It’s week two of my Ayurvedic hair challenge. This week, I made an herbal hair oil using the Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse that came with the challenge kit.
I was skeptical about making an herbal infusion based on the challenge directions. But in the end, the whole process gave me insights on how to improve my own herbal infusions.
But that’s a topic for another day.
Here’s what you need to know about week two:
- The challenge kit includes 2 giant tea bags filled with powdered herbs.
- One tea bag is meant to be steeped in 32 ounces of oil in a crockpot for a few hours.
- Then the infused oil is ready to use on your hair and scalp.
- Pour the oil into your receptacles.
I love the pre-packaged herbs that I can just add to my crockpot with some oil. That is 1000x easier than adding dried herbs to a mason jar, covering them in oil, adding the jar to my warm crock pot and hoping the heat won’t make the jars break, filtering the oil from the herbs…and on and on with the other steps involved.
In all, creating an herbal oil on your own can be kind of a pain…
I followed the instructions for making the hair oil.
- Add one tea bag to 32 ounces of of the oil of your choice in a crockpot.
- Let it sit for several weeks or several hours (depending on which instructions you looked at). I left my tea bag in the crockpot overnight.
- Pour the infused oil into a container.
And that’s it.
However, I highly recommend adding an antioxidant to your infused oil. The shelf life of your infused oil is only as long as the carrier oil you used. And each carrier oil has a different shelf life. Most reputable retailers tell you the shelf life of your carrier oil. And Google is pretty good at providing decent info about the shelf life of different carrier oils. Adding an antioxidant, like a very strong vitamin e oil or a CO2 extract, can extend the life of your hair oil and help keep it from going rancid. Plus, 32 ounces is a lot of oil to have just sitting around. So some kind of antioxidant is necessary.
If you’ve never made an infused herbal oil before, here’s the before and after of using the Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse.
The instructions give various options for using the herb-infused oil.
- Use it as an overnight leave-in, then cowash out.
- Use it as a daily leave-in, or every few days.
- Use it as a hot oil treatment, then cowashing your hair.
Personally, whenever I use an herb-infused oil, I use it as a hot oil treatment before I shampoo (it helps with detangling), and again as a leave-in for my scalp and the ends of my hair. After all, the ends of your hair need the most attention. They’re the oldest part of your hair and the most prone to damage.
If you’re looking to add an herb-infused oil to your hair care routine, but you don’t want to research the herbs yourself or you want to minimize the work that goes into making an herb-infused oil, I highly recommend the Henna Sooq Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse.
It’s so much easier than acquiring dried herbs, infusing the oil, separating the oil from the herbs, and all that jazz.