Proud Tips | Home Remedies For All Hair Types Growth and Thickness. Looking for natural ways for hair growth and thickness? Here are easy and effective home remedies for all hair types problems.Hair facts, How to care for your hair, Assessing your hair types and much more.

CROWNING GLORY

The type of hair you are born with cannot be changed, but it is within your power to improve upon its natural state. If you cannot alter the number of hairs on your head, their growth rate or texture you can certainly ensure that your hair is always at the peak of condition and health. With a thorough understanding of your hair comes the ability to deal with its problems and highlight its good qualities.

Hair facts

The visible part of the hair is the hair shaft, which is made up of three layers – the hard outer layer or cuticle of keratin scales, the inner cortex of protein fibers and the center medulla that contains a substance similar to bone marrow and is attached directly to the hair root in the follicle.

The outer layer of keratin scales should lie flat so that hair looks smooth and shiny, but if they are damaged they will be ruffled resulting in hair that looks fluffy, dull and dry. The inner cortex determines the strength, elasticity, and color of the hair and when it becomes brittle the hair will break.

At the base of the hair follicle is the papilla, which nourishes the growing hair from its root to the point where it leaves the scalp. Near the surface of the skin, the sebaceous gland feeds the emerging hair with oil or sebum. Once the hair leaves the scalp it is in effect dead matter. There are on average 100,000 strands of hair on every head. The variance in number is associated with hair color and fineness, blondes having more hairs on their heads than brunettes.

How to care for your hair

The condition of your hair depends entirely on the way you treat it. You must nourish it from within with an adequate intake of proteins and Vitamin B, which is particularly vital for good hair condition, a well-balanced diet and plenty of water. Your hair always reacts to fluctuations in your overall body condition and will appear lackluster after illness, childbirth or any intense stress or shock.

At such times your body is using up all its resources to meet the demands put upon it and you should supplement your diet to maintain the correct balance of necessary nutrients. Once the hair has been externally damaged there is little that you can do except treat it with the appropriate shampoos and conditioners, and massage and feed the scalp. No amount of conditioner can regenerate split and dehydrated hair. Trim away any split ends and wait for the natural regenerative processes to repair the damage.

A head of shining hair that gleams with health and life is every woman’s ideal. Using hair care products made from natural ingredients guarantees gentle and therapeutic treatment.

Assessing Your Hair Types

homemade-tips-for-hair-growth-fasterYou cannot expect to achieve the best results from your hair until you are thoroughly at home with all its shortcomings and advantages. You can use the chart overleaf for an instant appraisal of your hair type and its inherent problems. Once you have recognized any problem relevant to your hair you can overcome it and regain confidence in your appearance. Improvement requires specific treatment-the correct shampoos, rinses, and conditioners used with care and thought to complement each other.

It is not enough, however, just to understand your hair type. You must also make yourself aware of its tendencies regarding its growth rate, color, and texture before you choose a new style or treatment. Changing your hairstyle or color can be a wonderful tonic, but several factors must be taken into consideration – the shape of your face, your height and shape and your skin and eye color.

You should also consider whether your hair grows too slowly to compensate for what could be a drastically short haircut and whether the style you fancy would fit in with your lifestyle. It is also true that certain hairstyles suit some hair types better than others, so do not undo all your hard conditioning work by choosing unwisely.

HAIR HERBS AND HAIR TYPES

Use this shortlist of herbs (see below) to choose the herbal remedy suitable to your hair type. You can choose from the wide range of natural rinses the particular herbal treatment that will most benefit the condition of your hair and your scalp with the help of the easy-to-follow hair type below (Determine Your Hair Types). The suitable herbs should be incorporated in all your hair care products for the best results.

