Originally Published by ThankYourBody.com
Hair care is SO personal. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. And that’s why today I’m excited to share this ultimate all natural hair care roundup. I’m going to be answering a few of the most common questions I’ve received about natural hair care and then sharing great recipes and tutorials to hopefully help you find YOUR favourite natural hair care routine.
Read the Q&A directly on ThankYourBody.com. Continue reading for all natural hair care recipes:
No more comerical Shampoo
Three times a week, mix 1 Tbsp baking soda to 1 C water. Put the mixture in a bottle and shake really well before applying. After wetting your hair in the shower, apply the baking soda mixture to your scalp and rub in a circular motion all around – focusing on the scalp, not the rest of your hair. Rinse well.
Condition the ends of your hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Mix 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1-2 cups of water. Either just rinse the ends of your hair with the whole thing, or rinse your entire head with it. For now, I’m going to stick with the ends, because I’ve read that – especially in the beginning while your scalp is adjusting – too much apple cider vinegar on your scalp could cause more overproducing of oils.
Two weeks of wondering what the flipping crack we’re doing, because our hair is overly greasy. This is okay. This is just like homemade deodorant. Our bodies have to readjust to the “normal” way of doing things. The scalp is going to overreact.
Contrary to popular belief, not using shampoo does not lead to stinky hair. I’ve heard no reports that indicate that a stink or funk or otherwise unpleasant odour has resulted from any heads that use this method (at least after the first few “breaking in” overly oily days)
GIVE IT AT LEAST THREE WEEKS TO A MONTH BEFORE QUITTING.
pH Balanced Shampoo Recipe
- 1 can of Coconut Milk (or about 1 1/2 cups if you like to make it yourself)
- 1 3/4 cups pure aloe vera gel
- Optional: Essential oils
- Mix both ingredients in a bowl using a wire whisk to fully incorporate.
- Pour mixture into ice cube trays. (I used two full trays)
- Put in freezer and wait a few hours until frozen completely. At this point you can transfer them to some sort of bag or container, or just keep them in the trays.
- Take one cube out before you want to use it (at least the night before) and keep it in a small container or bowl in the fridge until you are ready to shower. Use as you would normal shampoo (about a quarter size amount).
- Work into the scalp and then move toward the ends of your hair. Let sit for 30 seconds or so and then rinse completely. This will not lather… so don’t keep adding more thinking it will get your hair “more clean.” Like all good things in life, a little goes a long way.
- Place any remaining mixture back in the fridge to use next time you wash your hair. The shelf life of each cube is about 1 week in the fridge. Just be sure to take a new cube out when you use up the other one.
NOTE: I’d highly recommend giving this shampoo some tries before judging it. I found that my hair was a little greasy and my scalp slightly flaky for the first couple of times I used it. By the fourth it was great, though.
Treatment for Gray Hair
It’s not just about what we use on our hair. What we put in our bodies can also affect how gracefully we go gray.
- Vitamin A: green leafy vegetables
- Vitamin B: grass fed beef, liver
- Minerals (zinc, iron, copper): nuts and seeds, eggs, meat, green vegetables
Two DIY tips beyond a good diet:
- Mix together coconut oil and lemon juice, enough to make a paste. Massage into your scalp for 10-15 minutes while you’re in the shower.
- One tablespoon of organic, unsulphured blackstrap molasses (don’t take it at night–it’ll be like having an espresso before bed!) contains copper and traces of magnesium, selenium, and iron. Copper is essential to your hair’s ability to produce pigment.
Treatment for Hair Loss
What you eat matters! As I mentioned above, if you have vitamin and mineral deficiencies because of a poor diet, the health of your skin, hair, and nails will suffer.
- Get at least 15 grams of protein from organic animal sources at each meal.
- Drink bone broth for the collagen and gelatin– it’s great for skin and hair!
- Plenty of leafy and starchy veggies will provide minerals.
- You can supplement with Floradix, an excellent liquid herbal iron supplement, or take a B vitamin complex to boost those levels.
- Try gelatin from grass fed cows in smoothies.
- Get plenty of probiotic foods, such as fermented raw kraut, to boost the good bacteria in your gut so that you’ll digest better and absorb all the nutrients from your food. You can try a probiotic supplement, too.
- I also recommend taking essential fatty acids. You can get them from fermented cod liver oil or fish oil. I only recommend Green Pastures or Nordic Naturals. Adding a biotin supplement can help, too.
- Other important nutrients are calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc.
These 3 oils can do wonders for your hair, they reduce hair fall and make your hair strong and healthy:
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Pour 2oz (600ml) Jojoba Oil into a glass bottle, add 3 drops each of Rosemary, Lavender and Cedarwood Essential Oils and shake well.
- Massage your scalp with this oil for about 5 minutes and shampoo after one hour.
Treatment for Dry Hair and Dandruff
- Massage 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into your damp hair.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes (covered with a shower cap).
- Shampoo thoroughly.
