What Are Tea Rinses And How Do They Benefit Your Hair?

Tea rinses for your hair

Everywhere you turn these days there are rave reviews about super foods. Want a thinner waistline and a model’s profile? There’s a super food for that. Crave healthy long lustrous hair? You guessed it! There is bound to be a super food for that too.

Now this is not a food blog by any stretch of the imagination but in the wider scheme of things, it stands to reason that we may be required to turn our attentions to the benefits of edible or consumable ingredients to a healthy hair regimen.

The adage “you are what you eat” has somehow always played a part in our choices even without the scientific research to substantiate the claims. So I suppose there has to be some credibility to these claims if people continue to subscribe to them.

Teas just so happen to be one of those super-foods; the benefits of which have gained more publicity in recent times. Sure you may not classify tea as food but if you Google it you will see it right there among the list of other super-foods.

The tradition of tea drinking may be a bit archaic to Generation Y’ers but growing up, many of the people I knew were self-proclaimed herbalists who swore by this and that bush to get results that eluded even the doctors.

Drink some fever grass for the chills, moringa tea or ginger and cinnamon to calm the nerves … you get my drift, there is a tea for everything so I was not really surprised to find that tea rinses do the hair good too.


What is a tea rinse and how does it benefit your hair?

Well that is exactly the reason for this post. The hair care gurus have found that pouring herbal tea over their hair and scalp as part of a wash day routine yields favorable results that aid the healthy hair journey.

Basically, you would just get a regular tea bag – be it green tea, black tea, any herbal tea or even coffee – steep it in hot water for 10-20 minutes to extract all the goodness, leave it to cool and then pour over your hair and scalp.

So What’s So Great About a Tea Rinse Anyway?

► Increased hair growth from the caffeine: This can be nothing but good news for those of us who struggle to attain a mere ¼ inch per month. The promise of increased growth would automatically cause us to perk up since it would mean we would be able to start seeing some real progress much faster.

Originally posted 2013-10-18 15:00:00.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

    1. Alma Ruddock
      Alma Ruddock

      Lots of deep conditioning every week with heat until your hair softens. After that you can reduce to once a month.

  1. Intercessor Angela
    Intercessor Angela

    On time post- getting ready to wash my hair and use the green tea method- I’ve been natural for 7 years- my hair is very long but is beginning to shed- thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Kelly Wilks
      Kelly Wilks

      Chamomile also lightens the hair. You should be careful with chamomile if you have hay-fever allergies. It’s in the same category and you can have a reaction to it.

  2. Florence Mgbenwa
    Florence Mgbenwa

    Tanx a bunch it came at the right time i was about my hair short. Pls how long should i do relaxer stretch?

  3. Cherry Cherry
    Cherry Cherry

    What do you have to do boil the tea and raise your hair with it …?and what is each one good for…thank also

  4. Keesh123

    How often should you rinse with the tea??..and how long can the tea last if you dont use it all in the previous rinse?

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hi Keesh123. If you include it in your wash regimen only once or twice per month that’s ok . The important thing is ensuring that you don’t just leave it at one wash, sure only one wash will yield some results but it is more effective when repeated. Bear in mind that your brew should not have a high caffeine content, since too much will cause premature shedding. If you have left over tea just pop it in the freezer for future use. This will preserve it until you are ready again.

  5. renay

    Hello I’m transitioning from relaxed to natural its been bout 4 to 6 months since I’ve had a perm I got my side and back tapered last time I had my perm so that were its mostly natural at. My middle and front is mostly perm and natural looking. I do not want to cut my hair were the perm is still in there. So my question is what is some products I should used? And what is some hairdo I can do to blend perm hair with natural? And how long does it take for relaxed hair to grow out? Thank u

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hi Renay,
      I think it the styles you will be able to do are dependent on the length of the shaved sides. If you are not averse to extensions perhaps occasionally you could try clip ins (watch out for the metal on the clips which may cut through your own hair though). Because you are managing different textures, I would suggest that you approach the care and styling of your hair from a texlaxed perspective. Visit this link to see how:

      https://blackhairinformation.com/by-type/relaxed-hair/5-important-things-ive-learned-caring-texlaxed-hair/

  6. jindaa lones

    How much water do you use with the tea.

  7. Samantha Bey

    I’m not quite clear on how on how to proceed with the tea rinse. Are you to wash and condition the first and then do the rinse, or are you to rinse and then condition, or are you to wash, condition, rinse, and condition again as a final step. So, if someone can help me understand this method would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Alma Ruddock

      There are various ways, you can do it before shampooing or after. I tend to prefer after shampooing but right before my conditioner. Some ladies do it as a final rinse too.

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