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I have the most wonderful family that consists of me, hubby, 2 teenagers and an 11 year old. And some of us have long hair — down to the shoulder or past it.
My daughter’s hair is down to the middle of her back and wonderfully thick. She could easily go through a bottle of cream rinse style conditioner every 2 weeks, and that adds up fast. I have taught her that she doesn’t necessarily need to wash her hair every day, and that has helped the amount of hair care we need to make or buy.
I have since taken to making my own shampoo and conditioner, not only because I am
cheap frugal, but I like the idea of being able to control the ingredients.
I have tried several different recipes over the last few years, and this one has by far become a favorite. It’s easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find.
- 5 grams dried chamomile flowers (organic and sustainably sourced like this or this one is great too)
- 3 grams dried rosemary leaves (organic and sustainably sourced like this)
- 1½ cups boiling water
- 1 Tbs apricot seed oil (organic, unrefined apricot kernel oil like this)
- 1 Tbs honey (raw, unfiltered honey like this)
- First, make an infusion of the herbs in water, like you are making a tea to drink. Measure the herbs by weight to get a more accurate measurement. Since this is a washout product, you could also measure by using ½ cup of chamomile flowers and 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary leaves.
- Pour the boiling water over the herbs and allow to infuse for 20 minutes or so, depending on how much time you need to finish that cup of coffee, start another load of clothes and get breakfast going for your kids.
- Pour the herbs into a cloth over a strainer and gently squeeze to get all the water out. You will have just over a cup of tea to use. You only need one cup, so any "excess" can be enjoyed while you are waiting your teenagers to get out of the bathroom. For me, that's a 2 cup ordeal but I digress.
- Carefully stir in the oil and honey. You will need to shake this up each time you use it to redistribute them into the infused water. Store in a plastic container. Broken glass in the shower is not a pleasant thing, trust me on this one.
To Use Your DIY Conditioner
Simply add about 1 tablespoon of the mixture to clean hair, concentrating on the ends.
You may find that it doesn’t feel like it’s de-tangling much at first, but I found that after two uses, my hair felt much softer. Since this doesn’t have any preservatives in it, you will want to make sure to use it up within 2 weeks.
I have found that this batch only lasts my family 1-2 days since my teens are in the taking multiple-showers-a-day phase, and my daughter likes to “slather” her hair with it. Sigh… at least it’s easy and cheap to make.
However, with “normal” use of only using it once a day, this should last a family of 5 roughly a week.