What is a Rinse?
This is simply a process whereby you pour water or a mix of water and another product through your hair at the end of your conditioning step, well at least usually. It is like a finisher – like, let’s say, ‘icing on the cake’!
There are tea rinses which are very popular. Tea rinses strengthen your hair and certain teas, like black tea for instance, helps to reduce hair loss. To make tea rinses, it is really child’s play. It is simply boiling water and adding the tea in its raw natural state – leaves (fried or fresh) – or in tea bags, and allowing it to cool before using. Using tea bags makes it easier as you will not have to strain the leaves from the tea before using.
Here are a few reasons to consider using tea rinses :
- makes your gray hair darker – Rosemary and Sage
- makes your hair shiny – Chamomile for blondes; Rooibos for redheads; or Black Tea for brunettes/dark hair,Lemon
- reduces hair shedding – Green Tea, Black Tea
- stimulates hair growth – Green Tea, Nettle,Hibiscus
- strengthens and thickens the hair – Black Tea
Here are a few interesting natural rinses:
Black Tea Rinse
Black tea bag
The quantity that you choose will be determined by your hair volume and length. On average, one tea bag to 1 cup of hot water should suffice. For a rinse, simply bring the water to a boil and then pour it over the tea bag or bags depending on the amount of tea rinse needed. Cover and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool, pour in an empty bottle (for easy application) and then pour over freshly washed or conditioned hair, slowly,using one hand to gently massage tea through hair and on scalp. Do not rinse out. Just continue with the next step in your regimen. Black tea rinse helps with reducing hair fall.
For this rinse, it is best to use brewed coffee. If you only have instant coffee packets, then so be it…you work with what you have. Once coffee is brewed, allow to cool. Once cool, pour through hair, massaging as you do. It is best to let this rinse ‘sit’ on your hair for a few minutes (cover with a plastic cap) and then gently rinse out. Leaving it on the hair can sometimes make the hair feel ‘stiff or hard’. Coffee rinse is a great strengthener for your hair. Also, it can have a darkening effect on your hair if used regularly.
Chamomile Tea Rinse
Chamomile tea bag
Chamomile tea rinse is used to make hair soft and shiny. Simply add tea bag to hot water after boiling, allow it to cool, then pour through hair.
Making tea rinses are easy and will work wonders to your hair if done on a fairly consistent basis. Give it a try and see the difference it can make for your hair.
Have fun and let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
Thank you for reading.