Covering the Basics | Coffee & Tea Rinses

I am still a newbie when it comes to rinses; I started implementing them this past November. My interest was piqued when I started following other women's hair journeys and noticed them doing a quick coffee or tea rinse in their wash day routines. Initially, I thought it was peculiar to rinse the scalp and hair with something you drink. However, as I researched more about rinses, I began to understand some of the great benefits rinsing provides to the scalp and hair. Ever since then, I have been incorporating rinses into my regular regimen.

What is coffee/tea rinsing?
It is the process of pouring coffee or tea over the scalp and hair.

What are the benefits of rinsing?
  • reduces hair shedding: the caffeine in coffee and tea (green/black) blocks the effect of a hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone: the trigger for hair shedding) thus leading to an increase in hair retention over time. {source}
  • stimulates hair growth (but don't expect insane amounts)
  • alleviates scalp issues (itchiness, dryness, dandruff, etc.)
  • darkens hair (reportedly with black tea and coffee)
How to do a rinse?
  1. For a coffee rinse: If you have a coffee maker, brew your desired amount of coffee. If you don't have a coffee maker, follow my process {shown here}. 2 cups is a good starting amount. Allow the coffee to cool and proceed to step 3.
  2. For a tea rinse: Steep your tea (or herbal mix) in 2 cups of boiling water for at least 30 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the rinse becomes. Allow the tea to cool and proceed to the next step.
  3. In the meanwhile, pre-poo and cleanse hair and scalp. Rinse well and t-shirt dry for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Place a large bowl inside a sink. Tilt head over the bowl and pour rinse over scalp and/or hair. The bowl will catch the run off. Allow hair to finish dripping for a few moments.
  5. Take bowl and pour coffee or tea back into the original container.
  6. Place bowl back into the sink and repeat steps 4-6 as many times as desired.
  7. After the final rinse, t-shirt dry hair for a few minutes.
  8. Proceed to deep conditioning your hair.

Things to note:
  • Some women have mentioned that rinsing left their hair dry and hard. I never had any experiences so far where my hair was abnormally dry or hard after rinsing. Nevertheless, I follow up with deep conditioning to nip any possibility. 
  • I have read that different types of teas have different benefits to the hair and scalp. I have not experimented much with the different types of teas outside of green tea and marshmallow root. Here is what I have researched so far:
    • Black tea: Helps restore shine and color to hair.
    • Nettle tea: Promotes growth, strengthens hair.
    • Rosemary tea: Stimulates growth
    • Chamomile tea: Promotes growth
    • Marshmallow root tea: Adds slip, moisturizes, soothes scalp
    • Lavendar tea: Stimulates growth
    • Here's a list of more teas and their benefits: {source}
  • I only tried a coffee rinse once (as my first rinse ever) so I cannot speak from personal experience how well it works on my hair over time. However, you can read more about {my experience here} with a pictorial included!
There are so many varieties when it comes to coffee and tea rinses. I definitely plan to explore more combinations and see if I can develop a signature batch. When I do, I will share here.

Do you currently use coffee and/or tea rinses on your hair? What benefits have you experienced with your hair? What are your favorite rinses?

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