For this wash day, I opted to co-wash with As I Am since I shampooed last week. To switch things up a bit I did a black tea rinse versus my normal green tea. The black tea was a free sample I got and because I don't care for the taste of black tea I saved it for a rinse. I had read that black tea tends to dry out the hair more than other teas so I used less and tried (key word tried) to pump up the moisture with the products I used.
Wash day prepI sectioned my hair into four sections, one on each side and two in the back. Using sunflower oil I fully detangled each section.
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Pre-pooWith my hair in four sections I applied the Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner, then let it sit with my Hot Head Conditioning Cap for 40 minutes.
CleansingFor this I used As I Am Cleansing Pudding. My hair didn't feel stripped after rinsing like it did the first time I used the cleansing pudding.
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Tea rinse and conditionAs mentioned above I used black tea instead of green tea. I had read that black tea is more drying so I wanted to make sure I also used a rinse out conditioner. I got my Suave Natural Infusions Conditioner and realized that I had pulled the anti-breakage conditioner and not the moisturizing one. Then I made the mistake of using the anti-breakage conditioner instead of getting the other one. As expected, it did nothing good for my hair.
DryingMy hair felt on the dry side so I loaded up on the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea leave-in and sunflower oil. After air drying for an hour I sat under my hooded dryer for 45 minutes getting my hair about 90% dry. Before cross-wrapping I put more leave-in on and used coconut oil to seal.
The resultsIn the morning my hair still felt dry, I had some strands sticking together and a few tangles. Over the next couple of days my moisture level got better and the tangles lessened. I attribute this to daily am and pm moisturizing and sealing.
What's your favorite tea for tea rinses?