can i leave the black tea rinse in my hair
can i leave the black tea rinse in my hair

Can I leave the black tea rinse in my hair? You may already have heard about doing black tea rinses for natural hair.  If you have then it’s possible you already have some idea as to what exactly it involves.

Tea rinses are fairly new and it lies among the many other methods that are around on how to help your hair grow in the best possible way.

Today I want us to take a bit of a closer look at the black tea hair rinse to see how it can benefit your hair and if it is truly worth doing.

Can I leave the black tea rinse in my hair

I personally wouldn’t leave the black tea rinse in my hair without rinsing it out as it may cause some dryness.

Also, black tea can stain your hair so I imagine the whole process to be similar to leaving hair dye on your hair without rinsing it out.

BEFORE YOU DO ANY TEA RINSES, you have to bath your hair and scalp in oil, I prefer Avocado oil, but olive oil or jojoba are just fine. This is a critical step that many people forget.

Leave the oil in for at least 45 minutes you will find that the condition of you scalp and hair shaft will thank you. Your hair feels stripped because it is and oil makes the saponins in the teas work better.

What tea can do for your hair

Green Tea: Anti-Dandruff + Hair Growth

Green tea is an excellent rinse for fighting dandruff and stimulating growth (it also makes a fab face wash too!) Black tea can be a good alternative, but green tea offers more antioxidants and nutrients.

Studies have proven green tea’s success at treating hair loss, too. The caffeine penetrates the hair follicles and encourages growth.

Green tea also nourishes your scalp and protects it from dandruff, bacteria, fungus, and sun damage.

Recipe: Brew a strong cup of caffeinated green tea using 2 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow it to cool down to lukewarm before using. Store in a spray bottle. *1 tablespoon of honey for added benefits (softness and shine) is optional.

How to use: Cleanse your hair with shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Leave hair damp. Spray the tea onto your scalp and massage throughout hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, leave tea in your hair for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Chamomile: Enhances Hair Color

Chamomile tea can be used on any hair color, but is perfect for brightening blonde hair–it will even enhance your highlights!

This flowery tea is also known for being a scalp-soothing, hair-softening conditioner, in addition to making a great sleep tonic.

Redheads should go for red teas like rooibos or hibiscus. Black tea and rosemary tea are great for deepening dark colored hair. Sage tea is believed to darken grays.

Recipe: Steep ½ cup of herbs in 2 cups of boiling water for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain and allow it to cool down to lukewarm before use. Store in a spray bottle. *Add ½ a lemon and honey to your tea for blonde hair.

For blondes and redheads: Spray onto clean hair and massage throughout. Rinse out with cold water after an hour or two. For stronger effect, expose hair to direct sunlight right after applying. So feel free to go out for a walk on a bright sunny day before rinsing the tea out.

For brunettes: Spray onto clean hair and massage throughout. Cover your hair with a plastic cap. Leave tea in for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

Black Tea: Reduces Excessive Shedding

If you’re noticing that you’re losing clumps of hair every time you style, this may be the solution for you. The main reason behind hair loss is a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Black tea contains caffeine which blocks DHT, thus allowing your strands to flourish in endless growth. In addition, black tea is also known for thickening and strengthening hair.

Recipe: Brew a strong cup of caffeinated black tea using 3-4 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow it to cool down to lukewarm before using. Store in a spray bottle.

How to use: Cleanse hair with shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Spray tea onto your scalp and massage throughout hair. Cover hair with plastic cap and leave in for up to 45 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Follow up with a deep conditioner.

NOTE: Tea rinses don’t have to be a part of your usual routine, but it’s nice to give your mane a little special pampering every now and then. If you’re trying to enhance your hair color, try doing a tea rinse once or twice every week.

How do you wash your hair with a tea rinse?

