Cleaning hair with witch hazel can balance out the hydration level of the hair freeing it from frizz and giving it shine. Witch hazel is a distilled oil derived from the leaves of the eponymous tree. Having medicinal properties, witch hazel can also reduce irritation of hair follicles that can inhibit new growth.Continue Reading
Witch hazel is used in many commercial hair care products and can be found in shampoos and hair sprays, to name a few. Since it is from a plant used to make medicines, it can benefit the scalp as well as the hair, relieving conditions such as itchy scalp, eczema or skin breaks. If hair has too much sebum, then witch hazel can cut that, while giving it moisture.
A homemade hair product can be created by using a favorite shampoo and water with equal amounts of witch hazel. For hair already in braids that cannot be treated with a traditional shampoo, mix equal parts of water, either tap or distilled, and witch hazel, then apply with a cotton ball, leaving the braids intact. In a spray bottle, this mixture can be applied to freshen up hair between shampoos, lending the coiffure a fresh, clean look, while controlling the frizz.Learn more about Shampoo & Conditioner
To wash your hair, detangle it with a comb, wet it with warm water, apply shampoo, and rinse the hair with warm water. Then condition the hair and rinse again with warm water before rinsing with cold water. Dry the hair with a towel, apply detangler and comb the hair.Full Answer >
Witch hazel is used topically to remedy minor skin ailments, such as sunburn, acne, burns, insect bites and varicose veins and has been used to treat fever. Witch hazel also has an astringent and toner affect on the skin due to the tannins it contains, and some also find it to be a useful sunscreen. Some use witch hazel internally for diarrhea, colds and cancer, which may be risky.Full Answer >
Witch hazel has antibacterial, antimicrobial and astringent properties, which make it an effective treatment for a number of medical and cosmetic skin problems, according to Women's Health. It is an inexpensive and effective form of first aid for skin.Full Answer >
Witch hazel has many uses, including clearing up spots and blemishes, soothing diaper rash, shrinking bags that form under the eyes, treating external hemorrhoids, relieving varicose veins and treating poison ivy, poison oak and chicken pox. It can also help bruises heal at a faster rate, soothe and possibly prevent razor burn, heal dry skin and cuts, relieve itchy bug bites, reduce eye redness, and serve as a natural deodorant.Full Answer >