Natural Hair Care

Natural Hair Care

7 Simple Hair Rinse Recipes

By: JANICE COX

Gorgeous, shiny, healthy hair is universally desirable and easy to achieve. First, the basics: Eat a balance diet, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. These will be reflected in the condition of your skin and hair. Additionally, keep your scalp and hair clean and well-nourished. You can also enhance the condition of your scalp (and hair) by using easy, homemade, all-natural herbal rinses. Hair rinses will help you achieve a healthy head of hair by boosting circulation, cleansing your scalp and conditioning your hair. They can also be used to subtly add natural highlights or darken your hair.

Natural hair rinses are as simple to create as making your favorite cup of tea. In fact, several of the ingredients, such as dried herbs and flowers, can be found in the tea aisle of your local grocery store. You can also use fresh or dried herbs from your garden for year-round healthy tresses. These hair rinse recipes are easy to create at home. For added shine, Try rinsing rinse hair with the coldest water you can stand. This will get your hair super clean and allow the hair cuticle to lie flat.

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    Calendula Plants - To brighten blonde hair, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1/4 cup of calendula petals; let cool. Use as a final rinse post-shampoo.

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    Catnip - For a quick dandruff cure, brew a strong tea of dried catnip leaves and boiling water and massage into your scalp after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

  • Catnip
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    Lemon juice - The juice of 1 lemon and 1 cup water mixed together brings back life and shine to dull hair. Use as a final rinse after shampooing, following with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon water.

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    Baking Soda - One tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water mixed together gets your hair really clean and removes all traces of styling gels and hair spray. Massage well into hair and scalp and rinse with warm followed by cool water.

  • Mint Bay and Rose
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    Apple Cider - Two tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water gives your hair shine and bounce. Use as a final rinse after shampooing and then rinse well with cool water.

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    Flat Beer - One cup of flat beer will give your hair body. The beer scent will not remain once your hair is dry. For extra body, use beer as your final rinse (do not rinse out).

  • Iron Buddha Tea
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    Tomato Juice - One cup of tomato juice will remove any odor, such as smoke, from your hair. Massage into hair and rinse with warm, then cool water.

About the Author
Janice Cox is a writer with The Herb Companion, a national magazine that brings luxury to everyday life with herbs. Each issue features garden plans and advice, unique recipes, health and wellness information, plant profiles and more.