Natural Power

  • Burdock root: prevents dandruff
  • Camomile: lightens, softens
  • Catmint: soothes scalp conditions, promotes growth
  • Cloves: highlight dark hair
  • Comfrey: heals scalp problems
  • Elderflower: lightens and conditions blonde and greying hair
  • Goosegrass (Cleavers): prevents dandruff
  • Ginger root: light coloring agent for red hair
  • Henna: powerful red colorant
  • Lavender: tones and conditions oily hair
  • Lemon verbena: improves sheen and highlights dark hair
  • Lime flowers: soften and condition
  • Marigold: golden-red hair rinse
  • Marjoram (Oregano): prevents dandruff promotes hair growth
  • Mullein: gold tightener
  • Nasturtium: promotes growth
  • Parsley: improves hair color and shine, prevents dandruff
  • Privet: darkens the hair
  • Quince seeds: prevent dandruff
  • Raspberry leaves: improve scalp condition, soften hair
  • Red oak bark: dark red colorant
  • Rosemary: tones, conditions, prevents dandruff, darkens half
  • Rhubarb root and stem: effective gold hair tightener
  • Saffron: golden red color
  • Sage: conditions and colors dark and grey hair
  • Soapwort: cleanses
  • Southernwood: prevents dandruff promotes hair growth
  • Thyme: antiseptic, conditions
  • Walnut leaves and shells: strong darkening rinse
  • Witch hazel: astringent, cleanses oily hair
  • Yarrow: antiseptic, cleanses oily hair

Determine Your Hair Types

OILY HAIR

  • Description: Oily hair is typically thin, lank, requires frequent washing and quickly becomes limp and lifeless. It is also associated with oily skin and dandruff and is often accompanied by odour. It does not respond easily to styling but reacts well to light perming, coloring and bleaching, because the drying action of the chemicals fights the greasiness.
  • Shampoo: Wash daily with a mild shampoo, avoiding commercial anti­ dandruff and ‘drying’ shampoos because of these strips the hair shaft of oil without getting at the source of the problem. Lather gently using warm water, taking care not to scrub or massage the scalp and thereby overstimulate the sebaceous glands. Rinse very well.
  • Conditioning: A conditioner is not often required. Once a week cleanse the scalp, after shampooing, with a cotton wool pad soaked in a mild natural astringent, working down partings in the hair until the entire head has been treated.
  • Rinsing: Rinse well with plenty of cool water adding a herbal rinse or mild astringent in the final rinse to reduce oiliness and add sheen.
  • Styling: Avoid greasy lotions or gels, using only those with an alcohol or astringent base to give body to flyaway hair. Do not brush vigorously, or use heated appliances, such as curling tongs or hot brushes, or direct heat, as this stimulates the oil flow.

DRY HAIR

  • Description: Dry hair is usually recognized as being dull and brittle, splitting easily and often is accompanied by a dry flaking scalp caused by sluggish oil production at the base of the hair shafts. Dry fragile hair like this is hereditary and comes with dry skin. Dry hair can be caused by perming and commercial hair colorants, overexposure to the elements, salt, and chlorinated water. Protect dry hair at all times.
  • Shampoo: Wash twice a week using a very mild or enriched shampoo and warm water. Massage the scalp gently to stimulate the sebaceous glands.
  • Conditioning: Dry hair always requires an enriching conditioner, either of the pre-shampoo variety or after every wash. An additional overnight oil treatment once a month is very beneficial. Gentle herbal hair colorants also condition by coating the hair shaft and giving the hair body without chemical abuse.
  • Rinsing: Use cool water and a mild herbal rinse to enhance hair color and shine.
  • Styling: Do not comb or rub wet hair, but wrap it in a towel. Avoid alcohol-based gels and lotions which will exacerbate the scalp condition and dry the ends of the hair. Avoid direct heat or heated appliances and allow hair to dry naturally, if possible, using a wide-toothed comb when dry. Use rag rollers to curl.

