Herbal Hair Care

Herbal Hair Care

The majority of hair products commercially available, even among those touted as all-natural, contain synthetic detergents, fragrances, petrochemicals, and known allergens. These ingredients are harsh, stripping natural oils from the hair and scalp and resulting in imbalances to the scalp and hair. By making our own hair care products, we can help repair the health of our hair and scalp – all while saving money!

Homemade hair care products are simple and inexpensive to create while also being gentle and nourishing for the scalp and hair. They do not have the synthetic ingredients and chemicals often found in commercial products; instead they rely upon botanicals and other pure ingredients to give you healthy hair and scalp. Not only can you harvest many of the ingredients from your garden, but you can customize the recipes so that they perfectly fit your specific needs.

Herbal Hair Care


Homemade Herbal Shampoo Infused with Sage, Rosemary & Mint.


Herbal Shampoo

Homemade shampoo is not as thick or lathering as store-bought varieties, but it will effectively clean hair with nourishing ingredients and botanicals. Because this shampoo is so much gentler, you can expect that your hair will not feel as squeaky-clean after washing. This is because it will not be stripped of its natural oils!

8 oz water

3 oz Liquid Castille Soap

1-2 TBSP dried organic herbs of choice (see list below)

20-60 drops essential oil (see list below)

1/4 tsp organic Jojoba or Olive oil (adjust as needed – use more for dry hair or may omit for oily hair)

Make an herbal infusion by pouring boiling water over the herbs, cover, and allow them to steep for at least 4 hours. Strain the herbs out and pour the reserved liquid into a bottle, then add Castille soap and oils. Your herbal shampoo is now ready to use! Always shake well before use since the contents will naturally separate.

Oil Treatments

Oil treatments are a great way to naturally condition, sooth, balance, cleanse, and invigorate the hair and scalp. Leaving hair soft, shiny, and silky, they are excellent for treating damaged, dry, dull, or frizzy hair and scalp conditions. A few drops of either of these recipes can also be used to tame those dry or wild-looking locks!

To use, pour a little oil into your palm and massage it into scalp and hair. Add as much as needed, making sure to thoroughly coat your hair and scalp. Leave in for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better. I like to wrap my hair back into a bun and leave the oil in all day, washing it out at night. Once finished, be sure to shampoo the oil out completely. Don’t worry of your hair still feels a little oily after washing; it should absorb the residual oil as it dries.

Heat deepens the oil’s penetration of the hair shaft, enhancing its benefits. Harness heat’s effects by sitting in the sunshine, by a wood stove, fireplace, or in a sauna. Or treat yourself to a hot oil treatment by gently warming the oil to 100 degrees Farenheit and massaging it into your hair and scalp. Pull your hair back, cover it with a shower cap or plastic bag, and finally wrap up with a thick wool cap to help retain heat. Leave head covered for at least an hour, then shampoo out.

Basic Hair Oil

To create, simply pour 1 oz organic Jojoba or Olive Oil into a bottle and add 10-30 drops essential oil of your choice (see list below). Shake before using to blend the oils.

Herbal Infused Hair Oil

Jojoba oil infused with botanicals has all of the benefits listed above, but is even more therapeutic. It will take a few weeks to infuse, but the resulting oil will be worth the wait! To make, place 8 oz organic Jojoba or Olive Oil and 3 or more TBSP dried organic herbs (see list below) in a glass jar, cap tightly, and infuse for 3-6 weeks. Shake the jar daily. Once infused, strain the herbs from the infused oil. The infused oil will last for at least a year if properly stored in a cool dark place.


Soothing Lavender, Chamomile & Nettle Infused Vinegar Hair Rinse.



Hair Rinses

Hair rinses are simple to make, and they naturally condition the hair and scalp. They soften, add shine, body, and enhance natural highlights. To create an herbal hair rinse, simply pour 2 cups of boiling water over 3 or more TBSP of dried organic herbs (see list below) and allow to infuse for 8 hours or overnight. Strain herbs from the liquid, you can gently warm the liquid if you’d like. To use, slowly pour the rinse over your head, making sure to massage the infusion into your hair and scalp. Keep a large bowl under your head to catch the liquid and reapply. Repeat several times, and either rinse out or allow to dry.

