First, a story, then the low-down (if you don’t care to read this off-putting tale, skip down to the picture of the clove below): When we returned home from my son’s 6-day band camp, he was a little … stinky. He’s 13-1/2. Those things happen. But he was riper than usual, and I was somewhat concerned that he didn’t shower the entire time he was there.
He swore up and down that he did.
Emptying out his bag (which happened to be packed with two wet towels), I reached into the side pocket where I’d stashed his socks and underwear. They were all clean.
All of them, but two pairs of socks.
He had showered, oh yes. But he had not put on clean underwear the entire time. What? WHAT?
You’re gagging. I’ll wait until you’re done.
Needless to say, much yelling and eye-rolling (on my part, mostly) ensued, and he is now in Personal Hygiene Boot Camp. He is not enjoying it, but he will learn, or he will do pushups until his arms fall off.
Skip to me: This morning, it was 48 hours since I showered. Between driving across two states and battling a severe computer virus yesterday, I didn’t have it in me.
Like mother, like son.
I’m in Boot Camp now, too.
When the lack of shower occurred to me this morning, I glanced at my hair and noticed it looked super dull. Not really a surprise.
Then I remembered reading, long ago, that shampoo can easily be “boosted” with an herbal infusion. Thus, this was born:
Boost Your Shampoo with an Herbal Infusion
First of all, what is a herbal infusion? It’s just a strong “tea” made with herbs and water. It’s easy, quick, and often very yummy smelling.
So what you’re doing here is making an herbal infusion and mixing it with your shampoo.
Why would you want to do this?
- It extends the life of your shampoo. Shampoos are very concentrated, and there’s no reason why they can’t be diluted to some degree. When you’re halfway into your bottle, add a herbal infusion, and you have a whole bottle again.
- You can fine-tune for your personal hair profile. Blond, brunette, or red, there are ways to boost the color and brighten the hue of your hair – naturally. Is your hair oily? Dull? Dry? Limp? Again, add a herbal infusion, and you’ve solved a problem.
- It’s healthy (and crunchy)! Personally, I only use shampoos that don’t contain bad stuff, but even the store-bought “organic” shampoos contain chemicals that I’m not all that wild about. By using a herbal infusion, I’m at least reducing my exposure to those chemicals to some degree.
- It’s fun! Seriously, if you haven’t tried any homemade beauty recipes thus far, you should try this one. There’s a certain sense of excitement in making your own concoctions and watching them work (better than you’ve been told they ever could).
Herbs for Hair Colors
You can use any or all of these herbs you want in your herbal infusion. Today, I’m focusing on adding shine and a boost to particular hair colors, so this is not an exhaustive list of herbs you can use on your hair. Just an idea of what you can do to boost your shampoo performance.
- Brunettes: Black tea, cloves, rosemary.
- Blondes: Chamomile, cornflower, green tea, rosemary.
- Reds: Orange pekoe tea, marshmallow leaves, hibiscus.
How To Make a Herbal Infusion For Your Shampoo
2 Tbsp of herbs (see list above)
- 1 C. boiling water
Add your herbs to the boiling water and turn the burner down to low. Let the herbs steep for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the herbs out of the water. Presto – herbal infusion! Add the infusion to your shampoo bottle and shake well.
Shampoo and condition as normal.
Ooh and ahh over the crunchy results.
Just out of curiosity, what kind of shampoo is your favorite? The one in the picture above is BeeCeuticals Bee Hair Now. It’s infused with lavender and rosemary, and I really love the smell. But I’m always looking for new shampoo – can never stick with one for long!
In love and magnificent tresses crunch!