Aging HAIR

  • Description: From the age of 30, nourishment to the hair follicle begins to slow down. Gradually the aging process causes any previous problems to become exaggerated and introduces new ones such as lack of life, color and luster and the appearance of grey hair.
  • Shampoo: Wash regularly with a very mild shampoo in lukewarm water. Massage the scalp gently to improve circulation, thereby reducing the risk of dandruff, which can unexpectedly occur.
  • Conditioning: Use a nourishing instant conditioner suited to your hair type after every shampoo and apply a deep treatment conditioner once a week. A mild, discreet herbal colorant will give his body and luster while protecting the hair shaft from damage.
  • Rinsing: Rinse with cool water and a herbal rinse, or add vinegar or lemon juice to the finishing rinse to restore the acid balance and sheen.
  • Styling: Use gentle heat to dry, avoiding heated appliances. Do not brush vigorously; use a wide-toothed comb to style it. Use rag rollers to curl.

MIXED CONDITIONING

  • Description: Hair condition can become problematic when the oil from the sebaceous glands soaks into dried skin cells on the scalp, clogging the follicle and preventing an even flow of oil along the hair shaft. The scalp becomes oily and itchy, while the hair is dry and unmanageable. This combination of problems must be cured at their source and then controlled to prevent a recurrence.
  • Shampoo: In order to clear the scalp of flakes of dry skin, soak it thoroughly in a bowl of tepid water with one tablespoon of cider vinegar and use a mild anti­ dandruff shampoo every other day until the condition clears. Then shampoo as for dry hair.
  • Conditioning: Use a light conditioner for normal hair.
  • Rinsing: Use an anti-dandruff lotion or mild astringent to keep the scalp free of flaking scales.
  • Styling: Dry naturally and use only a natural thickening gel to give the body without disturbing hair condition.

PROBLEM HAIR

  • Description: It is dandruff which normally characterizes problem hair. This scaly condition of the scalp is caused by the hair follicle becomes blocked by excess sebum. This can be caused by stress and emotional strain. It can also be caused by keeping hair covered.
  • Shampoo: First rinse the scalp thoroughly in a bowl of water with one tablespoon of cider vinegar. Shampoo daily in lukewarm water using a mild baby shampoo with added anti-dandruff properties. The scalp must be kept scrupulously clean but do not scrub or massage hard.
  • Conditioning: Gently massage morning and evening with a herbal anti­ dandruff lotion, or use an anti­ dandruff conditioner two or three times a week after shampooing. The use of herbs and natural products is of particular value in the treatment of dandruff, as they are mild and cannot damage the hair or scalp.
  • Rinsing: Rinse very thoroughly using a herbal or lemon rinse.
  • Styling: Make sure that your brushes and combs are immaculately clean every time you use them. Do not brush your hair vigorously or use gels and setting lotions until the condition is completely cleared. Do not heat directly or use heated appliances.

HERBAL BRILLIANCE

There is a strong case for the use of natural products in hair care because they act only very gently to protect and improve the hair. Commercial hair care products contain everything from detergents to harsh chemicals that can cause damage. They are also an unnecessary expense considering that the ingredients for hair rinses and conditioners are readily at hand in most kitchens.

Herbal color rinses and more permanent colorants are on the whole very subtle. They also strengthen and condition the hair, by encasing each hair shaft with color, instead of chemically attacking its structure. Eventually, the color will fade, rather than grow out, so if you make a mistake you can gain comfort from the knowledge that it need not last long.

ALLERGIES AND STRAND TESTS

hair-care-tipsHowever kind and gentle natural products are to our hair and skin, some people will be allergic to them. This is particularly likely when using colorants, so you should make an allergy reaction patch test before you use any colorant.

The effect of a colorant on your hair can only be judged by making a strand test. This is particularly important if your hair has been treated with chemical colorants, permed, exposed to sun, sea, wind or chlorine, or if you have been in poor health because it will be especially porous and brittle. Hair in this condition can react badly when treated with a herbal tint. To make an effective test, snip off a small piece of hair and apply the colorant you want to try to it. Leave it for the specified time, rinse it and check to see whether your hair has responded well. In this way, you can see exactly how long you should leave the colorant on to achieve the desired shade and whether that shade suits you.

