Lavender Vinegar Hair Rinse
It is so important to care for our hair during the long hot days of summer. Lavender is plentiful and a lavender vinegar rinse might be the one of the best things you can do to treat your hair for pennies at home. All you need is a canning jar, dried lavender and vinegar, I use white for the gorgeous infused color. Fill the jar ¼ to ½ full with the dried lavender; pour the vinegar over it leaving about a one-inch space at the top. Cover jar opening with a piece of plastic wrap and secure with the lid. Put in a cool dark place for 2-4 weeks, the longer it infuses, the more potent it will be. Gently shake the jar every day and top with more vinegar as the lavender absorbs it, if you wish. After it has infused, (I waited about three weeks), use a strainer lined with a piece of triple layered cheese cloth and strain. Pour into clean glass bottle, store and use as you would any vinegar. I poured some into a glass, mixed with about one cup of water and used right away on my hair, it is like magic.
To use, mix 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1-2 cups of water together (depending on hair length), shampoo hair, apply vinegar solution, massage in gently, leave on for a bit. Wash hair again with a mild shampoo and lightly condition if you wish. This works very well to rinse out build up and residue, and to control oily hair. You may notice a slight vinegar odor, which dissipates as your hair dries.
I also put some in a spray bottle and used it to spritz cold sliced cucumbers, mandarin orange slices and fresh chopped mint-refreshing and delicious!
Lavender Hair Masque
When purchasing oils, I always look for the least refined. Excessive refining lessens the strength and may even eliminate some of the nutrient rich properties that we are actually using the oils for in the first place. Look for words like cold pressed or cold expeller pressed, organic, unrefined, and virgin. Be wary of dirt cheap oils, this is a case where most of time, unless you find a great sale-you get what you pay for. Always store your natural beauty products in a cool dark area.
To make a restorative hair conditioning oil for dry or damage hair, mix the following ingredients together in a four-ounce bottle or larger and shake to mix.
1 ounce Avocado Oil
2 ounces Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Extra Virgin Olive Oil
10-20 drops each Essential Oils of Lavender and Ylang Ylang
Avocado and olive oil penetrate into the hair making it stronger. Jojoba Oil helps to dissolve sebum in plugged hair pores, encouraging new growth. Ylang ylang helps to soothe and treat dry scalp, lavender is regenerative and a powerful oil for hair and scalp conditions.
To use, apply to freshly washed damp hair from root to end, gently massage into scalp, leave on for several minutes and wash out with a mild shampoo. Applying a hot towel and/or plastic shower cap after the oil is applied will enhance the treatment.
Enjoy the summer and treat your tresses well!
Pennie Mills of Vegan Aesthetics (formerly Ladies Blend) creates cruelty free vegan jewelry and housewares, she is an avid supporter of animal rights, animal welfare and donates continuously to animal charities.