Relax and revamp those strands with an at-home brew to rejuvenate, restore – and even naturally dye your hair!
Who says you need to go to the spa to get softer, shinier hair – or even boosted color? Tea soaks are inexpensive, quick to make, easy to apply, and, best of all, they offer a host of health benefits to help your hair grow stronger and healthier!
Are tea soaks good for your hair?
Absolutely they are!
There’s a reason people have been drinking tea for centuries – not only does it hydrate, but the natural vitamins and nutrients contained in tea are known for their surprising health benefits.
- Read more about The Best Teas to Drink for Healthier Hair.
But tea isn’t just great for your insides – it’s super beneficial for our outsides too. In fact, there’s a long history of different cultures using herbal or tea baths for a host of benefits. Today, there are lots of teas to choose from with a number of different health and beauty benefits for your hair.
Hair Love’s favorite tea soaks
Not only will peppermint tea create a wonderful tingling sensation (especially if you add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil!), but this lovely herb will calm the scalp, helping to balance sebum production, nourishing hair and even fighting against dandruff.
Because it contains a potent amount of special growth promoting antioxidants called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), green tea is a great brew to choose for a daily scalp massage. It’s thought to increase blood flow to the scalp which provides more oxygen and nutrients, thus stimulating hair growth.
Known for its relaxing aroma and anti-inflammatory effects, chamomile is a wonderful tea soak to help calm scalp irritation, soothe itchiness, fight dandruff and more. And, chamomile tea is also known to help brighten up natural highlights in your hair.
Packed with Vitamin C and E, two key nutrients in restoring shine, and creating soft, silky texture, black tea is a must for your tea soak regime. But blondes beware: black tea also acts as something of a natural hair dye, adding richness and depth back into those darker tones.
Red tea is another tea that’s jam-packed with antioxidants and also carries hair strengthening key minerals such as zinc, copper, potassium and calcium. Soaking your hair in rooibos will also bring out those warmer tones in your hair.
How to create a tea soak for your hair
Just like you, your hair deserves some rest and rejuvenation, and a great option for naturally restoring shine and luster is as easy as 1-2-3!
- In a large, heat-proof bowl, place 2 – 4 tea bags of your desired ‘flavor’, then pour boiling water over top.
- Allow tea to steep for 3 – 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to really pull out the nutrients and the color.
- Remove tea bags, then allow the water to cool to room temperature.
How to apply a tea soak to your hair
There are a number of options you have in applying your tea soak, and there’s really no wrong answer as long as you allow your hair to really absorb that tea water for a good amount of time.
- Transfer room temperature tea into a spray bottle, then generously spritz all over your hair, making sure to work it through with your fingers. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes, then gently rinse out.
- Move your bowl of tea into the shower or bathtub, and gently pour the room temperature tea over your head, working the liquid through your hair, from root to tip! Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes, then gently rinse out.
Enjoy healthier hair with DIY tea soaks!
We hope you have fun experimenting with different tea soaks, beauty! Remember to keep smiling, stay hydrated and for a complete guide for better caring for your hair, download our free ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Happier Healthier Hair!