So we’ve all had the ‘I can’t stand my hair, too curly grrrr, too straight grrr, too frizzy double grrr lol. You found that ‘magic’ product (mousse, gel, conditioner, etc) that makes your tresses shiny and perfect almost all of the time. The truth is 90 percent of the ingredients in your products are synthetic and only will only ‘work’ for so long. I could type out a long list on synthetic ingredients that are not only bad for your scalp, hair, and skin but instead I’ll give you a few good treatments to tackle your most worrisome hair woes knowing exactly what you are exposing your skin to.
A few tips before you begin…. Do not use a towel on your hair…ever! The fibers will damage your hair strands and create further issues. Instead use an old t-shirt. Cut the collar out and sleeves off. Cut seam on one side to have full use of the shirt. I use one of my husbands since it is larger. Also, NO hot water! Even for your skin it causes damage and further strips moisture from hair and skin. If you want to do a hot oil treatment use warm water on an old t-shirt and wrap around your head. The heat will be coming from your body not the t-shirt.
Rosemary & Olive Hair Oil Treatment
1 oz cold pressed extra virging olive oil
30 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Add oil to a bottle with spouted lid (think restaurant style ketchup container or a never used hair dye bottle can be purchased at a beauty supply store). Add drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, cap bottle and shake with finger over spout opening. Apply first to scalp then gently massage and work through hair strands. Cover your head with an old t-shirt for 10-20 min. Rinse with nearly cold water.
If you need something a bit thicker try this:
Avocado Deep Conditioner
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients on low in a blender. Use immediately, gently massaging into scalp & concentrating on the ends of your hair. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well in cool water.
Basic Hair Rinse – This rinse gives shine & removes any residue buildup.
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups of warm water
Combine in a squeeze bottle and distribute slowly through your hair and massage for about a minute. Rinse.
*Tip: lemon juice can lighten your hair when it is exposed to the sun so be sure to rinse well. If you dye your hair I would opt for the vinegar instead unless you don’t mind the colour change.