I’ve always experienced an excessive amount of shedding, but never really cared because I was too lazy to do anything about it. But because I recently became more aware of my hair’s potential (it’s been growing!), I’ve decided to start taking better care of my hair. My hair’s been growing but it lacks moisture so it’s been breaking. (I found this out via this handy Is Your Hair Damaged quiz.) In addition to adding more moisture into my routine, I’ve been looking for other things I can do to minimize shedding. Keep in mind, I don’t like doing much to my hair. I keep my hair routine simple. So I was extremely excited to find vlogger Naptural85’s solution for shedding hair. It’s easy to do and apparently it actually really works. She repeats this over and over and over again in the video, so it must be true ;-). At the very least, it’s easy enough to give it a try.
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Stop Shedding Hair with a Green Tea Rinse
In case you don’t want to watch all eight minutes of the video, below are the details.
What You’ll Need
- A heat resistant container, ideally a glass measuring cup
- A black or green tea bag (Naptural85 uses a decaffeinated green tea, to minimize the amount caffeine she’s putting on her hair)
- 8 ounces of boiling water (that’s where the measuring cup comes in handy)
- An empty applicator bottle (you can get one on Amazon for $3 or at your local beauty supply store)
Prepare The Tea
- Put the tea bag in the measuring cup.
- Poor 8 ounces of boiling water into the cup and let the tea steep for about 5 minutes if it’s caffeinated. If it’s not caffeinated you can leave the tea bag in longer if you like.
- Let the tea cool.
- Once cooled, poor the tea into the applicator bottle.
How to Do the Green Tea Rinse
- Shampoo your hair as you normally would.
- After shampoo your hair (and rinsing out the shampoo), begin applying the tea with the applicator. It’s best do this in sections.
- The tea rinse is all about your scalp, so focus on applying the rinse to your entire scalp and massage it in.
- Let the tea sit on your scalp for about 15 minutes. Naptural85 conditions and detangles her hair in the mean time.
- Once 15 minutes has passed, wash out the conditioner and tea. Then follow up with a deep conditioner. It’s important to deep condition after a tea rinse in order to keep your hair hydrated.
Naptural85’s Results and Why This Works
Naptural85 saw results from the rinse within two weeks. She explains that a tea rinse works because hair loss and shedding is caused by a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and caffeine blocks DHT and its effects, helping to reduce hair fall and stimulate new hair growth. She advises that it’s best to do a tea rinse once every two weeks for about a month or a month and a half. Reason being: she saw results after about a month and didn’t want to over do it. That’s one of the things I like about this: it’s not something you have to permanently add to your hair routine. It has an end date!
So what do you think? Tempted to try a green tea rinse? Let me know in the comments.