Hair Care

Lemon Lime Coconut Hair Bar

30 ounces Olive Oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 ounces beeswax
1 egg yolk
1-ounce lime essential oil
1 ounce lemon essential oil
2 tablespoons finely grated coconut
14 ounces water
4 1/2 ounces lye
Measure out 1 ounce of the olive oil and set aside the rest Beat the egg yolk into the 1-ounce of olive oil.
Melt together the beeswax, 29 ounces of olive oil, and coconut oil. Gradually stir in the grated coconut. When the temperature reaches between 120F and 135F, remove from heat. Measure out the lye and slowly add to the water, stirring frequently until the lye is dissolved. When the lye mixture cools to within the same temperature as the oils (120F-135F), gently pour it into the oils and stir until the soap begins to trace. Whisk in the olive-oil egg mixture and blend thoroughly. Add the essential oils. Mold and let cure as in the soap directions.

Rosemary Lavender Hair-Bar

10 ounces coconut oil
20 ounces olive oil
4 ounces sweet almond oil
4 ounces jojoba oil
16 ounces distilled water
5 1/2 ounces lye
1-ounce rosemary essential oil
1 ounce lavender essential oil
Follow directions for basic vegetable soap. Add the essential oils when the soap starts to trace.

Hair Rinse

Slowly pour rinse over freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Rinse out with as cold water as you can stand. Restores the natural pH of the hair and removes residue from the hair shaft, which could make it look dull, flat, and lifeless.

Apple Cider Hair Rinse

2 ounces apple cider vinegar
8 ounces of water

Parsley Lemon Rinse

Juice of one lemon
2 ounces finely chopped parsley
8 ounces water
Bring water to boil, add parsley, and let stand 5 minutes. Strain. Add lemon juice to water and allow to cool.

Anti-Dandruff Rinse

1/4-cup apple cider vinegar
4 cups water
1-cup thyme infusion
Shelf life – 1 week

Tea Tree Anti-Dandruff Rinse

1/4-cup tea-tree extract
1/4-cup witch hazel
4 cups water
Shelf life – 2 weeks

Highlighting Rinses


Use 1/4 cup chopped, fresh rhubarb and add to 2 cups of boiling water. Cool and strain before using.

Chamomile flowers

Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1/4 cup of chamomile flowers. Cool and strain before using.

Clarifying citrus rinse

Boil the rinds of 2 oranges and 2 lemons for about 10 minutes. Cool and strain. This removes residue as well, and helps control oily scalps.

Lavender, sage, or cinnamon

Any of these will give you dark highlights. Add 1/4-cup sage or lavender, or 3 broken up cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of boiling water. Cool and strain.

Hibiscus flowers

These flowers will give you lovely red highlights. Use dried flowers or herbal tea containing hibiscus. Steep the mixture to a shade you like, then cool and strain before using.

Basic Glycerin Shampoo

4 heaping tablespoons (60ml) lye
1-cup cold soft water
2/3-cup glycerin (preferably vegetable)
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons commercial shampoo (optional, provides extra bubbles)
While gently stirring, slowly add the lye 1 tablespoon at a time to the cold water. After stirring thoroughly, allow to cool for an hour or so until temperature drops to 90F to 95F. Then heat the glycerin and coconut oil in a pan until the mixture reaches 150F. Slowly pour the glycerin and oil into the dissolved lye. Stir constantly until it reaches the consistency of honey. While continuing to stir, add the lukewarm water. If you prefer more suds, add 2 tablespoon of your favorite commercial shampoo. For variety and fragrance, add a small amount of any of the following – aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, herbal infusions, honey, rosewater or other floral waters, natural extracts, aromatherapy oils, or dried herbs and spices. 1/2 tsp of tea tree oil added to the final phase makes a good dandruff treatment.
Shelf life – 4-6 months

Normal Hair

1-cup shampoo base
1 tsp glycerin
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops sage essential oil
1 tsp white vinegar
Mix together and store in a pretty bottle
Shelf life – 3-6 months

Dry or Damaged Hair

1-cup shampoo base
1 tsp glycerin
1 tsp aloe vera
1 tsp jojoba oil (or apricot kernel oil)
3 drops chamomile essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 Vitamin E capsule, 400 units or more (pierce and squeeze)
Mix together and store in a pretty bottle
Shelf life – 3-6 months

Oily Hair

1-cup shampoo base
1 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp tea-tree extract or oil
1/2 tsp nettle extract or oil
1/2 tsp witch hazel
3 drops of any two – orange, frankincense, grapefruit, lemon, juniper, cypress, borage, or lavender
Mix together and store in a pretty bottle
Shelf life – 3-6 months

Dry Cleaner for Hair

1 part cornstarch
1 part baking soda
Few drops essential oil of choice (rosemary, pin, juniper work great)
Put in a shaker, shake a small amount into hair, and brush until the powder is gone. Makes a quick dry shampoo for oily hair.

Herbal/Botanical Hot Oil Treatment

1/4-cup virgin olive oil
1 Vitamin E capsule, 400 units or more (pierce and squeeze)
1-tablespoon coconut oil
1-tablespoon jojoba oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1-drop rosemary or cedarwood essential oil
Mix all together. Put on towel-dried hair after shampooing. Leave in for 5-10 minutes, and then wash out. Store in a bottle.
Shelf life – 2-3 months

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