SHAMPOOS

A normal healthy head of hair requires frequent washing so it is essential that you use the correct shampoo. It should be mild, to ensure that the hair shaft is not stripped of natural oils and color-enhancing. When washing your hair, use warm water, never hot, which not only overstimulates the sebaceous glands but is also detrimental to the hair shaft. Spread a little shampoo between your palms and gently massage evenly through your hair.

Unless your hair is very dirty it should not need more than one application of shampoo. Rinse well using warm, then cool water. Dry shampoos are efficient and easily made cleansers for use between washes to give your hair a lift.

  • To make a strand test: It is absolutely essential to test the reaction of your hair to a herbal colorant before you use it. It is the only way to be certain of the final effect. Snip off a small lock of hair and apply the dye to it.

Hair Care Shampoo

 SIMPLE HERBAL SHAMPOO

Any of the herbs listed on p60 can be used to remedy specific problems in the gentlest of shampoos.

  • 45ml (3 tbsps} strong herbal infusion
  • 10ml (2 tsps} mild baby shampoo

Whisk the ingredients together.

A PURE SOAP BASE FOR SHAMPOO

This can be added to a strong herbal infusion in quantities of two tablespoons of each.

  • 100g (4oz) pure Castile or olive oil soap
  • 575ml (1 pt} warm water

Grate the soap and put it in a large 850ml (1½ pt) glass jar with the water. Cover and leave for two to three days in a warm place shaking and stirring frequently.

EGG AND BRANDY SHAMPOO

A  good all-purpose conditioning shampoo.

  • 75ml  brandy
  • 75ml  warm water
  • 2 egg yolks

Combine the liquids and slowly beat in the egg yolks. Use at once, massaging gently into the hair and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse well in warm water.

EGG SHAMPOOS

Eggs make natural enriching shampoos. Remember not to use them with hot water as the egg will harden.

  • All hair types: 2 eggs whisked into 150ml (¼ pt} warm water.
  • Normal and dry hair: 1 egg whisked into 30ml (2 tbsps} baby shampoo.
  • Dry hair: 1 egg yolk whisked into 150ml (¼ pt} warm herbal infusion.
  • Oily hair: 1 egg white whisked into 150ml (¼ pt} warm herbal infusion.

Leave all shampoos on the hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.

ORRIS ROOT DRY SHAMPOO

Suitable for normal hair.

  • 30ml (2 tbsps} orris root
  • 30ml (2 tbsps} arrowroot

Mix the ingredients together. Part the hair in sections all over the head, sprinkling the powder along with the roots as you go. Rub in gently and leave for 30 minutes. Brush vigorously with a bristle brush to remove all traces of dirt.

FLOWER WATER CLEANSER

Suitable for normal and oily hair. Cover a bristle brush with an old clean nylon stocking. Sprinkle with lavender water or eau de cologne and brush your hair well until it is fresh and shining. A soft bristle brush sprinkled with rosewater is a more effective treatment for dry hair.

Hair Care Conditioners

Hair conditioners work in much the same way as conditioners for the skin, replacing natural oils that flow from the hair follicle down the hair shaft lubricating and protecting it. Hair that has been abused with harsh treatments has been stripped of its natural oil, becoming brittle and dry and prone to split ends. Long hair often suffers more in this respect than short hair because the sebum produced at the follicle does not travel all the way down the hair shaft. Instant conditioners used after every shampoo encase the hair shaft in waxy substances ensuring protection from further damage by making it easier to comb and giving it bounce and luster.

Deep treatment conditioners, used prior to shampooing, work at the root of the hair to feed and stimulate the hair follicle. These are usually applied once a week for problem hair and once a month for generally maintaining a beautiful head of hair. They should be massaged gently into the scalp and left under hot towels for a minimum of one hour or, to ensure penetration, overnight.

