This recipe was my saving grace after my baking soda clarifying hair treatment fiasco. Because of this, I can in all honesty say that this rinse works to condition and improve the health of your hair.
Here’s the story:
Immediately after trying a baking soda wash, I started shedding…a lot. As I continued to rinse (I was following up with an apple cider vinegar rinse and had no intention of starting a 5th grade science experiment on my head), I could see that I was not only shedding but my hair was snapping off at the ends as well. It felt straw like and was so very incredibly brittle.
(Side note: I know that lots of people have great luck with the no-‘poo method…this is simply my experience with incorporating baking soda into my hair care routine and about how it did not go so well…so no offense to anyone who likes it!)
After sufficient rinsing, I saturated my hair with this conditioning honey rinse and left it on for several minutes. My hair instantly felt better…I have no doubt that this was partially due to the acidity of this rinse but in comparison to my regular ol’ apple cider vinegar rinse, this conditioner worked a whole lot of magic. I was already a huge fan of honey and aloe vera for hair care, but this herbal conditioning combo was very much a winner!
In the end, my hair came out looking pretty good. It was a tad dry at the ends but it looked clean and smooth. I could hardly believe that it had gone from a complete disaster to something that resembled my normal hair in a matter of minutes. The astounding loss of hair that I experienced is what will keep me from doing a baking soda wash again (or until I learn a better way to use it, at least) but I will most definitely be incorporating this amazing herbal conditioning rinse into my regular hair care routine!
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
- 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or substitute 1 tablespoon dried rosemary)
- 2 cups water, boiled
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice)
- 1 small aloe leaf, peeled (can substitute 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel)
1. Place your chamomile flowers and rosemary into a tea/mesh strainer and steep in your hot water for 30-60 minutes. Mine looked like this:
2. Strain your chamomile/rosemary “tea” and let the water cool to room temperature.
3. Place your aloe vera “goo” and honey into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds until a smooth paste forms.
4. Add in your chamomile/rosemary “tea” and apple cider vinegar to the blender and blend on high for about 1 minute.
5. Place your conditioning rinse into an applicator/condiments bottle (or any other container) and use as a follow up to your normal hair cleanser…leave on for several minutes and then rinse before getting out of the shower.
Note: If you’re looking for natural shampoo options, my favorites are the simple soapnut shampoo (and how to use it), moisturizing homemade foaming shampoo, homemade shampoo recipe (that works for hard water), as well as the cleansing and conditioning clay shampoo mask.