Hawaiian women are known for their beautiful, long hair. It is not unusual for Hawaiian women to grow their hair well past their waists. As a child growing up in Hawai’i, I considered long hair as prosaic. However, having since moved away and living on the mainland for many years, the women from my childhood with flowing tresses down their back is nostalgic. I am frequently asked what is their secret to such beautiful hair. But there really is no secret product or secret treatment. The only secret would be the simplicity of how they care for their hair.
In contrast to the hair care routines I see with many women on the mainland, I never remember a bevy of salon products in the boudoirs of their counterparts in Hawai’i.
The only hair care product in my household as a child, outside of shampoo and conditioner, was a homemade herbal hair tonic. My mom made it from scratch using items from her garden. She used this hair tonic to groom my hair to keep it shiny and healthy. It was such a staple product for our family that I still use it to this day.
Upon investigating my mom’s little recipe, I found that each of the ingredients she used have been shown to promote hair growth and nourish the scalp for strong, healthy hair. The herbs that make up this hair growth tonic include sage, horsetail, nettle, and lavender.
These herbs are high in minerals that are necessary for healthy hair growth.These herbs also have been used in many different cultures for the purpose of growing long hair. If you want to grow your hair long, use the Hawaiian secret of simplicity with this herbal hair tonic straight from my mom’s garden.
HERBAL HAIR GROWTH TONIC
(yields about 8 ounces)
1 tablespoon each of Sage, Horsetail, Nettle, Lavender (fresh or dried)
2 cups of Distilled Water
8 drops Lavender Essential Oil (natural preservative and also enhances effectiveness of tonic)
Bring water to a slow boil and then remove it from heat. Simmer herbs in water for 30 minutes. Let solution cool to room temperature. Strain herbs from liquid. Add essential oil. Place liquid in a spray bottle for easy use. It will last for 2-3 weeks. This hair tonic is very perishable, so it’s best to store it in the refrigerator between use.