I am on a mission to persuade millions of women to just say no to chemical laden shampoos and silicone loaded conditioners. I realize all it is a lot to ask. I also realize you may be thinking that I am suggesting you switch to more expensive salon brands. Actually, there are a few good “no nasties” shampoos and conditioners out there. I have used them and I do review them so that those that can’t go the “No Shampoo” route have organic and natural options.
I love finding good alternatives that are completely natural with recipes you can mix at home. That’s what this post is all about. For those who aren’t using shampoo any longer there are recipes for color enhancing rinses. These rinses can be used by any type hair, after shampoo or as an alternative.
Directions: Mix 1 cup of shampoo with 1 cup of the following:
- Blondes: Steep 1 tablespoon chamomile, calendula or powdered rhubarb root in 1 cup boiling water for thirty minutes.
- Brunettes: Add 1 cup strong black coffee *OR* 1 cup water in which you have steeped 1 tablespoon powdered black walnut shells, allspice, or cloves for thirty minutes.
- Redheads: Add 1 cup red wine and/or real orange juice, *OR* 1 cup water in which 1 tablespoon red hibiscus or 2 tablespoons red clover have been steeped thirty minutes.
- Blond Hair: Mix shampoo with an equal amount of strong chamomile tea (2 or 3 tablespoons to 1 cup of water).
- Dark Hair: Add 1/4 cup of crushed fresh blackberries to a cup of shampoo and use this mixture to wash hair.
- Red Hair: Use raspberries instead of blackberries.
- Black Hair: Make hair shiny by mixing strong, freshly brewed black coffee half and half with shampoo.
Simmer the ingredients over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. After washing hair as you normally do, rinse with the infusion twice (you’ll need to catch the first rinse with a big bowl so you can use it again for the second rinse).
- Blonde Hair: 1/4 cup dried chamomile blossoms; 2 cups distilled water.
- Brown Hair: 1/4 cup dried rosemary or sage leaves; 2 cups distilled water.
- Red Hair: 1/4 cup dried calendula blossoms; 2 cups distilled water.
Tip: The more regularly you use these color and highlights enhancers, the more effective they will be (and last longer).
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