- You can repeat this 1-2 times a week.
- As a detangler and a daily moisturizer you can use a tiny amount of coconut oil on the ends of your hair after showering.
- For dandruff, massage a small amount of coconut oil onto your scalp. Leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight.
Natural Hair Dye
How to Lighten your Hair Naturally
- 2 Tablespoon raw Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon powder
- Juice of 3 Lemons
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil
NOTE: Do a patch test before trying this recipe because you might be allergic to cinnamon. When applying it to your hair, make sure it doesn’t touch your scalp because it might sting or burn.
- Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to your hair. If your hair is very long you will have to increase the amount of ingredients accordingly.
- Rinse your hair after 2 hours, if you don’t want to lighten it too much, 1 hour should be fine.
To use as a final rise, brew 1/3 Cup of Dried Camomile or 5-6 sachets of Camomile tea (pure without other herbs). Boil 2 cups of Water and add the Camomile, let it boil for 5 mins and let it cool. Use as a final rinse.
Dye your Hair with Coffee
- 1/2 cup conditioner (I used the most natural one I could find – Young Living’s Rosemary Mint)
- 3-4 Tbsp organic instant decaf coffee (the decaf part is optional, I was just being extra careful)
- Mix the two ingredients together until the coffee dissolves.
- Put a brown towel around your shoulders, dip your fingers in the “dye” and spread it evenly throughout your hair, starting with the roots.
- Clip your hair on top of your head so you don’t drip the mixture on anything, and leave it on for at least one hour. If you wait longer, it will start to dry and that makes it more difficult to rinse out.
- Rinse, but don’t wash, your hair until the water runs clear.
Style as you normally would. The first time you do this, you’ll probably want to do it two days in a row (if you have grays).
- Use more conditioner and more coffee if you have long hair. My hair is thin, so this amount worked.
- Don’t worry about dripping the “dye” on your skin or sink—it doesn’t stain these things (but it might stain clothes or furniture, which is whyI recommend the hair clip and brown towel)!
- This is not for blonds!
- If you have grays, you’ll want to do this two days in a row to get full coverage initially
- You’ll need to do this once a week if you want to keep the results (I wash my hair every 2-3 days)
- Mixing this with henna would probably work amazingly well too, and probably help the color to last longer
- You don’t have a lot of specific control about what color your hair will be–this is more of a “stain” and the mixture looks a lot lighter than you would think it would (assuming your conditioner is a whitish color)
- After the first time I did this, I stopped measuring the conditioner and the coffee–it’s not so exact that you need to measure precisely
You need to use a acid medium to apply henna. Lemon juice does this very well. When mixed together it releases the dye and bind to the keratin in your hair. This makes Henna permanent.
- MIX IT!
Mix enough henna with lemon juice to make it like the consistency of mashed potatoes (see photo below). If lemon juice is too harsh on your skin, use something less acidic like grapefruit or orange juice. You could use vinegar or wine, but your hair will be a little stinky for awhile. Don’t use boiling water or your Henna will fade and be an ugly orange.• Short Hair (use 100g or 1 cup)
• Collar Length Hair (use 200g or 2 cups)
• Shoulder Length Hair (use 300g or 3 cups)
• Waist Length Hair (use 500g or 5 cups)• If you have thick hair, add an extra 1/2 cup to a cup of Henna powder.
- REST IT.
You need to let your Henna paste rest for several hours. I usually mix the Henna in the morning and apply to my hair at night. Letting it rest allows the slow dye release and will give you the BEST results. Cover your Henna with a plastic wrap and let it stew.
- MIX IT AGAIN.
It’s been several hours and you are ready to apply. Mix some more lemon juice with the paste mixture until it is the consistency of yogurt.
- APPLY IT. WEAR GLOVES.
Henna is permanent and it will stain everything it comes in contact with. This is the messy step. I have a few suggestions to make it easier. Get in your bathtub and fill it up with water. Apply the Henna while standing in your tub. Or, you can go outside and apply. Bring a mirror.• Apply generously and thick for a deep, rich color.
• Comb your hair and divide it into sections.
• You can put the Henna in a piping back, squeeze bottle, or just use your fingers and apply. I find the latter to be the easiest.
• Start at the back and work the Henna down to the scalp. Apply it thick! Then bring down the next section and Henna it. Make sure every bit of hair is THICKLY coated…like cake frosting. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of Henna and don’t be afraid to get messy.
When all your hair is covered with Henna, wipe your skin clean of any Henna, and wrap everything up in a plastic wrap. This keeps the Henna warm and moist and allows the hair to take in the dye. I then wrap a large DARK towel (remember Henna will stain anything it touches) around my head. This is when I go to bed. Yes, I sleep with the Henna on my head all night. This is not necessary but I have found that it covers my gray hair the best when I leave it on for, at least, 6 hours. The recommendation is 2-4 hours, but if you know that your hair is resistant to dye or has gray, then you may want to leave it on a little longer. I lay a dark towel over my pillow and sleep. I actually sleep really well with Henna on my head and it is also known that Henna can soothe headaches. So, just relax and enjoy the full benefit that Henna can give you.
