Confessions of a Siberian Beauty

My cousin looks like Claudia Schiffer. Really. She does. Only brunette. Her outstanding outer and inner beauty made her the sensation of our Siberian village. What she really was admired for, though, was her hair. Long, thick and voluminous…achieved entirely without using expensive masks or conditioners. With only one small grocery shop there that was only selling, well, a limited amount of groceries, it would be a miracle to do so.

So how did she do it? My cousin’s trick was as simple as it was imaginative: She REGULARLY used nettle leaves for her hair (check out my last post about the advantages of nettle tea). Nettle starts growing in spring so you can pick the new fresh shoots around that time or alternatively collect the already maturing nettle leaves in the Summer to dry them (I always lie them to dry in my attic). Make sure to wear gloves when collecting the leaves! Wait until all the moisture has leaked out of the leaves, but don’t wait until they are brown. Gather enough together so the supply lasts through the winter. This is also a great chance to get out of the house and to appreciate nature outdoors!

Now you can make tea of the completely dried nettle leaves or, of course, a nettle hair water. Simply take a handful of the leaves and boil them. Then sieve them, wait until the water is only medium hot to pour the water over your entire hair. Leave it there as long as possible or simply overnight, then wash it out with your regular shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week.

Congratulations! You are on your way to healthy, thick and just gorgeous hair while appreciating the gifts of mother nature!

Women…Who made’em? God must have been a… genius. Their hair. They say that the hair is everything, you know? Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls, and just wanted to go to sleep forever?

Bo Goldman in the movie Scent of a Woman