Hair is something that needs regular cleaning because let’s face it, like your skin it too is exposed to environment pollutants and this results in obstruction of cells along with a lot of damage to the hair follicles. But using strong shampoos and rinses often means that you are putting your hair through more torture.
In this reference, herbs like lavender not only provide natural cleansing but also strengthen the hair. It helps to create a natural barricade between environmental pollutants and your scalp. As a result, you get hair that is clean and neat, and grows with all its glory. Lavender combats anti bacterial infections, dandruff and promotes hair growth, while strengthening it too. Here are some simple ways on making a cleanser or rinse using lavender.
1. Rosemary And Lavender
This is a combination that really works great for the hair because the use of ingredients is minimal and you get deep cleansing without the need of even shampooing. If you want, you can use it as often as alternate days, without worrying about damage to hair. In fact, it will help your hair get stronger, healthier and shinier. Another benefit is that the soothing properties to lavender also help in faster rejuvenation of hair follicles.
You will need 2 sprigs each of rosemary and lavender. To this, add about 2 cups of distilled water, though you can opt for regular one also. Add 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar to it, which acts as the major cleanser and also hydrates the scalp. Again, you may use regular vinegar, but apple cider is a much healthier and sensible option.
How To Use
The process of making is relatively simple. Put the herbs in the water and pour into a jar, which is clean and sterilized. Use a glass one. Let this stay in the sun for about 4 hours and then take out the herbs. Add the vinegar to the solution and then cleanse your hair, like you do with a shampoo.
2. Tea Tree And Lavender
For those who have oily skin issues, suffer from dandruff or are prone to regular scalp infections, a regular shampoo only worsens the problem. Using the tea tree and lavender cleanser helps in fighting bacteria, cleansing the hair and also provides a gorgeous fragrance.
Take about 4 cups of distilled water and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. You can use white, if you don’t have the latter. To this add about ¾ cup of dried lavender, the idea is to get as much fragrance and natural goodness as you can. Then throw in about 4 drops of tea tree oily, reduce the quantity if you have dry scalp issues. Now put the ingredients in a pan, except for the tea tree oil, and let it boil over low heat. After about half an hour you will see that the buds sink at the bottom. Now, you can take the pan off the heat and let it cool. Add the tea tree oil now. You can store the cleanser in the shower or even in the fridge. Remember that the chances of it going bad are only during summer, even then it will last you a good couple of weeks.
How To Use
This cleanser can be used along with your regular shampoo or even individually. What I do is shampoo using a mild bar and then rinse the hair with the concoction. Before using the same, make sure that you shake the bottle very well or the oil settles at the bottom and thus you only get vinegar.
3. Lavender And Mixed Herb Rinse
This is a really good rinse that not only adds strength and shine, but also colors the hair while cleansing it. You will need rosemary, which is great for all kinds of hair and strengthens the shaft. Sage is added because it darkens the hair. Chamomile soothes and helps hair stay hydrated. Peppermint aids in hair invigoration while rose soothes irritated scalp and hair type. And of course, there is lavender, which is known for treating different hair issues like dandruff and itchiness. About a cup of diluted vinegar is also needed. You will need about a cup of dried lavender, while the other ingredients can be about ¼ cup each.
How To Make
For making this rinse, you will need to mix all of these ingredients together. Let it stay in the sun for a couple of days so that all the extracts from the herbs seep through and enter the vinegar. Now you can use this as a regular shampoo and massage all over the hair. Finally, rinse off with some cold water to get that awesome glow.
4. Lavender And Nettle Leaf Tea Rinse
Tea is one of the ingredients that helps to add shine and strength to all hair types. Nettle tea leaves in this reference are very good for oily hair. It gets rid of greasiness and dirt, while deep cleansing.
You will need about 2 1/2 cups of nettle tea leaf, preferably organic one. Brew this in a cup of water. Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil to it. You can also add lavender tea bags or dried flowers. 1 tbsp baking soda is also needed for this tonic cum rinse.
How To Make
Take a covered pot and let the herbs decoct in the same for about 20 minutes. ¼ cup of the water should suffice and you can also use distilled water here if you want. Once the liquid is cool, you can add essential oil and the baking soda and then mix it well. Remember to use a glass jar again for storage. When using the rinse, pour over the hair and let it stay for about 10 minutes. Then massage and rinse off with room temperature water. Basically this tonic is high in minerals and vitamins and this helps to calm the hair too. Another benefit that you get is that deep cleansing also prevents bacterial issues for the scalp. All of this comes without the need of any strong chemicals, which may damage your hair.