The Kitchen Magician has been busy again, coming up with another fabulous moisturizing hair growth recipe which brings dry natural hair back to life. It also provides scalp stimulation from herbs known to contribute to hair growth and darkening, which helps reduce gray hairs. This spritz, used daily, keeps 4A/4B/4C type hair soft, moisturized thus reducing breakage. I’ve been testing it on family and friends with rave reviews. After use, your hair will have a healthy sheen instead of that dull, dried out, crunchy look, and your scalp will feel tingly and stimulated.
What Makes This Spritz So Great?
This spritz contains herbs and oils scientifically proven to grow hair, reduce dryness and slow down graying… a Trifecta of hair perfection!
This is what we will be using and why:
- Fo-ti (Polygonum Multiflorum) root, also called He Shou Wu (‘black-haired Mr. He”), is considered one of China’s greatest tonic herbs. This herb has shown efficacy for hundreds of years in not only helping with hair growth and strength, but also for restoring gray hair to its original color.
- Fenugreek (methi) seeds are extremely effective and powerful seeds which fights with hair fall, baldness and hair thinning. Fenugreek seeds replenish hair growth and are a good source of protein. Many scientists have confirmed that fenugreek contains a large amount of lecithin which is a natural emollient and moisturizer.
- Nettle is amazingly rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals which also nourish the hair and scalp.Applying a nettle solution to your hair increases blood flow to your scalp. It also oxygenates your hair follicles and strengthens hair fibers, promoting healthier, shinier, fuller hair with nice body.
- Aloe vera moisturizes the hair and gives it a healthy sheen. Aloe is used in many commercial and home-made hair loss treatments as people report it stops hair loss and helps hair to grow
- Lavender essential oil contains a wonderful antiseptic powers. Fungi, viruses, bacteria or microbes that are on your scalp will be eradicated, creating a healthier environment for new hair growth. As a matter of fact, lavender has been shown in scientific studies to increase hair growth in test subjects by as much as 30%)1. Lavender oil will also help preserve your mixture keeping it microbe free in the refrigerator for at least two weeks.
- Avocado oil is one of our favorite natural kinky hair oils. Avocado oil contains important nutrients like protein, vitamins A, D, E and B6, magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids and folic acid, all of which are extremely essential for hair growth and nourishment. Avocado oil boosts hair strength and helps keep hair moisturized, in addition to providing a nice shine to dry hair.
- Rose water is very rich in flavonoids and vitamins, including A, C, D, E and B3. Rose water is reported to increase blood flow to the scalp, thereby nourishing and strengthening hair follicles and reducing/preventing hair loss.
- Vegetable glycerin is made from vegetable fat and is consider hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture (water) from the environment. When combined with water, glycerin moisturizes the hair extremely well. We use glycerin sparingly in this recipe however, because too much can make the hair feel sticky.
Making the Fo-Ti, Fenugreek and Nettle Hair Growth Spritz
Into a small pot place
- 2-1/2 cups distilled water
- 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
- 1 Tablespoon dried nettle root or leaves
- 1/2 tsp. Fo-Ti root powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried rose petal leaves and stems
Heat pot until it begins to simmer, then simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Turn off flame and let pot and contents steep for a minimum of 30 minutes. Strain through a double-folded cheesecloth covered strainer into a large jar or other container that has a secure lid. Mixture should be cooled to about room temperature.
To the strained liquid add
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerin
- 3 Tablespoons Aloe vera juice
Shake jar to blend ingredients thoroughly, then pour whatever you need to use for one day into your spritz bottle. Place the remaining spritz mixture in the fridge. Use daily spraying scalp to stimulate growth, and ends of hair where breakage is most likely to occur. Hair should feel damp, but not be dripping wet after spritzing. Using fingertips, massage gently into scalp for a minute, then smooth gently through hair. Pay special attention to edges and in any spots where your hair is thinning or breaking off where there is new growth.
Our version repeatedly tests at a perfect pH of 4.5 to 5.0 which means your hair cuticles lie flat but not contracted, allowing moisturizing and strengthening ingredients to absorb into the cortex without damaging or weakening the hair shaft. Your hair may feel a bit “rough” immediately after applying while the herbs and oils do their job, but once the solution dries on your hair it will feel silky soft. While still damp seal with your favorite oil mixture.
When you try this recipe, let us know how it works for you!
(1) Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Arch Dermatol. 1998;134:1349-1352.
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