Moroccan henna hair dye is very fast to prepare, easy to use and gives great coverage over grey hair. The shades are deeper than is found with henna from India and the colour does not fade. This henna in 100% pure with no additives.
Grey hair becomes fiery-red and dark hair shines with red highlights. This henna hair dye is also highly recommended for traditional Berber and Mehndi body art.
In dyeing the hair, this Moroccan henna hair dye imparts a deep metallic sheen and creates a range of tones from a fiery red-orange on gray hair to red highlights on black hair. This henna does not fade. However many women henna their hair on a monthly basis, or more frequently to cover grey hairs. On the skin and nails, henna leaves an orange-brown colour which endures for about three weeks.
Original hair colour – Colour after henna
Grey – Fiery Red
Blonde – Red
Light brown – Red/Auburn
Medium Brown – Auburn
Dark Brown – Reddish Brown
Dark Brown/Black – Red highlights
100g short hair, 200g collar length hair, 300g shoulder length hair, 500g waist length hair
- Mix 100g henna powder in a bowl with approximately 300ml of water which has come off the boil.
- Mix the henna so it has a loose consistency (you might not need to use all the water) and continue mixing until it is completely free of lumps.
- It is ready to use as soon as it has cooled down from hot to warm.
- Adjust the proportions if using more henna for dying longer hair.
Hydrating the henna with an extract made from gives many advantages: For longer henna hair dyeing applications, the seaweed acts as a conditioning agent helping to protect the hair and give deep conditioning. The seaweed nourishes the roots of the hair enhancing hair growth. The ‘slippery’ compounds in the seaweed makes the henna easier and faster to rinse out reducing water consumption. Plus with the extra conditioning, any hair loss during the rinsing of the hair is almost eliminated. The freshly hennaed hair will have instant shine, great body and hold natural waves.
- Take 10g of the Organic Seaweed and add 300ml of water.
- Simmer over a low heat until the the seaweed water takes on a browny-greenish hue.
- Add the seaweed extract (without the fronds) to 100g henna powder. You might not need to add all the liquid.
- Adjust the proportions if using more henna for longer hair.
- Mix into a smooth paste, being certain to remove any lumps.
- Allow to stand until an orange fluid is visible in the meniscus at the edge of the bowl and the top of the henna mixture starts to darken which means that the dyes are activated. It only takes a few minutes to activate this henna. Generally once the henna has cooled down from hot to warm it is ready to apply.
- Use the henna mix straight away or freeze the mixture for future use. Do not add lemon, vinegar or oil to this Moroccan henna hair dye. It just doesn’t need anything else and it could make your hair too dry or the oil could prevent the henna dye from colouring the hair.
- Cover the floor and delicate surfaces with newspaper or go outside. Wear old, dark coloured clothes. Place an old towel around the shoulders. Apply a fine oil, a fast absorbing oil to the forehead, ears and neck to help avoid staining of the skin.
- Wearing gloves, apply the henna to clean, damp hair. use a hair dyeing brush to apply the henna and one of a comb to control and section the hair
- Check the consistency of the henna and adjust it is needed. This is very important. If the henna is too dry, it could damage the hair. If the henna is too wet, it will drip and run down the neck and face.How can you tell when the consistency of the henna mixture is just right? Here are two ways. Apply henna to the hair dye brush and stroke it on the crown of the head. Can you get the brush to easily push the liquid henna down the the roots? If so it is good. As as further check – When you have stroked the henna onto the hair with the brush and you pull the brush away, does it drag lots of hair with it – If it does, the henna is too dry! Adjust the consistency before continuing.
- Section long hair on the head and apply henna systematically to the hair. With the last remnants of the henna retouch the hairline around the forehead, the edge of the face, any strands of hair which grow in front of the ears and at hair line at the nape of the neck.
- Now for our next innovation…bundle the hair up three sheets of newspaper. This keeps the henna warm, helps to prevent drips and it is very comfortable. Failing that, wrap the hair in an old pre-dampened scarf (reserved for henna use). Then cover the whole lot in a stretchy hat. A shower cap is not suitable and a plastic bag or cling film is very uncomfortable, causes drips and add to environmental harm.
