Stimulating Nutmeg Scalp Treatment

I feel like I've made a lot of homemade beauty products this week. Not complaining, not at all. I love having little things around my bathroom every time I shower. Apparently rosemary can help your hair grow by up to 22%. That's volume, not the speed of hair growth. Although it does help hair grow faster too. 

It's also clarifying, it smells good, and is apparently really good for memory. I use it in another one of my favorite recipes here, which is more of a rinse than a treatment, it's less moisturizing and more clarifying.  Nutmeg is good for any inflammation and is full of antioxidants. It can also help hair grow. Additionally, it's a pain killer which was pretty cool to discover.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • alternately you can use rosemary oil or nutmeg oil

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients
  • Shake well
  • For best results let the herbs infuse in oil for a few days
  • Apply directly to scalp and massage into wet hair in the shower
  • Leave on for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse well. You may have to shampoo twice.

Avocado Honey Hair Moisture Mask

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Oh, how I love this mask for lazy mornings. If you have time, some coffee, and good magazine to read, I definitely recommend lazily hanging out with the sound of rain, and the sweet smell of honey and avocado all over your hair. It's funny to think about hair masks and the way they taste, but this one is delicious and would make a great sub for any spread on a sandwich. But today, I'm using it on my hair. 

I've heard this particular avocado potion works even on swimmer's hair, which is a feat with all that chlorine, and this particularly entertaining Allure article gives it a pretty massive thumbs up. The recipe used in Allure is slightly different, but same effect essentially. Honey and avocado both act as a humectant, which means whether you're using them on your hair or skin, it helps to lock in moisture and can be especially helpful in winter months when skin is dryer due to the elements.  I say 'elements' like I know, I live in California. Aside from using this as a spread for your sandwich and a hair mask, you can also use it as a face mask. Honey is moisturizing, anti-bacterial and has trace amounts of naturally occurring peroxide so it's safe on acne prone skin.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • note: if you have longer or thicker hair double this recipe

Directions:

  • I start by applying this to dry hair working up from my ends, if I don't have enough for the roots I'm mostly fine with it. I have oily roots anyway. I like to work it well into the ends, and the bottom half of my hair which gets mysteriously dryer than the top. 
  • Leave on for 30-45 minutes,
  • Optional use a shower cap to insulate heat to get the most benefit out of it. 

Healthier Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar

Rain water being good for your hair is one of my favorite folk remedies. Apparently the fact that rain water is slightly more acidic than tap water is what does the trick. So, I guess using apple cider vinegar on your hair is a close second to standing around waiting for the rain to come. Although I don't particularly mind waiting for rain. 

I've been interested in making one ingredient homemade beauty products for a while, because it's actually really simple to get things a little greener at home. You don't have to make an elaborate project or even mix anything together you can just add in one extra thing. Sometimes finding what your one thing is, is a challenge. Some people need oil, some people need a clarifier, some need something to tame frizz. But I'll bet a lot of the things that can make your life a little simpler and cleaner are things you already have around the house.  

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I have dry hair. Because of this, I was a little trepidatious to put vinegar on my hair, back when I was doing the no 'poo thing, but it actually can make your hair really shiny. I think I'd gone a little over board when I first used it, which can make your hair a little flat. A frustrating thing, because one of the things I love about having finer hair (as in finer stands of hair) is how much volume it has naturally, because the finer strands separate and tease easily. This also means it tangles easier. I only need to use maybe a tablespoon or two before I shampoo and condition. Some people use it after conditioning. I use it before I get started, but more on that later. 

So, I feel like logic would suggest that vinegar would have a drying effect, but it doesn't. It balances the pH on your scalp and then seals hair's cuticle to keep it shiny, and less prone to damage. I have personally seen a huge difference on the ends of my hair, which are prone to dryness, as well as the hair that grows closest to my neck which can get a little fizzy—the part that's noticeable when your hair is up. The ends and the back have both tamed significantly since starting to use vinegar. 

All of these things make it easier to brush through when it's wet and less fly-aways when its dry. It can also help to reduce build up on the scalp and reduce dandruff. 

So, all in all, I really don't see any downsides, except the smell, which is gone when your hair is dry, or even after you shampoo. 

Here's how I use it:

  • Take about 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and work it into dry hair with fingertips. 
  • I usually focus on the front of my scalp and then the base of my neck. I then rinse through with warm water and let it set while I shave, etc. 
  • Then I shampoo it out and condition as usual.
  • I do this about once a week. 

Some people prefer to dilute the vinegar before hand with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar and rinse it over already cleaned hair. It's really a process of finding what works for you.