WHAT'S THE TEA
Listen, we know we’re asking a lot of ya’ll, ‘deep condition, drink a gallon of water, extend this wash day into next week’... It’s going to pay off, we promise! But, in the spirit of hair health - let’s talk about one more step that you might consider adding to your regimen: the tea rinse.
All tea comes from leaves of the same plant camellia sinensis, an evergreen bush that grows in India and China. Yes - including white, green, oolong, black and, pu-erh teas. Oxidation (the process of exposing the leaves to oxygen), and the age of the leaves determines differences in color, taste, caffeination, and smell. For example, white peony tea / white tea is made from young buds and baby leaves.
People have been drinking tea for thousands of years. Originating in China, the first brewed leaves were popularized for their restorative properties and pleasant flavors and scents - many of the same reasons we drink it today.
But tea can also be great for your hair too. It’s an antioxidant, and can block free radicals and toxins. And, caffeine has been speculated to block DHT — a hormone that when produced on the scalp releases the follicle, creating those shed hairs you find. We tried tea rinsing to see if it’s really true, and we had some surprising findings! Less shedding indeed. Noticeably fortified strands, less itching and a soothed scalp.
SO, HOW DO WE USE IT?
Brew using just boiled water — cover with a small dish for a more concentrated steep
Allow to reach room temperature — filter leaves if using loose leaf
Portion 8oz in an applicator / squirt bottle — sometimes we brew 2 servings and refrigerate half to use the next week as a refreshing cold rinse!
After shampooing apply tea prioritizing the scalp, massage, apply deep conditioner
Cover with plastic cap and leave in for 20-40 mins — ideally use a heated cap or cover with towel if you can
Detangle and rinse — try ending with a cold water rinse to close the cuticle
Let us know how things are getting on! We hope you enjoy smooth and fortified strands too.