Lemons have the hair lightening reputation and oranges get the credit for high vitamin C content, but turns out that grapefruits provide both of those things. As I've mentioned before, here and here, it's the citric acid in lemons that's responsible for the hair lightening. So, pretty much any citrus fruit will do the trick. Vitamin C is found in tons of fruits and vegetables and is great for rebuilding collagen in the skin, plus when you eat it, it's great for joints and the sensitive tissue that makes up the lungs. In addition to that, grapefruit is great for clarifying probably because it's slightly acidic. One thing I noticed is that grapefruit juice is a way better detangler than lemon juice. It leaves hair less dry, that might just be me.
Rosemary is a well-known holistic remedy for hair loss. If it can stop or slow down hair loss just think of what it can do for those of us who are just enthusiasts. "rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth." I found that bit of information over on LIVESTRONG. I'm not using rosemary oil specifically because I have the plant right outside. If you were to use the oil, just a few drops would do it, which is about how much can be found in a few stems of fresh rosemary. Maybe less, because it takes quite a bit to extract the oil.
Mint, spearmint, actually. I only added this in because I have so much mint growing. In my research I found out that it can actually stop hair growth when you drink it in a tea, not the hair growth on your head, but in places women don't really want to grow hair, like the face and chest. It's actually really interesting how this whole thing came about and it's a pretty recent discovery. I guess Turkish men were complaining about their reducing libidos and the doctors noticed that the men we're all drinking spearmint tea, which was reducing the male hormone, Androgen. So, they applied this same principle to women and it was effective in lowering the same hormone in them, too. My favorite resource for this info was from this video.
Here's what you'll need:
- 3 cups of water
- 3 springs of rosemary
- 2 springs of spearmint - optional
- Grapefruit juice - fresh, I used the juice from half of a grapefruit
- Bring water to a boil and add in herbs. Put a lid on the pot and let the herbs steep for 15 minutes.
- Juice your grapefruit and mix the two together when the herbal tea has come down to lukewarm
- Rinse over wet hair. I left mine in for an hour to get the lightening effects. You can leave it in for 15-20 minutes, or just run it over your hair if you're in a hurry.
- Shampoo after.