Tea Rinses?? DIY All Natural Hair & Scalp Remedies #naturalhair #locs

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By: Nakiya "K Gold." Walters

What's up to my Diamonds and Diamond Status Gents! I'm back again, this time to talk about a great natural way to fight certain hair and scalp conditions such as thinning, dandruff, and so much more.

What is this great all natural way, you might ask? Tea rinses! We should all know by now that drinking tea works wonders for the mind and body. Well, rinsing your hair with tea during your wash routine improves the overall health of your hair and scalp. There are many kinds of tea, made with many different types of herbs, so naturally each combination possesses their own health benefits. However, teas will generally posses the following traits:
  • High in vitamins, which provide nutrients to the hair
  • High in anti-oxidants, which stops hair loss
  • Blocks the horomone DHT, which causes gradual hair loss
  • Contains caffeine, which stimulates hair growth
  • Anti-inflammatory, which means it fights against scalp irritation. Scalp inflammation and irritation lead to hair loss.

If you're thinking about doing a tea rinse, you'll want to start by doing a little research first. Ask yourself, "What is my hair and scalp's biggest issue?" Some examples would be dry and itchy scalp, stunted growth or thinning, or even wanting to darken gray hair. After you identify your issue, decide which tea herbs would be of the most benefit to you. You can combine them if you have more than one symptom that needs to be treated. You can also add essential oils for the added health benefits. Now let's get into it.

First, lets talk about how to do the rinse!

Step 1: Bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil. Use more water if you wish to have some of the rinse left over for next time (Or I guess if you want some to drink, too).
Step 2: Add your tea bags or dried herbs. Remove from heat and allow the tea to steep for 10-20 minutes. Let it sit until it cools.
Step 3: When the mixture becomes cool enough to touch, you can begin you normal wash routine. Shampoo your hair as normal and then rinse out with water.
Step 4: After you rinse out the shampoo, rinse your hair with the tea mix. You have a few options for how to apply this mix to your hair. You can (1) pour the mixture into the sink or a big bowl, and dip your hair until it's fully saturated; (2) You can pour the mixture into a large cup, and the pour that over your hair until its fully saturated; (3) or you can transfer the mixture into a spray bottle, and apply to the hair until it's fully saturated. After the tea is applied, cover with a shower cap or plastic bag and sit for 10-20 minutes.
Step 5: Rinse the tea mixture out and condition/deep condition as normal. **Some people like to combine steps 4 and 5 by mixing the tea rinse with their conditioner.
Step 6: Rinse the remaining conditioner/tea mix from your hair, and moisturize and style as normal.

As you can see, tea rinsing is a pretty simple process: Wash-Rinse-Condition. However, it's very important not to overuse this method, and it should really only be used with your wash routine. If left on overnight or for too long at a time it can make your hair feel dry and brittle. If you don't do some kind of conditioning or moisturizing agent after the rinse, then you wont see it work its full magic! Let's do this rinse no more than a few times a month. Use as needed, or every time you deep condition. Got the picture? Great, moving on. 

Now for the moment I'm sure you've all been hoping for: I've put together a list of hair and scalp issues, and the teas that can be used to treat them.

For dry scalp, dandruff, scabs, and itchiness: Green tea, Peppermint tea, Nettle tea, Thyme (tea), Rosemary tea, Plantain tea

For more shine and luster: Green tea, Nettle tea, Parsley (tea)

For hair growth, breakage, and thinning: Black tea, Sage tea, Rosemary tea, Horsetail tea, Catnip tea

For soft hair, extra moisture and conditioning: Lavender tea, Hibiscus tea, Rosemary tea

For fighting dull color or gray hair: Black tea or Sage tea for dark hair, Chamomile tea for brown and blonde hair, Rooibos tea for red hair; Green tea, Rosemary tea, or Sage tea for darkening grays. **Please note that the color change is not very noticeable the first uses, because the tea is not a dye. It gradually stains the hair over time.

 I hope you've enjoyed learning more about the crazy fighting powers of tea! If you decide to tea rinse, let me know how it goes. Don't forget to Like, Comment, and Share this post!

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