Say Bye-Bye to Hair Shedding!
One of the things I was looking forward to on my naija trip this Christmas was the warmth – the ability to wear out my fro! My fam-bam hadn’t seen me in 6 month, and my hair has grown considerable since they last saw me. It’s thicker, longer (or higher lmao) and healthier because I started taking my natural hair care more seriously. Despite the progress I’ve made, I still have one VERY annoying problem… shedding. My hair sheds like a house cat.
I recently rediscovered Pinterest where I stumbled upon this miracle shedding stopper: The Black Tea Rinse. If you’ve read our previous post on tea rinses, you’ll know that this hair care technique possesses great powers. However, black tea specifically is the most effective for hair shedding.
Hair shedding is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT, a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, is the enemy of hair follicles on your head. Simply put, under certain conditions DHT wants those follicles dead. This simple action is at the root of many kinds of hair loss. Black Tea contains caffeine (much more than coffee) which is known to block DHT. Caffeine, acidic in nature, removes DHT from the scalp, thus reducing hair fall. It doesn’t stop there! Black Tea also makes your hair softer, more voluminous and shinier!
So how do you do this rinse?
- 3-5 bags of black tea (the more potent the better)
- A kettle or pot of water
- A spray bottle
- A plastic cap or plastic bag
Put the tea bags in a pot of boiling water, or boil water in a kettle and let the tea bags soak in a covered container of the hot water. Leave for an hour or so. This ensures that the tea is potent. Leave to cool. When cool, transfer the tea into a spray bottle.
Spray on your scalp in sections until whole head is saturated. Cover your hair with a plastic cap/bag to steam and maintain moisture. Leave on for 30-45 minutes. Follow with a deep conditioner as black tea can dry out your hair if left on.
My pot of black tea is brewing as I type. I’m hopeful and excited! I’ll come back with an update in 2-3 weeks time! 🙂
*Images sourced from Hairlicious Inc.*
Please can I use lipton for this?
Thanks for the post. Please I like to know if I can use lipton tea bag for this.
Yeah, you can! Any type of black tea is good!
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