Updated: Apr 27
There’s nothing like a glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day, or maybe a warm cup of tea on those cold winter nights. But did you know that tea makes a great rinse for the hair? Tea has so many wonderfully benefits. It is high in antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, and polyphenols. When used as a hair rinse, tea helps with excess shedding; it softens the hair, adds shine, and stimulates the follicles. Tea rinses stimulates the follicles; the caffeine in tea rinses also helps promote growth. The antioxidants in the tea helps to strengthen the hair. It also moisturizes; tea hydrates the hair, soothes the scalp, and adds shine. Depending on the type of tea you use, some tea — such as sage — can darken the hair and cover grey.
There are a number of teas, also known as herbs or botanicals that can be used on the hair. You may be familiar with green tea and black tea as popular hair rinses, but there are other teas, along with different tea blends that are effective hair treatments. Most of them are available in your local health food store.
A word of caution though: Check with your primary care physician before incorporating herbs into your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, suffer from seizures, or are allergic to any plants within the Asteraceae family. Green tea is rich in antioxidants. It helps to treat dry, itchy scalp, heals scalp inflammations, adds shine, minimizes split ends, and softens the hair. Black tea is known for blocking Dihydrotestosterone, which causes excess shedding and sometimes hair loss. Black tea also darkens the hair. White tea helps restore the scalp’s pH and strengthens the hair at the roots, which helps prevent breakage and excess shedding.
Nettle tea is rich in calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Nettle is known to treat dandruff and breakage. It promotes healthy hair growth and makes the scalp more pliable. Peppermint tea helps to soothe the scalp, stimulate the follicles, and increases blood flow to the scalp. Burdock tea is rich in silica and phytosterols which help treat dandruff, strengthen the hair follicles, and minimize breakage. Burdock also has a high level of mucilage, which helps to add slip while detangling and conditioning.
Sage and rosemary teas are known for containing high levels of calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. These two herbs are known for treating hair loss, bringing back the color in grey hair, and stimulating growth. Rosemary improves blood flow, while sage adds its antibacterial and astringent properties.
Basil tea stimulates hair follicles and hydrates dry, dull hair. Fenugreek tea will help to strengthen the hair at the roots. Hibiscus tea helps to seal in moisture. It causes the cuticles to lay flat which helps with minimizing tangles and knots. I know by now you are wondering which tea rinse to use. It’s best to base which kind of tea to use on the condition of your hair. Below are lists of tea rinses and blends that may be helpful in your regimen.
Herbs that soften: Chamomile, Comfrey, Elder Flowers, Green Tea, Nettle, Oat Straw, Sage.
Herbs that strengthen: Black Tea, Burdock, Fenugreek, White tea.
Herbs that stimulate the follicles: Basil, Burdock, Comfrey, Fenugreek, Ginger, Horsetail, Nettle, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme.
Herbs that add shine: Comfrey, Green Tea, Sage.
Herbs that treat dry scalp and dandruff: Burdock, Dandelion, Ginger, Hibiscus, Nettle, Thyme.
Herbs high in mucilage: Burdock, Flaxseed, Hibiscus, Marshmallow Root.
If you’re dealing with dry hair, you can steep nettle, sage, marshmallow root, and lavender for 15 to 30 minutes. Strain and use after rinsing your conditioner. You can rinse it out or leave it in for added conditioning.
For dandruff or dry scalp, you can steep green tea, rosemary, nettle, peppermint, and chamomile for 15 to 30 minutes. Strain and use after rinsing your conditioner. For dull hair, steep nettle, oat straw, parsley, and rose petals for 15 to 30 minutes.
You can also use a tea mist. After you’ve brewed your herbal tea combination, you can add a tablespoon of aloe vera juice for every 4 ounces of tea and use it as a daily refresher. If you have a thick texture, you may see greater benefits if you seal after using the mixture as a daily refresher. Whichever tea or tea blend you use, in order to see positive results from using herbal tea rinses, you have to stay consistent. The more consistent you are, the more beneficial the results.