- Keep the hair wrapped for a number of hours. For guidance I have fine brown hair with many grey hairs – I need to keep the henna on for 3 1/2 hours. If your hair is thicker or darker you will need to leave it on for 4-6 hours. Do a strand test if you are not sure (see below) Wipe any drips from the skin immediately with a damp sponge.
- Wash the hands and clear up any splashes or drips. Wash all the equipment you have used.
- Then rinse the hair thoroughly in warm (not hot) water until the water runs completely clear. If you have any seaweed extract left, use this up, leaving it in for a few minutes. Give the hair one final quick rinse under the tap and wrap it in a towel until the excess water is absorbed. Then allow it to air dry.
- Rinse and wash the towels straight after use to reduce the risk of staining.
Never comb hair after dying it until the hair is dry. If you comb the hair while it is wet, you will stretch the hair and damage the hair. Wait until the hair is dry before combing it, and go steady!
Variants Henna can be mixed with other herbal ingredients to alter the colour: Add saffron to the henna to give blond; walnut powder (unsuitable for people with nut allergies) to give brown; woad to create chestnut brown and Indian indigo to give black. You would need to experiment with the mixes and times by testing on harvested hair. Many of our customers like mix the henna with the organic Indian Indigo to create a dark brown colour. Some customers use a two step process to achieve a jet black, first by hennaing the hair, then by applying the organic Indian indigo.
Henna creates an orange-brown stain on the skin. Make the mix as above, but include 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar to give a smooth sticky consistency necessary for piping and to slow down the drying time of the henna.
Cover the bowl and leave the mixture to mature as described earlier. During this time the plant cellulose will dissolve, liberating the lawsone dye. Some people like to leave the henna in the sun while it is maturing. Once the surface of the henna mix has turned brown, the dye has been released and the henna is nearly ready to use – just add a little more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick and mix until a smooth consistency is obtained. Sieve the henna to remove any lumps and place the paste in a piping cone to allow a thin, continuous line of henna to be extruded. Using either templates or working free form, pipe the henna onto the skin.
To make the henna pattern darker and more enduring, while the henna is drying make the ‘sealing mixture’. Just cover some sugar with lemon juice in saucepan and bringing the mixture briefly to the boil. Once it has cooled, carefully dab this mixture onto the lines of henna paste and cover the skin in oiled gauze, with further covers to retain the body warmth. Apply the seal indoors to prevent attracting wasps and other insects. Under wraps, the henna will dry more slowly and aided by body heat, the result will be darker still. Leave the henna covered, on the skin for 6-8 hours. Then remove the wrapping and wash the dried paste off the skin. The design will darken further over the course of the next few days, and then fade over the course of several weeks. A mehndi artist, or in Arabic, al Hanaya is highly skilled. If you are going to practice on yourself, traditional designs can be found on the internet.
Do not use henna on people with a Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency also known as a G6PD deficiency as this can result in a medical emergency.
Do a patch and strand test before use if you have any concerns about allergic reactions or if you want to check the final colour on your hair or skin.
- We supply premium quality 100% pure moroccan method henna hair dye in the UK containing no additives whatsoever. Hand cultivated in the terraced gardens along the Drâa river valley, our henna is grown at the sacred Rissani oasis in Morocco.
- The henna plant is very pest resistant and pesticides are not used at all in the Rissani henna gardens.
- The henna plant needs very little water to flourish and produce high quality henna powder preserving precious water resources.
- The henna crop is vital in sustaining the livelihoods of farmers through episodes of drought when other crops such as the palm harvest fails.
- An increase in the demand for henna in Western countries is giving rural farmers in henna growing regions long term security and helps to prevent rural depopulation.
- The use of henna does not cause pollution to the environment at the time of production or use.
- The use of henna does not contaminate the human body with synthetic chemicals. Often when the brains of women who use chemical hair dyes are exposed in an autopsy, the outside of the brain tissue is stained by the chemical dyes. Hair dressers who used chemical dyes are greatly increasing their risk of bladder and breast cancer, as are users of chemical hair dyes. Women should never use chemical hair dyes when they are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Henna has been tried and tested on humans and their favourite animals for thousands of years.
