10 Natural Portions for Growing and Healthy Hair

Are you sick of the challenges that you face with trying to grow your hair long and healthy? Do you struggle to sustain length and seem to be making any progress on your natural hair care journey?

Do you suffer from thin or see through ends?

Do you suffer from uneven hair growth?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.

The following sections explore the uses of oils, herbs, and, yes, food, that will allow your hair to grow healthier, giving you the best chance to reach your hair growth goals once and for all.

I- Oils for Hair Natural Growth Potions

Oils

Often when we think of oil, we may often think of pore clogging oils, or even acne. Oil, depending on the type used, can nourish, clean, strengthen, and stimulate your hair, hair follicles, and scalp, enabling your hair to grow longer and fuller. Oil is often mixed with other ingredients, but can also be used alone. This section will explore the different types of oils, and some choice recipes for natural hair growth.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is loaded with fatty acids that improve the strength and luster of your hair. The oil will also soften hair, which is great news for women with coarser hair. Almond oil is primarily used in hair growth recipes as a secondary ingredient, not the main or base of the recipe, but hair can be treated with almond oil by itself. Using almond is oil simple. Begin with a tablespoon of the oil and massage into the scalp, working your way down the hair until you reach the tips. Depending on the thickness and existing length of your hair, more oil may be needed. Once your hair is coated, allow the oil to sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water (or as cold as you can tolerate), and wash as usual.

Castor Oil

There are hordes of people, and certain generations who live and die by the wonders of castor oil. Strangely, the stuff that makes you gag when grandma forces you to swallow it to make you “regular”, actually works really well on hair, and you don’t even have to drink it! Full of Omega-3 fats, castor oil rebuilds hair, allowing new growth, strength, added shine, and thickness. Castor oil can be run through the hair as a leave-in solution to keep hair smooth, used in a hot oil treatment, or as a base in a hair growth recipe.

Oil Treatment

First of all, forgo fancy designer castor oils and get the cheap stuff. It’s not as refined and has more of the good nutrients you’re looking for. To treat your hair, warm about a 1/4 cup gently in a saucepan. Do not boil or overheat, or you will be burned!

Use only as much as you need to lightly coat the scalp. Keep in mind that castor oil is sticky and not easily washed out, so too much will be difficult to remove. Once the oil is massaged into the scalp, cover entire head with a shower cap and tuck hair inside. Allow to sit for a few hours, or sleep with the cap on. After removal, wash and condition hair normally. Use this treatment weekly for best results.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is huge in Asia and the Caribbean, and is quickly catching on in other countries. Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils to use for hair. The oil begins as a solid and must be warmed, either from the heat of your hands and fingers, or in a pan. A terrific natural conditioner, coconut oil can be used alone, blended with other oils, or, most often, a base for a hair recipe. For the best results, use virgin coconut oil because it is not as processed, and has more proteins.

The versatile oil softens hair beginning at the shaft, strengthens, promotes hair growth, and keeps the scalp clean and healthy. It also smells wonderful!

1. Coconut Oil Shampoo

Ingredients:

· 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil

· 1 Tablespoon Castile soap

· 1/2 cup distilled water

Directions:

Mix ingredients in a bottle. Amounts can be adjusted to make more shampoo.The recipe above is a baseline. Shampoo with mixture as you normally would.

Coconut Oil Conditioner

Ingredients:

· 2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

· 1 Tablespoon almond oil

Directions:

1) Warm the coconut oil in a pan to melt it. Add the almond oil and stir. Remove from heat.

2) Coat hair from root to tip in the mixture. Tuck hair into a shower cap and wrap a hot towel around your head. Allow to heat through for 15-20 minutes.

*Tip: A towel warmed in the dryer for 15-20 minutes will be sufficiently heated.

3) Rinse hair thoroughly. Wash and condition hair normally following treatment.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are oils that have been extracted from herbs or flowers and are highly concentrated. These oils nourish, protect, and cleanse hair, stimulating new hair growth. Typically, an essential oil is not applied by itself, but rather mixed with oil. The most common essential oils used for hair growth treatments are lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.

2. Essential Oil Treatment

Ingredients:

· 1 cup almond oil

· 10 drops tea tree or peppermint oil

Directions:

Apply to hair beginning at the scalp and working down to the tips of the hair. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave overnight before washing with shampoo and conditioning. Due to essential oils having anti-bacterial properties, deep scalp and hair treatments leave the hair healthier and fuller. The following recipe is for an occasional essential oil treatment:

3. Deep Scalp Conditioner

Ingredients:

· 1 Tablespoon olive oil

· 1 Tablespoon dark molasses

· 3 drops peppermint oil

· 1 egg

· 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Directions:

1) Combine all ingredients except vinegar. In a squeeze bottle, combine the vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Set in the shower to use later.

2) Wet hair with warm water.

3) Apply the conditioner to the hair from the root to the tip.

4) Wrap head in a hot towel.

Let sit for 15 minutes.

*Note: be sure you use a towel that is old because molasses can stain!

5) Rinse hair and shampoo thoroughly.

