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Tea for your hair

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Bet you had no idea that tea was great for your hair - and we don't mean just drinking it. Tea is great for the body when ingested, but it also contributes a world of benefits when used for your hair. It's true - tea can give you healthier hair. But how? Two words - tea rinse.

A tea rinse is simply pouring unsweetened tea (usually green or black) over the hair to reduce shedding, improve growth and the general health of your hair.

Studies have shown that tea rinses, especially black tea, can increase manageability, improve lustre, body and bounce. Pouring tea on the hair also helps to nourish hair follicles as the liquid is poured directly on to the hair and scalp.

If you wish to test this well-known method for yourself, here are the steps to doing a tea rinse:

1. Boil water and steep tea bags in the water until the tea is as strong as you desire.

2. Allow the tea to cool and pour it over your freshly deep-conditioned hair.

3. Rinse hair or use as leave-in depending on your hair-care regimen.

Rosemary tea is probably one of the better choices for a tea rinse as rosemary smells pleasant and also has properties which have been shown to slow premature hair loss and relieve dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. Give a tea rinse a shot on your next washday, then, feel free to drop us a line to tell us what the effects were on your hair.

Curly-Centric Jamaica is a natural hair community hosting meet-ups which explore styling, care and treatment of natural hair and black hair overall. Like us on Facebook.com/curlycentric. Do you have comments, stories or questions on natural hair? Ask us at lifestyle@gleanerjm.com