It's not surprising to find natural women looking for alternative hair care products. In some cases, trial and error just isn't working for you. In other cases, living a more natural lifestyle often inspires interest that expands into other areas, like hair and skin care. Mixing your own products is a great way to create exactly what you want, and usually at a much lower cost than buying commercial ones.
Why rosemary? This herb does a multitude of good to the body and hair. It's been widely used for medicinal purposes, including antiseptic uses. When it comes to hair, rosemary stimulates the scalp, which helps promote growth and slows premature graying.
This spritz can be used daily. Because it's water-based, you don't want to use it if you straighten your hair. However, it's perfect for misting natural tresses. After spritzing your hair, massage it in, paying attention to your temples if you've experienced thinning in that area.
As a disclaimer, when using herbs and essential oils for personal use, please research whether or not they're safe for you. Some medical conditions, including pregnancy, need to be discussed with your doctor before you go DIY with skin or hair care.
What you'll need to make your own spritz:
- Rosemary tea bags
- Essential oil as a preservative. I use sage oil, but you can also try grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil. You do need a preservative because unlike commercial products, you have to provide an ingredient that prevents your homemade concoctions from going bad.
- Fragrance. This is entirely up to you. I like the earthy smell of ylang ylang oil, which is why I often use it in this spritz, but feel free to add whatever oils you love.
- Spray bottle. While clear or plastic bottles work, it's best to store your spritz in a darker-colored container. This reduces the amount of light that gets to your mixture, giving it a longer shelf life.
Ready to brew?
- Bring water just to a boil and remove from heat. I only heat enough water to fill my bottle. This spritz bottle holds less than 12 ounces, so I'm only using two tea bags; anything up to 16 or 24 ounces and you can use three.
- Steep tea bags for 60 minutes. By this time, the water is cooled off.
- Pour water into the bottle. Add five drops of sage oil or preservative of your choice and several drops of your fragranced essential oil. Shake bottle well. That's it! You've just created your own sweet-smelling hair spritz.
Now, let's talk storage. As stated above, a dark container is best. It's also a good idea to keep this in the refrigerator as that prolongs the life. Because I store my spritz in the fridge and then have to trek between the kitchen and the bathroom to use it, there have been times when I left it in my bathroom overnight. Nothing happened, it didn't spoil, but it's best to keep it cool. It has a preservative, but it still has the potential to turn rancid and you definitely don't want that! At the very least, it should be stored in a cool, dark place; bathrooms usually get too humid to qualify as the ideal environment. I usually use mine every day, so it doesn't last longer than about a month. If you keep yours longer, be sure and sniff it every now and then to make sure it doesn't smell "off." Even so, any remaining spritz should be tossed after a couple of months or so.