Hair moves better when it is clean and healthy. For beautiful, fresh-smelling hair, it is worth making your own aromatic shampoos. It’s color and texture are fixed by genetics, but the strength and condition are governed by how you treat it, your diet and state of mind. If you are stressed or tired, your hair will look dull and lifeless.
Vitamin B complex supplements or foods such as liver, wholegrain cereals and brewer’s yeast can help to boost hair condition. Vitamin C is important for strong healthy capillaries that supply blood to the hair follicles, while evening primrose oil can improve the appearance of skin and hair. For thousands of years, herbs and plants have been mixed and blended and then used to heal, freshen, pamper and beautify hair.
Homemade Aromatic Shampoos
Add 4-6 drops of essential oil to 60 ml/4 tbsp of an unfragranced shampoo. Choose from the following oils: chamomile, geranium, lavender (normal hair); yland yland, rosemary (dry hair); juniper, tea tree (for dandruff or scalp problems); or eucalyptus and citrus oils (greasy, lank hair).
Remember to use these aromatic shampoos immediately after you have made them, because they won’t keep well.
As a general rule, the less often you wash your hair the better. Frequent washing removes the natural oils from the scalp so try to avoid over-washing if your style needs a boost, just dampen the hair slightly to revive whatever treatments are already in it. Before you wash your hair, brush out loose hairs and dirt with a soft brush. Wash in lukewarm water, gently massaging in the shampoo with the fingertips in a circular motion. Rinse toughly. Hair rinses are simple to make, use fresh, natural ingredients, and are a pleasantly sweet-scented finishing treatment after you have shampooed your hair. Many natural hair treatments can be made safely, economically and simply at home.