- Chemical hair dyes can contribute to cancer and neurological conditions. They are very polluting to the environment. We should avoid using them.
The whole of the henna plant is valued: The flowers make a wonderful perfume, the roots are used in traditional medicines, and the stems for fuel. The crop of henna leaves for henna powder production really represents the thinning of the plant, and the shrub continues to grow for many more years before it needs replanting.
- Moroccan Henna helps to repel insects, gives resistance to mildew and has some antibacterial properties.
- People who habitually walk with bare feet paint the soles of the feet and toe nails with henna to protect from fungal infections.
- Henna has a cooling property and helps the hands and feet and scalp to feel cool in hot climates.
- Moroccan Henna acts as a sun block and the skin directly under a henna design will not tan.
- Henna is traditionally used to dye leather, silk, wool and wood.
- Henna was widely used in Europe during the Medieval period for use in the textile dying industry.
- Still in Morocco, henna is also used to dye the legs, tail and manes of Arabian horses and sacred animals.
- Henna, the crushed leaf of the Lawsonia inermis plant, has been used since the Bronze Age for dyeing and conditioning the hair, nails and skin.
Cassia obovata, also known as cassia italica, senna or neutral henna is a natural plant powder famous as a thickening, shine enhancing hair conditioner and with its yellowy pigment for dyeing light coloured hair shades of blonde, light brown, or mixed with henna, strawberry blond.
- Gives a deep shine
- Strengthens and protects hair
- Treats heat or chemically damaged hair
- Promotes hair growth
- Thickens fine hair
- Conditions hair of all colours and conditions
- Balances sebum production and dryness of the scalp
- Helps against dandruff
- Naturally Antimicrobial
- Enhances golden highlights on blonde and grey hair
- Safe for eczema and psoriasis
- Good for dry & damaged hair
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of cassia with a little warm water until it is the consistency of yogurt.
Apply to clean hair, first to the scalp and then stroke gently down the hair. Leave to work on normal hair for a few minutes and on damaged hair, wrap and cover the hair and leave for up to an hour. Some people add lemon juice to their mix, but it can dry the hair.
For a very deep hair conditioning treatment, make some seaweed extract by standing dried fronds of Seaweed in water until the water takes on an amber tinge – so called ‘seaweed oil’ (it is a watery gel!). Use this liquid, heated, instead of water to hydrate the cassia. Where the cassia conditions by helping to restructure the hair, the seaweed liquid leaves a low friction coating over the hairs, giving the hair extra protection from drying and reducing the risk of tangles, knotting and split ends. Both of these products are used in hair restoration treatments to nourish the scalp and improve hair growth and structure.
For dyeing the hair
Cassia releases a yellowy dye which has no effect on dark hair, other than conditioning it, but it will bring out the highlights out on blonde hair. It is highly rated on blonde hair which is turning grey and on white hair to bring golden highlights and the colour cassia imparts suits people with ‘warm’ coloured complexions the best.
To highlight the golden tones in light coloured hair use 100% Cassia. To create a strawberry blonde colour, make a mixture of 4 parts of Cassia and to 1 part of Henna. Most people add some lemon or orange juice. Allow the mix to oxidise until the surface colour has darkened.
Make enough paste to cover your hair, using either hot water or seaweed extract – for deep conditioning and detoxing throughout the dyeing process. The addition of the seaweed extract makes the cassia easier to rinse at the end of the dyeing process and far fewer, if any hairs will be lost in the rinsing process. It also helps to mitigate the addition of the juice.
Apply to the scalp and roots of clean hair and then down the hair. Wrap in an old damp tea towel or towel (the plastic-free method!) or better still, sheets off newspaper and cover with a dark scarf or stretchy hat. Leave for up to 3 hours. It is important to do the hair strand tests first, because if the cassia is left on for too long, the hair will appear light brown!
Rinse the cassia from the hair. We have found a quick hair wash with Rhassoul Clay removes any remaining traces of cassia. You could even give a final conditioning rinse with more seaweed extract and then, as your hair dries … watch the shine appear and feel the natural optimised condition of your hair!
