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tea hair rinse

How to make a tea hair rinse + the benefits

Longing for a natural way to boost the health of your hair? A tea hair rinse could be just what you need!

Not only does tea provide us day-long comfort sipped from a mug, it can also help your hair look its best. Tea rinses have been popular for centuries and their benefits are endless. Each variety offers a different treatment for your hair, from combating dandruff and helping to tackle hair loss to brightening hair colour.

How to make a tea hair rinse:


If you’re at home, you probably have all the ingredients and resource to make a tea hair rinse right now! All you need to do is:

  1. Add three to five tea bags 500ml of hot water and let it steep for a strong brew or reduce to one or two bags for a weaker rinse.
  2. Let it cool for around 30 minutes or until it is at a safe cool temperature then remove tea bags. Save them to put on your eyes once fully cooled to tackle dark circles – 2 benefits in 1 brew!
  3. Just before you use your tea rinse, wash your hair with shampoo and towel dry lightly – leaving it damp.
  4. Distribute the rinse throughout your hair and scalp. A spray bottle would be useful if you have one lying around.
  5. Cover your hair with a plastic cap or old towel for around 30 minutes and then rinse your hair with cold water. You don’t need to use shampoo afterwards, but feel free to use conditioner .

What tea should I use in my hair rinse?


Just like everyone has a favourite tea to drink, everyone will have a favourite tea to make a hair tea rinse with. It totally depends on what hair issue you want to address (and maybe what you already have in your cupboard!).

Try green tea for some extra hair energy


Green tea is full of nutrients, antioxidants and caffeine, a super trio for hair growth! A green tea hair rinse is effective enough to nourish your hair follicles with natural goodness. As it is has powerful levels of antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E, it can also help to guard against sun damage.

A tea to enhance every hair colour

  • White tea rinses can be used on all hair types but are especially beneficial for people with light hair like blondes and red heads, natural or dyed.

  • Chamomile tea rinses can enhance any blonde barnet – try it combined with honey and a little lemon juice and some sunlight. Just remember to condition after! Chamomile tea has also seen to leave you with straighter and shinier hair.

  • Hibiscus / rooibos tea rinses smell beautiful and can help bring out the best in red or light brown hair.

  • Black / dark-coloured tea: if you have brown or black hair, black and dark teas help improve the colour and may even help hide greys.

Tackle hair shedding with tea


Black tea rinses can be very effective for helping to reduce hair shedding. The natural properties of black tea can help to block the hormone DHT, which is responsible for hair shedding.

A black tea hair rinse can also do wonders for greasy and oily hair. The compounds in tea can naturally balance pH levels on the scalp and help to regulate the amount of oil it produces. That’s all greasy hair is caused by – the scalp producing too much oil.

Whatever tea you use, enjoy experimenting with tea rinses – perhaps one of the cheapest, easiest and most natural hair treatments you can try!

Last updated: 29 April 2020

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