Handmade Hair Remedies

By Rona Berg / October 30, 2016

Simple recipes for soft, shiny, healthy hair 

In her new book, Forgotten Ways for Modern Days, Rachelle Blondel, expert in all things homespun and hand-done, shares wisdom and natural practices from the past that remind us how to live simply and take care of ourselves in the now.

She offers DIY recipes and natural solutions for house-cleaning, crafting, composting, skin- and hair-beautifying, even ways to make your own essential-oil diffuser. According to Blondel, “Bringing simplicity and natural products into your everyday life is much easier than you’d imagine, and the joy of concocting various recipes can make a dull task seem a bit cheerier. It’s rewarding to use the things you make to ease and enrich your life, and in doing so you produce less waste, too.”

Here are some of her simple recipes for soft, shiny, healthy hair.


Use natural herbal infusions to nourish and promote a healthy scalp, soften your hair, and help treat conditions such as dandruff or a sensitive skin, while helping to restore shiny, bouncy locks. To prepare, place two cups of your chosen herb into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow the “tea” to steep for at least 30 minutes, strain, and let cool. Use as your final hair rinse then dry hair as usual.

Black Tea helps to prevent shedding and can darken those early gray hairs.

Calendula Flowers will soothe a sensitive scalp and help protect it from bacteria while adding a warm glow to your locks.

Dandelion Leaves help to treat dandruff and dry hair, and will also add a sheen to dull locks.

Ginger adds a bit of zing to your scalp. Stimulates hair follicles and encourages growth.

Lemon balm is great for oily hair. A mild astringent, it will help to wake up and refresh the scalp while balancing oil production.

Nettle helps to prevent hair loss, stimulate the scalp, and encourage glossy, shiny hair. Can also curb dandruff and split ends, so pretty much a great all-arounder.

Mint is antibacterial and astringent properties can help to increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Rose hips are jam-packed with vitamin C, and they help to strengthen the hair and also give a boost to red hair.

Rosemary a revitalizing herb that will improve and encourage hair to be strong and shining. Can help with thinning hair by stimulating new growth.

Seaweed can add a bit of bounce to limp and lifeless hair, as it’s full of minerals and proteins that offer the roots strength and vitality.

Yarrow is great for an itchy scalp, it helps reduce excess oil and soothe any sensitivity. Regular use can lighten hair.

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, longtime journalist and best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes (Workman Publishing), Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine. She has been cited as an industry expert by Huffington Post, Fox News and New York Magazine and contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. Berg co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
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