Benefits of Green Tea
For the past few months, I’ve explored the benefits of green tea for both hair growth and repair. Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate, a key ingredient in scalp stimulation. To this day I don’t know how to pronounce this antioxidant correctly, but after reviewing a study that proved it increased hair growth and elongated the hair follicle, I began drinking a glass of green tea everyday. Have I seen an improvement? Not yet. But green tea is heavy with nutritional value that can lower blood pressure and fight bad cholesterol that I’ll stick with one glass a day whether I see results or not.
Just last week I found a web site of a fellow BHM frequenter who used green tea on her hair, reaping fabulous results, so I went off and did a little research for myself. Used topically, tea can darken the hair, thicken the strands, reduce hair loss and stimulate growth. Need it be said that I created my own hair tea/rinse?
I recommend using black or nettle tea instead of green tea, as African American women tend to gain the best results from these two. Black tea works by repairing the strands, while nettle is a tingling stimulant that grows out hair when applied to the scalp. For that reason, I created two separate mixtures for different applications.
Nettle Tea Spritz Growth Aid
To prepare, use one quart of water and a handful of nettle. Once the water steams, add the nettle and let it simmer for two hours. If you prefer a quicker alternative, let the mixture boil and then cover it for 10 minutes. Whichever way you chose, you’ll gain similar results.
Place the mixture in a spray bottle and add two drops of rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Spritz and massage the mix throughout your hair and scalp, then with a shower cap and bonnet, let it sit for one hour. Rinse and style as usual. Although nettle has no caffeine, it has vitamins that aid in growing, thickening and strengthening hair. Continue this routine twice a month and you may see an increase in growth and a decrease in dry, brittle strands.
Black Tea Hair Rinse
To get started, use two cups of water with one bag of black tea. Once the water boils, add the tea bag and let it brew. You’ll know to let it cool once the water has darkened. As it’s cooling, wash out your hair with a cone-free conditioner, such as V05 Peaches and Cream. After you’ve conditioned, carefully pour the tea over your hair, massaging it into your scalp. To eliminate tangles, section your hair into four large twists. Put on a shower cap and bonnet and let the tea sit for 30 minutes to one hour. One of the benefits of using black tea is that it simplifies detangling. I recommend detangling under the water, first with your fingers and then with a comb. Not only does this mixture make detangling a breeze, but it will leave your hair with an envious shine.