Hair Care –  Part Two

So in my last blog I gave you some basic hair care tips and some pre-conditioning treatments for you to make at home. Please let me know if you have tried any of my tip’s, I would love to hear what you thought.

Unfortunately I don’t have any magic, easy recipes that you can make at home to shampoo your hair (shampoo has slightly more complex ingredients than some other cosmetics) . My advice if you want to get the most out of your shampoo is to buy the best plain, mild and natural shampoo you can afford and then add ingredients for your own hair type.

Shampoo additions

Take 7 tablespoons of your chosen mild, natural shampoo and add the following:

For Normal hair – 6 drops geranium essential oil, 4 drops lemon essential oil and 2 drops parsley essential oil.

For Oily hair – 6 drops lemon essential oil, 4 drops basil essential oil, 2 drops rosemary essential oil.

For Dry hair – 6 drops lavender essential oil, 4 drops geranium essential oil, 2 drops yarrow essential oil.

For Damaged hair – 6 drops chamomile essential oil, 4 drops lavender essential oil, 2 drops thyme essential oil.

For Dandruff prone hair
– 6 drops rosemary essential oil, 4 drops lime essential oil and 2 drops sage essential oil.

If you do find yourself stuck at home and all out of shampoo then below is a quick and easy recipe to tide you over. It wouldn’t be my first choice of treatments but is very effective and leaves your hair clean and shiny and only contains one ingredient.

Egg Shampoo – Exactly as it says in it’s name, egg shampoo is made out of, eggs!

Beat 1-2 eggs depending on your hair length to combine the yolk and white, rub gently into wet hair, leave for 5-10 minutes and then wash off and condition as normal.

Make sure the water isn’t too hot or you will end up with cooked egg on your head!

So if you decided not to pre-condition you will now need to condition your hair. If you have fly away and frizzy hair then I would recommend trying the pre-conditioning route and skip conditioning post shampooing as it will help fight frizz.

My favourite thing about some of the conditioner recipes below is that you know exactly what you are putting on your hair.

Natural conditioner recipes

For Normal Hair – Lavender conditioner:

A sweet floral scent, this conditioner will add shine, strength and body to your hair.

Pour 600ml of boiling water over 25g dried lavender in a heat proof container, Leave it to infuse for 30-60 minutes  Take out enough of the infusion to cover your hair and add in 3 drops of lavender essential oil.  Rub into shampooed hair and rinse off.

For Flyaway and frizzy hair –  I would recommend pre-conditioning (see previous blog) and then using a finishing conditioner which is used once your hair is washed and dried. Skip out conditioning after shampooing.

Cream Finisher for flyaway hair:  It might sound too simple to work but it is a god send for flyaway hair like mine. Place a small amount of good quality, non greasy hand cream in your palms and rub them together, gently smooth your palms over your hair to calm frizz.

Finally I want to discuss hair tonics. For some reason you do not often find hair tonics on the shelf’s of cosmetic shops. They are special finishing treatments used after shampooing and conditioning  to make your hair look more shiny and healthy.

Parsley Hair Tonic
– Makes hair lovely and shiny and is said to speed up growth.

Add 2 cups of boiling water to 2 tablespoons of dried parsley, leave the mixture to infuse for 30-60 minutes, add 2 drops of parsley essential oil and mix well.

Rosemary Finishing rinse – Add 300ml boiling water to 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary, leave the mixture to infuse for 30-60 minutes. Add 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix well.

Chamomile and Lemon Tonic – Perfect for fair hair

Add 500ml of boiling water to half a cup of chamomile flowers, leave to infuse for 30-60 minutes. Add in the juice from one lemon and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix well.

To use you tonic or finishing rinse simply stand over a sink with the plug in, pour the cooled mixture over your head and repeating several times using a cup to collect the mixture from the sink. Gently rinse off using the cup and cool water. Do not try and rinse all the product out as the idea is that the tonic will continue to work and protect your hair until next time you wash it.

So what do you all want to read in my next blog? More beauty tips, trick and recipes?