Castor Oil and Coconut Oil
I have used this 3 times in the last two weeks as a pre-shampoo conditioner. The mix is 50-50 each oil. I add several drops of rosemary oil but I think that could be optional. The castor/coconut oil mix has no adverse scent, and you're going to wash it out anyway.
1-2 hours before shampoo, start with the ends, getting them well-saturated but not dripping. Work the oil up the shafts and finally onto - and into your scalp, adding more oil if necessary.
Gather hair and cover it with a plastic bag or shower cap, another covering on top for good measure if you like (I use a plastic bag + stocking cap).
You may want to shampoo twice depending on how sudsy your shampoo is. I shampoo twice.
Result? My hair went from extremely dried out, super thin, super frizzy (like pubic hair - yuk! ) to thicker, glossy, and smooth wavy hair. No lie. I am thrilled!
From what I have read, you can use straight castor oil but it is very thick and hard to wash out. The coconut oil thins it and is also good for your hair.
This is what I would recommend as an extremely effective, totally non-toxic hair conditioner - to anyone. Try once a week, then adjust, depending on your results.
I also follow my shampoos with a rinse made of 1 C ACV, 1 C green tea, and 2-3 capsules of nettle leaf. But I was using this prior to the castor/coconut oil and did not have these great results. Can't hurt, though!
My daughter was out of hair spray so she found a recipe online and made her own.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
She put this in a little spray bottle and said it worked better than store bought stuff!
You could add a drop of your favorite essential oil if you like.
Not only is this cheaper than anything I could have bought, it has no harmful chemicals in it and is not harmful to the environment.
~Mama to Many~
Use one can of Coconut Milk, two teaspoons of olive oil, three tablespoons of juice from a lime, and start with one tablespoon of cornstarch (add more as needed).
The mixture did not permanently straighten hair nor but it helps hair straighten better and it seems to help fight against humidity.
Apply to hair and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse with water and a little shampoo and then rinse with conditioner. Let hair air dry and then style as usual.
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of taking or using nettle tea for hair.
Long ago I went into the health food store and was told nettle tea in rinse water helped your hair thicken. I just used it a couple of times and hated it as it was like tea all over the shower and you and stuck in the hair and had to be rinsed well. It was a pain. Now I bought nettle tea again and was wondering if anyone at all has any stories about it.
Olive oil for split ends works. Also: 1. egg yolk, 2. real mayo.
Olive Oil for Split Ends
I have a tip for dry split ends. After shampooing and conditioning, use a dime size amount (more for long hair) of olive oil. Just put into hands, apply to hair but not the scalp b/c it will make it greasy and then comb through. It seals the split ends and makes hair soft. Bye Bye flyaways and money for expensive hair products.
I have been using Pure Crude Oil on my hair for 15 years now, followed by a vaseline rub. I put on the Oil and massage it into my scalp with a cupped massager, then I put on the vaseline and massage it with the cupped massager. It is an amazing conditioner and makes your hair grow quicker than usual. It stimulates growth when you don't have it also!! It is an amazing cure for all scalp issues!!
(Montgomery, Tx, Usa)
(Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa)
Try taking some foods rich with silicon. Such as nuts, horsetails, oatmeal, etc. Or you can take some silicon supplements in the form of orthosilicic acid or silicic acid, which is a water soluble form of silicon. Taken vitamin C will help strengthen or thinken the epidermis. Taking some magnesium seems to helpful. Apple cider vinegar have some traces of silicon and will help. But you need to reduce your intake of vegetable oils (they seem to destroy the liver) and is seen not helpful to the circulation as liver once not functionally as efficiently will not provide nutrients throughout the body.
Takin silicon supplements 5-10 mg/day seems to cause thickening of nails and hair within weeks. (They also grow faster)
Taking some rutin rich foods, such as bee pollen will help develop capillaries, which hopefully will be helpful for the scalp also.
i just noticed that you don't have soapnuts listed on your site.
soap nuts are actually berries, you can use them for laundry (yay! no perfumes, dyes, soap, etc.) and they work great for this. i even get good results from using them in cold water. also if you make the liquid you can use it for many uses around the house: dishwashing, counters and surfaces, spot treatments of very dirty clothes before washing with the whole soap nuts, carpet cleaning AND hair washing!
also if you use the liquid for washing your pets - fleas don't like it!
it makes your hair very shiny and soft and thick.
if you are interested - google soapnuts - there is a LOT of info out there.
btw - the 'brand' i have is maggies - which is sold at my food co-op. although they may seem expensive upon first inspection - $17.99 for about 50 berries - you can re-use them in the laundry up to 5 times! and then 20 of them will make 32 ounces of cleaning liquid - and you can even do this 2 or 3 times if you save the berries after cooking them.
so a box could work for like 50 loads of laundry! and we wash in cold water - if you use hot or warm water it takes even less of the soapnuts.
this is a wonderful find for anyone who is allergic to conventional detergents. they even clean my boyfriend's very dirty and greasy car working on clothes!
EC: Thanks, Dianna. We are going to cross-post this to the Earth Clinic Planet site as well!