Tea has proven to be a cure for the common cold, stress and everything else in between, including hair woes. Tea rinses have been a popular hair remedy for centuries, with beauty gurus of all backgrounds and hair types making them a fixture in their hair care routines. The recipes for and benefits of tea rinses are endless and include stimulating hair growth, reducing breakage, acting as a brightening agent for light-colored hair and more. Some teas also have antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties, which can help with an itchy scalp.
Why use a tea rinse?
Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, green tea is an effective solution for hair growth. Because it is caffeinated, green tea is strong enough to penetrate the hair’s follicles and deliver a reinvigorating charge. Being the multitasker that it is, green tea’s antioxidant properties also prevent sun damage, and the growth of bacteria and fungus.
Enhance hair color
While tea rinses can be used on all hair types, they can deliver some especially amazing benefits to people with natural or dyed light-colored hair, such as blondes and redheads. Chamomile tea can brighten blonde hair and is especially beneficial when combined with half a lemon and honey followed up by a bask in direct sunlight. Redheads will love hibiscus and rooibos teas as they can add dimension to red hair while also giving off a pleasant aroma. People with dark hair are advised to use black or dark-colored teas, which can deepen their color and darken grays.
Black tea works best for people who are looking to combat shedding. Black teas’ natural properties help to block the hormone DHT that is responsible for hair shedding. So, as it works to keep hair firmly rooted to the scalp, black tea will also nourish and strengthen your delicate strands.
Pro tip: Try a cold brew tea rinse by leaving your tea bags to soak overnight. This is said to maintain the potency of the tea without boiling away the benefits. After you finish, reuse your tea bags to de-puff your eyes and reduce dark circles (thanks, caffeine!) or cut them open to use the damp tea as a skin exfoliant.
How to brew and use a tea rinse
One of the best parts about tea rinses are that they’re cost-effective and easy to make at home. For a strong brew, add three to five tea bags to two cups of hot water and let it steep. Or for a weaker solution, simply reduce the number of tea bags.
When you’re ready to use your tea rinse, begin by washing your hair with shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Once you’re done with this first step, leave your hair damp and be sure to check that your tea has cooled before use. Then prepare your rinse by funneling your tea into a spray bottle to ensure that the solution will be evenly distributed throughout your hair and scalp. Next, add the solution to your scalp and massage throughout your hair. Lastly, cover your hair with a plastic cap for up to thirty minutes and finish by rinsing your strands with cold water.
Pro Tip: There’s no need to shampoo after your tea rinse, just rinse with lukewarm water and condition as needed.
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