Hair Teas

Herbal rinses are great way to give your hair nutrition and can substitute as great home remedies. They can also help add highlights to dull and lackluster hair. When used regularly that can help close and heal the cuticle layer of the hair and give the hair shine and bounce. Here are few guidelines in making your hair teas.

 Herbal infusions are made the same way you would make a tea that you would drink, 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs for every cup of water or 2 teaspoons of dried herb for every cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and pour over your herbs. All this mixture to steep for 20 minutes or more, then strain. The longer you allow the herbs to steep the stronger the tea will be.

 When making a tea out of more fibrous parts the process is a little different. Use 2 tablespoons of your herb to 1 cup of water, bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Allow the brew to cool and strain.

 Your teas can now be used in a couple of different ways. The most common way is as a hair rinse. After shampooing your hair you can use this before or after your conditioner. Most people will use this as the final rinse, meaning they will not rinse the tea out of there hair. Others will find the teas too strong to leave in and will need to rinse the tea out of their hair after allowing it to sit in the hair for at least 10 minutes. In general, if treating a condition like dandruff or dermatitis, then do not rinse out your hair tea. If using a rinse that has added vinegar then it should be rinsed out.

 For application of your hair teas, use an applicator bottle to apply directly to scalp and hair after  shampooing and towel blotting your hair. If you are planning on rinsing out your hair tea, then allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing out with cool or tepid water. If you are planning on leaving the hair tea in your hair than apply over a basin, so that you may use the collected rinse water over your hair again during the same application.

 Here are a few herbs that may interest in your hair tea mixes.

Horsetail– good for all hair types, contains amino acids and silica and is great for conditioning the hair

Nettle– antifungal and good for hair growth, contains tons of vitamins and minerals essential for hair

Coltsfoots– similar to horsetail

Marshmallow root– great emollient, anti inflammatory

Rosemary– can be used as a rinse to darken hair, as well hair an excellent hair conditioner

Lavender- great for dry hair and leaves a pleasant scent

Chamomile– can be used to give highlights, lightens dark hair over time

Peppermint– stimulating and great for itchy scalps

You may also want to consider orange or lemon peels to your tea blends. Generally one cup rinses are enough for 1 application depending on the length of your hair.

 Herbal blend suggestions: 1 teaspoon of nettle & 1 teaspoon of peppermint for itchy scalp and dandruff

 2 teaspoons of horsetail to help condition and detangle hair

 1 teaspoon of lavender, ½ teaspoon of horsetail and ½ teaspoon of rosemary for dry hair

About nawlins natural

Looking to share my natural hair journey. I have been natural for 2yrs and enjoy sharing my knowledge and enjoy learning different techniques of how to care for my natural hair. I believe in the most high power, Jesus Christ and maintain a positive outlook for my life. My motto is "Something wonderful is going to happen!" Please follow me on Twitter @allierucks my Facebook Page Natural Hair Community
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10 Responses to Hair Teas

  1. Tiffany Gunn says:

    Wow thanks for this post. I was always curious about the tea rinse. I might do one this weekend.

  2. Justice Jones says:

    OMGoodness, I was just at the Nature Store tonight and checked to see if they had horsetail, nettle, marshmallow, oatstraw, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, and a couple other herbs. I hadn’t heard or knew anything about. Coltsfoots but I’ll find out lol. Hey Allie, do you know if Ginger Root is a good herb for hair?

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I will be keeping this about of my hair treatments

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