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Date:   2/17/2005 3:21:32 AM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 3114 times

henna info from Liz Sanderson / How to make your own cosmetics

Egyptian Privet Leaves (or Henna) can really dye your hair semi-permanently
Many users are put off by the bright orange that it can dye
on blonde or bleached hair.
but on dark or middle brown hair it can give beautiful coppery colors.
and above all is a fantastic hair conditioner.
some even claim it causes individual hairs to swell
and therefore thickens hair.
what is certain is that a henna treatment will leave hair supple,
shining and easy to handle.
Before using henna , test a little one one or 2 strands of hair
those with lighter hair will find they do not want to leave it on
beyond 10/15 minutes to get the desired chestnut gleam.

on the other hand, those with dark hair may want to leave it on
overnight to get maximum coloring and conditioning effect.

Henna is bought in powder form.
mix this into a thick paste with boiling water.
add a few drops vinegar or fresh lemon juice,
and leave to cool.
wash your hair thoroughly and smear a little cold cream
around your hairline to prevent your skin from becoming stained.
using plastic gloves,to protect your hands,
apply the WARM henna paste to CLEAN, DAMP HAIR.
be carefull to apply it evenly all over the head.
it is easist to divide your hair inot sections with a comb,
and deal with one section at a time.
you will then assure that the henna gets the roots.
use a shower cap to cover head and leave on as long as necessary
for your hair/based on your test.

It is also possible to buy NEUTRAL henna to use as a conditioner,
and BLACK HENNA (which is mixed with indigo )to darken hair.
Henna has been used all over the east since the time of Ancient Egyptians.


against grey hair

1 dessertspoon Tea
1 dessertspoon dried sage (reg or red)
1 dessertspoon Rum
1 liter water.

simmer on low/ the tea and sage for 2 hours
cool and sieve.
add the rum and mix well.

rub this mixture in to hair 4-5 times weekly


Various colorant ideas/hair

to darken;

make an infusion of Rosemary and red or reg sage..

(ie; boil 1/2 litre water/ turn off heat/
add about a tablespoon each of the herbs
and let steep about 10/15 minutes)
stain off herbs.

use regularly as a rinse
work thru hair ,let sit a bit,
then rinse with water.


light hair;

2 dessertspoons dried camomile to 1/2 litre water..

let steep 10/15 minutes
and work thru hair, (after straining off herbs 8)
let sit a bit ,then rinse with water.
. use regularly on blond or lt brown hair.


dark hair;

2 tablespoons rosemary leaves (dried)
plus 1 tablespoon thyme leaves (dried)

cover with very hot. but not boiling water...
for 2 hours let it steep.
strain, then apply infusion to hair AFTER shampooing
before the final water rinse.

leave on as long as possible.

steam from a hot bath will intensify the process.
you can also just leave it on hair,
and wrap it in a thin old towel
(so it doesnt stain pillow) and leave on over night.

if you can get fresh herbs,
this infusion is even better,
cause you will get the fresh natural enzymes working.
it will enhance natural dark color and highlight red tones.


auburn/red hair:

1 small red onion and 1 tablespoon malt vinegar.

chop onion/
leave it in vinegar to infuse
top with water , just to cover.

let sit 24 hours : DO NOT USE HOT WATER!!
strain after 24 hours.

use as a rinse after washing hair.
comb it thru hair and
let it sit for several minutes.

follow with a fresh natural shampoo
or conditioner to get the smell out.
will bring out auburn hair dramatically.


american indian shine recipe

1 small reg onion plus 3 tablespoons dried nettle leaves

cut onion into quarters NO MORE!!
crush the dried nettles
(must use dried or it will be soggy )

put onion and nettles in a large bowl (not metal)
and cover with really hot water, (not boiling)

allow to infuse 30 minutes .
or it will get mushy and you will have steamed onions

strain the liquid and refrigerate.

wash hair as usual/
use this before the final water rinse.

the nettles have a fresh smell
that will counteract the onion.

invigorating, + boosts circulation + adds shine

use shine recipe 30 min after sitting in fridge for best results.


detox shampoo/ use very occasionally

(for small one time use, recipe amt)

4-5 fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons shampoo base
2 tablespoons peppermint leaves.
2 tablespoons eucalyptus leaves

mash strawberries into a good pulp,
mix with shampoo base.

if looks too runny, then do not add all the strawberries.

leave overnight in the refrigerator.

infuse the peppermint and eucalyptus in hot water
(small amt of water, just to cover),
use very hot /but not boiling water)

when water has cooled, strain
and blend with the strawberry mixture slowly,
a little at a time until it forms a thin paste.

use it as a shamppoo (it will not lather much at all)

rinse hair with just water well
to remove all strawberry seeds.




is best for blond or light brown hair.

mild bleaching/ for gold hues, and shine
dried or fresh ok.

2 tsps to 1/2 liter water
boil water: pour over herbs
let steep 15-20 minutes / work thru hair
as a rinse regularly



juice of one lemon to 1/2 liter water
rinse hair with it after every wash.



regular tea :

for lt to mid brown hair
will get a nice chestnut color
if used as a rinse regularly.

rosemary and/or red sage infusions ( teas)

wll darken or intensify dark hair colorations.
use regularly as rinses


shampoo for blond hair:

2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
juice 1/2 lemon
150 gram castile soap
1 liter water.

boil water,then pour over flowers
steep flowers for 15- 20 minutes
strain ,let cool , then add lemon.
grate soap and let dissolve in mixture.

bring mixture GENTLY to a boil
stir occassionally til water is clear.

remove from heat and beat til mixture is fluffy.

use as a shampoo


for dark hair shampoo:

follow directions above,
but leave out the lemon,

and replace chamomile flowers

i get my herbs in bulk from

goto bulk herbs.
also they sell castile soap there too.


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