Marigold, also known as calendula, should definitely be on your list if you are dealing with fine or dry hair. Not many of us battle with oily hair, but if you do, it helps to normalize that as well. It can revive your hair, giving it shine and life.
Horsetail makes it to the list because it is very high in silica*. This means it can make your hair very strong, shiny, sleek and easier to manage. It promotes circulation and hair growth as well.
Burdock root can also be used to give your hair strength, shine and thickness. It helps to reverse hair thinning and gets rids of itchy, dry scalp problems. This herb is great for maintaining the health of your hair and scalp.
The blend I would recommend
Some people are overwhelmed when they have too many options, so I decided to give you my take on creating a special blend. I like to focus on more than one area, so that my hair and scalp gets all of the attention it needs. So the herbs I choose will help to promote shine, growth, healthy scalp and strong follicles:
Making your herbal hair tonic
As promised, this will be a very simple process. You can purchase all of these in herbal form, which means it will have roots, leaves and stems.
Once you have the herbs on hand, the measurements you will use will depend on how many herbs you want in your concoction.
If you are only using one, then you will need about 1/2 cup worth for a quart of water (preferably distilled, filtered or spring). Otherwise, take equal parts of each herb to make a 1/2 cup worth.
Bring a quart of water to a boil, then set it on a cool eye. Pour in your herbs and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Afterward, strain the contents into a bowl, jar or spray bottle, whatever you decide to use to apply the tonic to your hair.
Using your hair tonic
This too is a simple process. After washing your hair (hopefully with a natural shampoo), you rinse/spray your hair with the tonic and massage it into your hair and scalp.
You can then place a shower cap* on your head or a warm wet towel. Then allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it out. And that’s pretty much it.
You can use hair tonics as much as you want. I’d say doing this as often as you would a deep condition (weekly or bi-weekly) is sufficient enough.
Have you tried using herbal tonics for your hair? Which herbs have you used, if so?
Gistel Estridge says
I haven’t tried herbal tonics, but there are hair greases that have the herbs in them that seemed to work well.