One of my main influences in hair care have been that of east Indian & middle eastern women . I was introduced to hair oils & hennas via this influence .
Over the yrs. now learning the uses of the different oils & hennas , which for different hair types etc.
There are also many wonderful books I have learned herbal tips , what herbs to use during pregnancy , perimenopause etc. For those who experience hair loss because of hormones I can testify Wild Yam works !!
When I was younger I used Jasmine hair oil quite a bit . My two daughters & I would henna our hair quite often I think Jasmine was a stubborn 3 yrs. when she insisted she partake in henna experience like her older big sis ☺ We had fun braiding , trying rags & old fashioned curlers .
as I get older I like my grey silver hair so have chosen not to colour it & also find the henna drying .
I am now looking for new herbs that aboriginal peoples used here . I of course also wanted to find more local oils as not to be importing ingredients from afar in order to have healthy hair.
There are many herbs which grow here such as burdock , nettle etc. which make wonderful rinses for hair .
I personally make my won hair oil . I make mine with olive oil , rosemary & lavender . I try to apply this once per month , usually during the full moon as I am often up anyway ☺
I also like to time this say on a wed. so I can leave it in until the Saturday .
I am working on making different hair oils for different hair types. chamomile/daisy for light haired , calendula , geranium for reds , some other flowers and herbs , thyme , basil , nasturtium perhaps .
I make oil by placing oil , herbs, flowers in a clean air tight bottle . place in sun for up to two weeks . I just shake the bottle every now and then . It comes out wonderfully !
Coat hair dry not wet . A tip a good friend told me , when removing oil after 3 days coat hair with shampoo before wetting this also helps.
I use very mild shampoos because I have eczema . The one type of soap & shampoo I can always use is goat milk . It is wonderful and I do hope some day to make our own ☺
after shampooing I also love to rinse my hair in a clean water rinse and one of the most lovely rinses is rose water . Orange blossom water is nice too . Rose water is soothing & cooling .
For daily hair care I both brush & comb my hair . I use sweet almond oil in the morning for day use . I also have a mini spray bottle I spray my own personal mix of essential oils ( lavender & orange ) & water to my hair before brushing .After that I can braid or leave loose for the day. At night I again brush & comb before bed , in winter months I may reapply a bit of oil or just comb rose water threw my hair. In summer months right now I add each evening aloe vera . I just apply it by hand then comb threw . As I said due to hormones now in my late forties my hair is changing . I find it suffers much more from lack of moisture so I try and rehydrate it each day if possible .
As I said I get my info from many sources from wonderful people who like me are trying to choose non harmful ways to stay healthy , this includes things like our hair care .
Just a few healthy hair moments to share with You ☺