Green tea hair rinses are an amazing at-home remedy for treating dry scalp and hair breakage. This is especially helpful during winter, which can be very drying to the skin and hair. I always have green tea in my cabinet, and much like leftover beer, if someone in our house doesn’t finish their cup of green tea, it could very well end up becoming a part of my next homemade beauty treatment before it gets disposed of.
Green Tea Hair Rinse Benefits
Green tea contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that increases oxygen and blood flow when consumed. It also has natural antioxidant and antibacterial properties that reduce dandruff and dry, flaky scalp, and contains compounds that prevent breakage and hair shed. After a green tea rinse, I find my hair to be shinier, bouncier, and much easier to detangle.
How to Do It
Prepare the green tea according to the package directions, which should be to steep a bag of tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove the teabag, set it aside, and let the brewed tea cool.
Shampoo and condition hair as normal. Rinse well and squeeze out the excess water.
Pour the cooled tea over the hair. Massage the tea into the scalp while letting the tea travel down the length of the hair.
Squeeze excess, and cover the hair with a plastic bag or cap for 15 minutes. Remove the cap, rinse out the tea, detangle, and style as desired.
Despite the benefits of green tea hair rinses, green tea has a somewhat high pH level of 7, so make sure not to overdo it with these treatments. I would imagine keeping it in my hair for longer than 15 minutes is counterproductive, so I only do this once a month at the most.