The use of herbal tea rinses to soften hair is not recent news. Long before the days of synthetic and artificial ingredients, which are plentiful in commercial hair care products, people used tea rinses to help remedy scalp issues and enhance hair color. Tea rinses don’t have to remain a practice of the past, though, because they can help increase volume, soften hair, and restore body and bounce.
Steeping the tea in boiling water helps to extract the essential compounds from the tea leaves. These compounds work to nourish the scalp and hair by providing a deep cleansing experience. Whether you have dandruff, split ends, thinning hair, or fading hair color, herbal tea rinses can boost hair health. If you want to be a little fancy and make your own herbal tea combinations, purchase dried herbs and place your desired mixture in fine mesh tea bags, which you can also purchase. That strategy may seem too free form for some, which is why we have provided the following tea rinses.
Tea Rinse For Dandruff:
This simple green tea rinse is excellent for stimulating hair growth and fighting off dandruff. Studies have shown that the antioxidants and nutrients in green tea penetrate hair follicles to hydrate the scalp and encourage healthy growth.
- 2 green tea bags
- 2 cups filtered water
- Boil the water, pour the water into a large mug or bowl, and steep the tea bags in the water until it is lukewarm. Remove the tea bags and stir in one tablespoon of raw honey (optional and beneficial for softness and shine) if you desire.
- Pour the tea into a spray bottle for later use. Once you wash your hair with natural shampoo and conditioner, spray the tea onto your scalp and massage and comb through your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the spray in for 30 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water and dry hair.
Hair Growth And Shine Rinse:
For this recipe, you are going to brew a rosemary and black tea blend to help strengthen hair follicles. The combination of rosemary and black tea works to prevent breakage and stimulate hair growth.
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon black tea leaves
- Add the water to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the rosemary and black tea leaves into the water and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit for up to an hour. Pour the tea through a mesh strainer into a spray bottle. Spray this rinse on after you condition your hair and comb it through your hair. Leave it on overnight and don’t worry about washing it out.
Tea Rinse For Oily Hair:
Nettle tea has been a classic remedy for those with oily hair. Helping to balance the scalp’s oil production, nettle tea works to make the hair less oily.
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tablespoon nettle tea
- Pour the water in a saucepan and place it over a low flame. Add the nettle to the water and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer into a spray bottle or mug.
- Use this as the last hair rinse of the day, after you finish your shampoo and conditioner routine. Spray a healthy amount on the scalp and then comb through your hair.
- If you want to help remove oil build-up on the scalp, you can add one teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar to the tea rinse.