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?