DIY Herbalicious Hair Spritz (Stronger Than Pride)

10/11/2011

Better than water? Gitouttahere. No, really.

Herbalicious Hair Spritz

Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)

  • 1-1/2 cups aloe vera juicemoisturizing, humectant, ideally pH balanced for hair.
  • 1/2 tsp dried organic nettle leaf; said to stimulate hair growth, treats dandruff; said to block DHT, hormone that causes hair loss.
  • 1/2 tsp dried organic comfrey leafastringent that soothes irritated scalp and strengthens strands.
  • 1/2 tsp dried organic horsetail; high in silica and minerals that strengthen and increase elasticity of strands, promotes growth.
  • 1/2 tsp dried organic rosebuds soothes, heals and increases blood circulation at the scalp.
  • 1/2 tsp organic fennel seeds; contains iron, fiber, vitamin C, folate, and potassium—treats itchy scalp and dandruff, counters shedding and premature hair loss, strengthens the strands.
  • 1/2 tsp organic vegetable glycerinhumectant, attracts moisture.
  • 1 tsp organic grapeseed oilcontains antioxidants, vitamin E, essential fatty acids.

Pour aloe vera juice in medium pot, and bring to a boil. Add all herbs and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

[Updated 4/19/12, Thx Princess for the suggestion!] Note that some of the aloe vera juice’s nutritive benefit is lost when boiled, however boiling allows the herbal properties to be extracted quicker. As an alternative, you could simply:

  • warm (not boil) the aloe vera juice and steep the herbs for an hour or longer.
  • steep the herbs in room temperature aloe vera juice for two weeks to allow for a good extraction.
  • use boiled water in lieu of aloe vera juice.

Strain herbs and funnel herbal tea into a container. I used an empty aloe vera juice bottle. Fill spray bottle with 80% of the herbal tea, 15%water and 5% glycerin. Add 2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil for every 8 oz of mixture. This is the ratio of water to aloe vera juice to glycerin that works best for my tresses. As you may know, mixing with glycerin can be a delicate balancing act—feel free to adjust according to your hair’s needs. Spray as needed to hydrate and nourish hair and scalp. Refrigerate after use.

*Singing to my hair*
I won’t pretend I’m good at forgiving
But I can’t hate you
Although I have tried
Mmmmm
I still really really love you
Love is stronger than pride
I still really really love you
Mmmmm