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

hair tea rinseChamomile tea – Adds to the aesthetic appeal of your hair by accentuating your natural highlights.

Sage tea – Limits oil build up on your scalp.

Nettle tea – Promotes blood circulation to the scalp to boost hair growth and prevents dandruff.

Rosemary tea – Helps you kick the itch to the curb, results in increased hair growth to help you attain your desired length faster.

Naturally, all these teas and their benefits provide restorative properties to a healthy hair regimen and no doubt can provide the TLC needed to grow out healthy tresses and at roughly a dollar per box of tea bags, it is affordable to maintain.

While there are few conclusive studies that trumpet the benefits of topically applied tea, there is information to suggest that the antioxidants and minerals in teas have been a part of experimental treatment of alopecia with directions to ensure that it is applied topically.

The Kwon et al report also explores the effect of green tea extract applied topically for increased hair growth.


If you are interested in including a tea rinse in your regimen follow the following steps:

1. Brew 1-3 teabags in 5 cups of hot water and allow it to cool. For high caffeine teas stick with just 1 teabag.

2. Section your hair and twist in preparation for your wash.

3. You can use a color applicator bottle or a spray bottle to douse your scalp with the tea, or simply pour the mixture through your scalp using a jug.

4.  Let it sit for 2-5 minutes if the tea you use contains high levels of caffeine but there is no harm in leaving the ones with a low caffeine concentration in for up to 30 minutes if you wish.

5. Shampoo and DC as usual. Conditioning is very important because teas have a tendency to leave hair feeling dry so do not use a tea rinse at the very end of your wash cycle.

So, now that you are armed to the teeth with this knowledge, you can make a more informed decision about what this super food can do for your hair.

Do what is right for you and your hair care needs and allow time for the changes to become apparent. Shortly after you begin your tea rinse, you will notice that shedding will reduce very quickly but don’t wig out if you still see longer hairs after your first application.

The process has been tried, it is now up to you to prove it. Do you do tea rinses?

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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