Have you ever heard of using tea rinses for hair? It basically involves using unsweetened herbal infusions on your hair to penetrate the hair strands and give the active ingredients in the various tea mixtures a chance to nourish the hair. There are numerous tea infusions that can be used on the hair, usually if the herb is used as oil or has other benefits for hair, then it can be used in its raw, steeped form.
Tea rinses have been said to have really great benefits for black hair whether natural or relaxed and lately there has been this new buzz about them, especially black tea which has a high caffeine content and is said to have a good effect on hair loss if used moderately.
THE BENEFITS OF TEA RINSE
Whilst the benefits of the tea rinses depend largely on the type of tea used, there are still some general pros of doing a tea rinse. These include;
1) Moisture – Tea rinses are a great way to get moisture in your hair between regular washes. They are excellent for keeping the scalp supple and free from dryness. Some people even use them as a midweek hair refresher, especially if they exercise regularly.
2) Strength – Tea rinses using black tea will over time strengthen your hair and make it less prone to breakage and shedding.
3) Colour – Some tea rinses such as black tea, sage and rosemary help in darkening grey hair, restoring hair color and bringing out natural highlights especially when used consistently over time.
4) Growth – Tea rinses such as green tea, peppermint, hibiscus help to stimulate the scalp and increase hair growth. The caffeine contained in these teas work to block the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is responsible for hair loss.
5) Scalp Cleanse – The overproduction of sebum is usually the precursor to certain scalp conditions like dandruff. But some teas such as green tea, nettle and sage are natural astringents which dissolve excess oils on the scalp and result in less dandruff.
HOW TO MAKE A TEA RINSE
Follow these steps to make your own tea rinse;
i) Add 2-4 tea bags to 2 cups of boiled water ( this may vary depending on how much hair you have). Let it steep for a few hours or over night.
ii) Take the tea and pour on your hair after it has been shampooed, let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
iii) Then make sure you deep condition your hair after it has sat for 20-30 minutes adding the deep conditioner on top of your rinse.
NOTE: Black tea stains. So it’s advisable to wear an old shirt or something else you don’t mind getting stained.
Have you tried any hair teas? Which tea did you use? How was your experience like? Are there any tea rinses that I missed out here?