The second most consumed drink in the world, tea or Camellia sinensis, is related to camellia flowers and a sub-tropical, evergreen plant native to Asia. Tea is now grown all around the world and made up of three basic components.
Essential Oils – provide tea’s delicious aromas and flavors.
Polyphenols – provide “briskness” or astringency in the mouth and components that carry most of the health benefits of tea.
Caffeine – found naturally in coffee, chocolate, tea and Yerba Mate, caffeine provides tea’s natural energy boost. Teaclass.com
Teas are bursting with benefits for our bodies and that includes our hair. They have antioxidants, caffeine, can aid in weight loss, may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke and may even boost the immune system. Not only for drinking, many use teas in other ways like hair rinses and facial tonics and moisturizers.
There are hundreds of types of teas with their own individual appearance, taste, benefits and aroma but they can all be placed in a few categories. The most common categories today are green, white, oolong, black, and fermented and that refers to how much a tea is oxidized (fermented).
As several types of tea are beneficial to our bodies they also help with hair is various ways. From helping dry hair, to dull hair to suffering from an irritated saclp, teas are excellent as hair rinses or simply by drinking them. Here’s a little information on how to create a hair tea rinse and which teas are best for specific needs.
Hair Tea Rinse
A hair tea or hair tea rinse is simply brewing a type of tea, allowing it to steep and cool prior to pouring it over your hair and scalp. Massaging your scalp with the hair tea is next and this all happens after hair has been washed. There are MANY uses for the tea rinses and there are many types to choose from:
* Turn gray hairs darker – Rosemary and Sage
* Brightening the hair – chamomile for blondes; rooibos for redheads; or black tea for dark hair
* Reduces shedding hair – Green tea, black tea
* Stimulate hair growth – Green tea
* Strengthens and thickens the hair – Black tea
* Helps with dandruff and psorasis – Green tea, Nettle
* Promote hair growth – Hibiscus (This was found through a scientific study on rats – (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pp 235-239, 2003).
Many of these teas increase blood flow, have antioxidants, cleansing properties, antibacterial properties and amino acids. I’ve not even MENTIONED all the other teas that can be created with herbs like Marshmallow root, burdock, catnip, fenugreek, or horsetail but how much and what they all can do is unknown to me personally.
Caffeine can help with hair growth and black tea seems to have the most caffeine but depending who you ask will determine if you choose to use it.
Some even use some tea rinses in spray bottles but most seem to just use them as a final rinse after washing the hair like I do. Some rinse the tea out after massaging and letting it sit from 5 to 30 minutes while others leave it in and continue with a deep conditioner. Either way a good deep conditioner is necessary as many find the hair to feel rough after the tea rinse has been applied. Seriously Natural
Hair tea rinses are easy to do, greatly benefit your tresses and have become a staple in my hair care needs. I’ve been using them for years now and use them as a final step AFTER the deep conditioner and I don’t rinse it out. I suffer from shedding during stressful times (as many of us do) so I make sure to use them regularly when this is occurring.
All in all, hair teas are amazing assets to natural hair for anything thing from brightening, soothing scalps to (my fave) helping with shedding and hair growth. So, the next time you brew that tea, consider brewing another cup for your hair!
Have you tried a hair tea rinse?