You can make your very own organic, natural hair products at home for a fraction of the cost of most product lines. It’s easy to create organic shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks right in your kitchen. Completely natural, non-toxic hair products offer hydration, nutrition and stimulation to the scalp and hair.
Here are some of my favorite tips for getting and keeping the best natural-looking healthy hair. I would love to hear all of your personal tips for healthy hair.
1. Make an Herbal Hair Mask
Combine 1 teaspoon of triphala powder (an Ayurvedic herb you can purchase online), with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a small amount of water until a paste is formed. Wet hair and apply paste to scalp and hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and rinse.
2. Use Natural Sesame Oil Conditioner
For dry hair, rub a small amount of organic sesame or olive oil on broken and split ends. Cover hair in a plastic bag or a shower cap and leave for at least 45 minutes, or up to overnight. Shampoo and rinse well.
3. Keep Hair Clean, Not “Over-Cleaned”
It’s important to have clean hair but over washing can leave hair brittle and void of natural lubricating oils. Wash hair every other day or every third day.
4. Don’t Drink Beer – Rinse With It!
Pre-shower, give your hair a rinse with 1/4 cup of flat organic, high-quality beer. Leave the beer in the hair for 15 minutes, then rinse with a natural shampoo as normal.
5. Try a Basic Baking Soda Wash
Simply giving your hair a weekly baking soda rinse will help rid the hair of the layers of chemical gels and environmental pollutants that can attach to the hair throughout the week. It also gives the hair a vibrant glossy feeling and may even lighten it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your hair while doing your normal shampooing regime.
6. Try a Sandalwood Powder Hair Mask
Add 2 teaspoons of organic sandalwood powder to 3 tablespoons lime juice for an excellent cooling summer hair mask. You may also replace sandalwood with licorice powder, or combine both into a mix.
7. Use a Coconut Oil Conditioner
For dry and brittle hair, increase moisture by giving yourself a coconut hot oil treatment. Massage a small amount of warm coconut oil (organic and cold-pressed if possible), into scalp and through ends. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes, and then shampoo and rinse as normal. You may need to wash twice to get out all of the oil.
8. Use Essential Oil Remedies
Avoid harsh chemical sprays. Rosemary essential oil is an excellent de-tangler. Rub a few drops into your palms and then through damp, tangled hair. You can also put a little rosemary oil on your hair brush for de-tangling action.
9. Eat for Healthy Hair
Drinking purified water and eating a healthy, organic, plant-based diet helps healthy locks. Avoid processed foods with chemicals and preservatives that strip body and hair of healthy, natural glow.
10. Use a Castor Oil Deep Conditioner
For extra conditioning and healthier hair, add 2 teaspoons of castor oil to one egg white. Massage the oil-egg mixture into wet hair and scalp. Leave for at least 25 minutes before rinsing.
- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM