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Hair teas and the three H’s of healthy hair.

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 3.31.31 PMWomen (and men!) have been using herbal hair rinses or ‘hair teas’ for thousands of years, dating back to the Pharoahs.The Pharoahs were masters of immaculate adornment and luxurious self care. We have all heard the stories of Cleopatra bathing in milk and honey to preserve her skin.

Scientists have confirmed that the herbal and botanical knowledge of the Pharoahs and other ancient civilizations is vast and very accurate. Herbs and remedies from the plant kingdom have been effectively used to treat everything from dry skin to kidney failure to demon possesion! With “primitive’ science and a bit of mysticism and spirituality woven in, these practices have been carried down through generations through story-telling and Shamanism and Ayurvedic practices.

Herbal hair rinses are used as basic cleansing and conditioning hair remedies. Since before shampoo or even soap were around, herbs have played a very important role in beauty and cleansing routines.

Today many women for-go shampoo and conditioner for herbal hair tea rinses with great results. Check this article out for some more wonderful hair tea recipes.….A different type of ShamPHree!

Today, I am going to share with you a bit about my own experimentation with herbal hair tea rinses.3hs

 

Here is how I have been using them……I make my teas and I use them to mix my ShamPHree instead of water. I get the cleansing and balancing of BS and ACV, and the power of whatever herbs I choose to use steeped in my ShamPHree water for mixing. The outcome…..Wonderfully scented and pretty colored ShamPHree with the active benefits of herbs for my hair and scalp.

How to make herbal hair tea

7U6A3537Do you know how to make tea? DUH! boil water. Pour over herbs. Let steep.

For this project, I made a hibiscus honey tea in one jar…..

A tablespoon dried hibiscus and a tablespoon of honey. Roughly 8 oz water.

And horsetail tea in the other…….

A tablespoon of dried horsetail, roughly 8 oz of water.

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Let them steep for an hour.

Then, strain them into bottles and use them as finishing hair rinses in the shower OR mix them into your ShamPHree bottles and ShamPHree as you normally would.

*You will want to keep your ShamPHree tea and and herbal hair tea refridgerated:)

Tea your hair! And for more on herbal beauty infusions, check out Total Babe Hair infused Beauty vinegars for your skin and hair.

For more on the benefits of honey, check out this post and DIY hair and skin masque tutorial.

*Goddess* Strength and Growth hair tea kits are now available in the ShamPHree Shop!

XOXO, HTHG

 

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2 Comments

  1. Danielle

    Hi there! Just wanted to say thanks to HTHG for this amazing post, and wanted to share my herbal experience with you as well! I’m an herbalist in WA state, and have been incorporating herbs into by beauty routine for a long time. The results are always astounding, and HTHG has highlighted some powerful herbs for hair.

    To take using herbs in hair one step further, I incorporate the herbs into a facial steam, and then use the resultant tea from the steam in my hair routine. Below are the steps I take, approx once every 2 weeks. This provides me with a great facial, plus enough tea to last for a while…I’m lazy so I don’t want to make tea every time I want to shamphree… To complete this pampering cycle, allow approx 1 hour from start to finish:

    1. Cleanse your face with your favorite exfoliating scrub
    2. Tone the face with your fav toner (or use one of HTHG’s infused vinegars or rose hydrosol!)
    3. Choose your herbs of choice from this article (I personally like hibiscus, horsetail and lavender). Place them in a large stock pot with water to cover. Bring this to a boil, turn off the heat, cover, and steep the herbal tea for 5-10 min.
    4. Get a towel to create a tent over your head to trap steam. Remove the lid from your herbal tea and steam your face for 5-10 min)
    5. Splash cold water on your face.
    6. Follow this up with a clay mask..kaolin clay is nice for dry skin, while green clay is good for those with oil…let sit for 10-15 min.
    7. While your mask is sitting on, take some of the warm tea from your steam, and place in another cup with some green tea leaves. (I use this as a facial toner; green tea is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory).
    8. Strain the rest of the tea from your steam and use it instead of water in your BS or ACV rinses for your ShamPHree routine!

    Then, when you run out of tea for dilution, it’s time for another facial! I feel that this method really utilizes all aspects of the herbs.

    Have fun with the plants!

    Danielle

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks so much for sharing this awesome tip! Do you mind if I turn it into a post? I would love to cred you with the story and if you have any links you want to include that would promote you or your business or products you like, feel free to include them! email me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com

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