There's nothing like a cup of hot tea on a cold day. We've heard about the many health benefits of drinking tea, so it comes as no surprise that tea can be great for your curls too. The applying tea topically can be so beneficial that it's often an ingredient in expensive curl care products. If you're ready to try tea for your curls, check out these DIY recipes.
1. No Poo Chamomile Hair Cleanser: For this DIY cleanser you will need,
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup boiling water
What to do: Bring the water to a boil. After placing the honey and teabags in a heatproof bowl, add the hot water to steep the tea. Stir the honey into the water. Once the water has cooled, add the ACV. Use this product in the shower to cleanse your curls, massaging it into your scalps.
Why it's great: Chamomile smells amazing, but it's also great for calming inflammation. Using this no poo cleanser will remove dirt, oil and product build up from your scalp. If your scalp is dry or flakey, chamomile will help soothe it and promote healthy curl growth.
2. Black Tea Conditioner for Curl Growth: For this stimulating conditioner you'll need,
- 1/8 ounce assam black tea
- 1 ounce ripe avocado
- 1 ounce aloe vera
- 1 1/2 ounces grapeseed oil
- 2 ounces coconut oil
What to do: Place all of the ingredients in a blender until it creates a dark mixture (about 1-2 minutes of blending). The darkening means the tea has absorbed. Place into a resealable container. Apply the conditioner to clean, wet curls, massaging into your scalp and paying particular attention to your ends. Rinse your curls until the water runs clear.
Why it's great: Black tea has natural tannin, which stimulates a curl growth and a healthy scalp. This conditioner can also help prevent dullness, flakes and dandruff by giving your curls a big boot of antioxidants.
3. Fennel and Green Tea Curl Mask: For this restorative mask you'll need,
- 1 tablespoon green tea extract
- 1 ounce argan oil
- 2 ounces boiling water
- 2 ounces fennel seeds
- 4 ounces raw coconut oil
What to do: Boil the water. While it's boiling, mix the extract and oils. Pour the fennel seeds and boiling water into a heatproof bowl and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the seeds and keep the fennel tea, allowing it to cool. Once cooled, add to the bowl with extract and oils. Blend together until a smooth consistency, and then transfer to a resealable container. Apply you mask to clean, wet curls and massage in, making sure all strands get covered. Wrap your hair in a warm towel to allow the heat to open the pores on your scalp. Allow the mask to sit for 20 minutes and rinse completely when done.
Why it's great: Green tea is very high in antioxidants and contains natural caffeine to stimulate your scalp. If your your curls are thinning or you are looking to strengthen your hair, this is a great mask for you.
Check out more information about DIY hair masks here.