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Hair Rinses

When the hair and scalp are damaged by such environmental factors as air pollutants, heat, ultraviolet radiation or dry indoor air; or by permanents, hair dyes or strong shampoos, hair rinses can help. Because the scalp supplies the hair with protein and other nutrients through a network of delicate blood vessels, the most effective hair rinses act directly on the scalp rather than on the hair shaft itself. Of the two main types of rinses (chemical and natural), natural rinses are preferable because they act to stimulate circulation in the scalp rather than just coating the hair with a protective chemical film. Natural rinses repair damaged hair by strengthening it, giving it a fresh appearance. They nourish the hair follicle and promote healthy growth, too.

For healthier highlights
Want a natural alternative to damaging chemical color treatments? Use lemon juice to bring out blond highlights in your hair. Combine the juice of 1 lemon with ½ cup of water in a glass jar, shake well and use as a rinse after shampooing. Rinse with cool water after 5 min. Lemon juice will also help treat an oily scalp.

Prepare an herbal hair rinse the same way you make an herbal tea. Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of herbs. Steep for 10 min, then strain. Massage the rinse into the scalp gently and evenly, leave it on the hair without rinsing. Dry your hair with a soft towel. Heat can damage your hair, so try to avoid using a blow-dryer and allow your hair to dry naturally.

Rinse with beer to add shine and body
If you want to do something nice for your hair, rinse it once a month with flat beer. After applying the beer, you can rinse the hair with warm water or not as you choose. The beer acts as a natural setting lotion, giving blow-dried hair increased vitality, resilience and hold. The B vitamins and natural sugar add body and shine. Don't worry; the stale beer smell will disappear very quickly.

Apply sesame oil to reduce sun damage
The rays of the sun are extremely damaging to your hair, bleaching and drying it until it becomes brittle. Indeed, hair damage caused by too much ultraviolet radiation is irreparable. However, sesame oil can provide excellent sun protection. Massage a few tbsp. of the oil into your hair and scalp before going out into the sun for prolonged periods. Sesame oil includes a natural SPF (sun protection factor) of about 2.5. For added protection you can blend the sesame oil with 10 drops of carrot-seed essential oil, which is high in antioxidants.

Brush scalp to improve circulation
Give your hair 100 strokes with a natural bristle brush everyday to stimulate circulation in the scalp and give the hair a sulkier appearance. Regular brushing will also help to remove the pollutants and dust that settle on your hair every day and potentially cause damage.

Extra Tip : To help prevent split ends, rub olive oil into the ends of your hyair 2-3 times per week. For best results, leave the oil on overnight and wash it out in the morning.

Sage Rinse

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. dried sage

Pour the water over the sage; steep until it cooks a bit. Strain.

Effect: Sage helps reduce the buildup of oil on the scalp and promotes healthier hair. Use this herbal rinse after shampooing for 3 weeks.

Birch-leaf Rinse

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. dried birch leaves

Pour the water over the birch leaves; steep until it cools a bit. Strain.

Effect : When used regularly, this hair rinse will help to maintain the health of the scalp and may even be a good choice for preventing hair loss. It also keeps the hair soft and gives it a silky sheen.

Contraindications : Do not use this rinse on blond or gray hair, as it may darken the color.

Chamomile Rinse

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. chamomile flowers

Pour the water over the chamomile flowers; steep until it cools a bit. Strain out the flowers.

Effect : This rinse soothes and heals the scalp and gives hair a silky sheen. You can also use the rinse to lighten blond hair.

Linden flower Rinse

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. linden flowers

Pour the water over the linden flowers; steep until it cools a bit. Strain out the flowers.

Effect : This rinse is helpful for over-stressed, dried out hair. It is ideal, for example, if a permanent or repeated hair dyeing has made your hair brittle. It also promotes circulation in the scalp and makes the hair grow in healthier. You can use the rinse after shampooing for upto 6 weeks.