In today’s chapter of beau-tea secrets, we will uncover some age old and some new tea secrets that benefit hair. In today’s day and age, our beautiful manes have almost been accustomed to using chemical ridden shampoos, conditioners, hair masks etc. Tea, a very prevalent beauty secret in the world of natural beauticians, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in everyone’s hair care routines. And since there’s still plenty of time in that taking place, in this article I’ll share with you some easy DIY recipes, which tackle some common hair woos.
NO MORE SHEDDING with Black Tea
Hair shedding is severe problem faced by most of us around the world. Seeing clumps of hair in the drain puts us in an instant panic mode, well fret not as today we have an effective and easy solution for this. The main reason behind hair shedding is a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Black tea contains caffeine, which blocks DHT. Thus halting hair shedding in its track and allowing your hair strands to grow to their optimal growth. In addition to halting hair growth, black tea is also helpful in thickening hair strands and strengthening hair follicles. Here’s an easy how to:
Recipe: Brew a strop pot of black tea with 3-4 tea bags in 2-3 cups of water, you can adjust the recipe based on your hair length. Allow it cool down to lukewarm room temperature. Store the mixture in a spray bottle and keep aside.
Directions: Spray the mixture on your entire hair length, starting with hair roots. Massage the mixture thoroughly in the roots. Cover the hair with plastic or a warm hair towel, keep the mixture in hair for 45 minutes and rinse off with mild shampoo and condition as normal.
HAIR COLOR ENHANCING TEA RINSE
Hair color can easily be enhanced with different tea rinses for variety of hair colors. A tea rinse not only enhances hair color, but is also a good alternative to sooth an itchy scalp, nourish the hair shaft and cover greys if used regularly. When it comes to enhancing hair color with tea, not all tea varieties work in the same fashion. Below let’s uncover the secrets for different hair colors.
For Blondes: Chamomile Tea is a soothing and color enhancing tea rinse for blondes. It brings the blond highlights to life, especially if mixed with lemon juice, another brightening agent often used. The recipe is simple and easy to follow. Steep ½ cup of chamomile herbs in 2-3 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain the mixture and let it to cool down until reach lukewarm or room temperature state. Add the juice of half a lemon and 1 teaspoon of honey and the store the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto blond hair, covering the entire hair shaft, especially the areas you want to affect most. Let the mixture stay put for a few hours, if time allows. Its effects can be deepened if sat in direct sunlight, so if the weather allows for than go enjoy yourself a walk on a bright sunny day or just hang out by the beach and enjoy some chilled peach iced-teas. Rinse and wash off with a mild shampoo and don’t forget to condition as lemon is drying in nature.
For Brunettes: Brunettes or my brown haired mavens have it a little easier than their counterparts. Blondes may have all the fun, yet brunettes don’t have to work that hard to maintain their color. Brown hair color can easily be enhanced with a Black Tea hair rinse. Black Tea enhances brown tones, as well as condition your hair and improve hair shedding. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, Steep 1\2 cup of black tea leaves in 2-3 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain the mixture in a spray bottle, add 1 teaspoon of honey to the mixture for its moisturizing qualities. Wait for it to cool down to a lukewarm or room temperature, spray onto hair covering the entire hair length, especially any greys. Shampoo and condition as normal.
For the Redheads out there: Redheads are as unique as they are beautiful. And to keep their bright tresses shinning to their maximum, we have an easy recipe to share, which not enhances but also conditions. Rooibus tea, contains vitamin C in high quantities, which further helps in brightening your tresses. Recipe involves steeping tea leaves on 2-3 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes and spraying onto the full length of hair and shampooing with a mild shampoo after an hour or so and conditioning as normal.
ANTI-DANDRUFF & HAIR GROWTH SIMULANT
Green Tea, a tea with multitude of health and beauty benefits is the star of our show again. In addition to having high contents of antioxidants, it also makes for an excellent rinse for dandruff and a hair growth simulant. Various studies have proven its effectiveness in treating hair loss. The high caffeine content helps in simulating your scalp and penetrates hair roots, which encourages growth. It further nourishes your scalp and protects it from dandruff, bacteria, fungus, and sun damage. The rinse can be easily prepared by steeping green tea leaves in 2-3 cups of boiling water, wait for it to cool then strain the mixture in a spray bottle. Apply to the entire hair length and cover with a plastic cap or a warm towel for added benefit. Rinse and condition as normal.
Hopefully today’s chapter on tea rinses was as insightful for you as it was for us. Who knew tea can do so much more than putting a smile on our faces. Stay beautiful!