July 30, 2020 3 min read

Herbal Hair Serums & Mists

 

Continuing on from last week’s blog on  Herbal Hair Rinses, we can now move on to herbal hair serums. We’ve already covered  hot oil treatments, but serums are slightly different. You can use them daily or as often as required and they aren’t as much work as a full hot oil treatment, but still come with numerous benefits.

 

As always, you can customise your hair serum to suit your hair needs. Here are some of the best ingredients to add to your serum based on common requirements:

 

Antibacterial and anti dandruff -  tea tree essential oilburdock rootrosemarysagepeppermintnettlemarshmallowchamomile, comfrey,  horsetail.

 

For breakage and split ends:  keratin

 

For hair growth -  argan oilcastor oilcoffee oil (contains caffeine which stimulates follicles for better hair growth),  keratin, AHAs such as  lactic and  malic acidhyaluronic acidcollagennettlehorsetailaloe verarosemary.

 

For healthy, conditioned hair -  keratinhydrolyzed wheat proteingreen teacollagenlavender, calendulajojobaargan oilalmondD-panthenol

 

Oil Based Hair Serums

Oil based hair serums incorporate all the goodness and nourishing properties of oils. Oil serums are particularly good for dry and frizzy hair, curly hair and thick, textured hair. The oils will give great shine and help manageability. 

 

Lightweight, easily absorbable oils are best for hair serums. Go for oils like argan, jojoba, almond, grapeseed, walnut or apricot kernel. Heavy oils such as olive, castor and even coconut oil can be more difficult to apply to hair without it feeling completely greasy. The trick when applying is to use very little - you only want to lightly coat your hair strands, not drench them. Squeeze a pipette-full of oil into your palms, rubs your hairs together then evenly coat your hair using your palms. You can apply to damp hair too. Argan oil works particularly well for thick and textured hair but you can use a blend of argan oil and other oils, or make up your own oil serum completely. 

 

Aqueous Based Hair Serums and Sprays

Aqueous or water based hair serums use botanical infusions and can be leave-in serums or hair mists. Refer to  Herbal Hair Rinses for the best herbs to use here. Then we jazz up the herbal spritz even more with some star ingredients: add in 15 drops each of keratin, collagen and hydrolyzed wheat protein per 100ml (you can leave out one or more if you don’t have them but the keratin and collagen do come highly recommended).

 

Water based serums have the advantage of being very easy to apply and massage in, but without any greasiness from oils, and they can be left in the hair to dry. It will just feel like you have slightly damp hair. 

 

Recipes

Conditioning Hair Mist With Keratin

1 T  lavender

1 T  marshmallow

1 T   green tea

1 cup freshly boiled water

30 drops  keratin

30 drops  collagen

30 drops  hydrolyzed wheat protein

3ml  Geogard 221

Pour the boiling water over the herbs and leave to steep for 2 hours. Once cool, strain out the herbs and stir in the Geoard. Then add the keratin, collagen and wheat protein. Add to a spritzer bottle and use daily on your hair.

 

Anti Dandruff Hair and Scalp Serum

1 T  burdock root

1 T  nettle

1 T  rosemary

1 cup freshly boiled water

10 drops  tea tree essential oil

3ml  Geogard 221

Pour the boiling water over the herbs and leave to steep for 2 hours. Once cool, strain out the herbs and stir in the Geoard. Then Add in the tea tree, shake and decant into a spritzer bottle. To use, always shake well first to disperse the tea tree oil and the spritz onto hair and target the scalp.

 

Argan Oil Hair Serum

50ml  argan oil

50ml  jojoba

10 drops  rosemary essential oilgeranium essential oil or  lavender essential oil (or use a blend)

Add all ingredients to a pipette bottle and shake gently to combine. 

To use, squeeze the pipette into your palms, rub your hands together then smooth the oil lightly over your hair. If you have lots of hair you may need a little more, and a little less if you have very short hair. Don’t get too much oil in your hair or it will look greasy. You want just enough to lightly coat your hair and give a shiny, healthy look. You can also take some oil on your fingertips and massage into your scalp. Again, don’t overuse here or it will make your hair look oily. Another way to apply a hair serum is to add the oil to your hair brush and then brush your hair. You can also target areas such as your tips or roots.


6 Responses

Juliette
Juliette

May 31, 2021

Hi Cidya, yes of course! :) You will see the first recipe in this blog does just that, but feel free to experiment as well. I’m sure your hair will love it

Cidya
Cidya

May 31, 2021

Hi.
I would like to know if it possible to make my own protein treatment by using home remedies.and put some drops of keratin, hydrolyzed wheat protein and collagen?

Juliette
Juliette

October 19, 2020

Hi Titamenji, you will need a preservative with any water based substance including rose water. However if you plan on making a small batch and using it up within a few days, you can maybe get away without a preservative :)

Titamenji
Titamenji

October 19, 2020

If I use rose water instead of water for the first recipe, will I still need to use a preservative?

Juliette
Juliette

September 14, 2020

Hi Moira, I’m so glad you like it!
I wouldn’t be too concerned about overloading your hair with protein with this recipe as the percentage of protein is low, and it sound like you are only using it twice a week. But if you do experience any brittleness or dryness from the hair mist then just stop for a while to give your hair a break :)

Moira
Moira

September 14, 2020

I love your conditioning hair mist with Keratin recipe, you mention it can be used daily. Would this not cause a protein overload making your hair brittle and dry? I only wash my curly very long hair twice a week but am worried that rinsing with this recipe after each wash may be too much protein? I use both the marine collagen and keratin in my recipe.

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