Acclaimed hair designer and educator Mary Beth Janssen aims to help readers achieve harmony in both mind and body with Naturally Healthy Hair (Storey Publishing, 1999). Jansenn has long been a voice for the integration of health and beauty, and many of her recipes call for the uses of organic ingredients and forgotten knowledge. This chart appears in Chapter 6, and is a great guide to help you make natural shampoos that are chemical-free.
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This gives you a framework from which to make your own formulas. It is not necessary to use every ingredient I’ve outlined. If you choose to decoct only one specific herb for a given condition, and add one favored essential oil, that’s perfectly all right. The fact that you are using a pure shampoo with no chemicals in it is the first step toward becoming as creative as you would like. Also remember that you can do something as simple as purchasing a pure shampoo and add healthful ingredients as required — such as essential oils, egg, or gelatin. It can really be that easy to make natural shampoos that are chemical-free! Remember to complete a patch test before using your hair care formula.
|Condition||Herbs to Decoct or Infuse||Base Oils||Essential Oils|
|Normal Hair||Horsetail, nettle, rosemary||Almond oil plus up to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe vera||Bergamot, orange, rose|
|Dry hair||Horsetail, lavender, watercress||Jojoba oil plus up to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe vera and lecithin (drizzle into warmed formula)||Carrot Seed, clary sage, geranium, jasmine|
|Oily Hair||Burdock, lemongrass, thyme||Almond oil||Basil, peppermint, rosemary|
|Sensitive scalp (dandruff, dermatitis, inflammation||Burdock, chamomile, horsetail||Jojoba or castor oil||Cedarwood, rosemary, sage, tea tree|
|Hair loss or thinning||Basil, rosemary, sage||Jojoba oil||Cedarwood, clary sage, ylang-ylang|
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