If your scalp produces too much oil, your hair will soon become limp and greasy. Strong shampoos dry out the scalp, encouraging more oil production, but pH neutral shampoos control oil levels. Since oil can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, it’s best to wash greasy hair at least every 2 days.
• To make a mild herbal shampoo, pour I quart (1 I.) boiling water over a handful each of sage, rosemary and peppermint leaves (fresh or dried). Steep for 30 minutes, strain and mix with about 2/3 cup (150 ml) neutral shampoo before bottling.
• For a fragrant shampoo, mix 1/:cup (100 ml)neutral shampoo with 3 drops each of cedar, bergamot and lavender oils.
Dull lifeless hair
Using chemical treatments can render hair limp and lifeless.
• Make a nurturing shampoo that gives hair luster by mixing 2 teaspoons (10 ml) wheat germ oil and 2 teaspoons (10 ml) honey. Grate a little olive oil soap to make 1 tablespoon (15 ml) soap flakes and dissolve in 1/2 cup (too ml) hot water, then mix in I teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice. Pour into a bottle and shake before use.
• To make a mild, fragrant shampoo mix if, cup (100 ml) neutral shampoo with 2 drops each of neroli, lemon and ylang ylang oils, and let steep for a week.
• To make a traditional fortifying shampoo, beat I1 egg yolk with a fork until foamy and mix with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) beer, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cognac and 5 drops of lemon oil.
Dry. over-processed hair If the glands in your scalp secrete too little oil, your hair will become dry and brittle. Too much sun, saltwater or chlorine, as well as frequent blow drying and chemical hair treatments, can make the problem worse. Substances such as egg yolk or oils will boost the hair’s moisture level and bring back its shine.
• Make an egg shampoo by beating together 2 egg yolks with 2 shot glasses of rum, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Massage the shampoo into wet hair and scalp, let it work briefly and rinse thoroughly.
• Rub a little olive oil into your scalp before washing your hair to prevent the shampoo from drying it out. leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse with warm water and wash with a moisturizing shampoo of 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) avocado oil.
• Make dry hair soft and silky by soaking a washcloth in whole milk and rubbing it into clean, damp hair. Rinse thoroughly after 15 minutes.
• Treat dandruff with an infusion of rosemary and thyme. Place 2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried rosemary and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried thyme in a bowl; add 2 3 cup (150 ml) boiling water. Cover the bowl and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting lid. Add 2 3 cup (150 ml) cider vinegar and shake before each shampoo.
• Make a dry shampoo with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch or oats. Rub through your hair to absorb as much oil as possible. Comb your hair to remove tangles, and brush well until all excess cornstarch or oats has been removed.