Red campion – hair conditioner?

Since learning that the roots of red campion can be a substitute for soap, I have been curious to try them out as such. The thing is, though: I have found no source which shows me how to make the soap, apart from vague instructions to boil in water. Oh, and apparently, the soapy water can be used to wash laundry.

Now, as I do like to experiment, I decided to cover the root

in water in the pan and boil till the water had reduced to half its volume. Then I used the resultant liquid to wash my hair – once it had cooled down.

Did it work? Mm, to clean my hair probably not. Of course, it would have eliminated dust, odours and such but I doubt the hair got a thorough clean. On the other hand, the next morning, my hair had a luxuriant thickness to it. So, I’ll give the experiment another try as a hair conditioner and see if the result is replicable.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Red campion – hair conditioner?

  1. I hadn’t heard of that and will be interested to read how it works as conditioner.

    • Helen says:

      I don’t think it has been recognised as such – it just seemed like a conditioner to me. I’d need a lot of roots to keep me going for a year, though 😊

  2. gaiainaction says:

    Hi Helen, well there is a good tip, thanks for trying it out and a great experiment it turned out to be, many people would be delighted to hear that you found something that would thicken their hair. Red champion does not grow here though, only white champion and then only very sparsely, I would not pick it at all as there would not be enough of it. Fortunately my hair is tick already 🙂 A great experiment and such fun to try isn’t it. Have a nice weekend!

    • Helen says:

      Have a good weekend, too, Agnes 😊

      I don’t know the laws in Ireland regarding foraging but here you’re not supposed to dig up the roots of plants unless they are on your property. Fortunately, red campion has no trouble growing for me and I have noticed it in the wild, too. Not sure if it is an escapee or naturally there.

      Great you have thick hair! Mine was only thick when I was pregnant.

  3. Interesting! You never know until you try it.

    • Helen says:

      Indeed! Thought I hasten to add that 1) the effects do wear off after a few days and 2) they may not happen if I try the experiment again.

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