Yes! Tea isn’t just for drinking. In fact Tea rinses have been an effective hair remedy for centuries.
The method is fairly simple: All you need to do is brew any type of tea/herbs of your choice and leave it to cool. It can be used to pour on your hair as a final rinse after Wash Day or as a daily mist in place of H2O.
Tea Rinses have so many benefits that we thought it would be unfair if we didn’t share them with you 🙂 .
Essentially, a Tea Rinse is water. Water is fundamental in keeping dry hair hydrated. As useful as water is for hair hydration, there are other options available which can be used combined or solely. Some examples are to use Aloe Vera Juice, Rosewater, Distilled Water or simply filtered tap water.
Stimulates Hair Growth:
Tea is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants which have been found to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Your hair will benefit from more nourishment and oxygen and as a result will stimulate healthy hair growth.
Reduces Excessive Shedding:
If you’re noticing that you are losing large clumps of hair, then Tea Rinses will definitely help with this. You’ll be interested to know that Green and Black Tea are amazing at blocking the hormone responsible for hair shedding (DHT). This is a natural side effect from their natural sources of caffeine.
Some teas such as sage, peppermint and nettle can dissolve excessive oils on the scalp which is extremely effective for fighting dandruff. You also have the option of spraying some of your tea rinse on your scalp to loosen any stubborn dirt from your scalp.
Enhances Hair Colour:
Although the effects are temporary, a tea rinse can enhance your natural or colour treated hair. Camomile tea can brighten blonde hair. For best results, combine it with half a lemon and calendula.
Hibiscus Tea on the other hand is perfect for red heads as it deepens the the lovely hues. An alternative to hibiscus id Rooibus tea which is also effective. Finally, Dark Teas such as black tea are ideal for those with dark hair. They work really well in deepening the natural hair colour and darkening greys.
If you find you have an itchy or dry scalp, the natural properties of Tea Rinses can soothe a restless scalp, prevent irritation and inflammation. In addition, it multitasks by protecting your hair against sun damage and the growth of bacteria and fungus. For an added boost of these properties, why not add essential oils.
So, there you have the list of benefits of a Tea Rinse. All you need to decide is which tea rinse you want to use. This depends on what your hair needs are and you are free to use a number of herbs/leaves. In addition to the list we provided above here are some more examples and their benefits:
- Peppermint Tea: Balances Sebum, soothes the scalp and prevents dandruff.
- Moringa Tea: Protects hair from damage, reduces shedding and promotes hair growth.
- Ginge Tea: Increases scalp circulation, nourishes growth and strengthens hair.