My sisters (I have a younger sister and an older sister) are going natural. Big shock, seeing as I am so bad at styling my natural hair that folks around me generally run in the other direction. That is, until they see how healthy my hair is.....then they come running back!
Anyway my younger sister, who BC'd recently, asked me to make her a
potion spritz for her hair. She had used some Aloe Vera spritz I recommended and loved it so much that she wanted to experience more natural goodness! I think I should mention that she used the Aloe Spritz on her human hair weave as well (a.k.a Peruvian/Brazilian/Indian weave) and couldn't stop raving about how manageable it made her weave...who knew, right? But makes plenty of sense.
I decided to make her a herbal mix of Rosemary, Organic Horsetail leaves and Organic Nettle Leaves. If you want to see why I used these particular herbs, see their properties below.
Horsetail: Very rich in Silica which gives hair a shin/sheen boost. Horsetail also provides elasticity and strengthens weak & damaged hair with regular use.
Nettle: Rich in Vitamins C & E, formic acid, carotenoids, lecithin and minerals. Known from ages past as a natural hair growth stimulant, Nettle also improves scalp and hair health and is even purported to reverse hair loss.
Rosemary: Stimulate hair follicles and supports hair growth.
I bought a pack of Rosemary at Oyingbo Market in Lagos. The rest of the ingredients came from the Natural Nigerian Ahia.
Now, I tried to take pictures of the entire process, but my camera decided it needed a break halfway so I am going to have to make do with what I have. You can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge.
Lining up my herbs. These are not measured out yet.
Placing them in my Pyrex.
Adding Hot water.
I added a little under 2.5 cups of water. The plan was to add enough Aloe Vera Juice to take it up to the 3 cup mark - but my camera quit before I could do that.
So from here, I will just tell you what I did with the help of pictures from other sites....
Using a strainer (like below)
Use a strainer to remove the herbs. I like to use a spoon to press down firmly on the herbs while they are in the strainer so that I squeeze out as much trapped liquid as I can
When the liquid is cool, add your Aloe Vera juice and place the contents in your Spritz bottle or Trigger Spray.
Voila! Your spritz is ready to use.
It is very important that you
- Make small batches of this which you keep refrigerated
- Add a preservative to inhibit Mold, yeast and bacterial growth.