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Black Tea Rinse for Natural Hair
How To and Top 4 Benefits
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Tea rinses have become increasingly popular as a way to care for natural, curly hair of all types. Different herbal tea rinses, such as chamomile, hibiscus, and peppermint, can bring a variety of benefits to your curly haircare routine.
So, too, can a hair rinse made of regular tea. A green tea rinse or a black tea rinse for natural hair can do wonders for the health of your scalp and the hair that grows from it.
In this article, we’ll focus on the black tea hair rinse, its benefits, and how you can do your own black tea rinse at home.
Find out about another type of hair rinse that can give your natural haircare routine a boost: Rice Water Rinse for Curly Hair: What Is It, Benefits, and 3 EASY Rice Water Recipes.
Make yourself a cuppa tea, sit back, and relax, as we deep dive into the benefits of using a black tea rinse for natural hair!
- What is a black tea hair rinse?
- Benefits of a black tea rinse for natural hair
- How often to do a black tea hair rinse
- Tips for doing a black tea rinse for natural hair
- DIY black tea rinse for hair growth
What is a black tea hair rinse?
A black tea rinse is a hair and scalp treatment made from oxidized leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis plant). It can provide a variety of benefits, especially to those with thinning or dull hair or who are experiencing scalp irritation. It is made in the same way as you would make a (very strong) cup of tea to drink but is instead applied to your scalp.
Benefits of a black tea rinse for natural hair
Black tea has been used in the Eastern world for centuries as a hair treatment to promote the growth of fuller, stronger, and healthier hair. Let’s look at some of the benefits of black tea hair rinse for any curly haircare routine.
1. Reduces hair shedding.
Black tea has a high caffeine content. Caffeine is thought to have the ability to block the action of a hair loss-inducing hormone named dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone has been shown to cause hair follicles to shrink and strands to become weakened.
2. Promotes hair growth.
There are several antioxidants in black tea. Antioxidants are known to prevent and repair cell damage, which means the cells will be able to function as they should and do so at optimal levels. With the antioxidants in a black tea hair rinse keeping the scalp cells healthier, the scalp will be better able to support healthy hair growth.
Plus, caffeine is thought to stimulate the hair follicles, leading to improved hair growth.
3. Makes hair shinier.
It is a fact that healthy hair actually does look healthy. It is more elastic, bouncier, and yes, shinier, too. This may be why persons who use a black tea hair rinse on a regular basis report that it makes their hair shinier.
The shine may actually be the result of the black tea rinse contributing to plump, hydrated, healthy strands with a deeper, richer color. Those are the kind of strands that will be able to reflect light in a uniformed manner – and the kind of strands we all want!
4. Boosts hair color.
Black tea contains theaflavins, a kind of antioxidant, that have a red color and help to make black tea dark. They assist with darkening the color of your strands when you apply the rinse to your hair and let it sit for a while.
It can be used as a natural hair dye to deepen the naturally dark shade of your strands. It can also be used as a good way to reduce the appearance of graying. However, you should expect the color to wash out after a few shampoos (as it is with other natural hair colorants).
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How often to do a black tea hair rinse
A black tea rinse may be drying to hair because of the large quantity of caffeine in black tea. So, try to limit your use of this hair treatment to once per week, at most.
Everyone’s hair is different. Keep an eye on your strands – note how they react to the black tea rinse over time. You can then decide whether to use it more or less often in your routine.
Tips for doing a black tea rinse for natural hair
- Combat the possible drying effect of your black tea rinse by following it up with a hydrating conditioner.
- Aim to apply the rinse directly to your scalp and not to your strands unless you are looking to take advantage of its coloring effect.
- If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test with the rinse before applying it to your scalp. The test can be done on the inside of your upper arm, then wait 24 hours to see if there is any adverse reaction.
- Avoid using your black tea hair treatment with other treatments or products that are known to be drying, such as sea salt and products containing alcohol.
- It’s wise to wear an old t-shirt when you do a black tea rinse as it is likely to stain whatever you have on.
DIY black tea rinse for hair
Ready to brew some black tea for your scalp? Let’s begin!
Here’s what you will need to do a black tea hair rinse
- 3 – 4 black tea bags (any brand will do)
- 2 cups boiling water
- Spray bottle
- Shower cap
How to do a black tea hair rinse
Steep the tea bag in the boiling water until the tea cools to room temperature.
Pour the tea into the spray bottle, using the funnel to help you avoid spills.
Section your freshly shampooed hair so that your scalp is exposed. Spritz your scalp with the black tea rinse. You can spritz your strands, too, or simply pour the tea over your head if you are using it as a natural hair dye.
Use your fingertips to massage your scalp. This will aid in the absorption of the contents of the tea into your scalp, as well as improve blood flow in the scalp. It will also feel really, really soothing!
Cover your hair with the shower cap and let the tea sit in your hair for 15 minutes to an hour then rinse it out with cold/lukewarm tap water.
Use a regular conditioner or deep conditioner to hydrate your hair and scalp. It will help to reverse the drying effect of the caffeine in the tea rinse.
Do you use a black tea hair rinse or any other kind of tea rinses as a treatment for your natural hair? Tell us about it!