Herbal Vinegar Rinse

Vinegar rinses have the same advantages as water-based hair rinses, and they also help restore hair’s pH balance. Vinegar is beneficial for oily hair, itchy scalp, dandruff, dull hair, and other scalp conditions. To make, place 3 or more TBSP dried organic herbs (see list below) and 8 oz organic Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass jar, cap tightly, and infuse for 3-6 weeks. Shake the jar daily. Once infused, strain the herbs out.  To use, apply 1-2 TBSP herbal infused vinegar to damp hair and scalp and thoroughly massage in, then rinse out with water. Or, you can use the method described above by combining 1 TBSP herbal vinegar with 1 cup water, followed by a thorough rinse with plain water. The infused vinegar will keep for at least a year if stored properly in a cool and dry area.

Natural Hair Coloring

Did you know that you can use a plant to dye your hair? Henna naturally colors the hair; it’s made from the powdered leaves of the desert shrub plant Lawsonia. Henna comes in a variety of colors including black, mahogany, various shades of brown, red, burgundy, and marigold blonde. In addition to adding color, Henna will coat hair, seal in oils, and tighten the hair cuticle to give hair a rich and healthy shine. Henna’s effects will last up to 3 months. You can also use herbs to encourage natural highlights, see the list below for more information.


Grace Sutherland and her six sisters were famous for their long hair. Date ca. 1890.


Herbs for Hair Care:

Normal hair: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender, Linden flowers, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Watercress.

Dry hair and scalp: Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Elder flowers, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Sage.

Oily hair and scalp: Bay leaf, Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Lemon peel, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel bark, Yarrow leaf and flower.

Scalp conditions (dandruff, sensitive skin, inflammation, itchiness, dermatitis): Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Eucalyptus, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.

Hair loss/thinning: Basil, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.

Golden highlights: Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon, Sunflower petals.

Dark highlights: Black Tea, Black Walnut hulls (crushed or chopped), Comfrey root, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.

Red highlights: Calendula, Henna, Hibiscus flowers, Red Clover flowers, Rose hips, Red Rose petals.

Essential Oils for Hair Care:

Normal hair: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.

Dry hair: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.

Oily Hair: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.

Scalp conditions (dandruff, sensitive skin, itchiness, inflammation, dermatitis): Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang.

Hair loss/thinning: Basil, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.

Resources for Herbal Hair Care:

Bulk Herbs and Spices

Carrier Oils

Castille Soap

Essential Oils


Invigorating Hair Oil

Rosemary Herbal Oil

Interested in learning more about natural hair care? These books are full of information and recipes:

Earthly Bodies Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

~ irene

By |April 18th, 2011|Categories: Recipes and DIY|Tags: |102 Comments

About the Author:

Irene Wolansky is the Customer Experience Director at Mountain Rose Herbs. Born and raised on the Oregon coast, her interests include crafting body care products and herbal medicine, harvesting mushrooms, gardening, brewing herbal mead, fermentation, and exploring wild areas.


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    organic April 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Can’t wait to try out one of the above hair recipes… I have long strand but not like Grace 😉

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    feroxyhite April 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    These days I have been enjoying making more herbal “home-goods” than medicinal/therapeutic goods– very happy to see this posting! I actually have made some very basic hair rinses and things before, but these recipes will definitely be a good starting point for some more complicated mixes. :-)

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      feroxyhite April 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm


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    bestialfeast April 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This is so amazing. I have problem hair (dry scalp), oily hair, and it’s at my waist, so it’s pretty hard to take care of. I hope I can mix some of this stuff up and make it do some good for me.

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    WonderlandFarm May 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I really love the recipe for homemade shampoo! I will be trying it out as soon as I can get my hands on some of the liquid catille soap. I think I’ll make some for my mom for Mother’s Day. Thanks for such great information!


