Friday, December 6, 2013

Balsamic & Peppermint Hair Fix

Do you ever feel sorry for your hair? I went to Las Vegas last weekend with my wonderful mom, and when I got back home my hair felt super dry and parched.  I have a feeling it was the hotel shampoo (I forgot to bring my regular stuff from home) that put the hurt on my hair.  I whipped up this easy recipe for a nourishing hair treatment that contains hemp seed oil, balsamic vinegar, peppermint infusion and a whole egg.  The balsamic vinegar is rich in minerals and will help smooth the hair cuticle and gives it a healthy glossy shine when paired with with hemp seed oil and egg.  I like the peppermint infusion as it is invigorating  to the hair and smells lovely too! This makes enough for two treatments. Keep it in the fridge and use within 7 days.  My hair was super smooth and easy to comb out after my first treatment.

Ingredients for Fresh-Picked Beauty's Balsamic & Peppermint Hair Fix
You will need the following ingredients:

1/3 cup boiling water
1 heaping tablespoon dried peppermint leaf
1 tablespoon hemp seed oil
1 teaspoon stearic acid
1 level tablespoon emulsifying wax NF
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 fresh large egg

(You can get the dried peppermint, hemp seed oil, stearic acid and emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to be taken to their website)

You need to make the peppermint infusion first.  I placed a fine mesh strainer in the boiling water and placed my peppermint leaf to infuse for 20 minutes.  You can strain the liquid from the herb and set aside.

While your peppermint is infusing into the water, you can melt your hemp seed oil, E-wax and stearic acid together by placing all three into a glass measuring cup and placing the cup in a simmering water bath to completely melt.  Once melted, turn off the heat and remove from the water bath.

The photo above shows the peppermint infusion.  Add in the balsamic vinegar and warm the liquid to within 5 degrees of the oil/wax temperature.  Once both ingredients are within 5 degrees of one another, you will be ready to make the emulsion.

Place the warm oil/wax mixture into a mixing container and add in the warm liquid.  Mix with a whisk attachment on medium speed for about three minutes.  Your mixture should be below 100 degrees F and starting to thicken up.

Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly beat with a fork.  Add about a tablespoon of the emulsion into the beaten egg and mix well to temper the egg.  Pour the mixture into the emulsion and continue to whisk on medium speed for five minutes.

Your hair mask will be rich and thick after it completely cools to room temperature.  Transfer to a sanitized container with a lid and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To use: Shampoo hair and towel dry.  Apply half of the mixture to your damp hair and comb through from roots to ends.  Massage into scalp.  Leave the hair mask on for 20 minutes to 1 hour.  Rinse out with warm water and style as usual.

Enjoy!!!

Shannon


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