Tea Time: Nurturing your Hair with 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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