Friday, July 08, 2005

Hair care Helper

I have researched this topic now for about 3 yrs. Since I have begun transitioning, I have noticed how helpful these herbs maybe to others…. I used some of them, even with my relaxed hair.

INCREASE GROWTH REDUCE DANDRUFF
Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, was traditionally popular in Europe as a scalp treatment applied to improve hair strength, shine and body, combat hair loss. It also was used as an herbal remedy to get rid of dandruff and scalp itching, promote healing of skin and scalp conditions. Modern studies indicate that Burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acid, nutrients required for healthy scalp and natural hair growth. Gently massage Burdock root oil extract into the scalp. For better results use regularly and after you wash your hair.

HAIR GROWTH
Wet your hair and gently massage the whole beaten egg through your hair, taking extra care with your scalp. This treatment is meant to get the oils, built up conditioners, and dirt from the past week- off your scalp and purify it. Let the egg sit for about a minute, then rise thoroughly with warm water. Massage in the mayonnaise in the same way, but paying attention to the tips of the hair, and let sit for about 2-3 minutes. (For a deep conditioning-wrap your head in a towel and sit in the sun for 30 minutes) Rinse with warm water and then shampoo with your normal shampoo. Don't condition after.

DRY HAIR Try adding ½ teaspoon of olive oil to your regular conditioner.

FRIZZY HAIR Add 4 teaspoons of honey and a ½ of tablespoon of almond oil to your regular conditioner. Let stand for 20 min. and rinse.

SPLIT END TREATMENTS
Mix about a tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and an egg yolk. Apply to wet hair and let stand for about 20 – 30 mins. Rinse and shampoo like normal. Next apply warmed olive oil and let stand over night. Wash hair again and rinse with an ACV (apple cider vinegar) solution.

GROWTH SHAMPOO
Boil 2 cups of water. Throw in 2 catnip tea bags and mix in 2 cups of dried chopped Soapwart root. Turn of heat and let cool. Strain the mixture and keep the liquid. Use as a shampoo. Don’t keep over 7 – 10 days.

GROWTH AND SHINEAdd a teaspoon of nutmeg (yes the seasoning) in 1-½ cups of milk. Add ½ cup of your regular conditioner. Apply to wet hair and let stand for 5-10 min. Rinse out.

THICKEN ROOTS
Boil 2 cups of water and add 2 bags of sage tea. Let stand and cool. After shampooing hair, mix the “sage water” with your current conditioner. Let stand on hair for about 15 min. Rinse and style. Sage eliminates hair loss and strengthens and thickens hair.

NEW HAIR
After washing and conditioning hair, apply carrot seed oil to hair (can be used in a spray bottle mixed with water for everyday use). Carrot seed oil strengthens weak, damaged hair. It goes right into the hair shaft to repair, strengthen and moisturize damaged hair. Carrot seed Oil promotes the development of new hair.

HAIR NUTRIENTS
Smash an old banana and an old avocado together and apply to hair after shampooing. This is the advice from a Hollywood hairdresser. She says to leave it on for about 15 min and rinse in kitchen sink with a garbage disposal.

VITAMINS AND HERBS FOR HAIR LOSS
Taking a multivitamin daily can decrease hair loss.
Vitamins A, B6, B12, Folic acid, biotin, and Vitamin C. Caution: Too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss, keep your intake less than 100,000 IU daily.Rinse your hair with ACV and sage tea.
This helps hair grow. Catmint or chamomile infusions used as a final rinse can help with itchiness, a source of hair loss. Aloe, nettles, stinging nettle, birch leaves and watercress are excellent blood and skin cleaners.
Drink 1 tbsp. of juice of stinging nettle, birch leaves and watercress, mixed in a glass of water to cleanse the blood. Licorice extract may help prevent hair loss. Horsetail is a good source of silica. Silica helps to keep hair strong and looking shiny and sleek.
To shampoo hair, steep 2 tbsp. horsetail in 4 oz. hot water and add to a baby shampoo.Massage scalp regularly with tinctures of stinging nettle, birch, horsetail and rosemary for hair growth stimulation, to disinfect the scalp and to increase blood circulation.Rosemary or stinging nettle may help combat dandruff, a source of hair loss.
Put a large handful of rosemary into a pan and cover with water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and leave to cool. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a jug containing a few drops of wheatgerm or any oil. Use this as a rinse after you have washed your hair with a very mild shampoo. Finally rinse thoroughly with tepid water.

FISH?!?
The fatty acids in fish help hydrate hair and skin. Try eating fish twice a week. Or if eating fish isn’t “you” try taking two tablespoons of flaxseed oil. Some even use it to cook with.
Author: Toi

Stay BeautifulAnnieth Wollery

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