Believe it or not, I do not use any soapy shampoo or conditioners, and my hair is not a gigantic knotty grease-ball. I am also able to manage scalp inflammation and a cracked, flaky, psoriatic scalp by using herbs. First and foremost, it is very important for general hair and scalp health to have good circulation up there, so with any herbal hair rinses, I try to have either nettle or rosemary in there…
Herbs for flaky, itchy, cracked scalps: 1. Rosemary= astringent, antiseptic, circulatory stimulant 2. Nettle= circulatory stimulant, astringent 3. Chickweed= super soothing, and relieves itching 4. Calendula= super soothing and healing, anti-fungal, and astringent 5. Comfrey= soothing and healing to cracked scalps, mildly astringent 6. Chamomile= anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, soothing 7. Pineappleweed= anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, soothing 8. Lemonbalm– soothing, antibacterial, anti-virul, astringent 9. Apple Cider Vinegar= for flaky scalps it is anti-fungal and astringent, and restores pH balance to the scalp
Oily Hair: I would use a base of either rosemary or nettle. I would also add a strong astringent, like yarrow, and something cooling and astringent, like lemonbalm or chamomile/pineappleweed.
Normal Hair: I would use a base of either rosemary or nettle. And since I wouldn’t be focused on either soothing or astringent herbs for a specific purpose, I would pick herbs that are just soothing and anti-fungal/bacterial (to keep germs/smell off) like calendula or chamomile.
Traditional Hair Rinse: I have found out that natives in this area of western Washington frequently used a sword fern root tea for their hair! And since sword ferns are here year-round, they are a good source for a hair rinse!