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    neyatep May 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I tried vinegar rinses and so did my hubby and we both found them too drying. We’ve switched to making herbal infusions, added aloe vera juice and essential oils and use that now. The results have been WAY better than vinegar. Something to try if vinegar hasn’t worked for you.

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      Irene May 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Hi Neyatep,
      Thank you for letting us know about your experiences! The herbal rinses that you make sound wonderful, thank you for sharing the recipe with us. I am so glad that you mentioned that these recipes will not work for everyone since we all have different hair and scalp needs, but to keep experimenting until you find a formula that works for you. The end results will be worth it!
      Thank you again!
      ~ irene

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    sunny February 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve been researching different recipes on line about how to make your own body wash, and shampoo because I want to start making my own. I came across some information about using distilled water for home made body wash or shampoo because of bacteria growth issues. They said that using tap water can cause bacteria to grow and cause bad skin problems. What are your thoughts on this? Have you come across any issues like this? Also, how long is the shelf life using your recipe? Does it go bad after a certain time period? Your response will be super helpful! Thanks!!

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      Irene February 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Dear sunny,
      Thank you for the great question! Since any product made with an herbal infusion will spoil fairly quickly, I prefer to make my products in small batches and use them up within a week. This means that they are always fresh, and I don’t have to worry too much about bacterial contamination. If you wish to extend the shelf life of your products, then it would be better to use distilled water in your recipes. You can also add antibacterial essential oils, natural preservatives like Rosemary Antioxidant or Grapefruit Seed Extract, or keep your products in the refrigerator to further extend their shelf life.
      Thank you again for your question and for reading our blog. We hope that your body wash and shampoo turn out wonderful!
      ~ Irene

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        sunny February 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        Thanks! I made my own shampoo using this recipe but didn’t do the herbal infusion. In addition to your recipe, I added a little coconut oil and vitamin E oil. I’m not sure if this is what made the difference or what could have made the difference, but my hair was very sticky during the wash and after the wash. I couldn’t comb through my hair at all. My hair would also clump together and tangle with each other. I’m not sure what’s going on. Any advice??

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          Irene February 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

          Hi sunny,
          Thank you for your feedback! I’m so sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience with making shampoo. I believe that the Coconut oil was the culprit, and would recommend trying the recipe again without the Coconut oil. I would also recommend only using a few drops of the Vitamin E Oil.
          I hope that this helps! Please let us know if you need any further assistance with the recipe, and we’ll be happy to help. :-)
          ~ irene

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            sunny February 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

            Thanks Irene!

            I’ll definitely try that the next batch. I’m currently using it as a body shampoo and it’s great. I added a little coconut oil because I used coconut to condition my hair before. In Hawaii, after we grate coconut and then squeeze them to get coconut milk, we rub it in our hair and skin before we throw them out. I thought it would help my hair but didn’t realize it would cause my hair to be like that. LOL :) Thanks for your help! I’ll let you know how the next one goes.


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    naturalme February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    When is the best time to add essential oils to your herbal oil blend? During the infusion or after the 3 weeks are up?

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      Irene February 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Hi naturalme,
      Thank you for your question! It would be best to add essential oils once that the infusion is complete. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, and thank you again!
      ~ irene

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    naturalme February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much Ms. Irene for helping me with this. I really appreciate it. I have another question . . . the herbal shampoo mix above, how long does it last? If I am making it as gifts, will I need to add a preservative and if so, which kind would you suggest?

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      Irene February 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Hi naturalme,
      Thank you for your great question! Since any product made with an herbal infusion will spoil fairly quickly, I prefer to make my products in small batches and use them up within a week. If you wish to extend the shelf life of your shampoo, then you could add antibacterial essential oils, natural preservatives like Rosemary Antioxidant or Grapefruit Seed Extract, or keep your shampoo in the refrigerator to further extend its shelf life. Or, you can make your shampoo without an herbal infusion for the base. Instead, a blend of water and hydrosol (flower water) can be substituted. Omitting the herbal infusion from your shampoo will make it last much longer.
      Thank you again for your question and for reading our blog!
      ~ irene

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    easy hairs fall treatment December 4, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for sharing this information with us. It will help many peoples.