6) Once the water runs cleanly from hair, use the vinegar rinse as a final step in the treatment.

II- Herbs and Spices for Hair growth

Herbs and Spices

There is a reason why herbs and spices have been used for centuries for just about anything, but the medicinal properties of herbs and the like are by far their greatest asset. Different herbs have different functions and different strengths. There are wide varieties of herbs that stimulate the growth of black hair.

The biggest advantage to using herbs is that they are all natural, and most are fairly easy to find. As an added bonus, herbs tend to smell really good no matter what type of oil is used as a base for treatments, masks, tonics, serums, and etcetera. The following sections explore the best herbs and spices to use to grow hair, prevent hair loss, and strengthen existing strands. First, a simple infusion recipe:

4. Oil Infusion of Rosemary and Sage

Ingredient:

· 1 cup olive oil

· 1/4 cup rosemary leaves

· 1/4 cup sage leaves

Directions:

1) Create a double boiler by placing a metal or glass bowl over a quarter-full pot of boiling water.

2) Mix the herbs and oil in the bowl over the heat for 30 minutes.

3) Pour into a jar big enough to accommodate the oil with room the spare. Secure a square of cheesecloth over the mouth with a rubber band.

4) Tuck the jar away in a warm, dark place for about 2 weeks. Stir the mixture once a day. This period of time will help the herbs infuse the oil

5) After 2 weeks, strain the oil into a clean plastic or glass jar for permanent storage.

6) Use the oil as a treatment or for styling purposes. Store the oil in a dark place to keep it fresh as long as possible.

Aloe

Aloe is multi-talented. It softens, soothes, cleans, and encourages hair growth. On top of that, it smells good and is easy to find, especially in the summer months when sunburn is prevalent. Aloe Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients:

· 1/2 cup water

· 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel

· 10 drops tea tree oil

Directions:

1) Mix ingredients in a spray bottle.

2) Spray in hair and comb to distribute. Great for detangling curls!

5. Cayenne Pepper

The active component in cayenne is capsaicin, which stimulates blood flow enabling the hair to grow freely. Some people may be reluctant to use cayenne on their body, and that is a reasonable concern. You need to be careful not to get it in your eyes, mouth or nose. This is especially true if you aren’t a fan of spicy food! With a bit of caution, a treatment featuring cayenne can be used safely and effectively. You will feel the capsaicin working once applied, because your scalp will tingle. Cayenne Pepper Oil

Ingredients:

· 1 cup olive oil

· 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper

Directions:

1) Mix the oil and cayenne together in a jar.

2) Store the oil mixture in a dark place for 10 days before using.

6. Chamomile

Chamomile softens hair and promotes hair growth. It can also lighten hair somewhat and bring out your hair’s natural highlights. Chamomile Herbal Rinse

Ingredients:

· 2 cups boiling water

· 1 Tablespoon chamomile

Directions:

1) Place chamomile in a glass bowl and pour in the boiling water. Allow it the steep for 20 minutes.

2) Strain the herb and let the liquid cool until it has reached your desired temperature.

3) After shampooing and conditioning your hair, rinse with the chamomile. Do not rinse out the rinse.

Kitchen Staples

7. Baking Soda Shampoo

*Note: Only use baking soda or recipes with baking soda on your head once a month at most. Baking soda does an excellent job of stripping aware the bad stuff from your scalp and hair, but too much of a good thing is possible. Using baking soda too often can lead to hair damage, which is the opposite of what you want.

Ingredients:

· 3 egg yolks

· 1 Tablespoon baking soda

Directions:

1) Mix the baking soda and yolks well.

2) Wash hair with the mixture as you would with regular shampoo.

3) Rinse thoroughly.

4) Condition hair as normal. Baking Soda Paste

Ingredients:

· 1 Tablespoon baking soda water

Directions:

1) It doesn’t get much easier than this! Mix the baking soda with just enough water to form a paste.

2) Massage the paste into the scalp.

3) Rinse the paste out completely.

8. Egg Hair Cleanse

Ingredients:

· 3 eggs

Directions:

1) Shampoo and rinse have as you normally would. Exit the shower and towel dry so have is damp, but not soaking wet.

2) Beat the eggs in a bowl like you would before you scramble them in a pan.

3) Coat hair from root to tip in beaten egg.4) Wait 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Oils for Hair Natural Growth Potions

9. Coconut Oil Shampoo

Ingredients:

· 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil

· 1 Tablespoon Castile soap

· 1/2 cup distilled water

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients in a bottle. Amounts can be adjusted to make more shampoo. The recipe above is a baseline. Shampoo with mixture as you normally would.

10. Coconut Oil Conditioner

Ingredients:

· 2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

· 1 Tablespoon almond oil

Directions:

1) Warm the coconut oil in a pan to melt it. Add the almond oil and stir. Remove from heat.

2) Coat hair from root to tip in the mixture. Tuck hair into a shower cap and wrap a hot towel around your head. Allow to heat through for 15-20 minutes.

*Tip: A towel warmed in the dryer for 15-20 minutes will be sufficiently heated.

3) Rinse hair thoroughly. Wash and condition hair normally following treatment.