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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tea Rinses For Beautiful Hair

Tea Rinses For Natural Hair

This Natural hair journey is ever changing as we learn more about what aids in happy healthy hair.  Despite being a Natural for over eleven years I am still learning about the plentiful ways of treating and loving our tresses and love to share my information on this natural hair blog.

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Tea rinses are gaining ground in the natural hair movement.  I've never really HEARD of them until a few years ago and have happily indoctrinated them into my healthy haircare routine.  These beloved herbal teas aren't really teas at all but instead, infusions of leaves, bark, roots, fruits fruits or flowers of nearly any edible, non-tea plant.  These infusions of herbs can do wonders for our bodies and they most certainly help to achieve beautiful hair. You don't even have to harness their goodness just by drinking. Let's delve into the world of hair teas. 

Hair Tea / Hair Tea Rinse
A hair tea or hair tea rinse is simply brewing a type of tea, allowing it to steep and cool prior to pouring it over your hair and scalp.  Massaging your scalp with the hair tea is next and this all happens after hair has been washed.  There are MANY uses for the tea rinses and there are many types to choose from:

*  Turn gray hairs darker - Rosemary and Sage

*  Brightening the hair - chamomile for blondes; rooibos for redheads; or black tea for dark hair

*  Reduces shedding hair - Green tea, black tea

*  Stimulate hair growth - Green tea

*  Strengthens and thickens the hair - Black tea

*  Helps with dandruff and psorasis - Green tea, Nettle

*  Promote hair growth - Hibiscus (This was found through a scientific study on rats - (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pp 235-239, 2003). 

Many of these teas increase blood flow, have antioxidants, cleansing properties, antibacterial properties and amino acids.  I've not even MENTIONED all the other teas that can be created with herbs like Marshmallow root, burdock, catnip, fenugreek, or horsetail but how much and what they all can do is unknown to me personally. 

Caffeine can grow hair and black tea seems to have the most caffeine but depending who you ask will determine if you choose to use it.  Some feel the extra caffeine is great while others steer clear of it for their hair. Really, everyone must determine what they want to use and asking your doctor may be necessary if one is really concerned.  


Here is the lovely Whitney or Naptural85 sharing her newfound love for fighting excessive shedding by using a tea rinse. She shares how she brews, applies, and removes her rinse. Super simple and this technique is ideal if you are just starting out.

Some even use some tea rinses in spray bottles (just as I have in the past) but most seem to just use them as a final rinse after washing the hair.  Some rinse the tea out after massaging and letting it sit from 5 to 30 minutes while others leave it in and continue with a deep conditioner.  Either way a good deep conditioner is necessary as many find the hair to feel rough after the tea rinse has been applied.


These teas work wonders for hair shedding and whenever I find myself super stressed, I remember to add them to my washday routine. Unfortunately, my stress shows up by more than normal shedding. I love black tea but my go-to is always a Growth Stimulating Hair tea by Allie's Natural Hair Community. She creates a blend of herbs that will not cause me any issues since I have high blood pressure. Love her tea! 

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With so many teas that can be used to help with shedding or hair growth finding one that gets the job done should not be hard. So now I would love to hear back from you.....have you tried any hair teas?  What did you use and how was your experience?  I would love to also know if I missed some uses or types of teas since I'm sure I didn't list them all.   

Yes, tea isn't JUST for drinking Naturals,
Sabrina


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12 comments

  1. My grandmother use to give me tea rinses all the time as a child when washing my hair,using Rosemary & Peppermint & Sage Tea. She use to say it was good for the scalp :)

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    1. It's good to know this has been around this long. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I will try this I've heard about the tea rinses but never tried, how much do you use/brew?? can a batch be made and used for several shampoos's? do they have to be fresh tea leaves or are bags ok?? also when leaving on for 5-30 min do you put hair in a plastic or conditioning bag??
    hope these aren't too many questions at once lol
    I am a 52yr old natural of two years so glad to have come across your blog

    Yvonne

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    1. I love your enthusiasm! If using simple green or black teas following the directions on the box should suffice for steeping. When using loose teas one or two tablespoons to six cups of water should be fine as I do with my tea I used. It's the same one on the giveaway so I hope you entered. Adding a bag while the tea is setting should be fine. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Very interesting. I have been using rosemary oil for many things and a side benefit is that is naturally darkens hair over time. Maybe I need to add a tea rinse.

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  4. I use tea rinses. I have used green, black and peppermint. I also make a tea from my ayurvedic powders, neem, amla, fenugreek, tulsi and I love hibiscus. I have not used the sage yet but am plaining on it and just purchased marshmallow root to add to my ayurvedic paste so maybe I will try this next month. I use my teas as my final rinse. I add them to my ayurvedic powders when making a paste. At the moment my shampoo consists of castille soap, grape seed oil, coconut milk and hibiscus tea. I have noticed less breakage when using them. Most times I do not rinse them out. I love them. Nice article I will share with the ladies joining me in my healthy hair journey.

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    1. You are very knowledgeable on the subject. I'd love to have a guest post about your regimen or knowledge on the subject. Thanks for sharing and contact me if you wanna do a post. seriouslynatural4@gmail.com

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  5. I use tea/herbal infusions regularly in my co-washes, styling gels, rinses and spritzes. In addition to essential oils, I use infusions of horsetail, hibiscus, rose hips/bud, linden flower/leaves, chamomile (it also calms the scalp and is an anti-inflammatory), In the future, I plan to work with beer (for the hops) and the above-mentioned ayurvedic recommendations: amla, neem, fenungreek, etc.

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  6. If you are still having issues with unwanted shedding use the Fenugreek powder in your conditioners or you can try the kind you can steep as a tea. In my personal usage, fenugreek powder decreases shedding with just one use. Great article..I need to find that Rooisbos tea to see if I can get a red tint!

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  7. i hope its not too late to ask. I have been hearing that too much caffeine can stunt hair growth? did anyone experience this? personally I feel like tea add strength to my hair. I use black tea.

    @chan did you manage to get that red tint with the rooibos?

    thanks for the well written post @Sabrina hope you don't mind comments on old posts. but I googled high and low and you had a lot of interesting information.

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  8. You know, that tea is a perfect start of the day and there are a lot of benefits of such habit but there are also a lot of harmful impurities. Follow the link to read more.

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