Herbal rinses are great way to give your hair nutrition and can substitute as great home remedies. They can also help add highlights to dull and lackluster hair. When used regularly that can help close and heal the cuticle layer of the hair and give the hair shine and bounce. Here are few guidelines in making your hair teas.
Herbal infusions are made the same way you would make a tea that you would drink, 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs for every cup of water or 2 teaspoons of dried herb for every cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and pour over your herbs. All this mixture to steep for 20 minutes or more, then strain. The longer you allow the herbs to steep the stronger the tea will be.
When making a tea out of more fibrous parts the process is a little different. Use 2 tablespoons of your herb to 1 cup of water, bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Allow the brew to cool and strain.
Your teas can now be used in a couple of different ways. The most common way is as a hair rinse. After shampooing your hair you can use this before or after your conditioner. Most people will use this as the final rinse, meaning they will not rinse the tea out of there hair. Others will find the teas too strong to leave in and will need to rinse the tea out of their hair after allowing it to sit in the hair for at least 10 minutes. In general, if treating a condition like dandruff or dermatitis, then do not rinse out your hair tea. If using a rinse that has added vinegar then it should be rinsed out.
For application of your hair teas, use an applicator bottle to apply directly to scalp and hair after shampooing and towel blotting your hair. If you are planning on rinsing out your hair tea, then allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing out with cool or tepid water. If you are planning on leaving the hair tea in your hair than apply over a basin, so that you may use the collected rinse water over your hair again during the same application.
Here are a few herbs that may interest in your hair tea mixes.
Horsetail– good for all hair types, contains amino acids and silica and is great for conditioning the hair
Nettle– antifungal and good for hair growth, contains tons of vitamins and minerals essential for hair
Coltsfoots– similar to horsetail
Marshmallow root– great emollient, anti inflammatory
Rosemary– can be used as a rinse to darken hair, as well hair an excellent hair conditioner
Lavender- great for dry hair and leaves a pleasant scent
Chamomile– can be used to give highlights, lightens dark hair over time
Peppermint– stimulating and great for itchy scalps
You may also want to consider orange or lemon peels to your tea blends. Generally one cup rinses are enough for 1 application depending on the length of your hair.
Herbal blend suggestions: 1 teaspoon of nettle & 1 teaspoon of peppermint for itchy scalp and dandruff
2 teaspoons of horsetail to help condition and detangle hair
1 teaspoon of lavender, ½ teaspoon of horsetail and ½ teaspoon of rosemary for dry hair