Hair Detox Part II
So, you want healthy, beautiful hair? Don't we all, but sometimes it is so hard to find a solution when you have problem hair and scalp issues.
Some simple recipes can help out with your hair and scalp issues.
Simple Fix #1 Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are not salt, they are a mineral called magnesium, and our bodies need it to stay healthy. It has a grainy texture that helps to exfoliate your scalp, remove dead skin cells, and product buildup. Epsom salts also purify, moisturize, and detoxify your hair just depending on how you use them.
If your hair tends to be a little bit greasy (or a lot), add a spoonful of Epsom salts to your shampoo and wash and repeat if necessary. Presto, you now have a clean scalp and detoxified hair. Make sure to follow with a moisturizing conditioner.
Is dry hair and scalp your problem? Or thin hair that seems to have no volume? Try mixing a spoonful of Epsom salts with your regular hair conditioner and heat it until it is warm but not too hot to touch. Please apply to your hair after you wash it and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Only use Epsom salts as part of your hair care 1 -2 times a week.
Simple Fix #2 - Make your own shampoo
Okay, I have done this, but I also buy an organic shampoo that works well for my hair and means one less thing for this busy Momma to do. That being said, homemade shampoo can have some amazing results, especially when you seem to have bad reactions to store bought products.
When you make your shampoo, you can adjust the recipe to get just the right amount of moisture or volume, or both. You don't have to worry about silicones, fragrances, parabens, sulfates, or any other nasty ingredients that might give you a reaction or cause problems. You can target your scalp health and deal with hair fall issues by adding specific essential oils to your recipes. If oily hair is getting you down, no worries, there is a recipe for that too.
Since I am busy, Momma, I will not reinvent these recipes, but I will direct you to a page on Instructables Living that does a great job of explaining what you need to do to create your own masterpiece customized shampoo. Click Here
Simple Fix #3 – Oil Treatment & Scalp Massage
Oils are a wonderful natural way to improve the health of your hair and scalp. The oil(s) that you pick will determine just how well your treatment works for you.
Coconut Oil has recently been hailed as miracle oil both online and in magazines and other publications. For some people, this is true, but not for everyone. Coconut oil works amazing for me, I have protein loss in my hair, and this is my go-to oil for scalp and hair treatments.
Dehydrated hair may respond better to avocado oil or olive oil. Oily hair can also benefit from oil treatments but choose your oil carefully. You want to use a lighter oil such as grapeseed, apricot, or almond oil.
Okay, so you have chosen your base oil, which is usually called the carrier oil. If you only use this, you will see lots of benefits, but essential oils are the way to go if you want to take it a step further. There are many different essential oils (EO's) that will benefit your hair and scalp; I have included some basic information below to help you decide which essential oils might be right for you. I also added a couple of oils that are not essential oils but which must be used in moderation, much like eos.
For Dry Hair
Sandalwood, Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Myrrh, Peppermint, Birch Bark, Geranium
For Hair Loss
Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Roman Chamonmille, Castor Oil, Ylang Ylang
For Dandruff & Irritated Scalp
Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, castor oil, geranium oil , argan oil, coconut oil
For Oily Hair
Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus (basically use oils that have astringent and anti inflammtory properties)
- Never use essential oils directly on hair and scalp; mix with your carrier or base oil for best results.
- Add approximately ten drops of essential oil to 1 oz (30mL) of carrier oil.
- Test on your skin and adjust if needed.
Some people like to wash their hair and then apply the hot oil treatment others want to do before they wash their hair. Not sure what to do? Try it out and see what works for you. For best results from an oil treatment, leave it on for at least 20-30 minutes; you can even leave it overnight and wash it out in the morning.
To encourage circulation and promote hair growth, or just because it feels so great add a scalp massage to your routine when you do an oil treatment. Not sure how to do a scalp massage? Check out this video on youtube for a quick tutorial on massaging your scalp.