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DIY Natural Hair Treatments

Hair RinseHerbs and aromatic plants have been used to beautify hair for centuries and many of the ingredients in traditional recipes are as effective today as they were in your grandmother’s time.

Chamomile, rosemary, southernwood and the common nettle are all top hair herbs which have stood the test of time.

Rinse And Repeat

Rinses in the form of herbal infusions are one of the simplest ways to benefit from the properties of plants. Quick and easy to make, they have a variety of purposes, from adding body and shine to reducing oiliness or treating dandruff. As they are made with fresh materials, they won’t keep and should be used up immediately.

Color Wash

Herbal rinses are a gentle but effective way of enhancing hair color too. An infusion of chamomile flowers for example, adds sheen and lustre to fair hair, although it cannot actually lighten it – this is only possible by using chemicals such as bleach. Color enhancing rinses are made by steeping dried herbs in boiling water for up to four hours. Use them in the same way as the treatment rinses.

Henna, from the thorny shrub Lawsonia inermis, is one of the best known herbal hair colorants. It adds red or auburn highlights to brown or very dark hair, but isn’t suitable for blond hair and turns grey or bleached hair an unsightly orange. Available as a powder it is mixed with water to make a paste. Neutral henna adds glows without color and makes a good conditioning treatment when mixed with egg yolk and milk.

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DIY Hair Rinses

Rosemary Rinse (For Body And Shine)

Rosemary’s high essential oil content and stimulant, restorative properties add sheen to the hair.


  • 600ml boiling water
  • small handful fresh rosemary springs

Pour the boiling water over the rosemary and leave to infuse for 2 hours before straining off the herbs. After shampooing, pour repeatedly through the hair, catching the rinse in a small basin so you can re-use it.

Southernwood And Lemon Balm Rinse (To Reduce Oiliness)

Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum) is an easy to grow, shrubby plant with feathery, lemon smelling leaves. Alternatively you can buy it from specialist herbal suppliers.


  • 600ml boiling water
  • 15g fresh southernwood
  • 15g fresh lemon balm leaves

Make and use as Rosemary Rinse above.

Cider Vinegar Rinse (To Remove Build-up)


  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 600ml tepid mineral water

Add the cider vinegar to the water and pour over hair as a final rinse.

Nettle Rinse (To Combat Dandruff)

Nettles lose their sting in boiling water and are a traditional dandruff remedy.


  • Handful fresh nettles – wear rubber gloves to pick leaves from the tips of the plant
  • 600ml boiling water
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 5 drops pure lavender essential oil

Wearing rubber gloves, put the nettles in a bowl, pour over the boiling water and leave to steep overnight. Strain off the nettles, add the vinegar and essential oil and pour over the hair as a final rinse.

DIY Hair Tonics

Hair tonics help to restore bounce to hair which has lost its shine, due to stress, illness or being run down.

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Herbal Hair Tonic For Dull, Lifeless Hair


  • 15g each of fresh parsley, sage and watercress
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp kaolin powder

Blend the herbs and water in a food processor. Stir in the kaolin powder to form a paste. Apply to the hair, cover with a shower cap and leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse well.

Stimulating Lavender Tonic

All hair will benefit from regular scalp massage, as it increases the blood flow to this area. This tonic is especially worth trying if your hair is thinning out of brittle, as massaging the scalp with a lavender based tonic can help to stimulate healthy new growth.


  • 15g dried lavender flowers
  • 300ml vodka
  • 5 drops pure rosemary essential oil

Put the lavender in a sterilized jar, pour in the vodka, cover and leave for 24 hours. Strain off the lavender, add the rosemary essential oil and decant into a bottle. Using 1 tsp of this mixture to 1 tbsp of water, apply to the head and massage gently into the scalp. Keeps for 4 to 6 months.

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Natural hair loss treatment is the best and effective way to combat thinning hair. These therapies are incorporating natural supplements to provide your hair with the right amount of nutrients to promote the strength and vitality of your hair and prevent hair loss.

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8 Responses

  1. I have used essential oils from jasmine to ylang ylang and all of them seem to have a possitive affect on the quality of my hair after I use it. The trick is to just brush a tiny bit into your hair after you have washed it and leave it in. Try not to get the oils on your scalp as that could lead to some problems later. Keep the oils on your hair and wash of the next time you have your hair done.

    If done a few times a week you will eventually see a difference in that your hair is straighter and also shinier all on its own.

  2. Lavender says:

    The Lavender Hair Tonic sounds really good. Anything with a combination of lavender and vodka can’t be all bad 🙂 I am going to try it for my brittle hair.

  3. earache remedy says:

    i agree with u herbs and aromatic plants have been used to beautify hair caused i have proof it

  4. I usually do the rosemary rinse for a super shine boost and its soo good. There’s nothing better than natural, at-home treatments for both hair and skin, plus its super fun:)
    Thanks for the info, ill definitely be using a few!

  5. I can attest to scalp massages helping hair growth by helping circulate more blood in the head. Also, it feels great too!

  6. hair gain says:

    Rosemary rinse has been proven effective on me. It’s good and I love the result.

  7. Elvena says:

    is there anyone willing to give reviews with Rosemary?

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