Most hair types benefit from regular conditioning, but oily hair only needs treatment when a specific problem arises. To gain the best effects from your chosen conditioner, massage it into your hair in the following way:

Apply the conditioner when your hair is wet. Start at the back of your head, using the pads of your fingertips and press firmly against your scalp. Work from the back to the front of the head using small circular motions that actually move the skin on your scalp, encouraging good circulation and easing tension.

AVOCADO INSTANT CONDITIONER

Gives body to flyaway hair.

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 5ml (1 tsp) avocado oil
  • 1 egg yolk

Pulp the avocado flesh and whisk in the oil and egg yolk. Massage into the shampooed hair and leave for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Mashed avocado added to homemade mayonnaise is an excellent conditioner, as is mayonnaise alone.

Yogurt AND EGG CONDITIONER

Good for oily and mixed condition hair that tends to be uncontrollable after washing.

  • 150ml (1/4 pt) natural yogurt
  • 1 egg

Whisk the ingredients together and massage into the hair after shampooing. Leave for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

PROTEIN OIL CONDITIONER

A superb conditioner for dry hair. Use the herb oil suited to your hair type.

  • 45ml (3 tbsps) herbal oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) cider vinegar
  • 1 egg (yolk only for dry hair)
  • 5ml (1 tsp) clear honey

Warm the oil in a bowl in a bain-marie with the honey. Beat the vinegar and egg together. Remove the oil from the heat and slowly add to the vinegar and egg mixture. Apply as for the Oil Pre-Conditioner but leave for only one hour.

COCONUT OIL CONDITIONER

Gives bounce and body.

  • 30ml (2 tbsps} coconut oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp} cider or herbal vinegar
  • Egg

Melt the coconut oil in a bowl in a bain-marie. Whisk the vinegar and egg together and add slowly to the warm oil, beating continuously. Use immediately while still warm. Apply as for the Oil Pre-conditioner but leave for only three hours.

AVOCADO CONDITIONER

Promotes growth in dull lifeless and thinning hair.

  • 30ml (2 tbsps} avocado oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp} castor oil
  • 1 egg yolk

Combine the oils with the egg and apply as for the Oil Pre-conditioner but leave for only 30 minutes.

ROSEMARY AND CASTOR OIL CONDITIONER

A very healing conditioner for hair left dull and lifeless after the illness.

  • 30ml (2 tbsps} castor oil
  • 4 drops oil of rosemary

Warm the castor oil in a bowl in a bain-marie and add the oil of rosemary. Massage into the hair while it is still warm. Cover your head and leave overnight. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

SOUTHERNWOOD TONIC

Promotes growth in thin hair.

  • 75ml (5 tbsps} strong southernwood infusion
  • 75ml (5 tbsps} mild eau de cologne

Pour the ingredients into a 200ml (7fl oz) bottle and shake well. Use diluted with warm water – one tablespoon of each – and massage into the scalp twice a week.

RUM AND ONION TONIC

An effective, rather anti-social treatment for falling hair.

  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • white or dark rum

Steep the sliced, not peeled, onion in enough rum to cover it completely. Leave for 24 hours then strain. Massage a little into the scalp each night until the condition improves and then once a week until hair loss is reduced.

APPLE JUICE TONIC

Clears dandruff.

  • 15ml (1 tbsp} pure apple juice
  • 45ml (3 tbsps} warm water

Mix the ingredients together in a small bottle and massage into the scalp 2-3 times a week.

RINSING

Rinsing the hair with plenty of fresh water until it is squeaky clean is the most essential stage of the hair care routine. A final rinse removes the last traces of soap and can become an important beneficial treatment if a conditioning ingredient is added to it. A thorough rinse, as cold as you can stand it, will replace the acid mantle of the hair and tighten the tiny keratin scales on the outer layer of the hair shaft, leaving your hair with a silky sheen.

The most commonly used rinses are cider vinegar and lemon juice – for dark and blonde hair respectively. Rose, lavender and orange flower waters and eau de cologne will have a mild tonic effect on the hair. Herbal rinses like these stimulate hair growth and help to alleviate scalp problems.

