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[ 4 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments ]
Soap nuts and Aloe

Castile Soap

Castile soap is not a brand; it is a soap that is made up of vegetable oil and lye instead of animal fat. The lye converts the oil to soap, a process that is called saponification. When the process is finished there is no trace of lye left in it. There are two types of lye used by soapmakers – sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is used to make solid soap; potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soaps. A combination of the two is used …

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[ 15 Mar 2012 | 4 Comments ]

Here are two simple dry scalp recipes, the ingredients are easily found in the supermarket. You can substitute carrier oils (olive, coconut etc.) to the ones that suit your hair best.
Pre- Poo
I usually use castor oil instead of olive oil; any carrier oil can be used. The aloe vera and the peppermint are very effective dry scalp treatments; the oil is to mitigate any drying effects that the aloe vera may have. If like me you plan to use this pre-poo overnight you can use the carrier oil. If not, …

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[ 23 Feb 2012 | 13 Comments ]

Looking for a homemade recipe for hair loss that you can use overnight. Well, this recipe works like an elixir, I use it, though I am not suffering from hair loss, to give my hair a boost now and again.
1/2-cup aloe vera gel
6 tsp. Jojoba Oil
3 drops Sage
3 drops Rosemary
3 drops Vitamin E Oil
Blend the aloe vera until it is liquidized, add jojoba, sage and rosemary to the aloe vera, Use a glass bottle for your mix and shake them together, then add your vitamin e oil. It acts as …

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[ 13 Nov 2011 | One Comment ]

With Castile soap it is possible to create several shampoo recipes based on your hair needs at the time. This recipe includes two essential oils that are known to help with hair loss.
1 cup Liquid Castile Soap
5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Mix together all the ingredients.
Pour in a bottle.
Use as you would any shampoo, rinse well.
Note: The shampoo mixture will be able to keep for up to two months. Make smaller or larger batches as needed for your hair length.

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[ 11 Nov 2011 | No Comment ]

This shampoo is very effective for dermatitis and eczema. It contains two very powerful herbs that are useful for skin and scalp infections. The following recipe is enough for one wash, you can double or triple the ingredients if you so desire.
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
2 tablespoon dried stinging nettles
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1 tsp. cayenne pepper oil (optional)

Place herbs in a small bowl.
Steep the herbs in hot water (use just enough water to cover the herbs) and cover for an hour.
Strain and mix with your liquid Castile Soap.
Add a tsp …

Grey Hair, Hair Recipes, Shampoo »

[ 14 Oct 2011 | One Comment ]

This shampoo recipe contains 3 ingredients that are known to temporarily darken black hair. If you are desirous of covering your grays in a healthy way from shampoo to hair rinses. This recipe is a good first step in the right direction.
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1 tablespoon Sage Leaf (steeped in water and strained)
1 tablespoon Rosemary (steeped in water and strained)
1 tablespoon Peppermint (steeped in water and strained)
2 Black Tea Bags
1 teaspoon Olive oil (coconut oil is also a good option)
1. Boil water and steep 1 cup water to half …

Hair Care, Hair Recipes, Shampoo »

[ 23 Aug 2011 | 27 Comments ]

Some time ago we did an article that highlighted some of the harmful ingredients found in hair products. In that article we learned that sodium lauryl sulphate is so harsh that factory workers have to cover all exposed skin or risk developing health problems. This ingredient is mainly found in shampoo and causes the suds that we are so fond of when we are lathering our hair, unfortunately it is not a very good product to use on your body or heads. Today we look at a very good alternative …

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[ 16 Aug 2011 | 58 Comments ]

If you are used to suds and bubbles in your hair when using commercial preparations then this shampoo recipes will disappoint you, but it will do wonders for your hair. Since, I became aware of the chemicals that are placed in commercial preparations and how detrimental they are to¬† hair I’ve vowed to go as chemical free as possible (since I am currently relaxed, I have to say as far as possible).
Here is one of my homemade shampoo hair recipes that is a great alternative to the commercial ones. Please …

Conditioner, Hair Recipes, Hair Rinses, Shampoo »

[ 11 Aug 2011 | 56 Comments ]
Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Care

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 hair rinse (pH 2.9). Many of the hair care products on the market today, 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.
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 …

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[ 24 Jun 2011 | 10 Comments ]

This shampoo will give you suds if you are a sud-happy person.

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp warm water
3 tuna leaves cut in halves (6 pieces)
1 tbsp lavender oil in 3 cups of hot water. Let it cool.

Wet hair thoroughly. To make the apple cider shampoo combine the apple cider vinegar and water; use more water if you need to. Finger part your hair into six sections. Slice the tuna leaves length wise and cut out the gel inside, rub the inner part of the tuna on your scalp. Keep …

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[ 24 Jun 2011 | 14 Comments ]

This shampoo recipe is great for oily hair and is very easy to prepare and use. I especially use this recipe when I have too much oil build up on my hair. I tend to get a tad bit crazy with my coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil combo but this shampoo works wonders to remove any build up of excess oil. Please note that when washing hair, it should be washed from the scalp and from the scalp only. The rest of the hair should be washed or …