The Best Herbal Infusions for Strong and Healthy Natural Hair

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

Most likely, you may have heard of herbal infusions for health purposes. Because of the cancer-fighting properties of many herbs, many people regularly prepare and enjoy herbal concoctions for relaxation and medicinal purposes and also to satisfy their palates. But did you know that herbal infusions can also be used to strengthen and beautify hair?

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DIY Hair Rinse for Severe Shedding and Stunted Growth


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

DHT is a hormone that causes hair loss for both men and women. Many things can factor into it. Read here for more info about DHT. If you are having issues with stunted growth, weak strands or severe shedding then this rinse is for you. It will also soothe an itchy or irritated scalp as well. Check out my recipe below.

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Homemade Hair Tonics for Strong & Healthy Hair!


A healthy head of hair with a healthy, flake-free scalp is a wonderful thing. So wonderful and desired, in fact, that there is an enormous market that caters solely to it. Walk down any hair product aisle and you’ll be overwhelmed with then number of choices you have for shampoos, conditioners, rinses, sprays, and dyes (to name just a few things.) You could spend days, and lots of money, trying to figure out just what chemical concoction will work the wonders it promises. If you’d like to break up that routine, try making some of your own products at home. I have found them to be simple, pure, and more effective that many of the things I have bought in stores.

1. Nettle Hair Tonic
Rich in iron, a rinse made with nettles can help combat hair loss/promote hair growth. Drinking nettle tea may also help battle hair loss, as iron can help with circulation to the scalp, in turn fueling hair growth. Nettles will also help with an imbalance of sebum (the oil that your pores produce) which can make a difference if you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp. For something that is such a pain to even brush up against, it’s a wonderful herb when fully utilized!

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Using Essential Oils in Your Natural Hair Care Regimen


by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

You’ve probably heard about how great essential oils are to use in your hair care regimen, like the fact that they help to stimulate blood flow in the scalp and therefore, hair growth. But, do you know how to use them?

Well, basically, before using them on your skin (which, of course, includes the scalp), they must be diluted in a carrier oil. These are the oils you may already use like Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed and so on. While carrier oils are made from the fatty parts of fruit or plants and have a fairly mild scent, essential oils are more concentrated, extracted from the blossoms or leaves of plants and are normally quite aromatic. In fact, you probably use some of these for aromatherapy and massages for their soothing effect.

Tea Rinses for Natural Hair Growth and Strength


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural

Yes, tea isn't JUST for drinking!

This natural hair journey is ever changing as we learn more about what aids in happy, healthy hair. Despite being a natural for over seven years, I am still learning about the plentiful ways of treating and loving our tresses.

Tea rinses are new to me. I've never really heard of them until recently and since I'm not completely clueless I figured I wasn't alone. I felt I needed to dig a little deeper into what they are and how many are using them.

Hair Tea / Hair Tea Rinse


A hair tea/hair tea rinse is simply brewing a type of tea, allowing it to steep and cool prior to pouring it over your hair and scalp. Massaging your scalp with the hair tea is next and this all happens after hair has been washed. There are MANY uses for the tea rinses and there are many types to choose from:

* Turn gray hairs darker - Rosemary and Sage

* Brightening the hair - chamomile for blondes; rooibos for redheads; or black tea for dark hair

* Reduces shedding hair - Green tea, black tea

* Stimulate hair growth - Green tea

* Strengthens and thickens the hair - Black tea

* Helps with dandruff and psorasis - Green tea, Nettle

* Promote hair growth - Hibiscus (This was found through a scientific study on rats - (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pp 235-239, 2003). 

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Hair Cleanser

Evelyn of NaturallyCurly writes:

One of the reasons I’m glad I went natural is the versatility and experimentation that my coily hair offers. I don’t have to worry about washing my flat iron job out or ruining my perm. I can try different products and techniques, secure in the fact that I can just wash it out if I don’t like it. So cruising through the aisles of my local organic food store, I stumbled upon some apple cider vinegar and remembered a Youtube video from one of my favorite naturals, naptural85.

On her quest to use more natural ingredients in her hair, she used apple cider vinegar as a shampoo or hair cleanser. She said it added the bounce and shine back to her coils. I bought a bottle (a little over 3 bucks) and decided to find out if it was just as good as she said. And to be completely honest, I didn’t do my research until after I tried out the apple cider vinegar rinse.

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