Tea Time: Nurturing your Hair with Tea

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.

Author: Ria Rankine

Writing is my passion, so I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. I have an Associates in Journalism and I'm currently pursuing a B.A. in new media, so I'm making every effort to turn this passion into a fruitful career. As a woman of color, I've struggled with my natural hair ever since I was a girl. Bald edges, dry ends, knots you have to cut to get rid of-you name it, if it was bad, it happened to my hair. The problem with me, one I believe is shared with many women of color, is that I simply didn't care. I had long given up on growing out my hair like the girls around me, so I hid it in weaves and braided extensions. If I couldn't see it, the problem didn't exist. It was only a couple of years ago that I had my very first relaxer and decided to treat my hair properly. I knew long, healthy hair-despite my genetics-was possible. I frequented the long hair care forums, gathered enough information to create a regimen, and I've been going strong since. Yes, I've had a few setbacks over the years, but my experiences (even the bad ones) are well worth the journey.

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  1. Hi there:

    thanks so much for this information on using tea for the hair. I have type 2A hair- which is fine, wavy and brittle at times. Is it safe to use the black tea on my hair being that black tea is very strong? I was contemplating creating a green tea leaf mask mixed with banana/honey puree, but was unsure if it would be safe. Your thoughts would be appreciated. My hair is shedding and I’d like to put an end to it as soon as I can thanks for your response 🙂

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  2. A little over a year ago I had issues with hairfall. I read up about tea rinses and implemented it almost everyday.
    I brewed the tea…..normal teabags , normal strength. I shampooed once then poured the tea over my head while catching the riun-off in a basin. And used that to pur over my head several times. I sqiueezes out the excess, wrapped my hair in plastic and let it sit ofr at leat 30 mins. Then i rinsed out and conditioned as usual. I didn’t shamoo everyday, byut co-washed almost daily. I noticed a difference after about the 3td rinse. Eventually the hairfall stopped altogether. I can’t say that i noticed a change in the overall condition of my hair because my hair was in a good condion to begin with. The only problem was it was falling out. A while later i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and that was probably the cause of the hairfall.
    The results from the tea rinse was nothing short of remarkable. It was better than most pharmaceutical preparations which cost an arm and a leg and made absolutely no difference.

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  3. Hello, I’ve just introduced myself into tea rinsed. It’s too early to see any difference,but I have some very damaged hair from a previous hairstyle. So, I plan on doing a combination of stinging nettle and horse tail root,since both are known for their properties intended for hair growth. wish me luck.

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  4. Black tea is a little too strong for my hair so I used Green Tea (plus I like to leave the tea on my hair – I put it in a spray bottle). I also use hibiscus tea, awesome awesome stuff! Great article 🙂

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  5. For the nettle tea spray do you have to rinse it out? I have braids and was going to do like a once a week spray on my scalp but I don’t want to rinse it because my braids might get loose and I’m a ways away from my beautician.

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  6. Your so right teas are so good for your hair, I have been using the Cinnamon tea and the rosemary tea rinse for my hair breakage and it has helped tremendously. Now I plan on using the other teas you have mentioned, the black and the nettle. I like to switch up every so often

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  8. i used nettle tea (strained) , henna powder and yogurt with musturd oil as a conditioner and it has left my hair feeling soft and looking beautiful. XoXo natural beauties!!!

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  9. Hiya,

    I use black tea in the hope it will get rid of my greys they are still there and I don’t think I have noticed any change in my growth but I like using natural products on my hair and this tea is so easy to make.

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    • I use green tea to stop breakage. It works wonders. As for the nettle, I encourage my clients with thinning conditions to spritz it on their scalp as the iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium in it nourishes the scalp. I highly recommend nettle.

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