When I stopped using shampoo my main concern was how am I going to keep my hair shiny? It sounds silly but my hair tended to be dry and break easily. Luckily when I started using only water it was greasy a first but it became better, better than ever actually. But I felt that it needed a boost in shine. So after researching I discovered Bay Leaf Tea. You can use either Mediterranean bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) or Indian bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), the latter has a different smell more like cinnamon. I used dry leaves but you can use fresh and just boil them 1 or 2 minutes longer. It does have a strong smell but it fades with time, yet if you don’t like it you can rinse your hair. Just be sure to let it in your hair for at least 15 minutes.
I also added some apple cider vinegar, you can skip it, but I felt like it was a good addition to help purify the hair. I don’t add it every time I rinse my hair, more like monthly.
Hair Rinse for Shiny Hair
- 3 cups of water
- 7 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Boil the water with the bay leaves.
- Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the leaves and add the apple cider vinegar.
- Use as hair rinse. Make sure the temperature is warm or right for you.
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