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All Natural Hair Care Tips and Recipes made from Ingredients out of your Kitchens

Welcome to our page on natural hair care tips and recipes. Your hair is your crowning glory, and when our hair looks dull and lifeless, we tend not to feel good about ourselves. And yet a trip to the hairdressers does wonders for our self esteem and confidence. That is of course if we were happy with the result!

I have always been told that if you are not happy with your haircut, just wait 2 weeks, and all will come right!

Enjoy the beauty tips and the hair care recipes, and if you have any of your own to share, please join the community and visit our health forum.

Natural Hair Care Tips #1 : Eat your way to Healthy Hair

A young woman with beautiful hair

We give you here a large number of natural hair care tips, but one of the best we can give you is that  having a good diet plays a large part in having good hair. Of course good genes, also plays a part, but diet is a major part to good health, skin and hair. There are certain foods that you can eat that will make a big difference to the structure and look of your hair. Ideally hair should be glossy and have bounce.

However, there are people out there who constantly complain of having dandruff, and have tried all sorts of lotions and potions without success. Or perhaps temporary success, only for it to come back again. Why? Because dandruff is diet related. People who have dandruff have a Vitamin B deficiency.

  • Eat nuts, eggs, yogurt and increase your intake of leafy vegetables and you will see your dandruff disappear.

So what is a good diet for having healthy hair in general?

  • Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, organic if you can afford it. Grow your own if you can't.
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Brewer's Yeast Tablets
  • Daily portion of wheatgerm
  • Plain organic yogurt

Natural Hair Care Tips #2: How often to Wash your Hair

A young girl with her washed hair in a towel.
  • Dry hair should be washed weekly and condition once every 3 weeks.
  • Oily hair should be washed as frequently as necessary, dry shampooed at times and conditioned once a month.
  • Balanced hair should be washed weekly and conditioned once a month
  • Bleached or dyed hair should be conditioned more frequently, especially if you have dry hair as the chemicals make it even drier.

Natural Hair Care Tips #3: Ten Steps to Healthy Hair

  • Brush your hair before washing.
  • Spread the shampoo between the palm of your hands and slightly dilute it before applying it to the hair.
  • Massage the shampoo gently into the scalp, using the pads of your fingertips.
  • Don't use the length of your hair to massage in the shampoo.
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly, any shampoo still left in your hair will leave it dull and sticky.
  • Blot your hair dry on a towel. Don't rub, pull or wring; when it's wet hair loses much of its resilience and elasticity.
  • Condition your hair, not your scalp. Use a wide tooth-comb to gently ease the conditioner through the hair.
  • Rinse again and wrap a towel around your head.
  • Comb your hair gently. Wet hair is fragile.
  • Dry your hair naturally, if possible. If you are using a hair dryer blow down the shafts of the hair and stop drying while it is still damp.

Natural Hair Care Tips #4: Secret Ingredients to the Final Rinse

A young girl washing and rinsing her hair.

These natural hair care tips for hair rinses will improve the look of your hair enormously. Hair definitely benefits from certain additional ingredients added to the final rinsing water. These differ depending on what type or color hair you have.

How to Prepare Herbal Rinses for your Hair

Boil a handful of your chosen herbs in 2 cups of water, bring to the boil, cool and strain. Or, you can place a handful of herbs in the bottom of a bowl, pour boiling water over them and allow them to cool before straining off.

You can make any herbal rinse this way.

A Nettle Rinse for All Hair Types

Ordinary stinging nettles will help give your hair bounce and improve the color. Put a handful of nettle leaves in a pint of water and simmer until soft. Strain and dilute with equal parts of water for the final rinse. Nettles have silica in them which helps strengthen the hair.

A Natural Hair Rinse for Blondes

A woman with blonde hair.

Take some chamomile flowers and make your hair rinse as directed above. The German chamomile flowers are the better ones to grow. These of course can also be used to make a wonderful tea for the nerves as well, so no you can kill 2 birds with one stone!

If you don't have any chamomile flowers in the garden you can use the chamomile tea bags instead. 6 tea bags are enough for a good strength rinse. Just steep the tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool before using.

A Natural Hair Rinse for Brunettes

Sage makes an excellent hair rinse for brunettes. Again you can make it according to the instructions above and you can use this rinse as many times as you wash your hair.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used by brunettes. Just a dash of it in the water will make the hair lovely and shiny. This is also an excellent rinse for oily hair. The smell goes once the hair dries.

Other Hair Rinses

Of course there are other herbs out there that make wonderful rinses.

  • If you are looking to put a shine into your hair and want it to smell good, use rosemary.  
  • Use thyme for a lovely fragrance
  • Use lavender to condition your scalp as well as making your hair smell nice
  • Use vinegar or lemon juice to your final rinse to remove all traces of shampoo and to give your hair a lovely shine. Vinegar is recommended for brunettes and lemon juice for blondes.
  • Use lemon juice as a final rinse if you suffer from oily hair.
  • Use 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt to your final rise after shampooing if you have dry hair.

Natural Hair Care Tips #5

Natural hair care tips for cleaning your hair brushes:

  • Add 1/4 cup ammonia to 6 cups of lukewarm water. Move brushes back and forth over the surface of the water rather than leaving them to soak. This way you avoid damaging or loosening the roots of the bristles. Wash combs in the same solution. Here you can scrub the teeth with a nail brush.
  • You can also wash your brushes and combs in a solution of bicarbonate of soda and household bleach. Add 3 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to 3 tablespoons of bleach in a cup of warm water.
  • After washing the brush, rinse in cold water to stiffen the bristles.
  • Dry hair brushes on their backs to prevent distortion of the bristles.

Where to Go Next?

homemade shampoo

homemade hair conditioner

homemade setting lotion

home remedies for dandruff

home remedies for hair loss

home remedies for head lice

dry hair remedies

oily hair remedies

dry scalp home remedies

By Kathryn Bax

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