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So lazy me finally got out of the holiday mood ....lol!! Hope you enjoyed the Easter season and didn't forget to share on picnic day!! I was extremely pleased about the past days... because it was Easter; that time when we celebrate the most wonderful sacrifice ever made on earth for our redemption, and also because I had a lot of time for my hair. I am almost 4 weeks post relaxer but I decided not to braid just yet so for the 5 days, I had my own hair in 6 large braids and covered it with a wig when I had to go to church..which was the only outing (lol) I did the entire time. I took the braids out on Sunday evening but didn't comb my hair. I washed my hair on Thursday evening, Saturday morning, and Monday morning...my hair is shouting..."thank you, thank you, thank you,..."....hehehhehhehehe!!
This is the brand of tea I used.
Couldn't let all this go to waste......was pleased my hair was glad to consume it all!!
And I tried something new for my hair on Thursday and Monday....I Tea Rinsed!! I had read a lot about tea rinsing but since I don't really have a problem with shedding and breakage (I think), I was not really keen on adding it to my regimen. But then again, with a whole jar of tea leftover from breakfast on Thursday as it happens sometimes, I thought I should rinse my hair with the tea as it not only proven to reduce shedding and breakage, but is also known to add shine, lustre and thickness to hair, make it more soft, manageable and darker over time...and some varieties of tea are known to increase and stimulate faster hair growth. It is also a loved antioxidant!
This is one thing I didn't know earlier: A cup of Black tea has more caffeine than a cup of coffee!!
The main benefit of caffeine for hair is that it blocks DHT (Dihydrotestorone) which is the hormone responsible for hair shedding. Use any blend of tea or coffee that contains caffeine. You can also infuse the tea with herbs such as rosemary, lavendar, chamomile, nettle, burdock root, etc if you have them !!
Check out how these vloggers tea rinse:
Simple way to use tea in hair (as I used it):
1. Boil a litre of water and add 3 (more or less if you want) teabags to it.
2. Take it off the stove and leave it to stand for at least 2 hours.
3. Wash hair as usual and pour tea over hair and scalp.
4. Massage your scalp for at least 5 minutes by which time the tea would have drained off.
5. Cover head with a shower cap for about 45 minutes. Do not rinse yet.
6. Apply deep conditioner (preferably a moisturing one as black tea may leave your hair hard) on top and cover head with a shower cap again for 30 minutes or more depending on the instructions on your product. You can use heat if you prefer to.
7. Rinse out completely and proceed to airdry, moisturise, seal and style as you desire!!
I must say I felt the results instantly after airdrying....most noticeable was the softness and shine...and so much less frizz!! I didn't even need to scarf my hair after moisturising and sealing...it was really good to go!! And finger combing was a breeze........hair was smooth and shiny, i didn't even use a comb in my hair till today since I didn't need it to be bone straight anyway!!
My first impression of tea rinsing is that it's definitely a keeper! I don't need much convincing because my hair loves it. I will continue to do tea rinses and give you an update in a month!! Just need to check out if it can be done with ACV rinses on the same day. (Will update you on that.)
Check out this great post for millions (just to exaggerate...lol) of other ways to use tea in your hair.