The One-Step Process for Brown, Auburn, Chestnut and Chocolate Hair
Henna and Indigo (Hendigo)
Ideal if you have dark hair already or if you are trying to cover grey hair.
Henna : Indigo-Colour
Ratio 1:1 for Light Brown/Auburn
Ratio 1:2 for Brown/Chestnut
Ratio 1:3 for Dark Brown/Chocolate
Mix the indigo and henna in separate bowls with hot water. After 20 minutes combine them both and mix thoroughly. Adjust the consistency as required and apply.
Leave on for 2-6 hours, then rinse. Do not shampoo for 2 days.
A Two-Step Process for Blackish Brown and Jet Black Hair Henna The Hair First – Then Indigo The Hair Straight After
To Achieve Jet Black: Mix the henna in a bowl with hot water. Wait 15 minutes for the henna to mature. Adjust the consistency . Apply the henna to the hair.
Henna the hair as usual for at least 2 hours. Make the indigo hair dye in a bowl just before rinsing the henna. Some people add 1teaspoon of salt per 100g of indigo to obtain a richer colour. Mix the indigo into a smooth paste and leave for 20 minutes. In the meantime rinse the henna from the hair but do not shampoo or condition the hair.
Dry the hair until it is just damp. Apply the indigo straight away and leave in the hair for at least 30 minutes for dark brown and 1-2 hours for black.
Rinse the indigo out of the hair but do not shampoo for 2 days as the indigo will need time to oxidise and reveal its true colour and sheen.
How to Apply Natural Hair Dye Cover the floor and delicate surfaces with newspaper or go outside. Wear old, dark coloured clothes. Cover the shoulders with an old towel or cape. Protect the skin around the hair line and the ears with argan oil to help avoid staining of the skin.
Wearing gloves, apply the dye to clean and wet hair. Section long hair on the head and apply the dye to the hair at the nape of the neck first with the corresponding hair, gradually working over the crown of the head to the forehead, ensuring that every hair is coated right down to the roots.
Or simply massage the mixture close to the hair line and along the strands of hair. It only takes me 5 minutes to massage the dye in by hand. You can use a paint brush if you prefer.
Then cover the hair with an old scarf, a tea towel or better still, sheets of newspaper and wrap the hair for the required time. By keeping the hair well covered, the dye will not dry out and it will be easier to rinse. Keep the head warm (a woolly hat is great) to encourage dye release. Wipe any drips from the skin immediately.
Rinse and wash the towels straight after use to reduce the risk of staining.
Getting Perfect Results with Indigo Hair Dye
Hair which is naturally dark and thick will need longer dyeing times than hair which is naturally light coloured or fine.
To achieve dark colours and jet black, the two-step process is always recommended. When using the two step process, if you don’t quite get the coverage you require, both steps need to be repeated.
If you have hair which you know to be difficult to dye then the henna can be left on for 3-4 hours and the indigo from 2-6 hours. Hair which is naturally dark and thick will need longer dyeing times than hair which is naturally light in colour or fine.
When using these longer dying times, it is far better to mix the henna with Seaweed extract, made by standing the dried Scottish Seaweed in water. This will give a full strength seaweed extract. Heat the extract and use instead of water for mixing the henna and indigo. The fucins and alginates (the slippery substances in the seaweed) have amazing conditioning and protective qualities.
Be prepared to experiment. Record what you do so that when you do find the way which give you the best colour results, that way you can easily repeat your optimal method.
For deep conditioning, use Seaweed extract instead of water to make up the henna or indigo. This is highly
recommended for fine hair, dry hair, Afro hair or damaged hair. In fact, adding seaweed to natural hair dyes gives real benefits to the quality of the hair and scalp. I always use seaweed extract in place of water for mixing my hair dyes.
The henna is ready to apply as soon as the top layer darkens (15-20 minutes), the indigo once the top layer goes a blacky-bluey-purplish colour (15-20 minutes).
Resist the temptation to add vinegar or lemon juice to the henna, just use water or Seaweed extract please!