- RINSE IT.
Time to rinse out the Henna. I have shorter hair so this step isn’t too difficult. I take a nice long shower and rinse it out completely. I follow it with a wash and condition. When my hair was much longer, I used to fill up the bathtub and lay down in the water. This helped get the Henna out of my hair.
- Henna may seem really bright at first. Do not panic…it will darken over the next few days if you used the acidic mix. It will take about 3 days to settle into the true color.
- Once again, DO NOT be stingy with the mix. More is always better with Henna.
- You can use this on beards too if you would like!
- Some people can’t stand the smell of Henna. If you can’t stand the smell, you can add 1 TB of powdered ginger, clove, or cinnamon to your Henna mix.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup marshmallow root
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of oil (oils like coconut, olive, or jojoba)
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
- Simmer the water and the marshmallow root for about 20 minutes.
- Allow it to cool, then strain the liquid through a cheesecloth, and add in the rest of the ingredients.
- Then put it in a spray bottle and tame that wild hair.
- Flax Seeds
- Strainer or Pantyhose
- 1 medium saucepan
Aloe Vera Gel
- Place 1/4-1/2 a cup of flax seeds in a pot.
- Pour in 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Stir frequently for about five minutes or until you see a foam on top.
- Check to see how thick the gel is and if it’s almost to your liking, put it in the strainer or stocking.
If using a stocking, drag the tongs down the stocking to squeeze the gel through the holes.
If using astrainer, use your spoon to agitate the seeds and push the gel through.
- Let the gel cool in the container until warm to the touch and then stir in the optional Aloe Vera Gel and/or essential oils.
- Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for two weeks. If you use Rosemary oil or vitamin E as a preservative, you’ll be able two keep it one or two weeks longer.
All Natural Hair Pomade
- 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbs. Organic Beeswax, grated
- Essential Oils (optional, but I always nice for scent and extra benefits)
- You’ll also need some sort of container for your homemade pomade.
- Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, reduce heat to low, whisk in the olive oil until fully incorporated.
- Take off heat and mix in a couple of drops of essential oil (5 – 10). Let cool completely and check the texture. If too stiff, put back on heat and add more coconut or olive oil. If too runny, put back on heat and add more beeswax.
- Place homemade pomade in container and get that hair beautified!
All Natural Hair Spray
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- a couple of drops of isopropyl alcohol or vodka (optional, but helps preserve the hairspray longer.)
- Mix water and sugar into a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
- If adding alcohol, stir in before transferring to a fine mist bottle.
Note: It’s best to keep this in the fridge so it won’t spoil, especially if you don’t add any alcohol. If you add the alcohol the shelf life will be longer, but as with all homemade beauty products, if something smells fishy, toss it.
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay powder
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 additional cup apple cider vinegar
- Mix bentonite clay, Rosemary essential oil, aloe vera gel and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair.
- Put on a shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.
- Don’t let the mixture dry! Rinse thoroughly.
- Rinse with 1 cup vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo.
- Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak
Special Condition Treatments
Coconut Oil Treatment
- 3/4- 1 cup melted virgin coconut oil (preferably organic)
- 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (you can get high quality essential oilsHERE)
- Optional 1 TB raw honey (think hair food!)
- 1/8 tsp Vitamin E oil
- Whisk the honey and Vitamin E oil into the melted coconut oil if you’re using them
- Add the essential oil and stir
- Apply starting at the ends and work your way up (apply evenly and liberally but not dripping. I drench my hair anyways.) Comb it through using a wide tooth comb
- Wrap your head in a shower cap or just clip it back up and out of the way
- Let the oil sit for at least 1 hour.
Nourishing Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 Tbsp. milk
- Blend all three ingredients in a blender until perfectly smooth.
- Slather the smoothie onto your hair, focusing on the ends.
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with COLD water.
- After cold water rinse, wash and condition hair as usual.
Banana Hair Conditioner for Split Ends
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp honey
- Mash 1 banana with 1 egg.
- Add 1 tablespoons coconut oil and 3 tablespoons honey
- Blend well
- Apply thoroughly to scalp and hair
- Leave it on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse of with cold water, then shampoo
- Wash off with shampoo.
All Natural Deep Conditioner with Coconut Cream
- 1/2 cup fresh coarsely grated coconut meat*
- 1/2 cup fresh coconut milk (like this)
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1 fresh vanilla bean, cut into small pieces (optional, but really heavenly)
*Fresh coconut is always going to give superior results. Check out these great posts on how to open a coconut and how to make your own coconut milk.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut meat, milk, and honey.
- Place vanilla bean in a coffee grinder and grind until smooth. Combine vanilla with coconut and honey mixture.
- Pour mixture into palms of hands and apply to damp hair.
- Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.