Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Had It To *HERE* With My Hair!!!

     Ok, so I am officially tired of spending copious amounts of money on name brand shampoos that leave my hair either flat and dull or frizzy (you know the "stuck my finger in a light socket" look?) and fried.

     I've searched the internet up and down to try and find something that's simple and cheap to make. I found out quickly that there are LOADS of DIY sites for everything you can think of...shampoo, conditioner, soap, laundry detergent (Yep, I'm gonna try my hand at making my own laundry detergent too. Stay tuned for that post at a later date.), dish detergent (for hand washing or the dishwasher), lotions, hand soap, even flea shampoos for dogs. So I figure, I will pick the simplest, cheapest one to make and then let you all know how it goes.

Today's project is :

Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo!!!

     A couple of months back I had the horrible misfortune to get pine sap in my hair. A LOT of pine sap. By the time I could actually DO anything about even attempting to get it out it had worked it's way almost down to the roots of my hair and the only two options I had was turpentine (talk about fried hair) or getting it cut out. I went for what I thought was going to be the lesser of the two evils. Let's just say I was not expecting the results. I ended up with hair about a half inch to an inch long all over my head. To say I was unhappy was a very nice way of putting it and if I was "unhappy" my husband was downright devastated. Well it's growing out but at a much slower rate than my hair normally grows. So this is the recipe I found that seems to be the easiest and cheapest for me at the moment to get my hair growing again. I'll see how it goes and be sure to follow up.

2 cups distilled water
1 cup fresh spearmint
1 cup fresh rosemary
1 cup all-natural, gentle baby shampoo
Essential oil or fragrance oil, your choice, optional (to make it a scented shampoo)
Boil the water with the fresh herbs for about ten minutes, in a glass saucepan (like Visions). Or, you can put in a microwave-safe glass or plastic bowl and heat in the microwave until boiling, and allow to boil for about ten minutes. Then, remove the pot from the stove or bowl from the microwave and cover with a lid and allow to sit and steep for an hour. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Mix this with the baby shampoo. Pour into bottles and let set overnight. The next morning you can add some fragrance or essential oil to the shampoo in whatever scent you like the most.


About PnP

I started The Peasant and the Pea as a way to categorize all of the handy little DIY recipes I've come up with and found over the years. V came on board with me and she is just as crazy about making her own stuff as I am. We both firmly believe that everyone can afford to save some money in this day and time, and we hope that by posting these quick little tips, tricks and recipes, that we may just save someone a couple of bucks. We sincerely hope you enjoy our posts and we always love to hear feedback, suggestions or just a comment saying hi. We are always looking for new tips, tricks and recipes as well, so if you have one you want to see posted, shoot us an email. Also, if you have something you'd like to try but would rather someone else be the guinea pig, shoot us an email. We don't mind being test subjects. :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Rey and V

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