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    alfred723 December 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Recently I have been enjoying making herbal products at home. I used rich and creamy butter and coconut oil to make my hair soft and supple. Apply a thin coating of warm coconut oil to damp hair and keep covered for 15 minutes. Shampoo and enjoy luxuriant shiny hair. I read this idea at Dr.Cole Hair Transplant group website-ForHair, you can Google them, which worked quite well. Nowadays there are several companies selling many natural hair care products that will definitely give you great results.

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    beepippi June 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I am so happy to find this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing. May I have a question please: Can I infuse 1 bottle of oil with several dried herbs at the same time?
    Thanks & have a great day!

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      Irene June 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Hi beepippi,

      Thank you for reading our blog, and for the wonderful question!

      You may infuse the oil with as many herbs as you wish at the same time. :-)

      Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, and thanks again!

      ~ Irene

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        beepippi July 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Hi Irene,
        Thank you for your info. I’m glad to hear that. I will try the method soon. :)
        Take care!

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    AG June 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I just infused a herbal hair rinse with distiller water. I also added rosemary and lavender EO into the infusion. Any idea long will the shelf life be? Thanks.

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      Irene June 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Hi AG,

      Thank you for the great question! An herbal water infusion will last for approximately 1-2 days, unless it is kept in a refrigerator. Water infusions tend to spoil quickly, so it is best to make small batches as you need them.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns, and thanks again!

      ~ Irene

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    Fionavar August 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    How would you recommend using the hair rinses? After shampooing and conditioning? After shampooing as an alternative to conditioner? Alone? Thanks very much :)

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      Irene August 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Hi Fionavar,

      Thank you for reading our blog and for the great question!

      Herbal rinses are so versatile and beneficial for hair care, you can use them whenever you’d like. After shampooing and conditioning, as an alternative to conditioner, or alone in-between shampoos. There’s no right or wrong way to use them. :-)

      Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, and thanks again!

      ~ Irene

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    Sean-Jordan Baruch December 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    It is nice to see this kind of healthy products that you suggest are being noticed :)

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    Yanira Gutierrez December 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I love using green/homemade hair products, most products have so much chemicals in them

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    Vetiver Essential Oil December 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe this site needs a lot
    more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more,
    thanks for the info!

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    Colin January 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    This was exactly what I was searching for, thanks for covering this in a post! :))

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    T January 3, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hi there,

    I am currently using the no poo method, washing weekly, (as I did before I did no poo) with just water in my head as baking soda was very saw and itchy, for ages. My hair has now got oily, and dandruff. I am starting to see grey/white hair. Thinking nettle in a vinegar infusion. (Something that breastfeeding and pregnancy safe as a dye.)Would this be good just before or after I wash my hair? And how often shall I wash it? Or what will you recommend.

    Many thanks

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      Kori January 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Tammy~As you know, everyone’s hair is different and all sorts of things (like pregnancy, breastfeeding, weather, etc.) can cause changes. A vinegar infusion would definitely be worth a try and you can use whenever your hair feels like it needs it. You might also check out some of the hair rinse recipes to see if there is something that would work for you. I hope this helps a bit and wish you the best! ~Kori

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    Tammy January 8, 2014 at 4:23 am

    With a rinse can you leave in your hair or wash out, if you want to dye it. Would using a spray bottle compared to just pouring over ones head be as effective? Or would it need to be poured to hit the roots? Sorry about the ignorant questions…

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      Kori January 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hi Tammy~Thank you for reading the blog! It is really up to you how you’d like to apply the hair rinse. It will depend on your hair type and what works best for you in your situation. You might try experimenting and see which method you like the best! Cheers ~Kori

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    Cheryl June 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Hi there…I am a newbie here but learning all about DIY. I was wondering if you add the Rosemary co2 Extract to the shampoo recipes– how will that further extend shelf life? And what is a good amount I should add for preserving? Thank you much– love the recipes!

