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Topic: Home Made Treatments
Posted By: Merlin
Subject: Home Made Treatments
Date Posted: February 08 2002 at 8:05am
While surfing the web recently, I came across these home made treatments collected by Fia at the Long Hair Lovers site and thought I would pass them along to anyone that would be interested. I am familiar with a couple but not all of them. They at least SOUND interesting. Have fun! ;)


3 tbsp olive oil
20 drops essential rosemary oil

For shine and growth


3 tbsp olive oil
1 finely chopped medium sized root of parsnip
1/2 tsp crushed seeds of parsnip

Boil for five minutes and strain. Adds shine and stimulates growth.


1-2 whipped eggs
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp glycerine

Massage into washed hair. Leave at least 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Adds moisture and shine.


1 tbsp lanolin
1 tbsp castor oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp castille soap
1 tbsp glycerine
2 tbsp water
2 tsp egg yolk
1 whole egg
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
60-90 drops of essential oil of choice (for benefits or scent)

Melt the lanolin in a bain marie and mix with the oils. Mix in soap, glycerine and water. Use electric mixer on low speed until thickened. Add egg and egg yolk and use electric mixer on high speed. Add vinegar and essential oil. Massage into washed hair. Leave at least 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Adds moisture and shine.


3.5 oz sweet almond oil
40-60 drops of essential oil of choice (for benefits or scent)
3-7 oz plain yoghurt

Mix the oils and warm slightly. Massage into hair and scalp. Cover with warm towel. If needed use hair dryer to add more heat. Leave for two hours. Add the yoghurt to hair and scalp. Leave for an additional half an hour. Rinse. Adds moisture and protein.


1 ripe avocado
2 tsp carrot or marigold oil

Mash the avocado and mix with the oil. Massage into scalp and hair. Leave for one hours. Rinse with water/lemon mix. Good for dry and damaged hair.


4.25 oz olive oil
1 whole egg
pinch of salt
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey

Use electric mixer on high speed to mix (will produce mayo-like concoction). Massage into dry hair and leave for one hour. Rinse with cold water. Adds protein and shine.


1 ripe banana
2 tsp grape seed oil

Mash the banana and mix with oil. Massage into scalp and hair. Cover with Saran wrap. Leave for 30 minutes. Rinse with water/lemon mix. Good for dry hair.


3.5 oz apple cider vinegar or unsweetened apple juice
40-60 drops of essential thyme oil

Mix vinegar/juice and oil. Massage into scalp and leave for five minutes. Rinse and shampoo. Adds shine and combats dandruff.


8.5 oz red wine
2 tbsp dried sage
Kaolin clay
1 egg yolk

Heat wine with sage in. Let cool off and strain. Warm slightly and mix with kaolin to a batter like consistency. Let cool off again and mix with egg yolk. Work into hair and wrap in Saran wrap. Leave 30 minutes to one hour. Will give hair a chestnut color, stronger if mixed with black tea.


Henna powder mixed with ground rhubarb root - produces more yellow tones

Henna powder mixed with pulverized tea leaves - produces more brown tones

Henna powder mixed with finely ground coffee - produces deeper red tones

Henna powder mixed with indigo or ultramarine powder - produces more dark brown tones (some very dark)

Henna mixed with water - for normal coloring of chosen mix

Henna mixed with lemon juice or yoghurt - intensified color of chosen mix

Henna mixed with red wine - more pronounced chestnut in chosen mix

Henna mixed with strong chamomile tea - more pronounced yellow in chosen mix

Development time from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Shorter development time pronounces yellow tones.


Posted By: Merlin
Date Posted: February 15 2002 at 9:47am
A few more recipes I found while browsing a book I just got:

Hair Conditioner

Mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal hair.) Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

Deep Conditioner
Avocados contain vitamin B6 & vitamin E

1 small jar of real mayonnaise
1/2 of an avocado


Put together in a medium bowl and squish together with your hands until it`s a minty green color. Smooth into hair all the way to the tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with saran wrap.

Leave on for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning put a hot, damp towel around your head -over the saran wrap. And if you have really long hair and only need deep conditioning at the ends, cut the ingredients in half and apply only to the ends and just wrap them.

Special Note: Make sure the mayonaisse is real mayo and NOT salad dressing. It will dry your hair out.

Tropical Conditioner

1 avocado (peeled and mashed)
coconut milk


Combine mashed avacodo with some coconut milk. Mash together until its smooth and about as thick as shampoo. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, wash out.


Posted By: Spaci32
Date Posted: February 18 2002 at 5:43pm
Thanks so much for posting all of those recipes! I can hardly wait to try them out. If anyone else uses these, let us know how they rate.


A wish is a desire without any attempt to attain its end.

Posted By: Merlin
Date Posted: February 19 2002 at 10:31am
Hi Traci

Glad to pass on interesting tidbits. I have done the honey and olive oil treatment for dry hair and always gotten good results. That success has sent me looking for other kitchen recipes for hair. I haven`t tried them all yet (not enough brave clients) but they at least sound good.

In case you are feeling especially adventursome, here are several more to consider. If you do try some, let me know your results.

Have fun! ;)

Egg Conditioner
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water
Beat egg yolk until it is thick and light colored. Slowly drizzle drops of oil into egg, beating well. Slowly add and beat the water into the egg mixture. Transfer mixture to a container. After shampooing, massage all conditioner into hair and leave on for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing.

