CB has beautiful Disney Princess hair. Its long and ultra thick with golden highlights and coppery shimmers. He wears it up in a knot most of the time but when he pulls that bad boy out, watch out. The cascade of luscious locks is like a G-damn Pert Plus commercial. Heavens!
However, we both are getting some dandruffy problems, probably from washing out hair every day. And Head and Shoulders is SO EXPENSIVE. So I went out yesterday and picked a bunch of tea tree and decided to make my own. Tea tree, or manuka, is anti-microbial and supposedly great for clearing away dandruff.
Aloe is also supposed to be good, it heals and soothes the scalp so I put on my rubber boots and went out hunting for it. Low an behold, I found some in a pot of random plants and grabbed a nice big stalk. I added lemon juice to clean away dirty oils, and olive oil to smooth it back out. I added honey for further cleaning properties. Honey also acts like a natural peroxide when acid is added and it starts to break down, so I chucked it into make me a bit blonder too. You can read more about that coolness here. Chamomile is also supposed to be good for blondes, and it smells nice, so I threw that in as well.
If you want it thick like shampoo, and happen to have such a weird thing on hand, you can use a teaspoon of xanthum gum, shake it real good and it will thicken it up naturally without getting weird stuff in your hair.
This smells so nice!
Update: Used this this morning, made my hair smell INCREDIBLE, but left it kind of greasy. For sure it was the olive oil, so as an amendment, Im leaving it out of the recipe. And as a side note, it made the skin on my face feel incredibly soft and smooth, Bonus!
Manuka & Aloe
Anti-Dandruff Hair Rinse
4 cups water
1 tbsp honey (the good stuff!)
(I used olive oil, but I wouldnt do it again..)
1 lemon, juiced
1 aloe, squeezed out
1-2 cups of manuka stems & leaves (or 1 tbsp tea tree oil)
Handful of chamomile flowers (optional, you can use chamomile tea as well)
Bring your water, honey, and lemon juice to a boil, just until honey is dissolved. Using a rolling pin, flatten out your manuka twigs to get the oils started and add them in. Smash and squeeze out the gel from the aloe like a tube of toothpaste. Chuck the whole thing in. Throw in chamomile. Stir well and let sit for a couple of hours, or over night.
Strain into a clean bottle.