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      Kori June 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Hi Cheryl~Thank you for reading the blog! You could definitely add rosemary essential oil or, it sounds as though you are interested in adding rosemary that has been extracted or steeped in water (like a tea)? It might further extend the shelf-life a little, but since these recipes are made with natural botanical ingredients, they just don’t have the shelf life of a more chemicalized version. You could keep in the fridge as well for a little longer-lasting creation. I hope this helps and we so appreciate your interest! ~Kori

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    Patricia Swayze June 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I would like to try making the herbal shampoo that you have listed, but wondering if I have to leave it in the refrigerator because it has no preservatives and about how long will it last.

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      Kori June 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Hi Patricia~Thank you so much for reading the blog! An herbal shampoo or rinse with a water base will last 1-2 days at ambient temperature, depending on how warm things are. If you want to make, say, a week’s worth, you will want to keep it in the refrigerator to preserve it. I do hope this answers your question and good luck! ~Kori

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    Sheila June 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Tried the diy shampoo, excellent results on the first use. I have very dry hair and dandruff, not a speck of dandruff. AMAZING!!! I used tea tree oil, and peppermint EO with a liquid castile base. Thank You so much…. Henna next.

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    Sara July 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    When infusing herbs for the shampoo, how much water is added. Also what amount of strained, reserved liquid goes into the recipe? I have gray hair and have been trying to find products to brighten the gray and reduce yellowing. Am thinking about infusing cornflowers to brighten the gray. Do you know if anyone has tried this before and what their results were?

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      Kori August 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Sara~Thank you for sharing your questions! In the shampoo recipe above, you may notice we suggest starting with 8 ounces of water for the infusion. Then you will use whatever liquid is left after straining your infusion for the shampoo. I have not personally ever used cornflowers to brighten gray hair, so you’ll have to let us know how it works! We wish you the best of luck :) ~Kori

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    jmason July 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    It’s my understanding that 100% BAQ henna does NOT come in different colors. 100% BAQ henna will give dark hair reddish highlights. Something else has to be added to henna to get different colors.

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      Kori August 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Jmason~Thank you so much for reading the blog and checking in with us. The line of Henna offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is made exclusively with Lawsonia inermis, other botanical ingredients are included for the purpose of creating the many different shades which we have to offer. Mountain Rose Herbs Henna is colored using the following botanical combinations which are combined during manufacturing. You might find the information available on our website helpful: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/henna/profile We appreciate your interest and support. Cheers! ~Kori

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    lady perfume August 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Very descriptive blog, I loved that a lot. Will there be a
    part 2?

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    betty September 9, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I have been searching for a recipe to use on
    gray hair not to color it but to bring out the brightness of the gray. What herbs do you recommend.

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      Kori September 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Betty~Thank you for checking in with us and for reading the blog! It is really difficult to make a recommendation since we all have very different hair color, type, etc. I have heard that both sage and rosemary are good herbs for highlighting greying hair, but you might want to do a bit more research and experimentation to find what works best for your particular hair. Good luck! ~Kori

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    Rose September 22, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I have scalp psoriasis and have tried many, many natural treatments but none of them seem to work. Do you have a recommendation for this scalp problem?

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      Kori September 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Thank you so much for the question, Rose. Because we are an herbal supplier, we are unfortunately unable to provide medical advice or recommendations by law. My best suggestion would be to seek the guidance of a licensed health practitioner who will be able to point you in the right direction. We also have a wonderful collection of herbal books if you’d like to do some additional research. You can read more about them here: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/books/books.html Wishing you the best! ~Kori

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    Clear Sunshine October 17, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I take advantage of nubian heritage black soap aswell. Thanks for sharing your ideas, liked the article!

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    Leahbeth December 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I have bleached blonde very light hair, so its dry of course. I had to experiment for a cple months before I found something that worked. I only use herbal blends to wash my hair now for a cple months. Anyways I discovered today that if I do a deep oil or butter treatment before using herbs, my hair feels silky soft and amazing actually! I actually used shea butter and left it in overnight and today I made a herb bath using, Chamomile, Shikakai powder, Slippery elm powder, Horsetail and Marshmellow. I then just rinsed my hair in the bath water.. My hair hasnt felt or looked this good for a long time. The herbs are so good for your skin too.

