Did you know that black tea has great benefits for the body? It aids in weight loss, lowering cholesterol and it gives you more energy. Did you also know that it has great benefits for your hair?
There are many remedies in the natural hair community that fall outside of the realm of your standard pre-made moisturizers and cleansers. We are surrounded by foods and herbs that we use everyday that not only have internal health related benefits but they are also great for the hair and the skin.
Tea rinsing is one process that has been used for hundreds of years. It is a simple process that provides various health and healing aids, depending on the types of teas used. Each tea has different properties and provides different benefits to the body, skin and hair. Black tea, for example is a great healing agent and preventative measure in caring for your hair.
Here are some of the known benefits of black tea on hair:
- Black tea can be used as a natural hair dye.
- The caffein in black tea can stimulate hair growth and thickness.
- Black tea gives hair a natural shine.
While black tea rinses are great, you’ll only want to rinse once a month. Since it does contain caffein, it can stunt hair growth when used in excess. When used properly, black tea can be amazing!
Here are step by step instructions of how you would complete a black tea rinse for your hair.
Heat your water. The proper heating temperature for black tea is 195-200 degrees fahrenheit. You can either use the stove or microwave.
Once the water reaches the proper temp, add your tea bags or loose leaf tea. I personally prefer loose leaf tea. You’ll want to be sure to make the tea extra concentrated. Add enough tea bags/leaves for 2-3 six ounce mugs of tea.
Normally, you will steep tea for about 2-3 minutes and then drink it while it’s hot/warm. In this case, since it is not being used for drinking, you’ll want to allow the tea to steep for about 20 minutes.
The tea will need to cool to just below room temperature. You definitely don’t want to add hot tea to your hair and scalp! You can test the tea to see if its cooled down enough for the hair by using the wrist method. The wrist method is when you pour (maybe with a spoon or doppler) a few drops of the tea to the inside of your wrists. If the tea is still too warm, allow it to sit a little longer. Repeat the wrist method until you find a temperature that you are comfortable with.
Once the tea has been poured onto your hair and scalp, place a shower cap on your hair. This will allow the tea to absorb into the hair shaft and follicles of the scalp. The tea will need to set anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. For natural hair, I would advice that the hair be placed in loose twists, beforehand, to prevent tangling.
Rinse the hair with cool water. You’ll know that the hair is completely rinsed when the water from the hair rinsing is clear.
I’d love to hear how black tea rinses have worked for you! Happy rinsing!