You may already have heard about doing black tea rinses for natural hair. If you have then it’s possible you already have some idea as to what exactly it involves.
Tea rinses are fairly new and it lies among the many other methods that are around on how to help your hair grow in the best possible way.
Today I want us to take a bit of a closer look at the black tea hair rinse to see how it can benefit your hair and if it is truly worth doing.
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What does black tea do for your hair?
Doing a black tea hair rinse helps to make your hair stronger and protects it against DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which is the hormone that causes hair loss.
Many people have tried tea rinses in the past and have seen amazing results from it.
Aside from DHT, there are a number of other benefits to doing a black tea rinse that your hair will absolutely love.
What are the benefits of a tea rinse?
1. Reduces shedding
If you have been facing issues of excessive hair shedding then a back tea rinse could be exactly what you are looking for.
The caffeine that is contained within black tea blocks the DHT that causes hair loss.
If you have been experiencing postpartum hair shedding or a lot more shedding than what you are used to then it could be worth you trying this natural hair tea rinse.
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2. Softens hair
Some people have reported that after doing a tea rinse their hair feels much softer.
3. Adds shine
After doing a tea rinse you will notice that your hair will have added shine. You can never have too much shine when it comes to your natural hair!
4. Strengthens hair
Black tea will also strengthen and thicken your hair. If you have very thin and fragile hair I would give it a try.
5. Increases blood flow
Black tea also stimulates your scalp and increases blood flow which in turn encourages hair growth.
How do you wash your hair with tea?
You will need:
- Black tea bags ( I would use something organic without sweetener or anything unnecessary added here)
- Boiled water
- Add the tea bag to a pitcher
- Pour the boing water onto the tea bags
- Leave the teabags to steep for as long as possible, making sure the tea mixture is cool enough before trying to use it.
- Once cool enough, wash your hair, as usual, using shampoo.
- Make sure your hair is in sections as this will make it easier to apply the tea rinse and make sure all of your hair is covered. Massage the tea rinse into your scalp for the best benefits.
- You can use an applicator bottle to help you do this.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the tea rinse to sit on your hair for about 20 minutes
- Rinse it off with cool water
- Deep condition your hair afterwards and style as usual.
*It’s important that you do deep condition after the tea rinse as the caffeine within tea can make your hair feel dry so you want to make sure you restore any lost moisture.
How to incorporate a tea rinse as part of your hair regimen
Tea rinses don’t have to be a staple in your hair regimen, in fact, it may not be a good idea to do it very often because caffeine can be very drying on natural hair. So the less you can get away with using the better it will be for you.
You can do a tea rinse once every couple of weeks and then stop for a while until you feel the need for it again.
Black tea rinse vs green tea
You might be wondering what the difference is between a green tea and a black tea rinse.
Green tea has more antioxidants and nutrients than black tea
Green tea is also great for treating dandruff issues.
If you are unsure about which tea rinse you should be using you can try them both and see which one suits you best.
Can you leave black tea in your hair?
I personally wouldn’t leave it in your hair without rinsing it out as it may cause some dryness.
Also, black tea can stain your hair so I imagine the whole process to be similar to leaving hair dye on your hair without rinsing it out.
How often should you do a black tea rinse?
That is entirely up to you and how much you appreciate the benefits of it.
Whilst I don’t think it is as important as deep conditioning your hair which should be a part of your hair regimen, I do think that its good to do it once in a while if you feel that your hair needs a little something extra.
Think of it more as an occasional addition rather than a part of your regimen.
Final thoughts on the black tea hair rinse
A black tea rinse can be a great way to freshen up your hair.
If you are trying this method for the first time it might be best to start with decaf tea and then work your way up to something stronger only if you need to.
Don’t forget that tea rinses are great if you have been experiencing shedding.
If you have tried a tea rinse before I would love to hear if it made a noticeable difference or not.
Drop me a comment below.