I am awaiting the arrival of my ingredients from Vitacost.com and MountainRoseHerbs.com but I found a couple recipes on www.wellnessmama.com that I could do with what I have on hand!
The first DIY I tried was HAIRSPRAY! I don't normally use it but my daughter does and, since the half-bath she uses is five feet away from this computer, I often find myself choking on fumes. You can see the recipe here. I cut the recipe in half because the spray bottle I'd re-purposed was only six ounces.
Basically it involves bringing water to a boil, dissolving SUGAR into it, letting it cool, adding a tiny bit of VODKA (alcohol = preservative) and essential oils for fragrance. My daughter and I culled through our meager collection and decided on equal amounts of lemon, orange and bergamot which is kind of citrusy-musky. The result was a nice, fresh fragrance. I tried it out and it really made my hair SHINY! There was some stiffness but it eased up and it worked pretty well. I could refresh it by running wet hands through my hair. Here's a pic:
The hold can be adjusted by changing the amount of sugar used. My daughter liked it also!
Another thing that's been concerning about my hair is that I color and highlight it every six weeks. I have had some concerns about what these chemicals are doing to me and I need to cut the expense. I haven't tried any of wellnessmama's natural hair color recipes yet but here's what I DID do:
I took a packet of Starbucks Via instant coffee I had in the cupboard, mixed it with enough water to make a thin paste (a beautiful reddish brown) and worked it through my hair. The first day I left it in about 10 minutes and today I left it in about an hour (I got busy baking bread and couldn't get to the shower). I'm not sure if it's doing anything, but I sure smelled WONDERFUL! I shall continue the experiment for a few days. The picture looks a bit red and the highlights seem to have diminished, but that could just be my iPod camera.