Do tea rinses really make hair grow faster?

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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.

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This Tea is Not Just Good for Menopause; It Could Help with Alopecia Too



A clinical study by Obstetrics and Gynecology International found that red clover extract may increase hair growth for those experiencing hair loss due to alopecia. During the study on postmenopausal women, there were reports of subjective improvements of scalp hair after using red clover extract.

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Hair Tea Rinses

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by Mary Wolff

Beautiful, healthy curls don’t just happen on their own. It takes lots of TLC to get your strands looking and feeling their best. One of my favorite ways to add a little something extra to my routine is with hair tea rinses. Tea is known to offer health benefits when you drink it and it even offers benefits when applied to hair. Tea has amino acids to strengthen hair and polyphenols to stimulate growth and other benefits.  Here are a few of my favorite hair tea rinses.

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Use THIS to Naturally Darken Your Hair!

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by Sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

That’s right. The safest alternative for beautiful dark hair color might just be on your shelf in your pantry, and if you guessed coffee or tea, you are absolutely right! After all, who hasn’t heard of those stubborn coffee and tea stains that are extremely difficult to remove from teeth? Well, it turns out that these two items provide a great alternative to hair color that is often extremely damaging to hair and also full of dangerous chemicals.

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DIY Hair Rinse for Severe Shedding and Stunted Growth


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

DHT is a hormone that causes hair loss for both men and women. Many things can factor into it. Read here for more info about DHT. If you are having issues with stunted growth, weak strands or severe shedding then this rinse is for you. It will also soothe an itchy or irritated scalp as well. Check out my recipe below.

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Green Tea Rinse for Healthy Natural Hair


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Green tea is packed with nutrients that can benefit natural hair in many ways. When used as a hair rinse, it can complement any hair care regimen by infusing antioxidants, caffeine, and panthenol (a humectant) into the scalp and hair shaft.  Here are a few of the benefits of using a green tea hair rinse:
  • Added moisture and shine
  • Reduced shedding 
  • Increased hair growth due to the antioxidants and natural caffeine 
  • Stronger hair and less split ends (thanks to panthenol)
Typically, it can be used after rinsing your conditioner out and before styling your hair, Depending on your own preference, you can leave it in or rinse it out.

Want to learn how to effectively implement this into your own hair care routine? Check out the video below.

Hibiscus to Promote Hair Growth and Healthy Scalp


Hibiscus is my favorite flower. I love the shape and bright intense pigment of the petals. There are over a hundred species of hibiscus that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world! Aside from its beautiful appearance and having a nice scent, did you know hibiscus has tons of benefits for the hair too? It is sometimes called “The flower for hair care."

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, hibiscus, especially white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), is considered to have medicinal properties. The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair greying. They are also used for multiple hair treatments.

What does Hibiscus do?
  • prevents hair loss
  • prevents premature graying
  • lessens frizz
  • promotes hair growth
  • gives hair a boost of shine and bounce
  • helps balance the pH of the scalp
  • reduces redness, scalping and itching of the scalp
  • works like an astringent to reduce the oiliness of hair
  • discourages split ends
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Hibiscus and Rooibos Anti-Itch Tea Rinse

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by Emilia Obiekea of Adorebotanicals.com

There are tons of hair teas and rinses out there to try. Hibiscus + Rooibos tea are one of my favorite combos. The red color is beautiful and the blend is beneficial.

Hibiscus comes in many different varieties. I tend to use the red hibiscus (easily available). It is great for slip because it releases a light amount of mucilage when used in hot infusions. This flower also aids in hair loss prevention, soothes the scalp, nourishes the hair, reduces frizz and leaves the hair with a healthy shine.

Rooibos Tea is a South African red tea. It is a great ingredient to incorporate in hair rinses for those that have dark or red hair (naturally or dyed). It is very calming to an irritated scalp, enriches hair color, stimulates the scalp, and contains a high amount of anti-oxidants and minerals such as copper.
This rinse can be used before or after deep conditioning.

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Green Tea Rinse for Natural Hair


by Emilia of AdoreBotanicals.com

Hair teas have grown in popularity in recent years. If you are having issues with growth, strength, shedding or softness it is defiantly worth a try. It is very simple and inexpensive.

Teas are also rich in antioxidants, amino acids and contain some caffeine. The rinse naturally softens hair, increase sheen and restores lusters to the strands. Also works wonderfully for calming scalp issues and irritations.

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Green Tea to Thicken and Strengthen Natural Hair

 

Matcha literally means “powdered tea” and it is a bright emerald-green tea powder. It is a finely milled green tea powder that was the staple ingredient in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in the twelfth century. It is packed with healthy benefits and has a soothing distinct flavor. Matcha leaves are grown in several places, but the best comes from Japan and the most popular growing places are in the southern part of the country like Uji, Nishio, and Shizuoka. Touted as the highest quality powdered green tea available, the nutrient-rich young leaves are handpicked from the tips of the shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants. After being steamed and stemmed they are stone-ground into a delicate powder and stored away from direct sunlight and oxygen to preserve the color and antioxidant properties. When you are drinking matcha tea you are ingesting the entire leaf and receiving 100% of the nutrients in the leaf. That’s right, you are getting the more potent source of nutrients than regular green tea.
 
