I really like tea. I drink it in the winter, summer, all year really. I've even used it on my hair prior to starting my hair journey. When I was in middle and high school I would sometimes use chamomile tea to bring out natural highlights. The funny thing is I never realized how I was helping my hair.
What are tea rinses?To provide some context tea rinses are the act of brewing tea and rinsing your hair with it. Pretty simple right?
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The benefits of tea rinsesNow that I've gotten serious about my relaxed hair care I've brought tea back into the mix by doing tea rinses every wash day. I do these rinses mostly because of the positive effect they can have on slowing down, even stopping shedding. Now only does tea help with shedding, depending on the tea, it can also help with
- Enhancing color and shine due to the Vitamins E and C it contains
- Increasing hair growth from the caffeine content
- Cleansing the scalp by helping to remove excess oil and product build-up
- Increasing hair manageability
- Softening the hair
Teas that can be used for rinsesThere are multiple teas you can use depending on the exact benefits you're looking for. You can even mix teas to maximize the benefits. Some of the popular teas used for rinses include:
- Black tea - reduced shedding, shine, volume, can darken hair
- Chamomile tea - can lighten hair, helps soothe an itchy scalp, helps with dandruff
- Green tea - reduced shedding, can help with flaky scalp and dandruff
- Sage - can help remove oil buildup, may bring out dark highlights
- Rosemary - helps prevent hair loss and stimulate the scalp
I use mostly green tea, but have used black tea on occasion. Since I started doing green tea on my relaxed hair I've seen reduced shedding, a soothed scalp and no more flaky scalp.
How I do my tea rinses
- Brew 1-2 bags of green tea (not the caffeine free ones) in about 2 cups of water
- Let the tea cool till it's at least room temperature
- Mix the cooled tea with apple cider vinegar in an application bottle. I use an applicator bottle so I can apply the rinse directly to my scalp
- Apply the rinse after cleansing my relaxed hair
- Massage the rinse into my scalp and then apply conditioner to my relaxed hair
- Freeze any leftover tea to use on my next wash day
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What teas have you used for a tea rinse?
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