A couple of weeks ago I mentioned tea rinses in my post 10 Ways to Combat Winter Hair Shedding Naturally, and how they were a good way to help prevent untimely loss of hair. Well, I’ve been actually doing the process for 3 weeks now and I LOVE it. I saw a difference in hair loss after the very first week! Of course as the weeks went on, and I got more rest and ate better, the hair loss went down even more. Apparently, the tannins in caffeinated tea help thicken the hair shaft and make hair appear fuller. Also Black tea is a natural astringent, which means that it penetrates the pores of the scalp and dissolve excess sebum (oil produced by the glands).
Tighter pores, means the skin is better protected from excess oil and dirt. Believe it or not, excess oil and dirt are what actually make your scalp flake off. It’s kind of your scalp’s emergency response to not being able to breathe. So tea rinses can keep you from “shedding” both your scalp and your hair, making them more resilient. The combo of tighter pores and thicker hair means your scalp is holding onto the hair better, and more resilient hair means it won’t snap as easily. This causes less hair to be pulled out, or break off when detangling. Tea rinses benefit all hair types.
Here’s what I did….
Hair Tea Rinse Recipe
- 4 Lipton regular teabags
- 5 cups of water
Pour water into a pot or saucepan and bring to a boil, then turn off stove, and place teabags in hot water. Let steep and cool for at least 1 hour.
I make the tea first, then go and wash and detangle my hair following my regular routine. That way it has at least an hour to cool and steep. Some people do this step the night before and let their tea cool in the fridge overnight. I keep forgetting to do that, so that’s why I tried this way.
After my hair has been detangled I lightly squeeze it dry with my microfiber towel. Then I take the cooled tea and just pour it over my hair while leaning over the tub slowly in sections, making sure to cover my whole head. I give myself a quick scalp massage and squeeze out the excess. Then I immediately put my hair up in a plastic bag and wrap it all up with a big towel.
This step has replaced my deep conditioning for the time being.
After about an hour (or however long it takes me write a blog post and clean up the bathroom), I rinse the tea out with tepid water and rinse as usual. The reason why I do this instead of deep conditioning is because I almost always put my hair in two-strand twists after I wash it, and this requires using product that is either a conditioner, or a hair butter, which is very similiar to whatever I would deep condition with. So I figured I’d skip a step and see how it worked. So far, so good.
I used green tea one week and Lipton regular black tea the next and couldn’t see a difference. Some people swear by green tea though so I think I’ll try it again when I run out of Lipton’s. I’m also going to do more research on herbal teas for the hair and see if there are more benefits. Rosemary, I’ve read is excellent for serious scalp irritation and dandruff as well.
For a list of different teas and their effects on your hair, check out this site