Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

FACE AND HAIR CARE

COLOR-DAMAGED HAIR

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Whether you’ve lightened your hair or gone a few shades darker, it’s likely that all those dyes that gave your locks luscious color also left them with some dryness, breakage, or frizz. While the only way to permanently eliminate chemical damage like the kind that comes from relaxers, perms, and hair color is to cut your hair, these nourishing herbal remedies can smooth cuticles, repair ends, and hydrate thirsty tresses so hair gets back on the road to health.

Aloe Vera–Peppermint Hair Mask

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Aloe vera provides the moisture that dehydrated or damaged locks so desperately need, while jojoba oil adds shine, and peppermint essential oil stimulates circulation in your scalp (read: helps new hair grow).

1 tablespoon alcohol-free aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon jojoba oil

6 drops peppermint essential oil

1.In a small bowl, combine the aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, and peppermint essential oil.

2.Apply the entire treatment to your hair and scalp, massaging well.

3.Place a disposable shower cap on your head and leave the treatment in place for 15 minutes.

4.When finished, wash and condition your hair as usual.

5.Use once or twice weekly for best results.

Chamomile Conditioner

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Conditioning chamomile and fortifying egg protein are the dynamic duo in this shine booster and strand strengthener. Bonus: It reduces tangles and prevents future breakage, too. Dampen hair before using this treatment.

1 egg yolk, beaten

1 teaspoon sunflower oil

4 drops chamomile essential oil

1.In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, sunflower oil, and chamomile essential oil.

2.Beat vigorously to combine.

3.Massage the entire treatment into your hair and scalp.

4.Leave in place for 15 minutes.

5.When finished, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water. Follow up with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

6.Use at least once weekly for best results.