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    Stephanie January 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I find the castile soap leaves my hair feeling waxy. Is there something I can substitute for the castile soap?

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      Kori January 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Stephanie~Thanks so much for checking in with us. While there really isn’t any substitution for the castile soap in the shampoo recipe, you may find these other posts about hair care helpful: Dry Shampoo Powders and DIY Herbal Hair Rinses. I do hope this points you in the right direction and good luck! ~Kori

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    Ateshma January 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Happy New Year,

    if I use one of your sulfate free shampoos and conditioners, will it give me the same benefits that an Herbal rinse will? The reason I ask is because I am sensitive to baking soda, but I would still like frizz free hair.

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      Kori January 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Ateshma~Thank you for reading the blog and sharing your questions! It is difficult for us to make specific recommendations for individuals since there are so many personal peferances and differences at play. My best suggestion would be to give it a try and see if it works for you :) Thanks again and we wish you the very best! ~Kori


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    shari March 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if the sage for the darkening vinegar rinse can be ground?  I do not have the dried leaves – would the ground work as well?

    thank you , love all the ideas!  

    I have been using the baking soda for washing my hair and also use many of the natural lotions and scrubs~! love them! made them for christmas gifts for the girls at work and also for family!  My favorite is the coffee scrub –

    again thank you


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      Kori March 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Hi Shari~We so appreciate you sharing your question. You can use ground sage for the vinegar, but as the particles are much smaller, you might need to be more diligent in your straining–using several layers of cheesecloth or butter muslin and straining a couple times–unless you don’t mind bits of ground sage in your hair :) We wish you the best of luck on your hair care adventures! ~Kori

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    Minimalist Beauty May 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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    bizxone June 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hello. Thank you for the great information, I read somewhere that you need to leave your soap/shampoo for about 6 weeks before use so the lye can react completely. Does this apply to herbal infused shampoo bars considering you mention that it has very little or no shelf life at all?

    Thank you

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      Kori June 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Hi there! Thank you for sharing your question. I re-read the blog post but couldn’t find where we mention herbal-infused shampoo bars, so I’m going to guess you are referring to the recipe for herbal shampoo? Soap that is made with lye does need to cure and age for at least 6 weeks before it is safe to use. Our shampoo recipe does not have that kind of preservation and while it will last for a couple weeks, it is not intended for long-term storage. I do hope this answers your question but feel free to let us know if I have misunderstood! We wish you the very best ~Kori

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    Cindy July 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Can u use fresh herbs in place of dried ? Thanks ! 

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      Kori July 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Hi Cindy~Thank you for sharing your question here on the blog. You can use fresh herbs, but it may take a little adjustment. For the water infusions, it is simple to make the switch, but you will likely want to use more fresh herbs than the suggested amount for dried herbs. For oil infusions, you will want to make sure your fresh herbs are not wet or retaining any moisture prior to putting them into the oil to infuse as the moisture can make the oil spoil. I do hope this answers your question and we wish you the best of luck! ~Kori

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    Mildred July 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    deep conditioning what herbs do you suggest.

    Thank you

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      Kori July 27, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Hi Mildred~Thank you for checking in with us here on the blog. Since we all have very different hair and hair care needs, it would be impossible for us to suggest the ingredients best suited to you at this time. You may find the many books we carry on natural body and beauty care helpful, however, as you create exactly what you need: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/home-goods/books/body We wish you the very best of luck! ~Kori

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    Kathryn August 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Will the Castile shampoo get rid of the oils when they're used for treatment?  I've just started using the shampoo and it's leaving hair feeling very oily and the hairs are not separating just clump together. How long will this last?

    thank you for a great blog love reading your recipes and advice. ??

