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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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Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

It is important to take care of you skin with pure and nurturing ingredients. In this blog post we will be exploring plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin.

Plant Oils

Plant oils nourish, protect, moisturize, soften and smooth the skin. Most commercial products do not contain plant oil, or if they do, it is usually a minimal amount. You can easily find these plant oils in your local grocery store and they have a long shelf-life.

Organic Avocado Oil: Use for most skin types, including sensitive, mature and dry skin. Avocado oil is restorative and nourishes, hydrates, soothes, and moisturizes the skin.

Organic Coconut Oil: Use for most skin types, especially oily and those with acne. Coconut oil is protecting, moisturizing, cleansing and softening.

Organic Sunflower Oil: Use for most skin types. Sunflower oil is deeply nourishing and conditioning.

Joan’s Top Luxury Plant Oils

These plant oils are going to be more expensive and you will likely have to get them from a specialty store.

Organic Argan Oil: Great for dry, mature, and hormonal reactive skins. Argan oil promotes skin elasticity and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

Organic Jojoba Oil: Use for most skin types. Jojoba oil provides natural sun protection, and is softening, smoothing, and moisturizing.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: Great for mature skin and acne. Sea Buckthorn Oil is has anti-inflammatory properties and is revitalizing, rejuvenating and helps with the reduction of wrinkles.

Do you have a favorite plant oil that you like to use for your skin? As a baby my daughter had sensitive skin and would easily develop baby acne and rashes. I used coconut oil on her and it would nourish and clear up her skin immediately, not to mention it smelled great! I felt good about putting the coconut oil on her as it was pure compared to majority (if not all) the baby lotions on the market. To help with her cradle cap, I used Avocado Oil on her scalp.

To learn about additional plant oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great and can promote different moods/energies. They also have different properties that can promote skin health. One of the easiest ways to start using essential oils is to mix a couple of drops with your favorite plant oil then rub on your skin- it’s that easy!

Joan’s Top Economical Essential Oils

Geranium (Rose) Pelargonium graveolens: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, psoriasis, broken capillaries, dry, oily, mature, congested, and inflamed skin. Geranium is uplifting, relaxing, antifungal, regenerative, and balancing (especially for menstrual cycle and menopause).

Lavender Lavendula angustifolia: Use for most skin types, especially acne, eczema, psoriasis, wounds, burns, dry, oily, sensitive, combination, and mature skin. Lavender is calming, relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic with excellent regenerative properties.

Mandarin Citrus reticulate: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, dry, oily, combo, and mature skin. Mandarin is balancing, calming, and soothing and can be used in pregnancy as a prevention to stretch marks.

Peppermint Mentha x piperita: Use highly diluted for dull, lifeless skin, but make sure to keep away from the eyes. Peppermint is refreshing, stimulating and reviving.

Joan’s Top Luxury Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile Anthemis nobilis: Use for most skin care, redness, eczema, broken capillaries, rosacea, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Roman Chamomile is relaxing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and calms nerves.

Rosemary Verbenone Rosemarinus officinalis verbenone: Use for most skin care, acne, scars, wrinkles, combination, oily, mature, and congested skin. Rosemary is stimulating, invigorating, and regenerating.

Rose Otto Rosa damascene: Use for most skin care, broken capillaries, eczema, wrinkles, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and mature skin. Rose Otto is calming, soothing, balancing, nourishing, softening, and regenerating.

Do you have a favorite essential oil that you like to use on your skin? I always have a bottle of lavender around to put on minor burns and cuts.

To learn about additional essential oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Herbs

Herbs are wonderful to add to toners and you can easily make your own herbal extracts to use in lotions, creams, aftershaves, shampoos, conditioners and more.

Here are a few herbs that are readily available and great for skin care:

Calendula: Use for most skin types. Calendula is skin-healing with nourishing and soothing properties.

Lavender: Use for most skin types. Lavender is calming, relaxing, soothing and skin reparative.

Lemon Balm: Great for acne, blemishes, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Lemon balm soothes and calms the skin.

Rose: Use for combination skin. Rose softens and soothes skin and is a mild astringent.

Rosemary: Use for oily skin. Rosemary purifies, cleanses, rejuvenates, and tones.

Check out the ebook How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables for detailed instructions and recipes for extracts.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite plant oils, essential oils and herbs for skin care. Make sure to come back next week to read part 3 as we put it all together and give you some easy do-it-yourself skin care recipes.

For those of you that are more serious in your skin and hair care product making, make sure to check out our Professional Product Making Courses on Skin Care and Hair. Joan mentors the courses only one time per year and it is coming up this spring!