  • Black tea bags ( I would use something organic without sweetener or anything unnecessary added here)
  • Boiled water


  • Add the tea bag to a pitcher
  • Pour the boing water onto the tea bags
  • Leave the teabags to steep for as long as possible, making sure the tea mixture is cool enough before trying to use it.
  • Once cool enough, wash your hair, as usual, using shampoo.
  • Make sure your hair is in sections as this will make it easier to apply the tea rinse and make sure all of your hair is covered. Massage the tea rinse into your scalp for the best benefits.
  • You can use an applicator bottle to help you do this.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the tea rinse to sit on your hair for about 20 minutes
  • Rinse it off with cool water
  • Deep condition your hair afterwards and style as usual.

*It’s important that you do deep condition after the tea rinse as the caffeine within tea can make your hair feel dry so you want to make sure you restore any lost moisture.

Black tea rinse for gray hair

If you have are tired of using chemical based colours on your hair and are dying to try something natural, it’s time to dump them in the bin and head to the kitchen.

Yes, you read that right! You can very well miss that trip to the salon to get that touch up to cover your grey hair and simply take a sip of the good old chai, literally!

You will be surprised to know the beauty benefits of tea, specially black tea in darkening grey hair. Here’s a look at five black tea concoctions that can promise you dark black hair!

Black Tea

Black tea is full of tannic acid which can darken your hair over time. Brew a few cups of very strong black tea (using 6 tablespoons/ 6 teabags), cool it and pour it through your hair. Let it soak for up to 30 minutes before rinsing out with warm water.

Coffee + Tea = Black hair

It’s a known fact that brewed ground coffee beans or instant coffee granules can temporarily stain your hair to dark brown and you can mix coffee with tea for long lasting results.

All you need to do is boil three black tea bags into three cups of water. Now, add three tablespoons of instant coffee to the mixture. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.

Once the mixture has cooled down, take a brush or the hair color applicator and apply the concoction onto your hair. Let the liquid sit for an hour and rinse it off with regular water.

Black Tea Re-Rinse

You need to make a strong black tea. Now, turn your hair upside down into the sink and rinse your hair with black tea. Let the liquid rest for at least 15-20 minutes.

Now, repeat the black tea rinse at least 2-3 times on your hair. This will give you a beautiful rich dark black color on your hair.

Black Tea with Herbs

Pour seven black tea bags with two rosemary leaves and two oregano leaves and boil them completely. Now, apply the mixture all over your hair and let it sit for at least 1-2 hours depending on your hair length and the extent to which you want your hair to turn black. Wash off the liquid with normal water.

Black Tea and Tulsi Rinse

Pour 5 tablespoon of black tea with five leaves of tulsi and boil them together. You can also add some drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Lemon juice will help to deal with the dandruff and infection issues on the hair and this mixture will help you to regain black color on your hair.

How to do the tea rinse

Green tea rinses are natural to add to your natural hair regimen, and they work fast to stop shedding. In fact, you may notice a significant difference after the very first use.

Several teas have vital benefits for hair, but green tea is unique because it contains many polyphenols and flavonoids which can stop hair loss. Plus, the caffeine in the tea helps to stimulate growth.

First, you’ll need to choose which tea you’re going to use. The best teas are organic because they contain fewer toxins and they’re more potent.

Green tea contains less caffeine than black tea so you may find it less drying if you’re trying to decide between the two. However, it does have caffeine, and it can still dehydrate the shaft, so it is best, to begin with only one bag to see how your hair and scalp like it.

Wondering if you should apply the green tea hair rinse before or after shampoo? Apply the green tea rinse after you shampoo and before you condition. That way your scalp will be clean and ready to absorb the antioxidants, but you’ll still get a dosage of moisturizing conditioner to prevent drying before you rinse with water.

You should always deep condition after you do a green tea rinse to counteract the dryness the tea might cause on your locks.

Final thoughts on the black tea hair rinse

Thanks for reading my blog post about Can I leave the black tea rinse in my hair, A black tea rinse can be a great way to freshen up your hair. Don’t forget that tea rinses are great if you have been experiencing shedding.

If you are trying this method for the first time it might be best to start with decaf tea and then work your way up to something stronger only if you need to.

If you have tried a tea rinse before I would love to hear if it made a noticeable difference or not.

Drop me a comment below and check out my other post about . Best Blow Dryer That Straightens Natural Hair


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