How To Use Herbal Hair Tea Rinses
Herbal infusions have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body, and bounce.
Hair tea recipe blends can be designed with specific herbs that have been found helpful in achieving a particular result.
Herbal hair rinses can provide deep cleansing, enrich natural hair color, soothe irritation, prevent dandruff, or stimulate the scalp to increase growth.
While a simple herbal hair tea rinse is easy to make and we have included many recipes below, many of our customers with their very busy lives have asked us to add some to our product line. We sell three organic herbal blends and we include a muslin bag with each of our hair teas.
So you can Click Here to purchase Chagrin Valley’s certified organic Herbal Hair Tea Rinses or continue reading to learn more and create your own recipes.
Make Your Own Herbal and Botanical Rinses
The recipes below are for using the loose tea. If you have no desire to strain herbs, make your own “tea bag.” Bundle the herbs into a piece of cheesecloth or cotton muslin and secure with natural cotton string. You can also use the recipes below with Chagrin Valley's Hair Teas. We include a muslin bag with each of our hair teas.
If using the "tea bag" method or Chagrin Valley Tea, the directions are the same, just fill the tea bag with the amount of herbal mixture indicated in the recipe. Add your bundled herbs to the water, vinegar or oil.
Do not pack the bundle with too many herbs, you want the herbs to be loose so their essences can be infused completely. If you are making larger recipes with lots of herbs you may want to use more than one bag or just use the loose tea. If you are using the muslin bags when finished empty and rinse the bag and allow to dry. We do not recommend re-using the muslin bags after oil infusions.
Simple Herbal Tea Hair Rinse
- Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 3 or more tablespoons of herbs
- Steep for at least 30 minutes covered
- Strain herbs from the tea and let it cool
- The rinse should be room temperature before using--never pour hot tea in your hair
- As you slowly pour the tea over your wet head, massage the infusion into your hair and scalp
- Keep a large bowl under your head to catch the liquid and reapply several times
- Let it sit a few minutes
- Gently rinse with cool water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair
Herbal Hair Vinegar Rinse
Vinegar is beneficial for oily hair, itchy scalp, dandruff, dull hair, and build-up.
Directions to Make the Concentrated Vinegar:
- Place approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of herbs into a glass jar
- Cover with 2 cups of organic raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Steep this mixture in a tightly closed jar in the refrigerator or in a dark, cool place for two weeks
- Shake the jar daily
- Once infused, strain out the herbs
Tip: If you don't want to wait two weeks, speed up infusion by gently warming the vinegar before pouring over herbs. "Steep" for a few days!
Application Method 1: Diluted
- Dilute 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of the herbal vinegar in 1 cup of water. Rinse through wet hair after shampooing and massage thoroughly. Rinse with cool water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair. The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries.
Application Method 2: Not Diluted
- Apply 1-2 tablespoons of herbal infused vinegar to damp hair and scalp. Massage thoroughly and rinse out with water. This method can be good for an initial treatment for stubborn dandruff or residue. This method should not be used often--straight vinegar can dry out hair and irritate the scalp.
Vinegar infusion is good for about 6 months. Up to a year if refrigerated. (I always leave about a week's worth in my shower in a plastic squeeze bottle!)
If you are like me and have a very busy schedule, Chagrin Valley makes three great organic Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses that help simplify your hair care regimen.
Tea and Honey
Sipping a nice cup of tea and honey can relax your soul and warm your heart, but is also a great combination for dry hair. You can use your favorite hair herb, a botanical mixture, or even an easily available green tea will work well to strengthen and soften hair. Honey is a humectant and provides moisture to the hair.
- Brew a nice strong botanical tea
- If making green tea, use 3 to 4 bags of tea in 2 cups of water
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey
- Add any other herbs or botanicals that would be good for your hair
- Strain out the tea and pour it into a container
- Gently massage the tea into your wet hair and scalp in a circular motion
- Allow it to stay in the hair for 5-15 minutes
- Rinse out with clean cool water
Herbal Oil Hair Treatment
Herbal infused oils, great for treating damaged, dry, dull, or frizzy hair and scalp conditions, are a terrific way to supply additional moisture to the hair shaft and naturally soothe and condition the hair and scalp.
- Place approximately 3-5 tablespoons of herbs in a glass jar
- Cover with 1 cup of organic carrier oil (see list below)
- Steep this mixture in a tightly closed jar for two weeks
- Shake the jar daily
- Once infused, strain out the herbs
Tip: If you don't want to wait two weeks, speed up infusion by gently warming the mixture on the stove at a very low heat for about 15-20 minutes and then steep overnight. Can be refrigerated for up to 6 months.
Intensive Treatment #1
Start with a little bit of oil in the palm of your hand and massage into the scalp with your fingertips working your way to the ends. Repeat until your hair and scalp are well coated. Leave in for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
Intensive Treatment #2
Warm oil will penetrate the hair shaft, enhancing its benefits of the infused oil. Gently warm the oil to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and massage it into hair and scalp. Cover your head with a towel and wait at least an hour, then shampoo out.
To add shine and body to dull lifeless hair, place with a small amount of oil in the palm of your hand and apply to wet or dry hair, and massage hair strands to the ends. If your scalp is dry, massage a bit of oil into your scalp also.
What Are The Best Carrier Oils For Your Hair Type?
The list below will help tailor the hair oil treatment to the needs of your hair and scalp. You can use a single oil or create blends that work for you.
We also make two great oil blends for hair . . . Jojoba Grapeseed and Argan Sunflower
Normal Hair: Jojoba Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil
Oily Hair: Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil
Dry, Damaged, Coarse or Frizzy Hair: Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil
Irritated Scalp or Dandruff: Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil
Thinning Hair: Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil
Do You Have Problems with Tangles?
Read our blog, "How To Use Our Organic Herbal Hair Detangler Tea Rinse."