On Sunday my usual wash day I decided to experiment and do a black tea rinse in order for my hair to benefit from some of the natural properties of the tea.
Black tea is one of the most widely consumed teas. This tea is prepared from the leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis and is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. Thus, it generally has a stronger flavour than the other varieties of tea.
Due to the abundance of antioxidants and caffeine, black tea is considered extremely beneficial for the hair. Black tea can be incorporated in your hair care regimen for stronger and damage-free hair. The caffeine present in black tea helps in decreasing DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), a hormone found in the scalp that causes hair loss. Thus, black tea helps in increasing the hair thickness and lowering the hair loss. Another benefit of caffeine is that it stimulates the hair growth when used once in a month. (Excess usage of caffeine should be avoided as it may stunt the growth). Using black tea rinses as part of your hair care regimen adds shine, luster and natural darkness to your hair because of its dark hue.
For this purpose, I added 3 bags of tea to 6 cups of boiling water. After keeping this mix for an hour at room temperature, I applied to my head and then applied my deep conditioner on top as the tea could be a bit drying. Then rinse and moisturize as usual.
This experiment led me to think of other local tea rinses that can be used for natural or relaxed hair. I teamed up with Jodie Dublin of Jaydess Naturals to bring you this post!!
Hibiscus is one of the most renowned herbs used for hair growth. It has gained popularity because of its ability to stimulate hair growth even from dormant hair follicles in bald patches. The flower is an efficient remedy to put a stop to hair fall, encourage regrowth, and prevent premature graying. Hibiscus tea has shown tremendous results when it comes to boosting hair growth.
- It is rich in vitamin C that boosts collagen (the amino acid chain that gives your hair its strength) production, ensuring healthy hair growth.
- It is rich in amino acids that nourish your hair, strengthen your roots, and keep your locks lustrous and healthy.
- The flower stimulates hair regrowth from dormant follicles and bald patches. This helps thicken your hair and add volume.
- It also helps condition your hair, preventing dryness, frizz, and breakage.
- It helps you treat issues of the scalp, such as itchiness and dandruff.
- Hibiscus leaves help to prevent split ends by keeping your hair strong, nourished, and hydrated.
Lemongrass is a herb which is part of the Cymbopogan Citratus family. It has a unique citrus flavor and is widely used in Asian cuisines. It is common in varieties of soups, teas and hot curries. It provides a fresh green vibrant color to the cuisine and enriches it with its medicinal and anti-microbial properties.
- Lemongrass tea can be applied to hair to gain thick and lustrous hair.
- It acts as a natural moisturizer and can prevent dry scalp and dandruff. It should be diluted before use for hair.
- Lemongrass can be said to act as a detoxifier. It is diuretic in nature and thus helps in flushing out toxins and waste from the body.
- Lemongrass is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Antioxidants help in controlling the damages that can be caused by free radicals.
Its botanical name is Vetiveria zizanoides or Andropogon muricatus and the dried grass and its roots are often used to thatch the side panels of water-based room and window coolers because it cools and adds fragrance to moist air. Vetiver is extracted through the steam distillation of the plant’s roots.
- Vetiver tea helps in cell regeneration and it bags this goodness from its cicatrizing properties. Cicatrisants are cell-renewing agents that stimulate collagen formation and it is a major component of our hair. As we age our collagen production slows and the cell structures weaken, causing hair to get lifeless and less elastic.
- Vetiver root tea is a big boost for aging hair to replenish collagen formation and bring hair back to life.
- The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help with scalp inflammation and scalp ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and even dandruff, and its soothing and calming properties it calms irritated and inflamed scalps.
Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.
Rosemary has been used for centuries to not only stimulate hair growth but also delay graying. When you are suffering from hair loss, growing your hair or keeping it long may seem a difficult task.
- Rosemary tea can counter hair loss by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, which, in turn, promotes hair growth
- Its high nutritional value and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent ingredient for nourishing the hair follicles and soothing the scalp. It also has analgesic properties that make it a good remedy for soothing inflamed scalps
- It is known to thicken hair and add shine, and is often used by people who have thin, lusterless hair
- The herb helps clean the hair follicles by unclogging them. Clogged follicles often lead to problems like dandruff, and, in extreme cases, hair fall.
- Rosemary is renowned for its ability to prevent and stop the spread of gray hair .
- It moisturizes a dry scalp, and prevents flaking and dandruff
- It repairs damage while removing dirt and grime that may keep the hair weighed down
Mentha (also known as mint) is a genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae (mint family). It is estimated that 13 to 18 species exist, and the exact distinction between species is still unclear. Hybridization between some of the species occurs naturally. Many other hybrids, as well as numerous cultivars, are known.
Mint has greenish-purple lance-shaped leaves and a refreshing cool flavor. Due to its refreshing aroma, sharp menthol smell, and cooling sensation, it is often used in home products like bath preparations, mouthwashes, toothpaste, and ointments.
Mint is known to have many beneficial properties for hair as the compounds in the leaves are said to have therapeutic and medicinal properties
- It helps by stimulating the hair follicles and provides for improved blood circulation and helps to bind the roots of the hair to the scalp.
- A strong tea made from peppermint and nettle leaves can be used as a hair rinse to get rid of dandruff.
- It helps soothes the scalp and promotes hair growth
- Due to the antibacterial properties of this herb, peppermint extract is effective in treating head lice infestation
Let me know if you have tried any of these rinses and what it does for you if you do use these.