Teas for Hair
Strength and Beauty in Each Strand
Teas for hair seem more like something that should be in your shampoo bottle for than in your cup. However, you would be surprised with how herbal teas may improve the beauty and strength of your hair just by sipping a cup daily.
Perhaps you have read before that some herbal teas may improve the health of your skin by detoxifying the liver and cleansing the blood. This also applies to the skin that covers your scalp and therefore helps your hair grow in a cleaner and healthier environment.
When you read about teas that help strengthen and repair tissues in your body, they may also help deliver those same essential nutrients to your hair, making it stronger, healthier, and less prone to breaking and falling.
Herbal teas may also be used externally as a rinse to help nutrition and moisturize your hair from the outside. For one the use of these herbal tea rinses serve as a massage for your scalp helping to stimulate circulation to the follicles and so promote health growth and again reducing the risk of your hair falling out.
Some herbal teas may also aid in delaying the graying of hair that comes with aging, you just need to choose your herbs carefully according to your natural hair color, as some will lighten your blond hairs, whereas others will boost colors on the redder and darker shades.
The Best Teas for Hair Health and Strength
Herbal teas may be used internally and externally to promote not only hair strength and growth, but also to prevent premature hair loss and scalp infections. Here are some of the most recommended herbal teas for healthy hair.
Chamomile tea – this herb is mostly used when you are searching for a calming brew, but it also contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that make it a wonderful rinse for your scalp, helping to prevent dandruff, eczema and psoriasis. At the same time, it stimulates hair growth, preventing hair loss and may lighten your hair, especially if you are blond.
Horsetail tea – this grass-like herb is rich in silica and calcium, two essential elements when it comes to doing repair jobs on your whole body, internally and externally. Drinking this tea may nourish, strengthen and prevent hair loss associated with menopause. As a scalp rinse, it helps to restore the scalp skin and stimulate hair growth. So, massage away with this reputable nourishing tea.
Lavender tea – just the smell of this tea alone promotes relaxation and soothes the nerves. Internally, this tea may help to fight infections and promote hair growth through the production of collagen. Externally, massaging your hair with this infusion may prevent hair loss or dandruff, treat and soothe irritations, and may even be used as a wash in case of a lice infestation.
Nettle tea – full of vitamins and minerals that may help your hair to grow strong. This herbal infusion is also said to cleanse the skin and therefore promote a healthy scalp that in turn may result in faster growing hair and less shedding. Taken internally, it nourishes the body and skin from within, applied topically may reduce itching, redness and soothe inflammations.
Peppermint tea – rinse your hair with this tea to get a cool refreshing feeling from the menthol in the herb. It may also help to stimulate hair growth, while calming your scalp when faced with inflammation or dandruff. Drinking this tea may also help promote a healthy immune system that will also reflect on your skin and hair.
Rooibos tea – this South African herbal tea is rich in polyphenols, important components that your body uses to fight off toxins that could cause scalp infections and other skin issues. Thus, rooibos tea may reduce hair loss and fight off dandruff. As a rinse or as a drink, this tea is said to help promote your hair grow faster and stronger.
Rosemary tea – this Mediterranean herb promotes blood circulation to your whole body, including the scalp and is rich in iron and antioxidants that help clear your body of harmful toxins. Increased blood flow may lead to thicker and healthier hair, a cleansed body leads to beautiful skin and lower probability of inflammation. This tea may also be useful as a rinse for those first gray hairs as it contains darkening agents.
Witch hazel tea – native to North America, this shrub produces leaves that can be brewed into a tea that promotes hair growth. It is often used as an ingredient in shampoos because it may not only help to reduce oily hair and hair loss, but soothe itchy skin and dandruff, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Yarrow tea – hardy perennial with small feathery leaves native to the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that help you in the fight against hair loss. It is said to prevent baldness if used as a scalp wash. Used as a rinse it may invigorate the scalp, remove toxins and stimulate it. Best suited if you have dark hair.
Other Herbal Teas for Hair Health
Many other herbal teas may help you achieve a healthy head of hair. Teas that help promote a healthy skin, may also promote glowing hair. Here are a few more herbal teas that you may wish to look into.
For hair loss/baldness: calendula, gingko biloba,
white oak bark
For hair health and growth: calendula,
For itchy scalp and dandruff:
For coloring/ delayed greying:
chamomile, lemon (lighten),
sage (copper tones)
Other Suggestions to Nourish Your Hair
There are many other ways you can help your hair grow thicker, stronger and healthier.
Green tea and black tea
Green tea contains EGCG, an antioxidant that is said to stimulate hair growth and reduce loss of hair. So your daily cup of tea may be more than just a beverage, but a way to help your follicles to stay strong and healthy. As a rinse, this tea may also help stimulate circulation to the scalp and reduce inflammation and toxins.
Read more about these and other green tea health benefits here.
Black tea contains many nutrients along with caffeine, catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins that help to keep your hair healthy from the very roots to the tips of each strand.
Read more about these and other black tea health benefits here.
Use herbal tea hair rinses as a part of your hair treatment routines. These may be used when washing your hair or left overnight as a moisturizing spray before washing your hair the next morning.
Some us really like our hair long and so going for a trim may seem counterproductive, but cutting your hair trimmed once every three months may help prevent split hairs and thus allow your hair to grow faster and longer.
Choose your hairbrushes carefully. Pick out brushes that don’t pull too much at your hair when brushing it and wash them regularly so that hair products don’t accumulate. And then, make sure to brush your hair often, but always with care.
When detangling your hair, begin at the bottom. If your hair is long, starting at the top may lead to knots that are impossible to detangle without breaking or having to cut the tangled bit off.
If you like to style your hair, avoid doing it regularly. Some hair straighteners and hair dryers may apply to much heat to your hair and cause damage.
When tying your hair, use hair ties or accessories that cause as little damage to your hair as possible. They should be able to hold your hair in place, but not be a hassle to remove.
When choosing hair products, opt for gentle shampoo and conditioners. Your scalp should not itch, burn or flake after using hair products. If your hair begins to feel sticky or pasty, you may also need to reduce or change the brands of your hair products.
Massage your scalp when washing your hair. This is an activity that may help stimulate hair growth and boosting circulation to the massaged area, but it may also be a very relaxing and soothing moment.
At night, when going to sleep, if you don’t like to have your hair in a scarf, then consider a soft pillowcase so that there is less risk of damage to your hair when you sleep.
And finally, remember that the same way that what you eat may reflect on your skin, it may also be visible in the health of your hair.
Your daily cup of tea may be much more than a source of comfort and refreshment, it could also be a great way to keep your skin and hair healthy.
Herbal teas may be a great way to provide nutrition to your hair both from the inside as well as the outside, so that it may prevent unnecessary damage to your hair that could cause it to fall or grow to slowly.
Keep your hair beautiful and healthy with herbal teas!
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