It is known that a cup of tea can relax and soothe the mind, body, and soul; but did you know tea can also work wonders for your hair?
Tea rinses are an ancient old beauty remedy used for treating scalp issues, enhancing hair color, and fixing a long list of other hair issues. Read on for three must-try tea rinse recipes.
Green Tea: Anti-Dandruff + Hair Growth
Green tea is an excellent rinse for fighting dandruff and stimulating growth (it also makes a fab face wash too!) Black tea can be a good alternative, but green tea offers more antioxidants and nutrients. Studies have proven green tea’s success at treating hair loss, too. The caffeine penetrates the hair follicles and encourages growth. Green tea also nourishes your scalp and protects it from dandruff, bacteria, fungus, and sun damage.
Recipe: Brew a strong cup of caffeinated green tea using 2 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow it to cool down to lukewarm before using. Store in a spray bottle. *1 tablespoon of honey for added benefits (softness and shine) is optional.
How to use: Cleanse your hair with shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Leave hair damp. Spray the tea onto your scalp and massage throughout hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, leave tea in your hair for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Chamomile, Roobios, Black Tea: Enhances Hair Color
Chamomile tea can be used on any hair color, but is perfect for brightening blonde hair–it will even enhance your highlights!
This flowery tea is also known for being a scalp-soothing, hair-softening conditioner, in addition to making a great sleep tonic. Redheads should go for red teas like rooibos or hibiscus. Black tea and rosemary tea are great for deepening dark colored hair. Sage tea is believed to darken grays.
Recipe: Steep ½ cup of herbs in 2 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain and allow it to cool down to lukewarm before use. Store in a spray bottle. *Add ½ a lemon and honey to your tea for blonde hair.
For blondes and redheads: Spray onto clean hair and massage throughout. Rinse out with cold water after an hour or two. For stronger effect, expose hair to direct sunlight right after applying. So feel free to go out for a walk on a bright sunny day before rinsing the tea out.
For brunettes: Spray onto clean hair and massage throughout. Cover your hair with a plastic cap. Leave tea in for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Black Tea: Reduces Excessive Shedding
If you’re noticing that you’re losing clumps of hair every time you style, this may be the solution for you. The main reason behind hair loss is a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Black tea contains caffeine which blocks DHT, thus allowing your strands to flourish in endless growth. In addition, black tea is also known for thickening and strengthening hair.
Recipe: Brew a strong cup of caffeinated black tea using 3-4 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow it to cool down to lukewarm before using. Store in a spray bottle.
How to use: Cleanse hair with shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Spray tea onto your scalp and massage throughout hair. Cover hair with plastic cap and leave in for up to 45 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Follow up with a deep conditioner.
NOTE: Tea rinses don’t have to be a part of your usual routine, but it’s nice to give your mane a little special pampering every now and then. If you’re trying to enhance your hair color, try doing a tea rinse once or twice every week.