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Hair Rinses


Hair rinses are common and well used bath time companions. I'm sure that you have heard of using lemon juice to lighten blond hair and vinegar to lighten brunette hair or have used commercial products. Rinses can either left on or rinsed away immediately. Generally, the longer the rinse is left on, the greater the effect or change. Rinses can moisturize, remove grease and dirt or condition. The base ingredients used for each can differ depending on what you wish to accomplish with the rinse.

Moisturizing or conditioning rinses will often have a base of oil or egg. Due to the easy spoiling of egg based rinses, they have to be used immediately or stored for short periods in the refrigerator. Oil based rinses will often have to be combed out with a fine tooth comb or even washed out. Leaving too much oil in will make hair limp and overly greasy.

Lemon, vinegar or baking soda are ingredients that will often be found in rinses to remove grease or debris. Hair naturally absorbs and attracts dirt and odors, especially in cities. Even for people will dry scalps, this kind of rinse might be good to remove up any build up. Care should be taken that this kind of rinse isn't too strong. If it is too strong, hair might be damaged accidentially.



Moisturizing Rinse


Coconut Oil


1 Teaspoon Glycerin

2 Egg Yolks

This kind of rinse is simple. Pour the amount of coconut oil you wish to use into a small bowl, and add the egg yolks and a little glycerin. Yogurt is very moisturizing but should only be used to make the mixture less runny. Whip the ingredients well, as they won't want to mix. I have found that if you place them in the fridge for a few hours before you use it and then blend again before use, the stiffness of the ingredients will help them keep together. Apply to freshly cleaned hair, let sit for a while and then rinse out. If you must, use a mild shampoo to remove the last traces but don't rinse out too well. Essential oils can also be used if you wish.



Conditioning Rinse




2 Egg Yolks

Only use full strength beer as light beer doesn't work as well. Beer that has gone flat also works if you have any leftovers. Add one-fourth the amount of honey as you did beer. If you poured out a cup of beer, then pour out a quarter of a cup of honey. Mix and then add the yolks. Once mixed together, massage into your hair and let sit for a few minutes. Essential oils can be added but will be overwhelmed by the smell of the beer. This rinse should leave your hair manageable and soft.



Every Six Months Rinse



Baking Soda

Salt Water

This rinse can be very hard on your hair. It also is great for removing the pollution and dirt that builds up after a while. Don't make the salt water too strong as you want to add baking soda to it. More baking soda than salt water should be added so that it makes a thick almost dry paste. Add yogurt so that it forms a thick paste. Apply to your hair and let sit. Wash off as normal and you might wish to follow with another rinse. I like using this rinse every six or so months when I'm in the city to get out all the crud that makes my hair frizzy and smelly.



Coconut Rinse


Coconut Cream

This is a moisturizing rinse that has to be the most simple of all. Coconut cream is a wonderful product that is used in curries and cocktails. It is also wonderful for dry hair and people who hate to fuss. Just pour onto hair and massage in. Let it sit and then comb and rinse out. This rinse isn't as greasy as others.



These basic rinses can be expanded and changed to suit the specific problem. Herbs and essential oils are wonderful in rinses so start experimenting. Rinses are one of my favorite treats. I love to use them in conjunction with a quiet moment to read a good book. Papering oneself can often be difficult when time is short but hair rinses are easy to do and can make you feel great.