INGREDIENT: Indigo tinctoria powder
Marshmallow Hair Root Natural Organic Hair Conditioner Ingredient and Detangler
Organic dried and chopped marshmallow root to make natural hair conditioner for all hair types and a natural hair detangler. Marshmallow root hair conditioner leaves the hair soft, shiny, silky and light, making it ideal to emphasise natural curls and waves. The marshmallow hair conditioner gives great body to the hair making the hair look fuller and leaving the hair easy to style. As a detangler it reduces hair damage caused by combing and brushing and makes the experience much more satisfying.
Unlike conventional conditioners, the hair does not go limp and oily after a few days and the conditioning and thickening effects last until the next hair wash. If you are looking for a truly environmentally friendly hair conditioner that really works, then look no further.
Ingredient INCI Althaea officinalis root
Our marshmallow root has a light sweet aroma, rather like marshmallow and the extract has a gorgeous slippery feel.
The Benefits of Marshmallow Root Hair Conditioner. Principally due to the high level of mucilage and polysaccharides, using marshmallow roots as hair conditioner has the following effects: Makes the hair soft and flexible, Gives a lustrous shine, Thickens hair strands – the mucilage binds with hair strands. Gives natural body and bounce to the hair
Enhances natural waves and curls, Promotes hair growth, Reduces split ends and hair damage, Helps balance a dry and itchy scalp, Tames frizzy and flyaway hair
Nourishes the hair and scalp, Long last conditioning effects, Well tolerated on sensitive skin and scalp, Helps to protect the hair from UV radiation damage
High in hair and scalp nutrients, Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and well tolerated by hyper-sensitive skin and skin prone to eczema, rosacea and psoriasis
Eye friendly, normal hair conditioners sting the eyes and can cause eye damage, not so with the marshmallow extract
How to Make Hair Conditioner from Marshmallow Root – Method 1 – Zero Energy
Simply soak 1 heaped tablespoon or 5g of marshmallow in 200ml of water over night. Strain and use.
Allow the marshmallow root to dry (spread it out on a piece of a cloth or a tea towel) to obtain one further decoction, albeit a bit weaker. Or go straight ahead and create an additional batch using either method.
Assuming this second batch would be more than you would need to use, refrigerate or freeze it for future use.
How to Make Marshmallow Root Extract – Method 2
Add 1 heaped tablespoon or 5g of marshmallow root to 300ml of water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain and reserve the liquid for use as a hair conditioner.
You can also combine the methods, by pre-soaking the marshmallow roots before simmering them to reduce the processing time and increase the amounts of mucilage released.
How to make Natural Hair Detangler and Long Hair Combing Aid
Make your marshmallow root extract as above. Place the weaker second extraction in a pump spray mister bottle, or dilute a stronger first extraction.
Spray on the hair to dampen the hair and comb or brush.
Store any unused Marshmallow Root Hair Conditioner in the refrigerator for 1 week or keep excess in the freezer.
One the roots have given up all of their mucilage, please just compost the remains and the paper packaging.
How to Use Marshmallow Root Hair Conditioner
Wash the hair and remove any excess water from the hair, such as by stroking the hair, gathering long hair together and twisting it, or rubbing the hair briefly with a towel.
Apply the marshmallow hair conditioner by pouring it bit by bit from a small jug, stroking the hair conditioner on with a small sponge, or using a squeezy bottle. Be sure that your natural hair conditioner is on both the scalp and the hair.
Leave the marshmallow root hair conditioner in the hair for the normal duration – a few minutes, or for longer if time allows.
Give the hair one very quick rinse (just a few seconds) in fresh water. Or, to maximize the thickening effect, forgo the rinse.
How to use Marshmallow Root as a Natural Hair Mask
Make the marshmallow root hair conditioner as above, Apply to dry hair and leave for 10-20 minutes, Finish with a quick rinse.
How to use Marshmallow Root as a Natural Hair Dentangler and Hair Combing Aid
Place some of the strained marshmallow hair conditioner in a pump spray bottle
Spray a light mist on the hair and comb. The difference is astonishing and the comb moves through the hair with very little friction!
Other Cosmetic Uses for Marshmallow Root Extract
Eye Treatments – for dry skin on the eyes and dry eyes.
