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Roslyn Motter's Shampoo Conditioner Recipes

In my recent article, The Seven Causes of Hair Loss, I detailed the causes of hair loss.

There was such interest in this article that I realized that hair problems are causing a great deal of concern around the world.

In this article I would like to reveal a recipe for a hair shampoo and conditioner that will enhance your hair health.

Check your shampoo bottles and look at the cocktail of chemicals listed in the ingredients. Amongst those chemicals you’ll probably notice Sodium Laureth Sulphate or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a chemical modification of Sodium Laureth Sulphate.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate is a surfactant – a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid so that it can foam or penetrate solids. It is not just an ingredient in shampoos and conditioners, it appears in toothpaste, shaving crème, bubble bath, washing detergent and cleansers – in fact anywhere where consumers love to see a good wholesome foam.

In garages, it is used to clean engine oil from the floor because of its powerful degreasing action.

However, we have glands in our skin and hair which secrete natural oils to give skin and hair its lovely soft and supple texture and keep it waterproof. So by using Sodium Laureth Sulphate in your hair care products you are stripping your hair of all its natural oils.

Furthermore, it can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, and if it gets into the eyes, can lead to permanent eye damage. Sodium Laureth Sulphate can cause cataracts in adult eyes and cause significant damage to children’s eyes.

It can pass through the skin where it enters the blood stream. From here it will travel all over the body. It can build up in the liver, kidneys and brain. The body tries to tuck dangerous toxins as far as possible away from internal organs as it can. Hence the body stores toxins in your feet, joints and even testicles.

If Sodium Laureth Sulphate is such a great garage degreaser, what damage could it be doing inside our bodies?

It is extremely difficult to find hair products without this ingredient. However, it is well worth searching for a Sodium Laureth Sulphate free shampoo if you have hair problems or you are concerned about your health and wellbeing.

If you can buy a base containing only natural ingredients, you can add your own extras to it to make an excellent shampoo and conditioner.

200ml Shampoo or Conditioner

6 drops of rosemary essential oil

6 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

6 drops of frankincense essential oil

6 drops of sandalwood essential oil

4mls of Vitamin B Panthenol

2ml of Vitamin A

3ml of solubilizer

The solubilizer allows the essential oils to mix with water. You could find a natural solubilizer on the internet.

Another great conditioner which is a whole lot cheaper is a raw egg. I massage a raw egg into my hair and later wash it out with rosemary hydrosol.

If you grow rosemary in your garden, boil up a large stem in water and then leave to cool. Poor the cool water over your hair whenever you wash your hair. You could also use cool rosemary tea. Rosemary water is a wonderful tonic for hair.

Incidentally, washing your hair with Sage tea is wonderful to prevent graying of hair.

An ingredient in expensive hair care products is Tamanu oil. It has regenerative properties and it also stops breakage.

Jojoba oil is a first class oil for hair conditioning because its chemical composition is close to the skin’s own oil, sebum, so that it sinks into the hair and scalp without leaving an oily residue. 

If you are concerned about your hair and scalp, you might find the above products

Gigi ! | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top


I use Jojoba oil and love it. On my body mostly although I will give my head a go
Posted: 03-Jun-2010 04:55 PM | Julie |
Wow, chemicals are a real concern. Going natural is the key. Thanks for the valuable info. Lydia
Posted: 04-Jun-2010 11:07 AM | Anonymous |

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In part one of the article, ‘Hair Loss – The Causes’, I discussed how a deficiency of mineral and vitamins can cause hair loss. 

Now I discuss other factors behind hair loss.

Other causes of hair loss could be exposure to toxins and heavy metals.  

Sea vegetables, especially the kelp family can be instrumental in helping eliminate chemical poisons and heavy metals. Sea vegetables bind with these toxins and eliminate them from the body. Hair dressers working with chemicals, technicians developing film, etc are all at risk if they don’t wear gloves when handling chemicals.

Stress and fear are very detrimental to hair growth.

Stress causes the production of adrenaline in our bodies. Adrenaline helps us run faster to escape something that is going to eat us. However, more than likely, we remain seated and the adrenaline is not dissipated. Instead, it stays in our bodies and because it is a toxic chemical, it damages vital organs, principally the kidneys. The end result is that your hair will suffer.

Healthy hair is a direct function of good circulation and good health in the vital organs of your body.

I have often heard stories of people’s hair falling out several months after they have had a shock. Unfortunately, the stress which then results from the hair loss just tends to generate more hair loss. Hence, control of the emotions is essential if you want to stop the cycle. This of course, is easier said than done. However, meditation and acupuncture can certainly help in this area.

It is not unusual for hair to fall out after the birth of a baby.

This is due to a weakening of the kidneys caused by childbirth. Acupuncture is an excellent therapy for re-energizing the kidneys. You should also support your therapy with foods that your kidneys love.  Your kidneys resonate to the colour black, and hence any food that is black in colour will bring quick results.

