Ready to update your look? Chemical dyes open the hair shaft, and can damage the hair, causing dryness, frizz and breakage. Dying your hair naturally eliminates the need for chemical processing at a fraction of the cost. Brewed tea enhances hair color and protects from damage, while gently brightening hair and hiding greys. Red tea, commonly called rooibos, is ideal for those with red or light brown hair when applied as a rinse.
- Fill about 6 to 8 ounces of water for each teabag you intend to use in a large pot. 2-3 tea bags for short to medium length hair, for longer hair, you will need more water and extra teabags. Bring the water to a boil. Add the tea bags to the pot and cover. The more teabags, the stronger the brew. Let the tea steep until the water is room temperature.
- Put an old towel around your shoulders and secure under your neck to protect your skin and clothes from the tea. Tip your head over a tub or sink, and pour the tea over your hair, beginning at the roots. Massage the tea into your hair, the same as shampoo is applied. Leave the tea on for a minimum of three to 10 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes. The effect of the tea is more intense the longer it stays on. Rinse hair thoroughly and apply a conditioner. Rinse hair again and style as usual.
Applying the red tea rinse in great frequency and lengths of time will increase the effect. Use with caution as to avoid brassiness.