Hair tonics are not something you often see among commercial hair care products. They are a special hair treatment that can be applied as a finishing rinse. These tonics and rinses will help make hair shinier, have more body and generally look healthier. Think of it as an extra dose of help, whether your hair is in good, bad or indifferent condition!
To make up hair tonics, or finishing rinses, simply infuse the herbs for about an hour. To make an infusion, put the herbs in a measuring jug and add the correct amount of boiling water. Leave to infuse and then strain through a sieve and discard the herbs. Then add the essential oil, and any other ingredients included in the recipe, to the cooled infusion.
Use the tonic after you have finished any other treatments on your hair. Stand over a large bowl or hand basin, with the plug in, and pour the mixture over your hair. Recycle as much of the liquid as possible using a cup and pour it over your head again to get as much as possible into your hair. Then gently massage your scalp.
Finally, use a little cool water to lightly rinse off the tonic. Don’t use a power shower to blast all the mixture off as the idea is that the treatment will continue working on your hair until the next time you come to wash it.
Rosemary Herbal Finishing Rinse
For all hair types
- · 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (or 1 tablespoon of dried)
- · 300ml boiling water
- · 2 drop rosemary essential oil.
Chamomile and Lemon Tonic
For fair hair
- · 2/3 cup of chamomile flowers
- · 500ml boiling water
- · Juice from 1 lemon
- · 2 drops lemon essential oil