Remember my post on herbs. I ended up trying an herbal rinse out on last week. Too impatient to wait on my Mountain Rose order I went ahead and worked w/what I had on hand and picked up some loose herbs from a health store. It went pretty well. I just wished that I had had all of the herbs that I intended to use. What I used in this particular tea was Marshmallow Root, Burdock Root and Horsetail. I basically followed the method in that Trenellm used in her video that I included in my previous post.
FIRST HAIR TEA RECIPE
1 T of Marshmallow Root – gives awesome slip; detangler. It provides excellent relief from skin and scalp irritation while leaving hair soft and shining.
1 T Burdock Root – manageability, conditioning, improve hair strength, shine, body, and to help reverse scalp conditions, such as dandruff and to combat hair loss. It contains nutrients required to maintain a healthy scalp and promote natural hair growth.
1 T horsetail - Heavy in silica; strengthens fingernails and hair, especially good for split ends. It contributes flexibility and strength to the bones, hair, and nails.
I steeped the herbs in about 20 oz of distilled water. I let them steep for about 2 hours. I’ve read that the longer you allow the tea to steep, the better the herbs will infuse. With that in mind, I’ll allow a longer amount of steeping the next time I do an herbal rinse. I poured a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar into a 16 oz plastic bottle.
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9).
On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline.
Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.
After reading a little more on this, I believe that I can up that amount to 1/3 of the mixture. Based on that, I’ll also increase this for my next batch. (I doubt it will be 1/3 but it'll definitely be more than I used last time. I'm always concerned about drying my hair out so I'll gradually increase the ACV amount and be watchful of how my hair responds.) I poured my tea mixture on top of the ACV. Then I added a few drops of my favorite essential oils- Lemongrass and Lavender. Oh, that was a heavenly scent that actually lingered longer than I expected. I also added a few drops of Vitamin E oil.
Shook all these ingredients up and used it as a final rinse. Final rinse meaning I did not rinse it out. I liked the way my hair felt and can’t wait to do this with my other herbs. This can be done on all types of hair, including chemically treated.
This was really easy to do so it is definitely a permanent part of my regimen. I hope that after some repeated uses, I’ll be able to share with you more info about my hair and it’s health.
I so still love to play in & with my hair.
By the way, I used the perfect tea maker by Teavana to steep my tea. Loves this product. It makes the process so easy...and fun.
The Teavana Perfect Teamaker creates the perfect cup of tea for tea lovers on the go. Just add loose tea, 32oz of hot water and steep. Drain the tea by placing it onto your favorite mug. Prepares four 8oz cups of tea. Dishwasher safe.
I cannot fathom why I didn’t take photos, but will be sure to take some next time.
Also, be sure to check out BreaKINK New Ground. She has some really great to the point information. I'm a little jealous of her herbal hair oil that she's infusing. Lol. Can't wait to give that a try, also. She's also doing a really nice giveaway so check her out.
Peace out, Lovelies...