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Category: Recipes: Hair

  1. Protein Hair Treatment

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    This is a once-a-week protein hair treatment.

    You will need:

    24g gelatine
    450ml still spring water
    10ml cider vinegar
    3 drops chamomile essential oil
    3 drops lemon essential oil

    Method:

    Mix the gelatine and water until the liquid is thick and smooth. Let stand until the solution begins to gel. Add the vinegar and essential oils.

    To use:

    Apply generously to all of the hair, and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

    NB. Chamomile and lemon essential oils will benefit blonde to light brown hair best. For darker hair, use lavender and rosemary.


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  2. Natural Highlighters for Hair

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    Use these natural colourants on a sunny day to brighten and add shine to your hair in a subtle way.

     

     

    For blonde hair:

     

    125ml lemon juice

    375ml cold chamomile tea

    5 drops chamomile essential oil

    5 drops lemon essential oil

     

    Mix ingredients together and then pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

    For brown/red hair:

     

    250ml beetroot juice

    250ml carrot juice

    5 drops lavender essential oil

    5 drops rosemary essential oil

     

    Mix ingredients together and then pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

    For dark hair:

     

    500ml walnut leaves

    750ml boiling spring water

     

    Place the walnut leaves in a saucepan and pour the boiling spring water over. Bring back to the boil and simmer gently for ten minutes. Leave to cool, then strain the liquid off and discard the walnut leaves. Pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

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  3. Lecithin Treatment for Damaged Hair

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    Use this treatment for hair that is sun-damaged or bleached and brittle.


    You will need:

    30ml liquid lecithin
    5ml jojoba oil
    1ml evening primrose oil
    5ml sesame oil
    5ml lemon juice
    5 drops eucalyptus lemon essential oil

    Method:

    Melt the ingredients together in a double boiler. Mix well. Use while still warm.

    To use:

    Apply the mixture all over the hair, massaging in well through to the scalp. Cover with polythene wrap, and then cover again with a towel. Leave for at least ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly.


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  4. Honey and Sandalwood Hair Treatment

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    Use this treatment for hair that been dried out and damaged by heat styling and/or hair colourants, especially bleach.

     

    You will need:

     

    45ml clear honey

    15ml olive oil

    5 drops sandalwood essential oil

     

     

    Warm the honey until melted and liquid then stir in the olive oil. Remove from the heat and stir in the sandalwood essential oil. Apply the treatment to shampooed hair and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off, then shampoo again and condition with your usual conditioner.

     

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  5. Herbal Shampoo

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    This is a really simple shampoo recipe for those who are too busy to learn the more complex soap making techniques required for other types of shampoo.

     

    You will need:

     

    10g dried herb of your choice.

    500ml still spring water, boiled

    60ml soap flakes

    20ml vegetable glycerine.

    10 drops essential oil of your choice

    3ml preservative

     

    Method:

     

    Place the dried herb in a heatproof container. Pour the boiling spring water over and cover the container. Leave to infuse for thirty minutes, then strain and reserve 375ml of the liquid for the shampoo. Place the infusion in a saucepan, place on the heat and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the soap flakes. Stir until the soap has dissolved. Add the glycerine and preservative and stir until well mixed through the shampoo. When cool, add the essential oils. Pour into a clean bottle.

     

    If you are unsure of which herb to use, chamomile for blonde/fair/light brown hair, or lavender/rosemary for darker brown hair works well.

     

    NB. The preservative is required because of the addition of the herbal infusion. If you do not wish to use herbs in this shampoo, then no preservative will be necessary.

     

     

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