You’ve probably heard about tea rinses and all the wonderful benefits they can shower (literally) on your natural hair. Teas have antioxidants and antibacterial properties that help increase blood flow and circulation which in turn, promotes hair growth. It also cleanses hair, prevents early greying, softens hair and also relieves irritated, dry or flaky scalp.You can check out this article where I explained better the benefits of tea rinses.
Well, there’s more!
I’ve not just heard about tea rinses, I went a step further (like I always do so you can have the best) to actually do some research on it and I’ll be sharing what I’ve found.
Ayurvedic Tea is not your regular kind of tea. Ayurvedic Tea is used to rinse off your hair asides from your regular wash day shampooing and conditioning. It not only promotes healthy hair but also adds shine, volume, softens your hair as well as reduces shedding.
Ayurveda herbs have roots in India and are very well known for their healing and restorative properties for the body. It is basically the most natural ingredients, blended without any artificial ingredients to give your hair the revival you didn’t know it needed.
Ayurvedic herbs like Holy basil leaf, papaya leaves, Gotu Kola herbs, lavender Flowers Rosemary leaf are some powerful herbs that help to cleanse your hair of accumulated dust and dirt, product buildup and restores it as well.
Holy Basil Leaf - This leaf has a history in Indian medicinal healing and has been used to treat diseases ranging from eyes to scalp infections. Each part of this plant, right from its flowers to its seeds are used for different healing purposes.
With very high nutritional value, this plant contains Vitamin A and C, iron, zinc and other essential minerals. Its healing and calming properties help to reduce stress, anxiety issues and is also an ingredient in many antidepressants as well as a treatment to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol.
For your hair, the holy basil leaf strengthens your hair follicles thus preventing hair loss. It is also an effective treatment for dandruff, prevents early graying and improves blood circulation thus promoting hair growth.
Lavender stimulates hair growth and deals with hair loss issues. It also has a great scent and helps to treat an inflamed scalp.
Lavender has antimicrobial properties - what this means is that it will effectively prevent or treat any kind of bacteria like dandruff, lice and other scalp infections from growing on your scalp.
Papaya leaves are commonly used to reduce inflammation and improve blood sugar but it also has very good benefits for both your hair and skin. This leaf is a popular ingredient in many skin products and works wonders for your hair as well.
Papaya leaf is also used to promote hair growth and scalp health through its rich supply of antioxidant, antifungal properties and Vitamin E.
Hibiscus leaves stimulate hair growth and help with dandruff and psoriasis. This calming tea also helps with blood circulation which in turn promotes hair growth.
Rosemary leaf is used as a tonic and even a conditioner for your hair. It fights hair loss, gives luster, strength and volume to your hair while increasing your hair growth rate. It helps to treat dandruff and if you have graying hair, Rosemary will help you darken them.
Gotu Kola leaf is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs and is commonly used to increase hair length as well as stimulate hair growth. With a high level of potency, this leaf has many nutritious properties which are very effective in treating numerous underlying causes of hair loss, balding, receding hairline and other hair problems.
How to do an Ayurvedic tea rinse:
- Boil some water for about 5 minutes, pour herbs in the water and let sit for about 15 minutes for maximum infusion.
- After this, strain the tea separating the herbs from the liquid. You can add an essential oil like tea tree oil if you like.
- Pour and massage this over your hair and scalp after your regular shampoo and conditioning session. I’ll advise you to wait for the tea to cool and then pour it into a spray bottle for even application throughout your hair.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap for about 15 - 30 minutes
Your hair should look refreshed, soft and smell nice!
The usual practice is not to rinse out the tea that is why it is done last. However, it does make your hair rough and dry so feel free to use your leave in conditioner (I recommend Biotin conditioner) while the tea is still on your hair. However, if you don’t want it on your hair then you can rinse it out with just lukewarm water, you don’t need to use shampoo, just deep condition.
Tea rinses are a great way to refresh your hair and add some much needed shine to it. However, it is important to not over do it - doing a tea rinse two or thrice in a month is okay. There are a lot of herbs and teas out there which are great for your hair.
We’ve also prepared this special one from the best blends of tea leaves to you to try out.
Feel free to try out some teas depending on what your hair needs and come back and tell me about it.