It’s Not Just For Drinking Anymore: Stop Excessive Hair Shedding With a Black Tea Rinse

July 12, 2012  |  


Shedding by most accounts is a normal bodily function. When the growth cycle of hair is completed, it naturally falls from your scalp. But how do you know when you’re dealing with an actual shed strand and not breakage? You can always tell if you see the root is still attached – the tiny white bulb at the end of the strand.

Most women shed an average of 50-100 hairs per day, but at some point you may start noticing more hair than normal amounts around the sink, drain, pillow and floor due to the birth of a child, stress, dieting, birth control or just plain ‘ol heredity. Before you start stocking up on Rogaine and pills, know that there is a natural and safe solution out there that works – the black tea rinse.

Now, some people might start thinking, why in the world would you pour tea on your head? Isn’t that strange? The answer is no. It actually makes a ton of sense. Black tea contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee and caffeine is known to block DHT, which is the hormone responsible for hair loss. Thus, dousing your hair with caffeine can help prevent excessive shedding. Plus, black tea can typically be found at cheaper prices than coffee and the smell isn’t as strong.

The preparation of the black tea rinse is pretty simple. Boil around two cups of water and add 4-10 packets of black tea. (I used the entire box of 20, which is completely not necessary, but hey, I’ve been shedding a whole lot lately). Let steep over night.

After washing, slowly pour the rinse over your hair and let it sit under a plastic cap for 30 minutes. Follow up with a good deep conditioner.

*Note – make sure to wear an old T-shirt and to clean the shower directly afterward as black tea will stain. On the bright side, the staining properties can also bring out natural highlights in your hair.

My rinse resulted in not only less shedding, but also bouncy, shiny, soft tresses. I think I may start doing this every week.

What about you? Have you tried the black tea rinse? What did you think?

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  • Mayathe

    I am going to try this once a week!

  • FromUR2UB

    Sounds good. I like using natural teatments on my hair.

  • Cute_n_ Creepy™♡

    I first seen this suggestion on the hair page I’m certanly gunna do this, I’ve been adding honey to my deep conditioners, and it made my hair lighten up a lot. I would’nt mind getting my jet black hair color back! Plus I tried to drink the black tea, it was NOT good! I’d rather put it in my hair…Thanks, I’m so gonna do this!

  • Donna

    I’ve never heard of using a black tea rinse to slow hair fall. I’ll have to do some more research on this. Thanks for the tip! I do know that abnormal hair shedding usually involves inflammation on the scalp. Using an anti-inflammatory will help. A really good all natural anti-inflammatory for the scalp is emu oil. I posted about it at Coconut oil is also good option and can be found at your local health food store. But make sure to get an organic unrefined jar.

  • Trisha_B

    I did this & I loved how my hair felt. I did it a few days before i got my hair braided b/c i’ve been shedding a lot lately, so i wanted to “control” the shedding while my hair was in braids. & I will be doing it again when i take the braids out

  • Rashida

    I gotta try this!