by Jonna of BlackNaps.org
Any other tea lovers out there? I know I’m not the only one who is a fan of a variety of teas. Drinking tea has so many benefits, whether you’re looking for energy or relaxation. I actually drink tea similar to how most people drink coffee, with milk or creamer. So tasty! Naturalistas are known for taking everyday kitchen items and using them in our hair care routine, and teas are no different. There are several benefits of using tea for your hair care regimen. Herbal hair rinses have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body and bounce.
WHAT IS A TEA RINSE?
A tea rinse is done by pouring a cup of tea, commonly green or black, over the hair. Most commonly, tea rinses are used to reduce shedding or stimulate hair growth.
HOW DO TEA RINSES WORK?
The caffeine in the tea penetrates the hair follicles. The process is just like brewing tea you would drink. Bring water to just about boiling, and add 4-5 tea bags and remove from the heat until it is cool. Remove the tea bags, and then pour the tea into a spray bottle. Then you can spray your scalp and hair, cover with a plastic cap and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes.
DO TEA RINSES REALLY MAKE HAIR GROW FASTER?
Caffeine definitely penetrates hair follicles and may stimulate hair growth, but it’s impossible to say how much additional growth you might experience, if any at all. There have been studies that show tiny amounts of caffeine stimulate hair growth, but too much can have the opposite result and stunt growth. antiseptic ingredients in tea remove the dead skin cells and impurities that may block hair follicles, preventing their clogging and allowing hairs to grow again. EGGG, a compound found in green tea, can stimulate the hair growth by increasing the activity of dermal papillae. A powerful antioxidant, EGGG is also effective in preventing the thinning of hair.
OTHER BENEFITS OF USING TEA RINSES
Black tea enhances the shine and highlights in brunettes, rooibos is wonderful for red heads and for blondes, try chamomile. If you have a few grey strands, add two teaspoons of sage to your rinse. Sage will open the hair follicles, allowing the color to penetrate. Tea is rich in polyphenols, vitamin C and E, which ensure a shiny and soft hair, and protect against the damage caused by UV radiation. Also, these ingredients are known to strengthen the hair and restore the health of damaged, dry hairs.
Tea has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and acts by soothing the scalp and preventing its irritation and inflammation. This not only prevents dandruff, but it may also relieve symptoms of psoriasis. Green tea can increase metabolism, which can lead to faster hair growth. It also inhibits the production of DHT, a compound that promotes hair loss. Daily scalp massages with freshly brewed tea can increase blood’s circulation to the scalp and stimulate hair’s growth by providing higher amounts of nutrients and oxygen.
Have you tried adding tea rinses to your hair care regimen?