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Homemade Hair Tonics for Strong & Healthy Hair!


A healthy head of hair with a healthy, flake-free scalp is a wonderful thing. So wonderful and desired, in fact, that there is an enormous market that caters solely to it. Walk down any hair product aisle and you’ll be overwhelmed with then number of choices you have for shampoos, conditioners, rinses, sprays, and dyes (to name just a few things.) You could spend days, and lots of money, trying to figure out just what chemical concoction will work the wonders it promises. If you’d like to break up that routine, try making some of your own products at home. I have found them to be simple, pure, and more effective that many of the things I have bought in stores.

1. Nettle Hair Tonic
Rich in iron, a rinse made with nettles can help combat hair loss/promote hair growth. Drinking nettle tea may also help battle hair loss, as iron can help with circulation to the scalp, in turn fueling hair growth. Nettles will also help with an imbalance of sebum (the oil that your pores produce) which can make a difference if you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp. For something that is such a pain to even brush up against, it’s a wonderful herb when fully utilized!

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Herbal Tea for Hair Growth- Drink & Rinse Your Way to Longer, Thicker Natural Hair


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Hola Chicas!

I've received a bunch of emails and follow-up questions from you dolls about the Nettle Tea post and thought I'd combine three old posts (from 2009!) to give you a more comprehensive look at the power of tea for hair growth and thickening.  Below, you'll find a list of common hair issues and the herbs and oils to treat them, Zhara's Hair Growth Tea recipe and Final Rinse instructions .  Enjoy!

Hair loss/Growth Stimulating: 
Oils: seabuckthorn
Herbs: basil, burdock, nettle, parsley, rosemary, sage, yarrow, kelp (strengthens roots), horsetail, hibiscus, fenugreek, coconut milk, lavender, birch, watercress (encourages thick growth), yucca, thyme, and coltsfoot.
EO’s: basil, cajute, carrot seed, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, orange, peppermint, rosemary, clary sage, thyme, ylang ylang, lemon, yarrow, lemon balm, parsley.

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Caffeine for Natural Hair Growth!

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I cannot start my day off right without a hot cup of coffee. It wakes me up and gets me ready for the world. I am well aware that my morning ritual has everything to do with my addiction to caffeine than to the flavor and I am far from alone. I am one of the many millions who need it to wake up in the morning. Some may need that tea or even a soft drink, but they are all means for that crazy thing called caffeine. What is it anyway? 

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Tea Rinses for Natural Hair Growth and Strength


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural

Yes, tea isn't JUST for drinking!

This natural hair journey is ever changing as we learn more about what aids in happy, healthy hair. Despite being a natural for over seven years, I am still learning about the plentiful ways of treating and loving our tresses.

Tea rinses are new to me. I've never really heard of them until recently and since I'm not completely clueless I figured I wasn't alone. I felt I needed to dig a little deeper into what they are and how many are using them.

Hair Tea / Hair Tea Rinse


A hair tea/hair tea rinse is simply brewing a type of tea, allowing it to steep and cool prior to pouring it over your hair and scalp. Massaging your scalp with the hair tea is next and this all happens after hair has been washed. There are MANY uses for the tea rinses and there are many types to choose from:

* Turn gray hairs darker - Rosemary and Sage

* Brightening the hair - chamomile for blondes; rooibos for redheads; or black tea for dark hair

* Reduces shedding hair - Green tea, black tea

* Stimulate hair growth - Green tea

* Strengthens and thickens the hair - Black tea

* Helps with dandruff and psorasis - Green tea, Nettle

* Promote hair growth - Hibiscus (This was found through a scientific study on rats - (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pp 235-239, 2003). 

Everything You Need to Know About the Science of Tea Rinses


by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

What is a tea rinse?
A tea rinse is done by pouring a cup of tea, commonly green or black, over the hair to reduce shedding or stimulate hair growth.

How is it supposed to work?
The caffeine in the tea penetrates the hair follicles.

Is there any proof that tea rinses make hair grow faster or reduce shedding?
One scientific study shows that caffeine can stimulate hair growth when used in tiny amounts (0.001% caffeine in water). The same study also found that applying too much caffeine to the hair follicles can actually stunt growth. A different study found that caffeine in shampoo can penetrate the hair follicles when left on for 2 minutes. Both studies were done on the hair follicles of men with androgenetic alopecia. So, no scientific studies have been done to test the effects of caffeine on a woman’s scalp who doesn’t have a hair loss disorder.

Generally, the current evidence says that caffeine definitely penetrates hair follicles and may stimulate hair growth, but no one knows for sure. It’s impossible to say how much additional growth you might see, if any. Don’t expect more than an inch or two per year. There are no published scientific studies on caffeine and shedding.

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Nettle Tea for Healthy Hair Growth and Thickening


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