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

curlfriend, Zhara

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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Zhara's Hairgrowth Tea

Remember the ridiculously beautiful and wholly natural Zhara?! Well she's back to share a very special recipe with the CurlyNikki community.

Zhara's Hairsational Organic Herbal Hairgrowth Tea!!!!!!

Healthy nutrition and exercise are definitely the most important part of your natural hair care regime in my opinion.
What goes in the body is a good refection of what comes out; physically, mentally and Vanity!
Homemade organic herbal tea is like drinking a liquid vitamin in its most purest form beacuse it absorbs directly into the bloodstream.
This organic tea contains many special vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients to enhance healthy skin, hair and nails!
It has excellent Health & Beauty benefits like purifying the blood, boosting circulation, promoting healthy hair growth, glowing skin, strong lustrous nails and the list goes on! Some of the herbs are detoxifying, so It’s also a great way to gently cleanse the body on a regular basis!

Drink this Fresh Homemade Organic Wellness Tea as part of your daily health and hair care regimen....



2tbs lemon balm ( melissa )
1tbs lavendar flowers
1tbs peppermint leaves
1tbs chamomile flower
1tbs rose petal
1tbs nettle
1tbs horsetail
1tbs coltsfoot
1tbs burdock root
1tbs oatstraw
1tbs alphalpha
1tbs rose hip
2tbs dandelion leaves
2tbs rasberry leaves
1/2 tsp ginger root

***For more information on the health properties and nutritional benefits of each individual herb click on this link to my favourite herbal chart online!!!!!


You can use a reusable silk or linen tea pouch, a stainless steel tea infuser or get some of the disposable unbleached tea bags at your local grocer!
Steep the tea leaves for a least 10mins and enjoy by itself or with a tiny bit of any natural/organic sweetner like Agave, brown rice syrup, raw honey, maple syrup, stevia ect....

OMG...It's ZHARA!!!

CN: How long have you been natural?
Z: I have been completely Natural for almost 2 ½ years!

CN: What is your regimen?
Z: My regimen is short and sweet! I have altered it slightly over the last two years as my hair evolves but for the most part I co-wash with aubrey organics conditioners 2 xs per week and use certified virgin organic coconut oil 1x per week as a leave in and shine enhancer. I do use raw shea butter occasionally following the 2 weeks post shampoo or when I need a weather protectant. I keep my hair in a protective style during the week (Braids or twists!) and then style out on the weekends. I occasionally use aubrey organics B5 gel to braid or twist but most of the time I use just water under the shower! Every 4-6 weeks I Deep Condition, shampoo and use a homemade herbal hair rinse. And then every season I DETOX my hair on shampoo day, using my herbal hair rinse mixed with ACV!

CN: What is the one thing you'd tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Z: I would recommend to her to find a knowledgeable mentor to help assist her with her journey! The journey to nappturalism can be a challenging, emotional rollercoaster for some. If you have a mentor to lean on-ask questions too, seek guidance, support and motivation, the journey can become less stressful and much more enjoyable for a newbie!

CN: How do you maintain length?
Z: I do live a very healthy lifestyle; nutrition and exercise are a huge part of my hair care regime. I drink a homemade herbal hair growth tea almost every day which is also a great health & wellness tea.... I keep my hair in a protective style 80% of the time, and I’m always consistent with my hair care techniques...I also use inexpensive high quality natural products! Some of the other things that help me retain length; I NEVER use heat and get my hair professionally trimmed every 6mos!

CN: What led to your decision to solely use natural products and ingredients?
Z: I didn’t like the way my hair looked or felt when I first went natural. It wasn’t at all how I imagined it should look. The commercial products I was using were depressing my hair for real! I had lived an alternative holistic lifestyle for quite a few years before I decided to return my hair to its natural state, so I decided it was time for my hair products to go natural too! Since I have stuck with 100% pure natural products my hair has thrived beyond my imagination.

CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Z: Oh wow I have to say that wearing your natural hair texture separates your beauty from others in a way that creates a divine natural beauty of oneself! Hair is a huge part of a woman’s image and no one else will have the same style or texture because God made each strand specially for you and that is GLAMOROUS!!!!

For more of Zhara, check out her Fotki

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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Growing Nape Hair

by Shelli of Hairscapades

Until a few months ago, I probably would have never thought about this or believed that it was achievable. I mean, nape hair is the same as the hair at our sideburns or like eyelashes and eyebrows, right? In my mind, this hair just had a very short terminal length and was meant to be shorter. Then, I was perusing the Fotki of Zhara after Jasmine aka CurlsDivine told us about her in a GOC update and I came across this picture. Go ahead, look at it and read the caption … I’ll wait.

