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.
- 3 cups of distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of rooibos tea
- 6-8 hibiscus flowers
- 1 teaspoon rosemary or 1 drop of rosemary essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of ACV (apple cider vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon of rose hips fruit
- Warm the distilled water and pour it over all of the herbs and florals.
- Cover and allow to steep until cool.
- Strain and discard the spent plant material.
- Add the ACV and *essential oil to the room temp infused water. Blend well.
- Pour it over the hair and massage the scalp well with the pads of your fingers. Be sure to have a bowl to catch the run off.
- Repeat the above setup several times.
- You can rinse it out with cool water or leave in on the hair and proceed to styling.
This is a very concentrated infusion for maximum benefit. If your hair is light in color, such as brown or blond, avoid using this tea as it may cause staining of your strands. Give it a try and see how much you like it as well.
Caution: Avoid getting the rinse into the eyes.