Foodless Fridays – DIY Herbal Conditioning Hair Rinse
So I realized that Friday is almost over and I hadn’t yet posted this DIY herbal conditioning rinse that I promised you guys last week! If you weren’t here last Friday, I posted this Rosemary & Mint “No Poo” Cleansing Rinse. It works great! This is the companion conditioning rinse to that cleansing rinse. I added Lavender to the conditioning rinse because it also contains lemon juice and I didn’t want to smell like a roasted chicken! Though it smells great even without the Lavender essential oil added if you don’t have it. The recipe is so simple and it makes your hair shiny and soft. Many people use vinegar in their conditioning rinse, you can substitute the equivalent amount of apple cider or white vinegar for the lemon juice if you prefer. I haven’t tried the vinegar yet because my hair is blonde and I’ve heard vinegar can darken it. I also prefer the smell of the lemon. Either will work though and my opinion is no substitute for doing your own research.
The ingredients in my recipe are meant to balance PH, condition the hair, and promote a healthy scalp which should stimulate hair growth. I’m no expert, I can only tell you what is working for me, and I hope you’ll share with the rest of us in the comments if you have a good or bad experience, or know of something that works even better!
2 cups water
2 Tbl fresh rosemary
2 Tbl fresh mint
2 Tbl fresh lemon juice
3 drops lavender essential oil
Boil the water. Add the rosemary and mint and cover – let it steep in the water for 20 minutes. Strain and let the “tea” cool. Add the lemon juice and essential oil if using. Spray or squeeze onto hair after washing with the “no-poo” cleansing rinse, massage into scalp for one minute and rinse thoroughly.
In other news, I’ve been hired by Jones Dairy to develop some recipes from their website – which makes me a bona fide Recipe Developer. It sounds so official right? Too cool! I’m excited about the recipes I’m working on and I’m psyched to get started. Part of the deal is that addition to paying me by the recipe, they provide all the product. So I was told to expect a Fedex from them today. Well it came and it was awesome! A huge cooler filled to the top with SO. MUCH. SAUSAGE. And I could barely fit it all into my freezer! The Fedex guy probably thinks I’m a nut job, I was so excited I practically tore it from his hands as he was setting it on the steps – while thanking him profusely! I was still shocked when I opened it because they sent me way more than I need. (So of course I had to take a picture of it!) Thanks Jones Dairy!!!! So I went shopping this afternoon for the rest of the ingredients I’ll need, and I’ll be cooking up a storm tomorrow testing out my recipe concepts. Once they go live on their website I’ll send you guys the links! Er…no pun intended! :)
And finally, if you guys hang out at all on the IBIH Facebook page you know I’m a huge Parenthood fan, and I ranted last week about tearing up (as per usual when watching Parenthood!) and hearing my husband from across the room ask loudly “are you CRYING???” So this week, I was prepared and watched it alone this afternoon! If you watched it you know it was a tear jerker (aren’t they all) and I fully intended to sob my little heart out and yet…. NO crying!! Almost got me a few times but made it through dry-eyed which is a first! I think it was because it was the middle of the day and I was distracted by the sausage, and the fact that we are having company tonight and I had stuff to do. Either way, I was so proud of my accomplishment that I was inspired to make this. Enjoy! ;)