out.
Storage: Most recipes require refrigeration since they don’t contain preservatives. Shelf Life is approximately 1 week.

Hair Coloring

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Rinses for Color and Highlights

These rinses work over a period of time to subtlely color and add highlights to the hair. First wash and rinse hair, then pour any of these rinses over the hair 15 times catching the excess in a bowl or the bathroom basin as it runs off the hair, then pouring it over the hair again.

For Brunettes

  1. Cook an unpeeled potato in boiling water. Cool slighly. Dip a pastry brush or cotton ball in the cooking water, cover and saturate hair, being careful not to get any on skin. Leave on hair for 20 minutes then rinse out.
  2. Make an strong infusion of any of the following herbs and teas then use as a rinse: Rosemary, Sage, Raspberry leaves, Parsley, Ivy Berries, Catnip, Black coffee, Black Tea (for chestnut highlights).

For Blondes

  1. Marigold gives golden highlights to light hair and brings out red and gold highlights in light brown and red hair. Saffron, tumeric, calendula, mullein, privet and yellow broom in addition to any yellow blossomed herb or flower also add color and highlights for blondes.
  2. Rinse hair with a solution of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one gallon of water after shampooing.
  3. To restore hair that was once blonde, mix 10 grams of licorice root with 10 grams of oat straw, add a pinch of saffron. Cover with water and boil to make an infusion. Strain and use a s a rinse after shampooing. It should be allowed to soak into the hair and NOT rinsed out.
  4. To bring out highlights and lighten blonde hair, steep 1/2 cup of camomile tea in one quart of boiling water . Strain and cool slighyly. Shampoo hair until oil free, then rinse with the tea infusion.
  5. Add 4 tablespoons of chopped rhubarb to 3 cups of hot water, simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, then use as a rinse after shampooing.

For Redheads

  1. Use strong black coffee as a final rinse
  2. Use a strong rosehips tea
  3. Make a decotion of red hibiscus tea, use as a rinse
  4. Make a rinse from calendula
  5. Use an infusion of saffron for a rinse.

For Grey Hair

  1. Potatoes: Boil potato peels in water, strain, and cool. Use the strained water as an after-shampoo rinse to darken grey hair.
  2. Sage covers the grey when used consistently over a period of time. Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Steep for 2-3 hours. Strain, use as rinse on clean hair. Leave on until hair has dried, then rinse out.
  3. Mix 1 oz. sage, 1oz. rosemary and 1 pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and strain. Massage into the scalp and grey hair.
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple-cidar vinegar with one gallon of warm water, use as final rinse.
  5. Use an infusion of hollyhock (blue-purple flowers) to remove the yellow cast from grey hair.
  6. Use betony as a rinse to cover yellow in grey hair.

For All Hair Colors
Make an infusion of any of the following for color, conditioning, highlights and shine:

  • Catnip: Make a rinse of catnip and water to promote hair growth and shine.
  • Nettle
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary: good as a hair tonic for thinning hair and dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.
  • Thyme: makes a great stimulating shampoo.
  • Yarrow: Use a yarrow rinse for mild cases of dandruff.

Sources: Kitchen Cosmetics, pioneer thinking

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