Tea rinses are a perfect replacement for the conditioner, especially for long hair. Or even better? You can find out here why the aromatic infusion can be a natural care product for your mane and how to use it correctly.
Full, healthy hair is a sign of feminine attractiveness, radiant youthfulness, and powerful vitality. We’ll tell you in detail how you can fulfill these wishes with a natural tea conditioner.
Beautiful hair is attractive
Beautiful, shiny hair is a real eye-catcher. Hardly anyone can resist the temptation that a voluminous mane of hair triggers. No wonder, because full hair with a silky shine is associated as a sign of health and subconsciously of fertility.
Does that mean the fuller, thicker, and longer the hair, the more desirable is the owner of the head of hair? It might not be that archaic either. Men and women are often equally fascinated by a silky whale mane. So there is definitely something to the claim that beautiful hair makes you more attractive. And so a lot of money is made with expensive promises that come in the form of rinses, extensions, wigs, or even hair transplants. There are helpful and very effective DIY alternatives.
A hot cup of tea is not only beneficial when used internally on cold winter days, but also acts as a conditioner replacement and stimulates your hair to give it more shine and volume.
How does a tea rinse work?
After shampooing, the mane is washed with one or two cups of cooled tea. Voilà, no chemicals, no microplastics, no silicone that weighs down the head of hair. Any natural type of tea can be used, from white, green, black tea, oolong tea, or even hibiscus flower tea.
Conventional conditioners often contain synthetic ingredients such as silicone or mineral oil. On the face of it, they make the hair smooth and silky, but in fact, they can even put additional strain on the hair. Depending on the ingredients, the environment also suffers.
If you then wash the hair again, it shows how roughened the hair really is. In the spirit of the manufacturer, a silicone product is now being used again, which conceals the undersupply on the surface until the next wash.
You can get out of the little vicious circle with natural rinses with an acidic pH value because shampoo opens the cuticles of the hair. The conditioner restores dandruff and activates the hair’s own protection.
Tea has the care bonus
What gives your hair the care boost when you rinse it with tea? There are plenty of secondary plant substances in tea, so-called phytamines. Not absolutely essential for the plant, therefore secondary, they are of enormous importance for humans. The plant develops these substances to protect against UV radiation, environmental toxins, and predators. They are available to humans in the form of antioxidants. What applies to plants also helps humans protect cells from harmful free radicals.
The caffeine contained in tea is also helpful for improved hair growth. With its stimulating effect, it invigorates the scalp and, thanks to the plus of fresh blood, transports more oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots.
How about coffee instead of tea?
Black tea contains around 25 milligrams of caffeine per 100 milliliters, but coffee is significantly more. Why not use coffee as a rinse then, many will ask. The answer lies in the effort that must be made. You can leave tea in your hair like a leave-in product. No rinsing is required! In this way, the nourishing ingredients can work gently for much longer. A beneficial side effect of the herbal cure: a pleasant scent of tea remains in the hair.
Rinsing with coffee, on the other hand, is not so easy, because it has to be rinsed out carefully, especially when using coffee grounds, which can, however, additionally stimulate the scalp. Opinions are also divided when it comes to the fragrance that remains in the hair. What makes some pictures of the delicious smell of coffee rise in the mind’s eye may smell like the “coffee flag” hated among office colleagues for others.
How do you actually use the tea rinse?
Note color effects: When deciding on the type of tea, you can take advantage of the tea’s gentle tinting effects. Chamomile and lemon lighten slightly, fruit teas such as hibiscus blossom leave a soft red tinge and black tea is ideal for brunette or dark hair.
Preparation: Depending on the length of your hair, boil one or two cups of tea and let it cool to room temperature. For a more intense result, infuse the tea more strongly than you would to drink tea. A washed-out shampoo bottle will help you apply the tea.
Deep cleansing: Your hair should first be cleaned of dirt and styling residue. Either you use a cleansing shampoo or alternatively, you mix an acidic rinse yourself, which consists of cold water and vinegar (one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per liter of water). Applied continuously, this application frees your hair from the artificial residues of chemical products. This step is particularly suitable for the permanent switch to natural hair products, as you can slowly vary the proportions and thus get your hair used to the new care.
Hair wash: Wash your hair as you normally would.
Tea rinse: Time for the do-it-yourself beauty teatime! Now your shampoo bottle is ready for use. Pour the hair from roots to ends and massage the tea gently into the scalp. Let the conditioner work for about 20 minutes, if you have long hair you can also catch your mane in a bowl and bathe it in the stock. Then rinse off the conditioner or leave it in the hair. In the end, pouring cold water onto the surface provides an additional shine.