Are you kidding me? Waist length nape hair? That’s impossible!! Right?!?! Guess not! I started thinking about my own very wispy, fine, thin (density) and tangle-prone nape hair. Could I possibly grow that hair to waist length as well? So, I started to do a little research to understand what others have done to grow their more delicate nape hair longer. These are some tips that I found or think make sense.

Some of these tips are no-brainers and techniques that I already practice. Others probably wouldn’t work for me because of the fine and easily weighed down nature of my nape hair. So, I think it’s probably best to pick and choose the techniques that are likely to work for you and modify as needed:

  • Don’t over-manipulate the hair at the nape with brushing and/or combing.
  • Be very gentle when detangling the nape area (finger detangling is recommended).
  • Wear styles that prevent your nape hair from rubbing your clothing as excessive friction can cause damage and breakage.
  • Avoid placing a lot of tension on the nape hair with overly tight weaves, braids, bun and ponytail styles.
  • Protect the nape at night with a silk/satin scarf and/or bonnet ensuring that this area is fully covered. A satin pillowcase adds yet another level of protection in the event that your headgear is prone to “slippage” like mine.
  • If you use commercial permanent colors, apply dyes to the nape last so that it is processed for less time or don’t treat this area at all.
  • If/when you use heat, reduce the temperature and ensure the hair is adequately treated with a heat protector.
  • Moisturize and seal this hair more if hair it is prone to dryness. This applies to using additional conditioner through the wash session (regular conditioner, deep conditioner) and moisture during styling (leave-in, styler, sealing).
  • Massage the scalp to promote circulation and growth. (I use an essential oil mix that has been proven to stimulate growth. I have tried Dr. Miracle’s Temple and Nape Grow Balm to increase density, not length, in the past. I didn’t notice any appreciable difference. However, I admit, I wasn’t diligent about using it every day either.)
  • Braid the nape hair into a horizontal cornrow and thread the length through the cornrow to protect it.

This last technique is the only one that I hadn’t really thought of or applied previously and I found this great “How to” on it on K is for Kinky: Protecting and Growing Out Your Nape with the Braid Method. Now, this may not work for every style, but it looks like a great way to protect the delicate nape when wearing hair down and out as the braid can easily be hidden. I’m thinking that even a simple braid bunned at the nape would work for those with very fine nape hair like me or those who can’t cornrow. So, don’t be surprised if the next time you see me wearing a Wash n Go or Twist-n-Curl, I’m packing a mini-bun under it as I’m on a mission now to grow my nape hair to waist length too!


Are you growing out your nape? What techniques have you found to be effective?

Margaret- A Story of Transition

Meet Margaret... a gorgeous long term transitioner!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner of 22 months, with my last relaxer being July 17,2008. I have had long hair all of my life and did not feel I could work with short hair having a round face. I will say that transitioning is definitely not for the faint at heart. At times I felt unattractive and could not get my hair to work as I wanted.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I actually performed mini chops monthly throughout my transition, however on May 28, 2010 I received the final chop revealing my natural hair. I went to a stylist for the final chop, which she did while wet (she wanted to blow dry it prior to cutting). It was cut in layers and shorter than it has ever been, however I had prepared myself mentally for this and was quite excited. Because KCCC mixed with Proclaim styling gel was used, I did not like the results. It was crunchy, sticky and just yucky!!! I came home and immediately washed my hair, lol!

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
Family and friends reactions have been mixed. The majority of my family members and friends have been very supportive, others have not made a comment one way or another. I have received compliments from strangers and have even encouraged a long time friend to transition. My response has been gracious to all compliments and if I get the side eye, I hold my head in confidence and keep going.

