I am now wearing box braids because I needed to do something with my curls that would maintain moisture, protect it from everyday styling, and help it grow. Since I moved to the southwest my hair hasn’t been right and serious changes had to be made.
So to stop the breakage, brittleness, and to promote growth, braids were installed.
The thing is I have synthetic extensions that drink about a gallon of moisture a day. To deal with that and the itches I bought a few bottles of hair oil. The problem with that was I went through a bottle a week and the price to purchase new product started to add up. Sooo to save a little money I decided to make my own infused hair oil using dry and fresh herbs that relieve dryness and increase growth.
This is what I did.
From my garden I grabbed bunches of fresh rosemary, lavender (leaves and seeds), basil and parsley.
In my pantry I already had horsetail and chamomile.
Herbs I used to aid dry hair:
- Parsley Leaf
Herbs I used to aid hair loss:
There was absolutely no measuring when I made this concoction. I just grabbed a bunch here, and a bunch there, and put it all together.
It is very important to keep all herbs dry. By doing this you will avoid mold development while the herbs and oil are brewing.
After placing all of the herbs in a glass mason jar I added vitamin E oil and olive oil.
I mixed the oils and herbs with a wooden spoon.
3 drops of Thyme essential oil was added to promote hair growth.
3 drops of Ylang Ylang was added to relief dryness. Ylang Ylang can also be used for hair loss.
After all ingredients were added I placed the glass mason jar in my pantry for three weeks.
After brewing for three weeks the herbs smelled rich and wonderfully fresh – if that makes sense. While the mixture brewed I shook the bottle often to make sure everything continued to incorporate properly.
To start to strain the herbs from the oil I placed cheese cloth over a non-metal bowl.
Then I just poured the herbal mix onto the cheese cloth.
Everything strained nicely.
The oil I will use immediately and everyday is in the plastic bottle. That will last about five to seven days. The rest of the oil fit nicely in a quart size glass mason jar. The infused herb mixture can last a year but I am sure I will use it all way before then.