► Reduced shedding: This, along with the increased growth, is a deal maker. If we are able to limit the number of hairs that leave our scalp we will have thicker tresses which would be great for those with fine low density hair.
Tea rinses reduce shedding is as a result of the presence of caffeine which blocks DHT, a hormone that renders hair follicles incapable of thriving.
Among the biggest supporters of harnessing the benefits of caffeine for hair growth are the makers of the hair shampoo Alpecin*.
But before you bust out a bottle of Coke and douse your head, be very careful as high levels of caffeine can actually stunt hair growth, the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.
In fact, it is better that you pay attention to your labels so you can assess whether your choice of tea has high concentrations of caffeine and pick a more appropriate tea.
Having said that, some ladies are staunch supporters of tea rinses and this YouTuber among others has had success at reducing her shedding with black tea rinses.
► Natural astringents – This completes the trifecta. Since astringents arrest excess oil, you will experience less build-up thus limiting dandruff. In essence there will be less irritation that would normally prompt you to claw at your scalp to soothe the annoying itch.
Types of teas and their benefits:
In general, tea contains vitamins* A, B, C, D, E and K, all of which serve some important purpose to our general health. It stands to reason that these would also be beneficial to hair growth.
Vitamin E* is credited as being rich in properties which slow the aging rate of cells. It is bound to make a difference since it helps fight the effects of free radicals which is why it is used in many hair products. Without getting too technical, there is definitely something to the tea theories.
Black tea – With the highest caffeine content this might not be ideal for a rinse, but countless YouTubers have used it with much success. The key to using black tea is ensuring that you dilute it sufficiently with plenty of water.
Green tea – With ten times the amount of Vitamin C* of black tea, green tea can help improve blood flow to the scalp. It has soothing properties and combats shedding to ensure you keep your hair on your head where it belongs.