Make a compress, by dipping a section of muslin or linen cloth in the freshly prepared marshmallow root extract
Place the wet cloth over the closed eyes. Leave on the eyes for 10 minutes. When finished, simply wipe any excess off the eye lids.
A compress can be used anywhere on the body when the skin needs soothing such as after over-exposure to the sun or wind, rubbing from clothes or reactions from heat such as vehicle heating systems. Relief can also be obtained by spraying the extract on the skin and rubbing it over to give complete coverage.
Using Marshmallow Root in Cosmetic Formulations
Use as an ingredient in soap making, face and body cream formulations, anti-itch and anti-inflammatory salves and lotions.
Our marshmallow root is packed simply in a greaseproof paper bag inside a brown paper bag with a set of instructions. It would be a good idea to transfer the chopped roots into a clean jar for storage where, as a dried herb, it will keep for a year.
Seaweed Hair Conditioner
Seaweed hair conditioner. Our organic serrated wrack (fucus serratus) whole fronds are especially high in fucins and alginates which make the ultimate natural hair conditioner for every hair type. Seaweed is both remineralising and detoxing – it does wonders for the scalp and skin promotes healthy hair growth and top quality skin.
Seaweed is one of our most versatile products – besides being the go-to hair conditioner of choice, it can also be added to natural clay shampoos to make a 2-in-1 shampoos conditioner. It makes a wonderful skin toner, can be used in seaweed detox baths recipes, foot baths, as a compress for aching joints and added to natural hair dyes such as henna, or indigo to take the hair dyeing process to professional levels.
To use these organic seaweed fronds just soak them in water. This yields an extract known as ‘seaweed oil.’ Although this extract contains some actual seaweed oil (all plants contain some oils), the extraction yields a water based compound with an oily, slippery feel due to the high quantities of fucins and alginates contained in the fucus serratus species. These substances, concentrated in seaweed have a powerful detox and conditioning function.
In addition, the 92 minerals and trace elements, 25 vitamins, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, pigments and antioxidants contained in seaweed perform their intensive health giving works with the power in the way that no land plant can rival.
The Benefits of using Seaweed Hair Conditioner: The best seaweed for hair growth, this seaweed nourishes the roots giving better hair growth over the long term
Leaves the hair soft, sleek and smooth, Imparts shine and lustre to the hair, Leave the hair tangle free and easier to comb and helps to protect the hair from friction.
Protects the hair from sun damage (the pigments in the seaweed are a powerful sunscreen), Gives natural body and movement to the hair and can hold gentle waves
Leaves the hair scent free, Gets rid of troublesome static in hair, Does not cause the hair to go limp, suitable for every hair type, How to Make ‘Seaweed Oil’ / Seaweed Extract
The Cold Infusion Method, The recommended method developed by Natural Spa Supplies Start off by standing about 10g of dried seaweed in 200ml of cold or lukewarm water. Within 10-20 minutes the water takes on some colour. If you leave it for a hour or two, the extract becomes an greenish-amber colour as shown in the photograph. This is your seaweed hair conditioner. If you are curious 10g of dried fucus serratus weighs about 40g when hydrated.
If you use warm water the seaweed will yield is ‘oil’ more quickly and it could be ready to use within 15 minutes. Scale the recipe, the quantity of water, the temperature and timing up or down as you judge fit.
While a cold water infusion takes longer, it will preserve the plant enzymes. The enzymes provide us with additional benefits and help to keep the seaweed fresher for longer! Try to use the seaweed oil extraction you have made within a week, before these enzymes break down. It is better if you can keep your seaweed extract in the refrigerator unless you are going to use it all straight away, or freeze any which is unused. Pass the seaweed extract through a strainer, a cotton handkerchief is ideal. You will end up with a viscous seaweed extract.
Once you have made up your solution, you have two options:
Dry the Seaweed, If you have made enough seaweed oil to last over the next week then remove the seaweed and let it dry somewhere. Seaweed copes well with being dried and then hydrated.
Or Keep on Extracting, If you need more seaweed oil, just top up it up with more water to get a second, third and further extractions. Each extraction will get progressively weaker. Hence I use warm and then hot water in these further extractions to maximize their concentrations. My final extraction most dilute, goes straight in to the bath or once it has cooled down, I give it to my house plants as a treat.
