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End of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

hair rinseEnd of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse

Summer can wreak havoc on our hair between swimming in chlorinated water to more exposure to the sun’s rays. Luckily there are some easy ways we can take extra care of our hair to keep our locks healthy and vibrant and repair any damage that may have already been done. Read on for some end of summer hair tips and a recipe for a hair rinse.

Reduce Heat Styling

Heat styling can really dry out and fry your locks. With warmer weather it is much easier to go heat styling free by letting your hair dry naturally. Naturally wavy hair can be created by using a sea-salt spray, scrunching hair when wet and then (most important) keep your hands off to prevent frizz. For more resources on taking care of natural hair check out our ebook: Naturally Textured Hair: Straight, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, Curly and our blog on Curly Hair Types.

Protect Your Hair

The sun’s rays can not only burn our skin, but can also cause damage to our hair. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear hats, scarves, or bandanas. Applying a deep conditioner and/or hair mask is another great way to add moisture and nourishment.

Beat the Frizz

Warm weather and high humidity are a recipe for major frizz. Hair oils are a great option to not only tame frizz but to promote soft and shiny hair. Read more about hair oils here. Also switching to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush can help minimize frizz and promote natural curl. Many people also swear by this brush as it easily gets out tangles and does not cause split ends or breakage.

Hair Rinse

A hair rinse is a great way to add shine and revitalize your hair from summer.

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Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

For this hair rinse, choose herbs that are excellent for hair such as rosemary, thyme, and mint, etc. Fresh herbs from the garden are great to use, otherwise dried can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • small handful of herbs
  • hibiscus or other flowers (such as calendula, lavender, rose, etc.)
  • 8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

Steep herbs and flowers in hot water and cool to room temperature. Strain out herbs and flowers.

Pour the rinse onto the hair. Allow the rinse to set on the hair for few minutes then rinse off (optional).
Tip: Wash and condition hair first and then apply the rinse. Leave rinse on and allow to dry on hair. Place the rinse in the refrigerator and do a cool rinse. It is very soothing to the scalp.
Note: most fresh hibiscus flowers doesn’t add color to the water but dried hibiscus immediately colors the water. Add some dried hibiscus for a beautiful pink to red color.

Natural Hair Care Products

Finding natural hair care products specific to your hair needs can be difficult. Our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course provides over 30 formulations on shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, masks, mists, serums, co-wash, pomade, styling gel, etc.

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Hair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

hair maskHair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

Hair masks adds nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair and helps to repair damaged hair, add manageability and promote smooth and shiny hair. Read on to learn more about how to use a hair mask and for our Soft & Silky Hair Mask recipe.

Masks can be emulsions, clay masks, herbal masks or fresh masks. Masks are left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing from the hair for maximum benefit of the nutrients onto the hair.

Fresh Hair Masks

Avocados

Bananas

Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Milk

Hemp Milk

Almond Milk

Plant-Based Mayonnaise

How to use a Hair Mask
Depending on the type of hair mask, these are the general instructions. Some hair masks should be followed by shampoo and conditioner.

  1.    Shampoo hair and squeeze out excess water.
  2.    Apply hair mask onto wet hair.
  3.    For split ends apply generous amount on ends, for damaged hair apply to entire hair.
  4.    Put shower cap or towel over hair.
  5.    Leave mask on for 5-20 minutes depending on mask.
  6.    Rinse hair thoroughly removing all traces of mask.
  7.   Apply mask once a week to once a month.

Tips for Formulating Hair Mask

Use smooth powders in hair masks such as fruit powders. Test the smoothness by adding a small dab of fruit powder into the palm of your hand, moisten fruit powder with water and rub into your palm. It should feel smooth with no rough residue so it doesn’t stick to the hair.

Soft and Silky Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask is soothing to the scalp and leaves the hair soft, silky and shiny. Plant-based yogurt soothes the scalp and relieves itchiness and adds moisture and protein leaving the hair soft and silky. Spirulina is a super food, an algae, a nutrient rich dense food adding nutrients and bringing vitality to hair. Double the recipe for thick, textured and long hair.

  • 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt (soy or almond) *see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon or 1 capsule powdered spirulina (blue or green, I used blue)

optional: 1-2 drops plant oil (avocado, argan, coconut, sunflower, baobab, moringa, marula, almond, broccoli or olive oil) *see note

optional: add 1 drop lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil

  1. Mix ingredients making sure the spirulina is dissolved.
  2. Apply mask onto wet or dry hair with a brush or your hands. Do a scalp massage.
  3. Allow the mask to sit on the hair for 2-5 minutes. Wash mask off, shampoo and condition the hair.

Note:
-Use cold plant-based yogurt to soothe the scalp.
-I first apply the mask to my scalp and top of my head and then mix in 1 drop plant oil and apply the mask to the ends of my hair as my hair easily absorbs oil and oil weighs down my hair.

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ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Have you heard about Hair Perfume? Hair perfume has been an increasing trend lately, with lots of mainstream hair care companies creating new hair perfume products. However, just like regular perfume, most of these products will contain synthetic scents and can give people headaches. Here at Joan Morais Naturals we focus on natural hair and skin care products, only using raw materials sourced from nature that are all cruelty-free using vegan/plant-based formulas with no testing on animals. Here are two hair perfume recipes that you can easily make at home with all natural ingredients. Feel free to experiment with your own scent by using your favorite essential oils for hair.

Morning Scent

Properties: Uplifting, Stimulating

Essential Oils: Rosemary Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil

Materials Needed:

  • 4 ounce spray bottle
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  1. Add 2 drops rosemary and 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  2. Fill bottle with water
  3. Cap and gently mix
  4. Adjust scent to your liking by adding more essential oil if needed
  5. Spritz onto wet or dry hair

Evening Scent

Properties: Calming, Soothing, Relaxing

Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Materials Needed:

  • 4 ounce spray bottle
  • 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Directions:

  1. Add 1 drop ylang ylang and 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
  2. Fill bottle with water
  3. Cap and gently mix
  4. Adjust scent to your liking by adding more essential oil if needed
  5. Spritz onto wet or dry hair

Are you interested in making your own natural hair care products? Enrollment for our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course is happening now.

In this course you will learn all about making:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Co-Wash (cleansing cream)
  • Leave-In Conditioner
  • Gels
  • Pomade
  • Masks
  • Hair Oil
  • Hair Butter
  • Brightening Rinses
  • Hydrating Mists
  • Serums

The course also includes comprehensive training in making stable naturally preserved hair care products, good manufacturing practices, custom formulating, product development, creating a natural hair care line, product containers & labeling, pricing and more! Check out our detailed course description here.

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All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!