All-natural hair care is just a
concept for some people. For others, it’s not even on
their radars. Most people buy their hair products as a matter of
habit and convenience. They go to the hair stylist and on the
way out pick up a bottle of shampoo and conditioner that perhaps
their stylist recommended. For others its part of their grocery
store trip. “Well it must be okay since such a well known brand
makes it” they figure. I’ve been manufacturing custom-blended
shampoos and other all-natural beauty products for several years
through my company, Herbal Garden. I’d like to share my views
about the importance of going all-natural with your hair care.
It’s something that most people don’t even think about, but they should.
While convenience is always nice, buying your hair care
at the grocery or beauty shop is generally not the best idea. In
most cases these products were made with cheap synthetics,
rather than natural herbs and other botanicals. Often these
products contain chemicals found in the petroleum family and
contain a lot of ammonium blended chemicals. Not to mention that
some of these chemicals can be contaminated. These are not the
kinds of chemicals that I want to cleanse my hair and scalp
with, and I doubt that you do either. 70% of what you put on the
outside of your body is absorbed into the bloodstream. So why on
earth would anyone risk their health by using questionable
synthetic chemicals when they don’t have to?
My advice is to do your research. The next time you
purchase a product for your personal use or to clean your home,
take a few minutes to read the ingredients. Do you know what
they are? Do you know the effect they may have on you and the
environment? Do a little research on these chemicals when you
can. It just might scare you. The next step is to learn about
the values of going all-natural with your beauty care. Natural
botanicals serve the same purposes that the synthetics do, yet
they don’t cause the harm to your health and the environment.
They may cost a bit more. They may take a little more effort. But they are a safer alternative that will pay off. Herbs work
but they work slowly. Nature and humans are all connected; we
are all part of the whole. So to me using natural products are
just a part of the natural cycle. I hope that you’ll take some
time to think about these things. Eliminating a few chemicals
from your life may be a good thing for everyone.
To give you an idea of how beneficial adding herbs and
other botanicals can be in hair care I’d like to share with you
how I use them in the customized herbal shampoos that I make at
Herbal Gardens. The natural shampoo I make contains distilled
water which is pure water. I infuse herbs that feed and nourish
the hair and scalp as well as promote circulation. This helps to
maintain a healthy head of hair.
Herbs for Various Hair & Scalp Needs
These are some herbs that are useful for a variety of hair and
Nettle leaves – They contain minerals that help promote
circulation to the scalp and act as a stimulant to promote hair
growth. They also have anti-fungal properties. Nettle contains
formic acid, amino acids, proteins and vitamins. It is also a
Horsetail and Coltsfoot – They are both high in silica
acid, sulfur and cystine. These are components that make up our
hair, giving it strength and elasticity.
Comfrey leaves – This herb contains allantoin which helps
to control itching. It also helps remove scales and clears the
scalp of oiliness. It works with amino acids to improve
absorption into the hair. It also helps to repair damaged
Herbs for Hair Color
Hair color is another consideration when creating shampoo
blends. The following are some useful natural additives used to
enhance natural hair color. They are not actual dyes, but over
time work to blend and tone natural color:
Black Walnut Hulls – They are excellent for brown to
Chamomile flowers – These are wonderful when used for
Calendula flowers – A good choice to bring out red
Hibiscus flowers – These are a wonderful addition for red
Wood Betony – This works well for gray to silver hair.
Blue Malva flowers – A nice choice for white hair.
Other Botanical Additives used in Natural Hair
Organic Oils –
• Jojoba Oil - Which is not oil at all, it is a liquid
wax. I use this on natural color hair. When it comes in contact
with anything not natural it reverts back to its natural wax
stage and will leave a slight coating on the strands of treated
• Meadowfoam – This type of oil works well on treated
• Evening Primrose – I use this for scalp conditions that
Essential Oils –
• Rosemary – This one promotes growth as well as helps
split ends and dandruff.
• Clary Sage – A great choice for stimulating the hair
• Juniper – This is also good to aid in stimulation.
Making your own herbal shampoo is a wonderful way to
get creative and make a hair product that you know is fresh and
natural. But I know that not everyone has the time or
inclination. That is why I am always happy to help you with your
natural hair care needs. When you visit the Herbal Garden
website to purchase your herbal shampoo, you will be invited to
fill out our simple ‘Shampoo Customization’ form. By checking
the boxes that apply to your own hair needs, you are in effect
writing your own beauty prescription! I then take your form and
prepare a custom made bottle of shampoo just for you.
Our shampoos are made with Castile soap, which is
completely natural and helps to create some lather. I also add B
Vitamins and Aloe Vera to help strengthen and protect your hair.
You may find that our shampoo is quite fluid compared to what
you’re used to. You will also need to shake it well since it
doesn’t contain the usual synthetic emulsifiers that other
shampoos use. What you will find is that it cleanses and
nourishes your hair, eliminates 98% of tangles, and there will
be none of the chemical buildup that comes from using other
shampoos. You will also have several beautiful scents to choose
from. If you’re looking for convenience, we’re just a couple of
mouse clicks away. No need to even get in your car. Fill out our
simple form. Purchase your products, and check out. It’s that
simple. I look forward to answering any questions that you may
have, and preparing a specially made shampoo just for you.
Make sure to read
Marilyn Courtwright's companion article,
'Natural Skin Care in a
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