Using Seaweed as a Natural Hair or Beard Conditioner
A well conditioned beard keep the beard grower’s neck scratch free and helps to prevent ingrown hairs.
Wash the beard, Wet a cloth, in water and squeeze it out. Then use the cloth to soak up the seaweed extract. Stroke the hair with the cloth and gently squeez to release the extract. Leave it for 5-20 minutes depending on your hair type or for a faster action massage the seaweed extract into the beard by hand. Then do one quick rinse.
Using Seaweed Oil with Henna To Detox and Deep Condition the Hair Throughout the Dyeing Process.
Use seaweed hair conditioner to achieve the most professional hair dyeing process and to leave the hair in the best possible condition. Nourish and detox the scalp for the duration and achieve healthier hair with the best seaweed for hair growth. Adds slip to the hair dye, helping the hair dye to reach every hair, Make rinsing the henna out of the hair significantly faster, saving time and water, Significantly reduces hair loss during the rinsing process. Used as a final conditioning rinse, leaves the hair with an instant lustrous metallic sheen. Gives the hair the correct body so it doesn’t get greasy so quickly, One the hair is damp and it can be combed, significantly reduces hair loss and reduces tangles.
Add 10g of seaweed into a saucepan with 200-300ml of water. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes and use this to hydrate the henna. Save some of the seaweed extract as a final conditioner after rinsing the henna out of the hair.
Using the Seaweed Directly in the Bath: Detox, Remineralise, Ease Aches and Pains. Adding seaweed to the bath water not only helps with detoxing, mineralisation, for relaxation, but it help provide a buffer in the water for very inflamed, itchy and damaged skin. Try it for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin issues to improve the bathing process.
The seaweed detox bath recipe couldn’t be any easier! Just add our dried organic seaweed fronds directly to the bath while it is running.
Take the seaweed out of the bath before you empty the bath. Rinse the seaweed in fresh water, then hang it somewhere to dry.Alternatively, pour some of your prepared seaweed oil into the bath.
How to Use Seaweed Extract on the Skin: Detox and Support Weight Loss, Tone, Nourish and Moisturize Skin
Make up the seaweed extract as above. Wet a cloth in water and squeeze it out. Then use the cloth to soak up some seaweed extract and apply directly to the skin. Leave it to absorb and reapply if needed for the duration of your bath. I always apply the seaweed extract to my face, neck, arms and breast area while I am in the bath. Be assured, it will be in my hair too!
Using Seaweed as a Compress on Aching Joints and Joints with Osteoarthritis
Dip some linen or muslin in the seaweed extract and wrap the joint. Heat the extract first if you find the heat beneficial too and wrap the compress with insulating textile such as wool or a scarf or water ever you have to hand. Relax for 20-25 minutes. Remove the wraps and rinse the skin to wash away any toxins.
The General Properties of Seaweed: Anti-bacterial – helps to kill bacteria. Anti-cholesterolaemic -cholesterol lowering. Anti-hypothyroid – raises thyroid levels
Antioxidant – helps to prevent oxidation preventing the formation of free radicals which lead to cellular damage. Diuretic – help get rid of extra fluid and salt
Emollient – skin softening and conditioning. Endocrine Tonic – balances hormones. Expectorant – promotes the secretion of sputum in the air passages
Immunoactive – helps with immune responses. Immunomodulatory – stimulates the immune system. Nutritive – imparts minerals and vitamins
Detox Abilities of Seaweed. Detoxifies, cleans and moisturizes the skin. Algin and naturally chelated minerals absorb radioactive toxins and heavy metals.
Detoxes dioxins (such as in vehicle exhaust) and polychlorinated biphenyl PCBs (toxins in electrical equipment and coolants).When people diet they release these toxins from the fatty tissues into the blood and lymph – so washing with clay and seaweed can help dieters feel well.
