Saturday, July 17, 2010

Black Tea Rinse, I ♥ you

brand of tea that I used
Tuesday night I did my first tea rinse with Earl Gray Black Tea and I'm upset that I didn't try this before! I was honestly skeptical but my suspicions were happily unfounded! I had purchased the tea over the weekend but wasn't sure if I was going to go ahead with the black tea as it darkens hair with use - I love my brown, no darkening for me.

So instead, I wanted to try rosemary (rosemary is good for hair as well but does not darken you hair over time) but just my luck, I couldn't find any at the market, so I grabbed a box of black tea and went on my way.

I boiled maybe 4-5 cups of water to a roaring bowl, added 2 tea bags, and turned the burner down to low for about 10 minutes. I pour the tea into a hard larger pitcher and let the tea steep for about 15 minutes to cool down. My plan to let it cool down and steep the tea even longer, but I grew impatient and wanted to wash my hair and get it over with so threw in ice cubes :)

I washed my hair, did my black tea rinse right after and my hair felt so reinforced - best fitting word I can think of at the moment. I've never experienced my hair in that state before, it didn't even feel like my hair. My hair NEVER felt so strong, without making me worried that it's going to brittle once it's dry. I applied a moisture treatment, rinsed, hair felt great, and then applied my deep conditioner for 30 mins and rinsed out. When I stepped out the tub to check the hair catcher, there was noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hair. None. None. None. I will proudly admit, I did a happy dance after I checked the hair catcher. I was so shocked. I didn't expected the rinse to work so well. I roller set my hair and could count the shed hairs when I was through. Tea rinses are definitely a staple in my regimen.

Here's a bit of information I found on different teas:
Because the scalp supplies that hair with the protein and nutrients through a network of blood vessels, the most effective hair rinses act directly on the scalp than on the hair shafts themselves. One of the two types of rinses are chemical and natural. Natural rinses are more preferred because they act as stimulates, and help the circulation in the scalp rather than just coating the hair with a protective chemical film active.

Chamomile: This will bring our natural highlights in hair. You can also add natural lemon juice to heighten lightening effects in the sunlight.

Rosemary: This will bring out the warmth, richness and depth of dark colored hair. Rosemary is also been known to stimulate the scalp, prevent hair loss and help to regrow hair.

Nettle: This will help prevent and treat dandruff and stimulate circulation in the scalp. Excellent for use during winter.

Sage: Sage helps reduce the buildup of oil on the scalp and promotes healthier hair. Use this rinse after shampooing for three weeks.
 If you're dealing with shedding, try doing a tea rinse, but make sure you deep condition afterwards!

25 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm glad the black tea rinse worked for you. I need to work it back into my regimen but laziness has caused me to not be consistent w/ them...

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  2. sharin pitts12/14/10, 11:17 AM

    I dont shed too much cuz I am careful with the care of my hair and dont fool with it if im in a hurry...But no hair shed is even better than little hair shed!!!lol So I bought a box of blk tea and I'll mos def be trying that...Thanks for the info

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  3. @sharin pitts: You just reminded me that I have a whole box left that I need to use. I need to revisit black tea rinses.

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  4. Great review! I did my first tea rinse on Saturday and its a staple for me too after that experience. My shedding was cut by at least 75% immediately.

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  5. Latrice11235/3/11, 7:46 PM

    Do you still use the black tea rinse?

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  6. I do. Did a black tea rinse two weeks, but I'm not planning another for
    weeks and only if I need it.

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  7. Thxs Jeni.....I purchased BlackTea yesterday...so I'm excited. Thxs for your response to my question...MUAH!

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  8. No prob! I hope it works well for you! :)

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  9. So let's take a closer look at what makes black tea so
    special. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. ACG again. Has the black tea rinse darkened your hair?

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  11. I plannom doing a black tea rinse today but I can't figure out how to work it into my regimen. What order do you apply it in; pre-poo, poo, tea, roux, deep condish, PM Skinny treatment, etc? Or do you skip some of those steps? Also, how long do you leave it in? Thanks.

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  12. I dye my hair black and I use Miss Clairol. I love it black, however I am totally all over this black tea rinse idea! I'm going to try it :)

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  13. Yep, I love my black tea rinse and its so dag gone easy too, stops shedding instantly and I don't mind the darkening though, I do them every wash for now, I was on the LHCF and thought what harm could it really do. I think I'll blog about it this weekend.

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  14. ACG, I normally do this in two phases, i brew two large plastic cups worth, hop in the shower 1. Tea rinse 2. let is sit for a min 3. shampoo 4. rinse shampoo 5 tea rinse again while i finish my shower and then do my DC.

    I can honestly tell you, it was one experiment that my hair loves, along with Co-Washing, which I am still experimenting on :)

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  15. I am so glad I am not alone . My hair has been shredding like crazy. I will also be trying the black tea rinse on Friday. Thank you so much.

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  16. mylaylique6/7/12, 1:44 AM

    Black tea rinses are the "bomb" for hair shedding. My hair was shedding like crazy, and thinning out, so I decided to try a black tea rinse. I figured, what did I have to lose? The very first time I did one, my shedding was cut in half! The last one I did was 2 days ago, and the hair shed was about 75% less that it used to be. More hair is staying on my head, leaving it thicker and fuller. It is pretty amazing, that something so simple and natural as tea, could yield these kind of results. The way I use it is I wash my hair first, then pour the tea rinse on my scalp, let it sit for about 10 min., and then apply my conditioner, let that sit and then rinse.

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    1. I agree, I love how simple and effective doing a black tea rinse is!

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  17. hi Jeni is it ok to do the Black Tea Rinse every week after my wash??

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  18. Hi there. Yes it is. I find that black tea stiffens hair a bit, so i wouldn't use it as my last step... Following up with a conditioner returns my hair back to normal, but apart from that, I don't see an issue with weekly black tea rinses. :)

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  19. Thanks for the info will do :)

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  20. Hey Jen if I wanted to do a ACV rinse which I absolutely love along with the black tea rinse which I haven't tried yet...how should I incorporate the two?

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    1. Hi there, try doing the black tea rinse before you deep condition. That way, when you deep condition, the DC will help with any hardness or clumping the black tea might cause. Try doing the ACV rinse after you rinse out the DC to seal the cuticles and trap the moisture from the DC into the hair strand. Hope this helps!

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  21. My hair has been shedding since I went natural. I have been using Black tea as a LEAVE IN as the shedding is quite intense. Thus far, my hair is strengthened but NO EFFECT AT ALL ON SHEDDING. I guess what works for some people or even most, does not work on all. Thanks for the info though.

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    1. You don't leave the tea in your hair. You must rinse and do a deep conditioner afterwards.

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  22. I tried this method and I haven't even washed the tea out yet and my hair is already really soft! However, I was wondering if anyone has left the tea in & how did it affect your hair? Is it a better idea to rinse it out or leave it in?

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