When Putting Marshmallow in Your Hair is a Good Idea

September 19, 2007 at 9:07 pm 2 comments


As always, I have been searching for wonderful, innovative cosmetic companies that offer something unique to this very complicated market. At some point I came across Anita Grant LTD’s website, and quickly was entranced by her beautiful marketing, organic and simplistic products, and approachable style.


For the past month, I have been corresponding with Grace, a customer service rep from Anita Grant Ltd. She has been extremely friendly in collecting and assessing my personal hair and skin information. Grace has been educating me on ingredients to use and to avoid. Her advice also includes the how to’s and what she would recommend for my thick, dry, and extremely challenging hair.

I always get her emails early Sunday morning. Because in England, my Sunday morning is her Monday morning. Isn’t that tremendously cool? I have a friend that works for an awesome Organic Cosmetic Company in England! These are the things that make me love my blog, an excuse to talk and write to a lot of fascinating people.

Her most recent email instructed me how to make and apply a homemade hair concoction with Roots, yes, the stuff that grows in the ground. Have you ever been in those Health Food Stores and seen the 1,000’s of plastic bags filled with various herbs, roots, and other dried out things from who knows where? It has always intrigued me. Yesterday, at one of my local Health Food Markets I purchased two small bags of Marshmallow Root and Burdock Root. That evening I brewed up a Hair Infusion for a final rinse. Here is an excerpt from one of Grace’s emails:

  • Use Organic Dried Marshmallow or Organic Burdock Root herbs 
  • Make an herbal infusion hair spritz and/or final rinse to replace the lost minerals in your hair and repair any damage to your scalp as a result of the hard water.
    a) Organic Burdock Root, Phytosterol from the root source:
    Burdock Root is also rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids
    (including rare long chain EFAs) required to maintain a healthy scalp and promote the growth of naturally curly, wavy, Afro textured hair.
    For your hair:
    Burdock root is purported to stimulate hair growth, definition and
    sheen when used weekly, as a final rinse.
    When Burdock root is infused with hot distilled water it releases the Burdock root mucilage (slippery plant proteins) & oils which helps to promote effective recovery of scalp irritation, supplying nutritional support to the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.
    Organic Marshmallow, what’s in it for you
    Marshmallow contains vitamins A and C plus natural plant proteins, mucilage
    (polysaccharides), starch, pectin, phenolic acids, sucrose, asparagine, oil,
    flavonoids, cellulose, sugar, glutinous matter and phosphate of lime.
    For your hair:
    Marshmallow is a medicated, conditioning, mucilaginous herb that
    provides an abundance of ‘slip’ which helps to nourish and detangle
    naturally curly hair.
  • What is a final rinse & why is it good for my hair?:
    Used to replace the conventional commercial conditioners as a final
    rinse adds nutrients to your hair & scalp unlike those conventional silicone
    & polymer commercial conditioners.

Isn’t this amazing?! My hair infusion smells a bit strong, so I added a few drops of Lavender oil to sweeten the scent. Am I becoming a mad scientist? This mixture can be used as a spray-on or as a final rinse and feels so wonderful on my dry, parched locks.

Grace made many other suggestions for my specific hair, but this post is getting long. Let’s just say, Kudos! to Grace and the entire company at Anita Grant LTD. I will be sure to report on their “Whipped Butter” when I receive it! http://anitagrant.com/

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. maturenatural  |  September 19, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    I remember when she first started out as a member of the same hair care forum I belonged to. She still pops in from time to time to answer questions for us ingredient junkies. We love Anita Grant and her wonderful products.

  • 2. jen38  |  September 20, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I am so glad you are a big fan! How wonderful to have a connection with Anita. Please come visit my blog anytime. Jen


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