By Sabrina Perkins of seriouslynatural.org

*Sip* *sip* So here’s the real tea beauties: Using a hair tea rinse is one of the best ways to combat excessive hair shedding, dryness, and color fading. The uses are vast, and the results? Fire– definitely worth the time!

The natural hair world is ever evolving, and it’s our duty to keep you updated on all the hot, new, trends, and effective recipes as they arise. A few years ago, I heard about the wonder-working powers of hibiscus tea rinses for natural hair. After trying it, hibiscus (and other teas and tea infusions) quickly became a staple in my routine, and I’m sure you’ll love it, too! Tea rinses are trending and more popular than ever! So let’s look at the benefits, and a list of our faves!

The Benefits:

A hair tea or hair tea rinse is often the last step in your wash routine before exiting the shower and beginning styling.  Simply brewing your tea of choice, allowing it to steep and cool while you shower, shampoo, and condition.  Then, pour the cool tea all over your hair and scalp.  Enjoy a minute of self-love and massage it into your scalp using the pads of your fingertips.  And then, rinse thoroughly before stepping out of the shower. Alternatively, you can saturate your wet or dry hair, massage into your scalp and roots, don a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes, and then fully rinse before styling as usual. 

Teas and Their Uses:

* Rosemary and Sage– Darkens gray hairs 

* Chamomile for blondes; Rooibos for redheads; or Black brew for dark hair– Enriching hair color (brightening and/or darkening)

*Green tea, Black tea– Reduces shed hair, stimulates hair growth, strengthens and thickens hair 

*Nettle– Helps with dandruff and psoriasis

*Hibiscus- promotes hair growth 

Many of these teas and herbs increase blood flow, have antioxidants, cleansing properties, antibacterial properties, and amino acids. But as with every new hair product or DIY, patch test first, and then proceed with education, caution, and care. 

Here is the lovely Whitney aka Naptural85 sharing her newfound love for fighting excessive shedding by using a tea rinse. She shares how she brews, applies, and finishes her rinse. Super simple and ideal if you are just starting out.

If you find that your hair feels rough or dry after tea rinsing, you can follow-up with a deep conditioner, or with another round of your rinse-out conditioner.  This should soften things right back up! And don’t worry, it will not negate the beautiful effects of the rinse.  

Have you tried any hair teas? What did you use and how was your experience?
Sabrina Perkins is an author and beauty blogger of two successful blogs, seriouslynatural.org and naturalhairforbeginners.com. A natural hair expert with over 10 years in the field, her newest book, Natural Hair For Beginners – A Beginners Guide To Going Natural Successfully! has received rave reviews and breaks down the basics of natural hair and how to keep it healthy.

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