How to Detangle Your Hair With Herbs

Herbs give curly hair order, strength and shine.

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Girls with luxurious, natural curls are always the envy of those with straight locks. What straight-haired ladies don't know is that occasionally curly-headed beauties wake up with a tangled, frizzy crow's nest growing from their scalps in place of hair. When such disasters strike, most women head for the nearest bottle of spray conditioner and spend hours teasing their tresses to order. Don't do it, girls. Leave that chemical-laden commercial product on the shelf. Herbs not only detangle your hair, they condition it and prevent the heartbreak of tangles for good.

1.

Add about a cup of distilled water to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Distilled water is important because the minerals and salts in tap water will only damage your hair more; city water is usually counterproductive to sexy hair. Use bottled water if you don't regularly filter your water.

2.

Shred up about 2 tablespoons each of burdock and marshmallow root. Don't worry, this isn't the puffy white confection you always sneak into your hot chocolate. Marshmallow is a meadow herb with lots of vitamin A and C for sleek, shiny hair. Burdock contains proteins and mucilage that give your hair slip for easy styling.

3.

Add your shredded herbs to the hot water and turn the heat to medium low, keeping the herbs at a simmer. Stir about every 10 minutes. When the mix is done, it'll look like nasty green slime. It's supposed to look like this. It won't turn your hair green. Promise!

4.

Pour the warm mix into a glass bottle with a rubber stopper. The cuter the bottle, the less gross the mix will look and the less reluctant you'll be to use it. Plus, your girlfriends won't try to tell you that your shampoo went bad.

5.

Wash your hair as normal, leaving out the conditioner. Pour about a tablespoon of the herbal mix into your palm and rub your hands together. Remind yourself that it's just herbs. Smear the mix over your wet hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Don't look in the mirror during this time. Wait till after.

6.

Rinse the herbs out of your hair with cool water. Comb your hair out as normal and let it air dry. Now you can look in the mirror. Isn't your hair stylin'?

Things You'll Need

 

1.Distilled water

3.Burdock root

5.Spoon

2.Small saucepan

4.Marshmallow root

6.Glass bottle with rubber stopper

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Girls with a grease problem in addition to tangles should add organic rose buds, Irish moss or organic lavender flower to the mix. Use about 2 teaspoons of each herb instead of 2 tablespoons.

If you just can't get over the sliminess of the mix, try a blend of organic chamomile, nettle leaf and coltsfoot. These herbs condition dry, coarse hair and leave a pleasant scent behind.

 

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