My hair has been shedding more than usual over the past 2 weeks. I know it is shed hair because it is long with a white bulb at the end. I know shedding hair is a normal process but I am currently shedding more hair than normal. I think I am shedding more because of the cold. Winter has finally arrived in my part of the world. I decided to try out a black tea rinse to help curb the shedding. I did my first black tea rinse last Sunday. I followed a video by a hair blogger called Traycee of KISS.
The caffeine in black tea acts as a DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) blocker. DHT is the hormone that is responsible for hair shedding. The tea also promotes shine, darkens hair and enhances natural highlights in the hair.
Some women prefer to use coffee as well as many other different types as tea as well as tea infused with herbs such as lavender, rosemary, chamomile etc depending on what other benefits you desire.
I bought the black tea at my local supermarket. It cost me about R10 (approx. US$1.25). The box has 100 teabags. This is how I did the rinse –
- I boiled about 1 litre of water in a pot on the stove.
- When the water was boiling I added 4 teabags to the water and switched the stove off.
- I let the tea bags steep in the water for about 2 hours while the water cooled.
- I washed my hair as usual.
- I poured the tea over may hair, concentrating on the scalp.
- I squeezed out excess tea from my hair and put my hair under a shower cap for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes I applied a deep conditioner over the tea on the hair. I did not rinse out the tea first. (I used Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner).
- I then deep conditioned under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
- I rinsed out the conditioner and tea and proceeded to moisturise and seal as usual.
I have only done this rinse once so I cannot yet make conclusions but I think my shedding did decrease slightly after this. I must say though my hair was super soft after rinsing out the conditioner and tea. It was also really shiny. I am doing another tea rinse today (my teabags are steeping as I type this!) I will let you know what my conclusions are on black tea rinses.
Do you do black tea rinses? Would you recommend them?