Protein Conditioner
Beat 1 egg white until foamy. Add to 5 Tbsps plain natural yogurt. Apply to hair in small sections at a time. Leave in for 15 minutes. Rinse.

Split End Treatments
1) Mix 1 tsp honey with 2 Tbsps olive oil, then beat in 1 egg yolk. Massage on hair in small sections. Wrap head with shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

2) Massage hair and scalp with warm avocado or olive oil. Wrap hair securly in a towel. Leave oil on hair about 8 hours or overnight. If left on overnight, put a shower cap over head to avoid staining pillows and bedding. Wash hair, then rinse with a vinegar /water solution.

Hot Oil Treatment
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup boiling water
Place olive oil and boiling water into large glass bottle or jar with a lid. You may need to wrap a towel around the bottle to avoid burning yourself. Shake very well until oil is emulsified. Massage into hair, taking care not to burn your head. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out. Leave mixture on your hair for 1/2 hour, then shampoo as usual

Mayonnaise Conditioner
To recondition the hair, shampoo hair with homemade shampoo or a shampoo from the natural foods store. Rinse and towel dry. Apply regular mayonnaise (not salad dressing) to the hair. Massage in. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, shampoo again lightly and rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution.

Mint Rinse
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
Strain and pour into a container. With fingertips, massage solution into the scalp, let dry without rinsing out.

Soothing Herbal Hair Rinse
Combine equal parts of dried rosemary, comfrey, witch hazel leaves and nettles to make about 1/2 cup. Add to 2 cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep overnight. Strain. Shampoo and rinse hair then use herb tea for a final rinse to relieve itchy, flaky scalp.

Hair Coloring
Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Rinses for Color and Highlights
These rinses work over a period of time to subtlely color and add highlights to the hair. First wash and rinse hair, then pour any of these rinses over the hair 15 times catching the excess in a bowl or the bathroom basin as it runs off the hair, then pouring it over the hair again.
For Brunettes
1) Cook an unpeeled potato in boiling water. Cool slighly. Dip a pastry brush or cotton ball in the cooking water, cover and saturate hair, being careful not to get any on skin. Leave on hair for 20 minutes then rinse out.

2) Make an strong infusion of any of the following herbs and teas then use as a rinse:
Raspberry leaves
Ivy Berries
Black coffee
Black Tea (for chestnut highlights).

For Blondes
1) Marigold gives golden highlights to light hair and brings out red and gold highlights in light brown and red hair. Saffron, tumeric, calendula, mullein, privet and yellow broom in addition to any yellow blossomed herb or flower also add color and highlights for blondes.

2) Rinse hair with a solution of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one gallon of water after shampooing.

3) To restore hair that was once blonde, mix 10 grams of licorice root with 10 grams of oat straw, add a pinch of saffron. Cover with water and boil to make an infusion. Strain and use a s a rinse after shampooing. It should be allowed to soak into the hair and NOT rinsed out.

4) To bring out highlights and lighten blonde hair, steep 1/2 cup of camomile tea in one quart of boiling water . Strain and cool slighyly. Shampoo hair until oil free, then rinse with the tea infusion.

5) Add 4 tablespoons of chopped rhubarb to 3 cups of hot water, simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, cool, then use as a rinse after shampooing.

For Redheads
1) Use strong black coffee as a final rinse

2) Use a strong rosehips tea

3) Make a decotion of red hibiscus tea, use as a rinse

4) Make a rinse from calendula

5) Use an infusion of saffron for a rinse.

For Grey Hair
1) Potatoes: Boil potato peels in water, strain, and cool. Use the strained water as an after-shampoo rinse to darken grey hair

2) Sage covers the grey when used consistently over a period of time. Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Steep for 2-3 hours. Strain, use as rinse on clean hair. Leave on until hair has dried, then rinse out.

3) Mix 1 oz. sage, 1oz. rosemary and 1 pint of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and strain. Massage into the scalp and grey hair.

4) Mix 1 tablespoon of apple-cidar vinegar with one gallon of warm water, use as final rinse.

5) Use an infusion of hollyhock (blue-purple flowers) to remove the yellow cast from grey hair.

6) Use betony as a rinse to cover yellow in grey hair.

For All Hair Colors
Make an infusion of any of the following for color, conditioning, highlights and shine:
Catnip: Make a rinse of catnip and water to promote hair growth and shine.
Rosemary: good as a hair tonic for thinning hair and dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.
Thyme: makes a great stimulating shampoo.
Yarrow: Use a yarrow rinse for mild cases of dandruff.

Hair Spray
Chop 2 lemons, add 2 cups water, simmer in a pan over low heat until lemons are quite soft. Cool, then strain through cheesecloth. Pour into a spray bottle, add 1 Tbsp vodka, shake. Dilute with water if too sticky.

Nana`s Egg Shampoo
1 large egg separated
3 Tbsp castile soap
In a bowl, beat egg white until foamy. Blend in yolk followed by the castile soap. Wet hair with warm water. Massage half the egg shampoo into scalp. Rinse well then massage remaining shampoo into scalp. Leave on hair about 1 min. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Egg Shampoo #2
1 egg
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp castile soap
1/2 cup water or herbal tea
Drop of fragrant essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator for use the next day.

Herbal Shampoo
1/4 cup of your favorite herbal tea, strongly brewed
8 oz liquid castile soap
Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.