This natural hair blog is all about giving black women the best information on black hair. As this Natural hair journey is ever changing, we keep finding new ways to have beautiful hair and use natural ingredients and DIY as a main component. A few years ago, I heard about herbal hibiscus tea hair rinse and was determined to learn more. All I can say is I have fallen madly in love and using them and I know you will too.
Tea rinse or a hair tea is gaining ground in the natural hair movement. Hibiscus tea benefits are well documented but when it comes to hair teas, there are several types of teas that are beneficial. First off, these 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 concoctions.
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 rinse is next and this all happens after tresses has been washed. There are MANY uses for the tea rinses and there are many types to choose from:
* 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 herbs increase blood flow, have antioxidants, cleansing properties, antibacterial properties and amino acids. I’ve not even MENTIONED all the other brews 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 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 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 brews but my go-to is always a Growth Stimulating Hair mixture by Allie’s Natural Hair Community and she’s black owned! She creates a blend of herbs that will not cause me any issues since I have high blood pressure. Love her product! I also love this new black owned hair tea rinse by Q2NATURALS.
With so many brews 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,