LIGHT CHESTNUT RINSE

Adds highlights to brown hair.

  • 50g (2oz) privet leaves
  • 575ml (1 pt} boiling water
  • 10ml (2 tsp) quince juice

Infuse the privet leaves in the water overnight. Stir in the quince juice. Strain the liquid through filter paper and add to the final rinsing water.

RHUBARB RINSE

Adds reddish-gold highlights to brown and mousy hair.

NB: NEVER use an aluminum pan to simmer the rhubarb root solution – the reaction will form a poisonous acidic substance.

  • 60ml (4 tbsp) ground rhubarb root
  • 850ml (1½ pts) water

Using a stainless steel or enamel pan, simmer the powder in the water for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to cool. Strain through filter paper before adding to the final rinsing water.

ASHY RINSE

Darkens ginger hair.

  • 575ml (1 pt) strong Indian tea
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) dark rum

Leave the tea to stand until it is cold. Strain and add to the rum. Comb the mixture through your hair daily.

Hair Styling Girl

hair-styling-girlDRYING AND STYLING HAIR: It is all too easy to undo the benefits your hair has gained from careful shampooing, conditioning and rinsing when you come to style it. After rinsing, squeeze the excess water gently from your hair between the palms of your hands.

Blot your hair dry with a clean towel and then comb it gently with a wide-toothed comb, starting from the ends and working up gradually to the scalp, taking care not to pull at any tangles. Hair should not be subjected to direct heat or heated appliances regularly. This will make dry hair very brittle and will increase the flow of oil and exacerbate the scalp condition of oily hair. Blow-dry to style only when your hair is nearly dry, and then at a very gentle heat.

Setting hair on rollers should be done when the hair is nearly dry to avoid tightening or breaking of the hair shaft. The best and most comfortable method is to use old- fashioned rag rollers.

There are differing opinions on the subject of brushing. Some types of hair benefit from vigorous brushing with a good bristle brush, but other types should be styled with a comb or a brush with widely-spaced soft plastic bristles. Whichever method you use, make sure that you keep any equipment immaculately clean.

Only use setting lotions and after-styling conditioners that are gentle and give bounce and luster to your hair. Although hair spray is considered necessary by many stylists, your hair should ideally be in good enough condition to hold its shape without the use of this rather harsh substance.

SIMPLE SECRETS

  • All hair types: Beer  – gives bounce, body and makes setting your hair easy. Gelatine – 30ml (2 tablespoons) whisked into 275ml (½ pint) of boiling water and used as a final rinse. Sugar – 15ml (1 tablespoon) dissolved in 150ml (¼ pint) of boiling water. Rag rollers and sugar water were the Victorian recipes for perfect ringlets.
  • Oily hair: Lemon juice – gives a very firm hold and shine.
  • Hairspray: Lemon juice and sugar, or sugar water alone, can be decanted into an atomizer and used as a light spray. Long straight hair can be controlled and conditioned by brushing in several drops of oil of rosemary on a soft bristle brush. If you have dry hair, you could use any suitable herbal or aromatic oil in the same way.

Hair problems Solved

CAUSE

  • Hair Loss, Thinning and Lifeless Hair: Excessive hair loss can be caused by anxiety, tension, and hormonal upsets, drugs, and illness.
  • Breaking Hair and Split Ends: External abuse, coloring, bleaching, perming, chlorine and overexposure to the elements all lead to this condition.
  • Dandruff: A scaly condition of the scalp is often associated with oily skin and acne, but is as frequently the result of stress, anxiety, a sudden change in lifestyle or the constant covering of the head.
  • Eczema and Itchy Scalp: True eczema is an unpleasant condition that requires professional treatment. An itchy scalp can be caused by inadequate rinsing after shampooing, frequent covering of the head, chemicals, chlorine, salt, central heating or an allergic reaction. Once you pinpoint the cause you can act to prevent a recurrence.

