Natural Remedies + Holistic Rituals For Beautiful Hair
One of life’s most simple accessories is having beautiful hair!
Beautiful and shiny hair is a reflection of perfect health. Healthy hair gives you a natural radiance that can not be found with make-up, hairspray and GHD’s.
Eating a balanced diet, getting lots of exercise and drinking plenty of water plays a big part in how our hair looks. However there are little extra’s we can do to keep our hair looking shiny and healthy. Follow a few of our favourite DIY natural remedies and holistic rituals for beautiful hair and watch your hair transform from dull and limp to sleek and glossy.
Ritual #1 – Nourish Your Hair With Vitamins
When your body is nourished, so is your hair. Eat a diet high in wholefoods and take vitamin C and a high grade multi vitamin every day. If you want some extra nourishment for your hair then look at investing in a hair vitamin supplement. There are hundreds of bottles available on the market that have the word “hair” highlighted on the label. The truth is that they are not all created equal, some are better than others. When researching for a hair vitamin, look for one that contains all or most of the vitamins B complex, iron, zinc, biotin, folic acid, flax seed oil, black currant seed oil, kelp, silica and pantothenic acid. The condition of your hair will be affected by your nutrition. If your body is nourished, so will your hair.
Ritual #2 – Scalp Massage
By massaging your scalp for 5 minutes a day you will treat dandruff , de-stress and relieve tension. Your hair will become stronger, thicker, glossier and grow faster. Massage stimulates your scalp’s blood supply. The blood brings nutrients to the follicles, feeding your hair with nourishment.
When you massage your scalp you can either do it dry or wet. You may want to consider massaging an oil or scalp treatment into your hair. I like to make my own massage oil by mixing 40 drops each of rosemary, lavender, thyme and lemon oils into a 100ml bottle of pure almond oil, I find this is much lighter than the traditional treatments.
If you’re short on time you can massage your scalp while you wash your hair. When you massage your scalp ensure that you use the pads of your fingers. Spread your fingers apart and place them firmly on your head. Move in little circles starting at the base of your neck and slowly working your way up to your forehead.
Ritual #3 – Get The Cut
Your ends are the oldest and driest part of your hair; you need to get them trimmed every 6-8 weeks to prevent split ends and further damage. No matter how gentle you are to your hair, the ends split and move farther up the hair shaft. Split ends cause tangles, which leads to breakage and snapping.
Ritual # 4 – Use Natural Products + Discover Natural Remedies
You are doing your hair and body a great favour if you reduce the chemicals you put in your body and that includes what you put on your hair and body. When your body has to spend time breaking down toxins it has no time to repair other areas of your body such as hair, nails and skin.
Choose natural and chemical free shampoos and conditioners. Try coconut oil as a hair treatment and to tame frizz. To gloss up your hair, try a rinse made of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and water. Either of these mixtures will bring life, shine and bounce back to distressed hair. To help your hair grow faster mix a little ylang ylang or rosemary oil with a carrier oil and massage on to your scalp.
There are loads of natural alternatives for hair problems and concerns, get curious and start researching on the internet or getting books out from your local library. Some of my favourites are:
- Treating Dandruff – Pre wash hair. Then massage 1 cup of apple juice (natural) into the hair from the roots to the tips. Shampoo hair. Massaging either jojoba oil or coconut oil are great for treating dandruff also.
- Nourishing Hair Mask – For an intense hair treatment that will repair dry hair and tame frizz, massage jojoba [or any other natural vegetable oil] into the scalp, comb through hair and leave overnight.
- Detoxing Your Hair– Make a paste of bicarb soda and water. Massaging into the roots, then rinse out. This will remove residue and impurities, leaving you with squeaky clean hair.
Ritual #5 – Let Your Hair Breathe
Your hair gets filled with residue from not only your hair products, but from the pollution in the air. When your hair is filled with residue it is harder for your scalp to breathe and oxygenate. To reduce the residue in your hair, wash your hair every second day and swap your shampoo and conditioner brand with another brand every two or three months.
Ritual #6 – Treat Yourself To A Warm Oil Hair Treatment
Schedule some time every few weeks for this gorgeous hair treatment that will take all your senses on an aromatic journey.
You will need:
A small bowl
10mls of coconut oil or about 2 teaspoons if it’s solid!
5 drops of your favourite essential oils
A slightly larger bowl than the small bowl.
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First fill the bigger bowl with hot water. Place your oil and essential oil in the smaller bowl. Sit the bowl inside the bigger bowl that is filled with hot water. Allow 5 minutes for the oil to warm.
Turn on some soothing music and grab a cup of your favourite herbal tea. Next Take a nice deep breath in…and then exhale. Repeat 3 times.
Slowly massage the warm oil into your scalp and through your hair. Gently comb through right to the ends. Being mindful of each breath as you go.
To seal in the nourishment, wrap your hair in some cling wrap or a warm towel – the heat caused from this will help lock in and penetrate the nutrients.
You can leave it for 30 minutes, an hour or even overnight [I personally love overnight as it gives plenty of time to feed + nourish the hair while you sleep].
This is a great weekly or monthly treatment to give yourself. It is super simple yet so nurturing. After the treatment your hair will feel soft and look so shiny! It’s also great for an itchy and/or flaky scalp and hair loss.
If you don’t have time to do the entire treatment you can just do the ends of your hair. In summer, especially if I am spending the day outside I will often put this in the ends of my hair in the morning, toss it up in a top knot bun and let the heat of the sun aid in penetrating the oils deep into the hair.
Here are 2 of my favourite essential oil hair blends for you to try:
Stimulating: For hair growth and strength us 3 drops Rosemary + 2 drops Peppermint.
Soothing: 2 drops Ylang Ylang + 2 drops German Chamomile + 1 drop Lavenderdrops Ylang Ylang + 2 drops German Chamomile + 1 drop Lavender