Raise your hand if you use hair tea! *crickets*
Okayyy Fine. Here’s everything you need to know about hair tea - The which, the what, how, and my OMG results after using some! Share this with your friends if you find it useful too.
Hair Tea Benefits
Depending on which Tea you use, using hair tea in your routine:
- Adds shine!
- Promotes hair growth
- Reduce excessive hair loss
- Strengthens and stimulates hair follicles
- Retains styling for longer days (juicy results!)
What is Hair Tea?
This is not your chai latte or the masala chai. No. Hair tea is using specific “herbs” meant for enhancing hair and scalp health.
How I use Hair Tea
I prefer using ready blends with many herbs in them. My go-to hair teas are either Tropigyalnaturals Herbal Hair Tea or Bounce Curl Hair Tea. Since these are made for Tea Rinses I am confident to leave them in my hair! But, the concept is “hair tea rinse”. So when in doubt, make sure you use HAIR TEA as your “last rinse”. Use before styling or conditioning for best results. If these ready blends are not accessible to you, here’s a list of teas you can use or club them together to make it EXTRA. Use your discretion, as always.
11 Herbal Teas That Your Hair Will Love
Black Tea - Promotes hair growth, slows down hair fall, restores shine and color to your hair. Rinsing your hair with black tea helps to darken your hair and also give it luster. Black tea contains caffeine penetrating into the hair follicles and stimulating hair growth.
Chamomille - Calms scalp irritation and promotes hair growth. But, it can have a “bleaching effect” on darker hair. The polyphenols and pigments lighten your hair color to give you natural highlights. Since I have dark hair I don’t use it in my hair tea. Use your discretion if you do. Here’s an article with DIY options using Chamomile
Sage - Using this regularly can darken your hair. Sage contains natural pigments that stain grey hair naturally. Besides, sage is rich in antioxidants which help to prevent and reduce the formation of new grey hair. Sage is also said to be highly beneficial in treating alopecia and thinning hair.
Nettle - Rich in vitamins, nettle leaves promote hair growth. It also can inhibit the formation of DHT – the hormone that causes male and female baldness. I always look for nettle leaves in ready tea blends (Buy in India: Pukka Motherkind tea!) Nettle tea is great for your body, helping you flush toxins away. I consume such teas and reuse the bags for hair too.
Rosemary - Prevents dandruff and makes hair super shiny! I love adding fresh rosemary to my tea blends and brew it all together. Rosemary also happens to be my fav scent! Simmering fresh rosemary for 15-30min fills my house with the most comforting smell. This aromatherapy lifts up your spirits and reduce depression too! Buy in India here.
Moringa - Did you know? Deficiency in Vitamin A causes thickening of scalp, resulting in dryness and dandruff! No wonder they say an apple a day! Love this article by Laurriette Rota learn more about Moringa benefits here. Laurriette says, add Moringa powder to various teas or you can stir it into hot water to make tea on its own. You may add apple cider vinegar for added benefits if you wish.
Calendula - Oh it's one my favorite scent ever! Rich in antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties Calendula soothes sensitive scalps. You can even use calendula to brighten blonde hair. For best results, steep 1/4 cup calendula flower petals in 1 cup boiling water overnight. Strain, then use directly on your scalp as a final rinse post-shampoo.
Hibiscus - Known for its natural conditioning properties, hibiscus also helps in hair growth! My only problem is that it tints your hair. It can also stain your hands. If you don't mind those aspects then simmer hibiscus powder in water to make tea to use it as a rinse. Massage your scalp and rinse it off. I don't like the deep red undertone for my hair so I don’t use it but you can if you want to.
Neem - Best known to soothe scalp issues like dry scalp, dandruff and hair fall. Add a cup of fresh neem leaves to boiling water, and use this water to rinse your hair after shampooing your hair. Rinse it out!
Peppermint - Stimulates scalp to promote circulation and hair. You can steep fresh spearmint or peppermint in boiling water to use that as a rinse. Another alternative is to reuse peppermint tea bags to prepare your hair tea. Apply it on cleansed hair before conditioner. Make sure to rinse it all out.
7 Practical Ways to incorporate Hair Tea
7. Spray it section-wise before/after/during styling - this is how I prefer to use my hair tea!
Is it better than Rice Water Rinse?
If you are protein sensitive and didn't want to try the rice water rinse, hair teas are a safe bet. Due to the amount of protein in the rice water, it can dry out your hair. But depending on which hair tea you use, tea rinses moisturize hair. You can add essential oils to make it smell more pleasant as well but Rice waters stink, hair teas do not!
Would using this rinse warm be more beneficial, or cool is fine?
If you have low porosity hair then using warm tea is more beneficial. Do not add oils to your hair teas if you have fine hair or low density hair. Otherwise, for me, since I have thick hair, I don't mind using my risnes at room temperature.
How to store Hair Tea?
Do not use hair tea that's more than 2 days old!! NO! If you watch my video, I usually make only a cup of tea to use immediately. Again, use your discretion.
You can add a few drops of your fav oil in your hair tea, and scalp massage for added scalp benefits!
I prefer tea. It’s more practical for me to prepare, use, and it smells better than most other DIYs. Compared to using water, I also notice how juicy, soft, and defined my curls are after using hair tea. Let me know if you try!