Adding a botanical rinse to your regular hair care routine is as simple as steeping a pot of tea a few times a week. These nutrient-dense botanicals will help maintain a healthy sheen and enhance your natural hair color. Plus, your hair will smell lovely!
How to Choose Your Dried Botanicals
Different botanicals suit different hair types. We like these botanical combinations for treating each type of hair, but you can certainly experiment with different botanical varieties. Just be sure you have researched the safety guidelines for using each.
- Golden Highlights: Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon Peel
- Darker Highlights: Black Walnut Hulls, Nettles, Rosemary
- Red Highlights: Red Clover, Rosehips, Calendula
- Normal Hair: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Linden Flowers, Nettles, Rosemary
- Oily Hair: Lemon Balm, Lemon Peel, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Peppermint
- Dry Hair: Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Nettles
- Sensitive or Itchy Scalp: Calendula, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Nettles, Peppermint, Rose Petals
It works well to buy 4 oz of four different dried botanicals, premix the botanicals together, and store them in a jar to use for approx 16 rinses (a weekly rinse for 4 months).
- 2 Tbsp. Dried botanicals mixture
- 4 cups water
- Infuse dried botanicals in 4 cups simmering water for 1 hour, or bring water to a boil and turn off heat to let steep overnight.
- Strain plant material from liquid and let the infusion cool to a comfortable temperature. If the infusion is already cold, heat it up slightly.
- Pour botanical infusion over dry hair and gently massage scalp.
- Keep a large bowl underneath pouring area to catch the water and reapply to hair.
- For best results, rinse hair with infusion several times and let the infusion remain on hair for at least 5 minutes.
- Follow with a cool water rinse (optional). For deeper treatment, let hair dry without rinsing out infusion.