A while ago I attempted a new ‘no poo’ recipe in the hopes of finding the right combination of ingredients to make my hair feel healthy, minus any nasty chemicals. Also I wanted something easy to make, easy to use and easy to keep. Who wouldn’t want that with DIY right?!
So I concocted an aloe/gelatin mixture (check out the blog post here) which I was semi happy with… that was until it went off and stunk out the fridge in just a few short days. Fail!
Turns out aloe vera doesn’t last too long in the fridge! So I had to re-think things…
I decided to have another go and, after having been using it to clean and condition my hair with over the last couple of months, I can honestly say I’ve found the recipe I’m totally happy with!
Introducing… my Hair Cleansing Tablets!
Actually I’ve just realised.. this is my 3rd attempt at a natural hair cleaner! I first tried a recipe I found online using coconut milk and aloe vera gel blended and frozen into ice cubes. It claimed to ‘balance pH’ and even though I gave it a good whack of time to see if it’d work, my hair just felt oily all the time. Not cool.
This is what that mixture looked like…
Too dry. Too oily. I want just right! And I think I’ve stumbled upon just that!!
<fist bump> !
What’s in them you ask? Not much really! Just a few simple and natural ingredients, with a just-as-simple method of creating them. Here’s the recipe, and yes there appears to be a lot of steps but really it’s a very simple method, I just wanted to explain it properly to you, so it looks like a lot of steps but it’s not really.
Bits and pieces to have handy:
Slow cooker or large cooking pot/saucepan
Large measuring jug
Ice cube trays
A few large sprigs of fresh rosemary
Enough filtered/spring water to fill the slow cooker or cooking pot
Apple cider vinegar (qty will depend on how much water you end up with)
1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel scraped out of leaves, discard the green skin. If you can find pure bottled aloe gel, great, otherwise grow some or steal some out of someone’s garden..! 😉
1. Place rosemary and water in the slow cooker, or into a cooking pot
2. If it’s a slow cooker keep on Low temp all day or overnight. If using a pot simmer on Low temp on the stove for a few hours. This ultimately makes rosemary tea!
3. Once made, allow to cool then strain the liquid or just remove and discard of the rosemary leaves. Pour liquid into a large jug with measurements on the side
4. Pour 1 cup of the liquid into a small saucepan
5. Gently and slowly sprinkle the gelatin powder evenly over the whole surface of the water. DO NOT place on heat on stove yet!
6. Let the gelatin mix sit for 10 minutes. You’ll notice it contorts and looks really strange.. this is a gelatin softening method called ‘blooming’. It’s bloomin’ weird I think…! That’s my version of a ‘dad joke’, I do apologise 🙂
7. Once the gelatin has all softened place the saucepan on medium heat on stove top and allow to heat up
8. Whisk until all the gelatin is dissolved. This won’t take long at all
9. Remove from the heat and allow to cool then add to the measuring jug with the rosemary liquid and whisk to combine it all together
10. In the blender add the aloe vera gel and about a cup or so of the rosemary/gelatin liquid. Blend well so there are no chunks of aloe gel remaining. Pour back into the measuring jug
11. Grab the apple cider vinegar and pour in ONE part of that to TEN parts of the rosemary gelatin liquid. That’s the general ratio when adding ACV to water to use for hair, 1 : 10
12. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Once frozen you can pop them out and store in a container in the freezer… and you’re done!
Now you have rosemary, apple cider vinegar, aloe, gelatin cleansing hair tablets! A shampoo and conditioner in one! Woo!
Why this combination of ingredients?
Rosemary and ACV are great for conditioning, while the aloe is a fantastic and gentle cleaner, and the gelatin adds collagen for hair growth and strength. What a combo!!!
To use ’em:
Simply take 1-3 cubes out of the freezer in the morning if you’re washing your hair at night, or at night if you’re washing your hair the next morning, place in a small container of some kind. How many you use will depend on how much hair you have. Short hair and not much of it, use one. Medium hair and lots of it might need two. Long hair 2-3 should be fine
Let them thaw out, they’ll become jelly instead of ice so will hold their shape
In the shower, wet your hair, then carefully rub one jelly at a time through your hair, ensuring you massage into the scalp
Leave it in for a few minutes (if you prefer you can put it in your hair before you get into the shower, particularly if you have water restrictions where you live)
Rinse it all out with warm-hot water so all of the jelly comes out. You don’t want to find dried hard gelatin clumps in your hair later on in the day!!
Use these once or twice a week or as needed. Easy!
** If you have allergies to any of the ingredients please do not use them. If you notice any adverse reactions at any time of using this recipe please stop using it and seek medical advice. You could always try a test of a small amount of the ingredients on your skin before making this mixture, especially if you’ve never used some of them topically before. Some people have allergic reactions to aloe and herbs in particular so always be cautious trying new natural mixtures on your skin **
I find this mixture cleans my hair really well (and I use oil as my ‘curly hair de-frizzer’ and it completely removes all traces of oil when I wash!) and leaves it feeling soft and shiny. I use 2 tablets each time because I have medium-length hair and LOTS of it! I’d clean my hair about twice a week and that works for me. You might find you can clean your hair less often, or may need to more often in a week, everyone’s different.
So if you give this recipe a go, let me know what you think! Hope it works for you as well as it works for me 🙂
And YAY for no chemicals!
Today I’m grateful for:
2. Fruit jelly for brekkie
3. Natural skincare and beauty recipes
4. Clint being in this month’s edition of Holistic Bliss magazine (check it out here on page 12)! So exciting!
5. Camping next weekend