Instead of spending tons of money on store bought hair products full of chemicals and water, try making your own DIY hair serums at home with olive oil and herbs.
I remember a woman I used to bump into at my local store all the time that had gorgeous, super long hair. I was so jealous! Since I had transitioned to grey, I found it almost impossible to grow my hair without it looking frizzy and unhealthy. Yet here was this woman, the same age as myself, with beautiful silver locks almost to her waist. One day, I gathered up the courage to ask her, what was her secret. I was shocked to find out that she regularly conditioned her hair with olive oil! It sounded disgusting to me but I decided to have some faith and do some research about homemade hair serums. I shouldn’t have been surprised that the main ingredient in DIY hair serums was indeed, olive oil.
I was skeptical at first to try these homemade versions on myself, especially since I have combination hair problems, i.e. oily scalp, dry ends. I didn’t want to feel like I could fry an egg on my head. But I must say I was very pleased at the results and it indeed did work. My hair was oh so soft and the ends no longer took on a life of their own in humid weather. I was able to grow my hair without feeling like I had to cut it because it looked unruly.
I am hooked on making my own hair serum!
Literally, for a fraction of the cost of store-bought, you can make your own hair products using herbs like rose or lavender-infused in olive oil. And the bonus? You will get an excellent healing moisturizer for your hair that can also double as a skincare product. How amazing and cost-saving is that?
I encourage anyone who suffers from frizzy or dry hair, or is concerned about store bought products, to give this homemade hair serum a try. It is super easy to make with a few simple ingredients.
Herbs That are Good for Your Hair
There are quite a few herbs that are good for your hair. Depending on the herb you are using will depend on how you prepare it. Some are made as an infusion, others into oils. Here are a few of the most common herbs for hair:
How To Make Your Own DIY Natural Hair Oil
The supplies you will need are:
- a clean jar (I prefer mason jars)
- fresh or dried herb of your choice (Lavender, rose, or rosemary are good ones to start with)
- olive oil
- One vitamin E capsule (400 IU)
- a spoon or wooden stick
- cheesecloth or clean linen
- a dark bottle
- label and marker
- Make sure your work area is clean and dry.
- Take your jar and fill it ¾ of the way with your herb.
- Pour olive oil over it until the jar is filled.
- Use the wooden stick or spoon to push down the sides of the jar to release any air bubbles.
- If needed, top the jar off with more olive oil. (Do not overfill the jar, or while it is infusing, it will leak out of the jar.)
- Cap it and let it sit for six weeks in a dark cupboard.
- Shake once daily for the first week until the herb has sunk below the oil, then shake once a week until done.
- When the oil is finished, strain it through the cheesecloth or linen and squeeze out the excess oil from the plant matter.
- Discard the herb and cloth.
- Using a pin, pop a hole in the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the infused oil.
- Using a spoon or wooden stick gently mix well.
- Pour your infused oil into a dark jar, cap and label it.
- Remember to put the date on the label. Most infused oils will last for months if kept in the dark cupboard.
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How To Use a Natural, Herbal Hair Oil to Treat Frizzy and Dry Hair
To use, put a drop or two of your infused oil on your palm and rub your hands together. Working from your ends up, rub it into the length of your hair. Try not to get too much around your face or on the crown of your head as it will make your hair look greasy. Stay away from your roots altogether if you naturally have an oily scalp like me. It is best to do this after a shower while your hair is still wet. Dry as normal and style.
For dry skin, use your infused oil as a body moisturizer. You can even add a few drops to your bath to help soften and moisturize your entire body.
Note: when making an infused oil, make sure everything is clean and dry. Any moisture in your jars or herbs will cause mold while it is infusing, ruining the oil. If you are using fresh herbs to make your infusion, do not wash or rinse first.