3 Moisturizing Herbal Hair Recipes (DIY)

There are a number of moisturizing herbs for hair available when you are looking to go all natural with your hair care. If you want to ditch the toxins that are in many hair products, it’s a good idea to DIY. I’ll be sharing different hair recipes that are either rich in moisture or rich in strength. Today let’s look at some moisturizing herbal hair recipes.

herbal hair recipe for moisturized hair

In the post below you’ll find the strengthening and moisturizing herbs for hair. Since the moisturizing herbs include Aloe Vera, Shikakai, Comfrey Root, Nettle Leaf Powder, and Slippery Elm Bark, we will work with one or more of those for our herbal hair recipes.

Moisturizing Herbal Hair Recipe #1: Marshmallow Root Conditioner

The first DIY herbal hair recipe that is chock full moisture is a simple conditioner recipe. All you need is two of the moisturizing herbs and some H20 (preferably distilled…for all recipes)

  • 2 Tablespoons of Marshmallow Root Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera Powder (or Aloe Vera Gel or Juice)
  • 8 ounces of water (more or less depending on how thin you want the conditioner)

Combine all ingredients and strain the powders out if necessary. A food processor can be used to mix the ingredients. Especially, if you use a piece of gel from a fresh aloe Vera plant.

After using this herbal hair recipe, you’ll want to co-wash your hair to help remove any residuals.

Moisturizing Herbal Hair Recipe #2 – Slippery Elm Detangler

In a glass container, create a gel like consistency with slippery elm powder by adding hot water to it. Allow to sit for about an hour. This detangler should be slippery but not too runny.

You can adjust the recipe by adding more powder or more water.

After an hour, use a cheesecloth to strain out the mixture. Then, apply to your hair for easier detangling.

Related: Finger Detangling 101

If you don’t have a cheesecloth, you can use a pair of old pantyhose or even a coffee filter. The Spruce shares alternatives to using a cheesecloth here.

Alternative Recipe: Mix Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm Powders with warm water to create a detangling spray. This recipe is great for moisturizing low porosity hair. Just Jene on YouTube shares a quick and easy demo here:

Moisturizing Herbal Hair Recipe #3 – Shikakai Cleanser

Thought it was all about conditioners eh? Nope, we can create a moisturizing hair cleanser with one of these herbs too.

If you hadn’t figured it out yet, that herb is Shikakai.

Shikakai is a very gentle herb, when mixed can created an effective cleanser that’s also moisturizing. It doesn’t lather up like shampoo, however.

Here’s the simplest of recipes:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of the Shikakai powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of warm water

Mix those two together, adding more or less water. You don’t want it to be too runny.

An Alternative Moisturizing Herbal Cleanser

Alternatively, you can use Comfrey Root in place of the Shikakai powder for another herbal shampoo recipe.

You’ll need the following additional ingredients:

  • Doctor Bonners Castile Soap
  • 1/4 cup of Comfrey Root Powder (dried herbs can also be used so that you don’t have to strain)
  • Distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops of Essential oils (optional)

Edible Wild Food shares alternative herbs to be used in this recipe here. Since we want moisturized hair, comfrey root is the herb of choice.

Where to Buy Your Herbs

Regardless of which hair recipe you choose to make, be sure to use organic herbs whenever possible. Most of the herbs you find on the market will be sourced from outside of the United States. Buying them certified organic ensures they are pure.

If you have a local Indian shop nearby, you may find a number of these herbs. They may not be organic so I like to get mine from Amazon.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. ~ Genesis 1:2

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. kikiq

    Please do not use castile soap 🙂

    1. Michelle

      You can totally use Castile soap to clean your hair. When mixed with other ingredients, it’s moisturizing. However, you definitely don’t want to use it alone

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