How to Go "No Poo" with Easy Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal Hair Rinses

Have you heard of "no 'poo" and scratched your head in wonder about what this means? While the term is definitely not my favorite, the philosophy behind it is worth exploring. It refers to moving away from using expensive commercial shampoos and conditioners, which often contain harsh synthetic fragrances, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, and other creepy ingredients from mystery labs around the world. Because we trust that such products will make our hair gorgeous, we drench ourselves in weird chemicals without knowing how they affect our overall health. Plus, think of the millions of plastic bottles from all the hair care products we use that end up in recycling bins or landfills.

But we HAVE to use shampoo, right?—Wrong!

Shampoo manufacturers have been telling us to "lather, rinse, and repeat" for decades, and with dreams of healthy, shiny, flowy, bouncy perfection, we have complied. But what happens? The first day after a wash, your hair is kind of frizzy and dried out. On the second day, it's looking pretty good. By the third day, it's a greasy mess, and we are back to the shampoo cycle. Many people don't realize that this cycle only happens as the scalp desperately tries to rebalance. Most shampoo strips our hair of sebum—the natural oil produced by sebaceous glands to help condition and protect each strand. When we wash sebum away, our glands sound the alarm and make even more sebum to compensate for the sudden loss of protection. Using gentle cleansers and washing less often allows the body to function how it was meant to.

Going "no 'poo" is a different experience for everyone, depending on your natural hair and scalp condition. I have fine, wavy hair with a normal to dry scalp, so the transition was super easy for me. I started using the Chamomile Rose Rinse recipe below just once a week. My hair immediately looked so much healthier, and had more body and shine. Suddenly, instead of one good hair day a week, my hair was consistently awesome, with less frizz and no scalp irritation. Other people with thicker or oilier hair may go through a not-so-fun "balancing" phase where the sebaceous glands continue to produce more sebum in anticipation of that regular shampooing. If they can stick it out, the process eventually finds balance, and sebum production reverts to normal. Usually, this only takes a few weeks and is well worth the wait. It's nothing a good hat can't help you get through!

These herbal hair rinses are easy to make and leave your hair feeling soft and your scalp clean and revitalized. Use once a week to replace your shampoo for good and allow your natural oils to condition each strand from root to tip.
 Herbal Hair Rinses - Rose Chamomile

Chamomile Rose Rinse for Light Hair

The deep golden yellow produced by the chamomile flowers makes this a wonderful choice for light-colored hair or to enhance natural highlights in darker hair. 

 Herbal Hair Rinses - Cacao Rosemary

Rosemary Cacao Rinse for Brown or Black Hair

Rosemary is a classic herb for hair health. It helps support scalp circulation and healthy follicles. The natural conditioning cocoa butter fats found in cacao nibs will leave your hair feeling soft, and the chocolate-colored infusion is perfect for all shades of darker hair. Peppermint oil adds an invigoratingly clean scent and is excellent for oily or sensitive scalps.

 Herbal Hair Rinses - Nettle Lav

Nettle Lavender Rinse

Nettles have been long used to grow long and silky hair. Lavender essential oil helps normalize both dry and oily scalp conditions, and its soothing nature makes it a nice choice for sensitive scalps too. This formula is perfect for all hair colors and types.

Rinse Directions
  • Using a covered pot, decoct your herbs for 10-15 minutes. I generally use 1/4 cup of herbs per cup of water.
  • Strain out the herbs and combine your herbal infusion, essential oils, and baking soda in a glass jar. You want the baking soda to be completely dissolved and well mixed.
  • Allow to cool to body temperature.
  • Pour over dry hair or soak hair in the mixture for at least 5 minutes. Massage the scalp gently using a circular motion.
  • Rinse out with clean running water.
  • You can follow the herbal rinse with an apple cider vinegar rinse if you'd like.
  • OPTIONAL: If your hair feels dry and you want a little conditioning, I like to make a homemade leave-in conditioner.

Feel free to experiment with other herb and essential oil combinations. For more information and guidance about what herbs are good for hair care, check out Naturally Healthy Hair by Mary Beth Janssen.

 

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Jessicka

Written by Jessicka on February 15, 2024

Jessicka Nebesni is the Marketing Director for Mountain Rose Herbs. She is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon, and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.