Nutritive Qualities of Seaweed
Dense in minerals such as iodine, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, chloride, sulphur, phosphorous, vanadium, cobalt, manganese, selenium, bromine, iodine and iron. The fucus serratus species of seaweed, being classed as a ‘brown seaweed’ contains a greater density of these minerals than seaweeds classed as ‘red’. High in hormones such as melatonin (gives a calming effect and important for good sleep patterns). Very high in fucin or fucoidin which has anti-inflammatory qualities and it is used to promote rapid skin healing and healing after surgical trauma and it has exhibited anti-viral properties. High in Vitamin C, E, D. Rich in Vitamins, especially B vitamins with high levels of B12 (needed by vegetarians), Rich proteins and amino-acids.
Skin Nurturing Aspects of Seaweed
Rich in minerals, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids for remineralization to support the entire skin and body. Keeps the skin supple and elastic to reduce aging and increase comfort. Significant amounts of fatty acid – mainly omega-3. Copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorous and magnesium concentrated in seaweed are all vital to the synthesis of collagen and the connective tissues of the skin. All of the nutrients act directly on the basal layers of the skin promoting healthy skin growth and a firm tone. Supports skins with dermatitis psoriasis, eczema and acne. High in Anti-oxidants such as algal carotenoids and polyphenols to prevent cell damage and to reduce aging. Anti-Cellulite agent.
General Health Aspects of Using Seaweed
Contains a special pigment called fucoxanthin which helps to metabolize fat. Rich in plant enzymes (especially with the use of our cold infusion method.) and metals. For the enzymes to work in our bodies they need one or more coenzymes in the form of metal cations. The seaweed provides these metals and therefore supports good enzyme function in the body. Used against obesity partly due to the high levels of iodine. An under-active thyroid can lead to weight gain, fatigue, cold sensitivity, loss of hair. Arthritis friendly. High in iodine and thyroid hormone homologs, used to support the activity of the thyroid and pituitary gland. The thyroid is essential for metabolism, good immune function. Iodine regulates oestrogen production. That is why I like to apply the seaweed extract to the upper part of the body while bathing. Iodine is used by the thyroid gland to create the hormones T3 and T4 which regulate the metabolism of every cell in the body. Seaweed gives us the natural and health giving Iodine 127 isotope which protects against the harmful Iodine isotope 131 of the nuclear industry. The idea is to give the thyroid natural iodine and then it will not need to take up harmful iodine. Seaweed gives us the only plant based form of thyroid hormone, all other sources are from animals. Fucus species of seaweed was historically harvested for its iodine content to treat goitre.
How the Seaweed is Collected and Processed
This seaweed has not been washed up on the beach. These are dead fronds and they are already rotting, giving off the unpleasant and noxious hydrogen sulphide. They are not safe to use and the gas is toxic.
This seaweed is collected by skilled gatherers from healthy living plants when the tide is well out. The plants expect to have some of their frond either removed by currents or eaten by animals, so even with gathering, they will regrow their fronds. It is a dangerous and hard activity and the collectors are brave and strong because wet seaweed is heavy and the surface is very slippery! In fact nowadays, we collect much less seaweed than we did in the past. This proves the sustainability of seaweed harvesting if collection levels were to increase. The seaweed is washed in clean water and then dried.
Ingredients: Dried serrated wrack (Fucus serratus)
Ethics: Organic 100% from the British Isles and naturally grown in clean authority tested waters
Gathered by hand (no mechanical extraction) by experienced, skilled collectors. They help each plant to proliferate by only taking amounts which improve the vigour of the mother plant, so that the plant can regrow and flourish. Supplied dry to reduce the environmental cost of transport and to preserve the keeping qualities.
Supplied in its unprocessed form. Traditional – tried and tested use on the hair and body in Britain for hundreds of years. Proven sustainability. Many uses and secondary uses and biodegrades nicely (add to compost heap after use).
Supplied in biodegradable brown paper bags in a biodegradable envelope. Tested for quality and purity.
Seaweed hair conditioner, especially when made up at home from the dried fronds is probably the most deep acting, effective and most environmentally friendly hair conditioner available. It is also great value for money.
In the past seaweed was used to teat goitre, a condition caused by iodine insufficiency. So if you are already receiving medical treatment, ask your doctor before using seaweed. It also has blood thinning qualities, so ask your doctor is you are already on blood thinners. Some people are also allergic to seaweed so conduct a patch test on the skin first.
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