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      Kori August 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi Kathryn~Thank you for sharing your kind words and reading the blog!  I’m not sure if I understand all of your questions, but I will do my best to answer. You may have noticed that the recipe says to be sure to shake your shampoo prior to use each time as things do separate (oil and water and all that :) ) Additionally, it will really depend on your hair type as to whether you need the Jojoba or Olive oil or need to leave it out. If the shampoo is making your hair feel oily, you will likely need to adjust to fit your hair type. I do hope this helps. You might also be interested in some of the books we carry on natural body care: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/home-goods/books/body We wish you the very best and good luck! ~Kori

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    Kaitlyn January 29, 2016 at 8:41 am


    I’m having a great time reading this blog and all of the comments! I’m new to the natural hair care process, but am really excited to try it out! Does anyone out there have a good recipe for a rosemary, chamomile, and lavender hair rinse? I was thinking of using fresh rosemary, dried chamomile, and lavender EO, but I’m not really sure about proportions for it all. I’m a little nervous to experiment on my first try, so any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks everyone!

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      Alieta January 29, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Hi Kaitlyn,  Thank you for reaching out.  Here are some hair rinse recipes that you are welcome to adjust to work for your own hair!  http://mountainroseblog.com/diy-herbal-hair-rinses/ I hope this helps.  Warmest regards. ~Alieta 

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    Laurie March 31, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Your link for your castille soap does not work. Thanks for the article, I hope to experiment soon.

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    Gaye April 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I have grey hair, which looked pretty good until recently. I've been using unrefined coconut oil to condition it, but recently after using Herbal Essence shampoo I noticied that the grey was starting to yellow. I immediately quite using the shampoo, but I don't know if the shampoo did it, or if the coconut oil is responsible, as I've read that people sometimes use coconut oil to delay or reverse greying. What are your thoughts?

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    Joan June 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    For hair rinse, what is the difference if herbs are gently boiled with water or pour hot water and leave to soak overnight like the receipe here?

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    Teddy September 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Hi! I am very sensitive to a lot of products which is why I want to try making my own shampoo and body wash using your recipes, but I was wondering what I could use for a conditioner. My hair can be very dry and I don't want to skip conditioning it. I know that coconut oil in bad for pipes so I'm not sure what to mix together. I'm also allergic to shea butter and lavender which makes it a little difficult. Any suggestions on what I could use? 


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      Alieta December 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Hi there Teddy,  Thanks for reaching out.  You might try a simple mixture of jojoba oil and a couple drops of rosemary essential oil.  Adding a couple drops to dry hair should help moisturize. I hope this helps. Warmest, Alieta

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    Adrian Mr October 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hi to all at mountain rose, ive found your website and love it, im trying my hand at herbalism 😊 my question if i may, is EO an option to use in water/oil infusions as to just using herbs without EO 😊. Thank you, blessed be.

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      Alieta October 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Adrian,  Thank you for reaching out.  You can certainly use essential oils in water on hair,  you will want to make sure the mixture is shaken up immediately before use.  We recommend 1-2% essential oil to carrier product, which comes out to 6-12 drops per oz of liquid.  I hope this helps. ~Alieta

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    Riannha November 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Does anyone know what essential oils to use that would make the same scent as the original Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo? Is there any way that the company can give out part of the scent formulation?  I gave up on looking for it because they don't make this shampoo for 35 years.

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      Ek Ongkar Khalsa December 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Dear Riannha, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately we are unable to advise you on what other companies have done in terms of their formulation, however, we can point out that there are many different esential oils to try and you can always experiment and try to figure out which blends work for you. Here are some blending tips from our in-house, Certified Aromatherapist: http://mountainroseblog.com/tips-blending/

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    Theodora December 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if it is ok to use the rose facial wash as a shampoo? 

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      Ek Ongkar Khalsa December 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Theodora, Thanks for your question! As our rose facial wash can be applied to the face, it may be applied to other areas of skin, such as the scalp. However, you may want to consider the consistency of the soap that you like to wash your hair with, along with the properties of the herbs that are being applied to your hair. With a homemade recipe, you will be able to better adjust the consistency of the product and potency of herbs as you like. Warm wishes, ~Ek Ongkar