I’m aware I’ve not blogged in a fair while now and I do apologise, clearly you’re all eagerly awaiting updates! ;-P
I started a new job last month and things have been a little crazy. I’ve also been working on the perfect hair care regime for my hair. I’ve tried homemade recipes for shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Since I changed my eating habits drastically – due to intolerances, I’ve started looking at other products I use too. I used to wash my hair with a shop bought shampoo and then leave a conditioner for dry hair in to style it. Unfortunately I used to get spots around my face and neck where my hair would come in contact. I’ve tried a fair few things now, including bicarbonate of soda and water to wash but none of these worked for my hair.
I have rather unruly, normally frizzy long hair. I use henna hair dye to get the bright colour and most shampoos strip this within weeks of dying it.
I’ve now started using pure liquid Castile soap, followed by a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water and peppermint essential oil. I mix around 1/3 of vinegar with 2/3 water and add about 10 drops of essential oil. I add the peppermint oil to mask any remaining smell of vinegar but if you wash it well with water you don’t really get the smell lingering anyway. Once I’ve washed it with the Castile soap (you only need a small amount) I use a squeezy bottle to pour the vinegar solution onto the ends of my hair in the shower (doing the roots makes it too greasy). I then comb it through before washing it out. I then just leave my hair to naturally dry overnight. In the morning it sometimes needs a bit if water to tame it and then to reduce any frizzy bits that like to rebel I use a homemade flax seed gel. I found the recipe on Pinterest and you can get it here. It’s really simple to make and lasts ages when you keep it in the fridge. I also added peppermint oil to this but I guess you can add any essential oil you wish to get a scent that suits you.
This really is the simplest way to keep my hair looking healthy, shiny and more importantly it keeps my colour bright and vibrant. And I can’t quite believe that these simple ingredients work. After years of using conditioner, hair mouse and hairspray I’m surprised how nice my hair looks with minimum effort. And I’ve had a lot of comments about it recently so I’m sold!
Let me know your thoughts if you try it!