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
I pre-pooed w/ oil (Amla, HV Vatika Frosting, Coconut oil) shampooed weekly with Lisa Akbari's Cleansing, Clarifying and Balance Shampoo, Cream of Nature (old formula), condition rinsed with Suave Naturals Coconut or VO 5 Moisture Milks (detanged w/ Jilbere shower comb), deep conditioned with (Karen Body Beautiful, Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Kenra), Leave-in Elucence Moisture Balance and HV Cocoasta Shikaki Oil (Denman used to style), Henna (2 X monthly). Yes I am a PJ. :) I have started using Amla, Maka and Brahmi mixtures now.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
My hair styles varied between 4 to 6 braids gathered in hairzing or hair clamp, bun, or braidout.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I moisturized with Karens Body Beautiful Hair Milk, Cream, Butter and Afro Detangler. Also used Qhemet's Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I had some horrible hair experiences with stylists, the worst being almost bald at the crown due to a relaxer being on too long. Although I did not transition after that experience until over a year later, I changed stylists and began to space out my relaxers from 6-8 weeks to 12 weeks. I also ventured into a healthier lifestyle. My eating habits changed, I began to exercise more and I realized my hair could maintain more health and vibrance being natural. I also realized even at spacing my relaxers to 4 times a year, my previously relaxed hair was exposed to the chemicals during the rinse out and was becoming thinner. My oldest daughter went through the transitioning to natural journey and although I chickened out while she went through it, this was the right time for me.
I do not regret going natural and appreciate the support from sites like Curlynikki and individuals willing to reach out Zhara, Frizzcurls, Iris, Maria, Nikole, Kai and you (so many, I can't name them all). I thank God for giving me strength and continually guiding me in this journey. I love the health and vibrance my hair has maintained since becoming natural. Although I know I have a ways to go as a newbie, I look forward to continually learning my hair and supporting others as I have been.

Herbal Hair Rinses

After receiving Zhara's Hair Growth Tea recipe, I became very interested in the use of herbs as a final rinse. Back in January I posted an article called Natural Remedies for Natural Hair--the list below is a continuation (and application). 

Promotes healthy hair growth--many women on longhaircommunity swear by this stuff for long, strong hair.  It supposedly reduces the occurrence of split ends and breakage.
Chamomile: Softens hair, soothes the scalp, lighten and conditions (people use it with honey to bring out natural highlights). Chamomile is also known to stimulate growth.
Horsetail: Helps brittle hair due to its high silica content.
Lavender: Stimulates hair growth
Nettle: conditions, improves texture, helps with dandruff, irritated scalp, and dry scalp
Parsley: enriches hair color and gives a nice luster
Plantain: great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Peppermint: stimulates the scalp
Rosemary: Acts as a tonic and conditioner, one of the best herbs to use, gives luster and body, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out dark highlights in the hair.
Sage: Very effective in restoring color to graying hair, excellent for weak brittle hair
Saw Palmetto: good for thinning hair and hair loss
Thyme: good for oily hair and dandruff
Witch Hazel: cleanses hair

After you've decided which herb(s) will get the job done, follow the steps below:
  1. Place the herb(s) in a pitcher (glass is ideal).
  2. Pour boiling water over the herb(s), cover, and steep for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture and allow the liquid to cool.
  4. Pour over your head after your regular shampoo, condition, and detangling session. Do not rinse.
Buy your herbs in bulk from one of the following:

Bulk Herb Store
Mountain Rose Herbs

I plan to experiment with catnip, rosemary, and nettle. I might even try adding a few of these to my next henna treatment...whenever that may be. What about you?!

CurlyTD Shows Off Her 'Bedroom' Hair

I thought I'd share my nightly routine with you and your readers. Hopefully it works for someone else as well!

My Night-time routine:

Step 1: When I get home, I instantly put my hair up into a loose, messy bun

Step 2: When I'm ready to get ready for the night I let down my bun and let my hair loose

Step 3: I take out my hair tie, satin scarf and hair bonnet.

Step 4: I separate my hair into two (2) sections making loose pigtails.

Step 5: I take one (1) section of my hair and start to apply Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil to the entire section. FYI: I use the Omega Nutrition brand

Step 6: I take more coconut oil and concentrate on my ends.

Step 7: I place a hair tie around the section of hair I'm working on and pick up more coconut oil and apply it to the crown of my head and hair line.

Step 8: I then repeat the same steps on the other side of head until I have two loose pigtails.

Step 9: I then put on my satin scarf.

Step 10: Lastly, I put on a hair bonnet since my satin scarf will usually fall off!

Next Day Hair...Actually Day 5 Hair!!

That's it! It usually takes me 5 minutes, if even that!

I've found this to be the best way to preserve my hairstyles. Following this nightly routine gives me 5-7 day hair without re-twisting :-)

FYI- I twist my hair with either Carol's Daughter Hair Milk or just water & Organic Coconut Oil ( I picked that up from stalking Zhara's Fotki!). I have very thick hair but I've found this routine helps to hold my style despite not using a gel.

I hope this helps another curly girl out there!

a.k.a CurlyTD

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