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How to Go "No Poo" with Easy Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal Hair Rinses

Have you heard of "no 'poo" and scratched your head in wonder about what this means? While the term is definitely not my favorite, the philosophy behind it is worth exploring. It refers to moving away from using expensive commercial shampoos and conditioners, which often contain harsh synthetic fragrances, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, and other creepy ingredients from mystery labs around the world. Because we trust that such products will make our hair gorgeous, we drench ourselves in weird chemicals without knowing how they affect our overall health. Plus, think of the millions of plastic bottles from all the hair care products we use that end up in recycling bins or landfills.

But we HAVE to use shampoo, right?—Wrong!

Shampoo manufacturers have been telling us to "lather, rinse, and repeat" for decades, and with dreams of healthy, shiny, flowy, bouncy perfection, we have complied. But what happens? The first day after a wash, your hair is kind of frizzy and dried out. On the second day, it's looking pretty good. By the third day, it's a greasy mess, and we are back to the shampoo cycle. Many people don't realize that this cycle only happens as the scalp desperately tries to rebalance. Most shampoo strips our hair of sebum—the natural oil produced by sebaceous glands to help condition and protect each strand. When we wash sebum away, our glands sound the alarm and make even more sebum to compensate for the sudden loss of protection. Using gentle cleansers and washing less often allows the body to function how it was meant to.

Going "no 'poo" is a different experience for everyone, depending on your natural hair and scalp condition. I have fine, wavy hair with a normal to dry scalp, so the transition was super easy for me. I started using the Chamomile Rose Rinse recipe below just once a week. My hair immediately looked so much healthier, and had more body and shine. Suddenly, instead of one good hair day a week, my hair was consistently awesome, with less frizz and no scalp irritation. Other people with thicker or oilier hair may go through a not-so-fun "balancing" phase where the sebaceous glands continue to produce more sebum in anticipation of that regular shampooing. If they can stick it out, the process eventually finds balance, and sebum production reverts to normal. Usually, this only takes a few weeks and is well worth the wait. It's nothing a good hat can't help you get through!

These herbal hair rinses are easy to make and leave your hair feeling soft and your scalp clean and revitalized. Use once a week to replace your shampoo for good and allow your natural oils to condition each strand from root to tip.
 Herbal Hair Rinses - Rose Chamomile

Chamomile Rose Rinse for Light Hair

The deep golden yellow produced by the chamomile flowers makes this a wonderful choice for light-colored hair or to enhance natural highlights in darker hair. 

 Herbal Hair Rinses - Cacao Rosemary

Rosemary Cacao Rinse for Brown or Black Hair

Rosemary is a classic herb for hair health. It helps support scalp circulation and healthy follicles. The natural conditioning cocoa butter fats found in cacao nibs will leave your hair feeling soft, and the chocolate-colored infusion is perfect for all shades of darker hair. Peppermint oil adds an invigoratingly clean scent and is excellent for oily or sensitive scalps.

 Herbal Hair Rinses - Nettle Lav

Nettle Lavender Rinse

Nettles have been long used to grow long and silky hair. Lavender essential oil helps normalize both dry and oily scalp conditions, and its soothing nature makes it a nice choice for sensitive scalps too. This formula is perfect for all hair colors and types.

Rinse Directions
  • Using a covered pot, decoct your herbs for 10-15 minutes. I generally use 1/4 cup of herbs per cup of water.
  • Strain out the herbs and combine your herbal infusion, essential oils, and baking soda in a glass jar. You want the baking soda to be completely dissolved and well mixed.
  • Allow to cool to body temperature.
  • Pour over dry hair or soak hair in the mixture for at least 5 minutes. Massage the scalp gently using a circular motion.
  • Rinse out with clean running water.
  • You can follow the herbal rinse with an apple cider vinegar rinse if you'd like.
  • OPTIONAL: If your hair feels dry and you want a little conditioning, I like to make a homemade leave-in conditioner.

Feel free to experiment with other herb and essential oil combinations. For more information and guidance about what herbs are good for hair care, check out Naturally Healthy Hair by Mary Beth Janssen.

 

WANT to learn mORE about DIY HAIR CARE?

Check Out Our 7 Favorite Herbs for Natural Hair Care


You may also enjoy:

How to Go No Poo Mountain Rose Herbs PIN

 


Topics: Natural Body Care, Recipes, Green Living

Jessicka

Written by Jessicka on February 15, 2024

Jessicka Nebesni is the Marketing Director for Mountain Rose Herbs. She is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon, and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.