A suggestion is Chinese red and black dates, blackberries, plums, black beans, black sesame seeds, squid ink (eg in pasta). All beans both dried and green are great for the kidneys. Kidney meat is also beneficial for the kidneys.  Avoid iced or very cold foods and drinks, sugary foods and drinks, colas, coffee, caffeine, fatty foods, citrus foods, and excessive dairy products.

You can support your hair re-growth treatment by stimulating the circulation in the scalp by massaging in oil.

No matter what the cause of the hair loss, massage can, in coordination with other treatments, act on the central nervous system, improve nervous dysfunction, remove local vasospasm, promote the blood circulation and strengthen the nutrition intake of the hair.  Hair follicles thrive from the added nutrients obtained with the increased blood flow.

Jojoba oil is a first class oil for hair conditioning because its chemical composition is close to the skin’s own oil, sebum, so that it sinks into the hair and scalp without leaving an oily residue.  Certain essential oils such as rosemary, also loosen dead cells and remove sebaceous oils that clog your pores so that new hair can grow thick and healthy.

However, if you are truly desirous to achieving hair regrowth and follow an alternative treatment plan, please do not expect your hair to grow back overnight. This just does not happen. Treatments can take up to 3 months to achieve the desired outcome.


Roslyn Motter is an acupuncturist with her practice in Sydney, Australia. She is also the author of a series of children’s books called the Adventures of the Doofuzz Dudes. Her websites are
www.acupunctureworks.com.au  and www.childrens-books.com.au

If you loved this there are more of Roslyn's stories

Don't forget to Visit Gigi and Lana at their Blogs too.

Gigi ! | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top


Love your stories roslyn, you are so funny, although this one is serious. Good advice
Posted: 03-Jun-2010 04:57 PM | Beth |

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Beautiful and elegant hair is one of our
most important assets.

However hair is the most expendable part of the body. 


If the body is under stress for any reason, the first part that it will let go is the hair. 


If the body is short of minerals and nutrients then it would rather direct its valuable supply to major organs than waste them on non-essential items such as hair.


In Chinese Medicine it is said that hair is an extension of the blood. If your hair looks like a dying plant, then maybe it is because you have poor quality blood.


        Hence the state of the hair reflects the health of the entire body.


        Loss of hair can be caused by many factors, including-


  • Poor diet
  • Exposure to toxins and heavy metals
  • Stress
  • Health problems
  • Immune system Dysfunction
  • Malnutrition
  • Genetic Weakness 



  Diet is a very significant factor behind hair loss.


        The body requires a large variety of minerals and vitamins to function.  If your diet lacks any of the major food groups then in due course the system will start to break down.  Loss of hair will be the first outward sign.  The most extreme reaction would be a loss of all exterior hair.  However be aware that the body has internal hair as well e.g. tiny cilia inside lungs and intestines, and this too could be lost when the body gives up its hair.


        Also an imbalance in the consumption of a food group or excessive consumption of certain types of food can be deleterious to the body. 


        Excessive yang food such as red meat, salt, hard cheeses, and eggs can cause a particular pattern of hair loss as can excessive consumption of yin food such as soft drinks, fruit juices, alcohol and medications.       


        Protein deficiency can cause hair loss.


        Excess consumption of fluids can also be detrimental. Each hair sits in a follicle, or bulb, which contains oil.  When liquid consumption exceeds the kidney’s capacity to process, the liquids cause the follicle bulb to expand causing the hair to fall out.


        In our acupuncture clinic we recommend that a close examination of your diet is essential.  Although metaphorically speaking, we can till the soil by rebalancing the body and eliminating blockages to stimulate hair growth - plants (your hair) cannot grow in soil that has no nutrients to support its growth.  Live blood analysis can be helpful in pointing out what nutrients might be missing from your blood.  If you can’t bear to eat vegetables, then Spirulina capsules are better than nothing. 


        Silica is an elemental mineral known as nature’s building block. It is found in connective tissue, bones, nails and hair.  A deficiency of silica will definitely be detrimental to your hair, leaving it weak and with split ends. It should not be taken close to an operation involving the insertion of any artificial components in your body such as pacemakers, plastic in your knee or an artificial hip etc, as silica is also an extremely powerful remover of foreign material from the body (on the plus side it will remove splinters and shards of glass).

Essential fatty acids are a must in the diet as deficiencies cause hair loss and nail problems. Essential fatty acids produce youthful skin and promote hair growth. Nuts and seeds are the highest sources of unsaturated fatty acids. Eat sesame seeds and freshly shelled nuts (to avoid rancidity) and flaxseed oil. Fish and evening primrose oil, which contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids are also beneficial to the hair.


The article continues in Part Two.


Roslyn Motter is an acupuncturist with her practice in Sydney, Australia. She is also the author of a series of children’s books called the Adventures of the Doofuzz Dudes. Her websites are www.acupunctureworks.com.au  and www.childrens-books.com.au

Gigi ! | Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top


Hello.....Useful information shared about hair loss. I agree with you that good diet is very important for healthy hairs, so keep nutritional diet. Thanks for sharing such a great info with us.
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