TREATMENT

  • Hair Loss, Thinning and Lifeless Hair: First pinpoint the cause of the problem. If it is curable, embark on a high protein fresh fruit and vegetable diet, supplemented by brewer’s yeast tablets. Use a mild herbal shampoo and rinse daily, and a protein or oil­ based conditioner well massaged into the scalp. A restorative tonic should be rubbed in daily. Dry hair naturally and brush carefully with a soft bristle brush. If the condition persists consult a trichologist.
  • Breaking Hair and Split Ends: Have the ends trimmed regularly. Avoid astringent lotions. Use a protein-enriched shampoo. Condition after each shampoo and use a deep treatment oil conditioner once a week. Do not brush your hair, use only a wide-toothed comb. Do not use heated appliances or direct heat.
  • Dandruff: Use a mild herbal shampoo every other day followed by a herbal or vinegar rinse. Use a herbal anti­ dandruff lotion or conditioner daily or after each shampoo. Treat gently. Follow a high protein fruit and vegetable diet.
  • Eczema and Itchy Scalp: Use a mild vinegar soak before shampooing. Use herbal shampoo every other day followed by a herbal vinegar or lemon rinse. Use a scalp and hair conditioner regularly.

HERBAL REMEDY

  • Hair Loss, Thinning and Lifeless Hair: Onion, garlic, chili, quince, castor oil, and rum. Oil of cedarwood and southernwood. Infusions of mallow root, parsley seed, rosemary, catmint, nasturtium and marjoram (oregano).
  • Dandruff: Burdock root, rosemary, southernwood, sage, goosegrass, stinging nettles, raspberry leaves, apple juice, and herb vinegar.
  • Eczema and Itchy Scalp: Essential oils of lavender, bergamot, and juniper. Catmint, comfrey, nettle, parsley, raspberry leaves, quince, rosemary, southernwood, thyme and yarrow infusions. Witch hazel and flower water.

PROBLEMS AFFECTING YOUR HAIR

Anxiety, nervous tension, and ill health can all affect the condition and quality of your hair. Many people suffer from excessively brittle hair, while others find that it is their scalp that is the problem. This chart shows several commonly occurring problems and acts as a guide to relevant treatments using naturally therapeutic hair products, which, if used regularly will restore your hair to its full health.

CAMOMILE AND SOAPWORT SHAMPOO

A gentle cleanser for problem hair.

  • 15ml (1 tbsp} powdered soapwort root
  • 15ml (1 tbsp} dried camomile flowers
  • 275ml (½ pt} water

Boil the water and pour it over the herbs in a heatproof bowl. Leave the mixture to infuse overnight. Strain before use.

An infusion of soapwort – its root, leaves, and stem – makes a soapy liquid which, although it does not lather, gently and thoroughly cleanses the hair. Any herb can be substituted for the camomile, depending on the problem being treated. An infusion of white dead-nettles, for instance, makes a good shampoo treatment for oily hair.

HERBAL OIL PRE­ CONDITIONER

Different essential oils can be used in this conditioner to suit the requirements of your hair- rosemary for falling hair and dandruff, cedarwood for thinning and lifeless hair, lavender, juniper or bergamot for an irritated scalp, verbena for oily hair and nettle for dandruff.

  • 15ml (1 tbsp} anhydrous lanolin
  • 15ml (1 tbsp} almond oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp} glycerine
  • 2 drops any essential oil
  • 1 egg yolk

Melt the lanolin in a bowl in a bain-marie and gently beat in the oils. Remove from the heat and beat in the egg yolk. Use as you would the Oil Pre-Conditioner, but leave for only 30 minutes.

ALMOND OIL AND HONEY CONDITIONER

Strengthens dry and damaged hair with split ends.

  • 30ml (2 tbsps} almond oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp} clear honey
  • 1 egg yolk

Combine the oil and honey together and beat in the egg. Use as you would the Oil Pre-Conditioner, but leave for only 30 minutes.

 

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