Black tea rinses to enhance dark hair?

Has anyone ever tried this? What were the results? How did hair look and feel and how often did you rinse? I have thick coarse hair that doesn't even take to permanent color well. I've given up on permanent color because it dries my hair out and often turns brassy on me very quickly. Hair rinses (semi-perm) are okay but I have to leave on for a very long time for my hair to even have a hint of color and it washes out way to fast for the effort. In addition, I was going to use Clairol Beautiful but it is loaded with cones. I don't use cones. I don't know the ingredients for the Jazzing but I assume if the beautiful has cones it does as well. Henna sounds promising but then I also hear stories of it drying hair out and my hair does not need to get any drier.

So yes I've given up on "changing" my color but I want to enhance my color and get it to shine or at least have sheen. My hair in its loose state is a dull black (not jet - just flat with no shine and no sheen really). If I twist it it does shine so I know it's not buildup, it's just the way my hair reflects light. When I have permanent color or a rinse my hair shines all the time regardless of if it's stretched or not.

So I'm wondering if black tea rinses will help enhance my naturally black hair and give it more shine. That's all I'm looking for.

I hear coffee might be promising as well.

Anyone?
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Last edited by alsaxon; 07-30-2009 at 10:17 AM.
I tried them all--coffee/black tea rinses and henna I was so tired of being called a blonde...my hair is naturally light/mid-brown in my opinion, but somehow people around me think it's blonde. Maybe because I had practically white hair as a baby...anyway...

Black tea rinse (paired with strong coffee rinses) gave me deeper golden-copper highlights on my naturally dark blonde ones. As far as I remember, the effects of tea and coffee rinses only lasted a couple washes. But, my hair would smell like coffee whenever it got wet for the following two weeks

As for henna...I prepare mine with chamomile tea and a bit of lemon juice, so it's quite drying on my 3a curls. To the point of feeling like a chemical dye...but after 1-2 oil treatments, it looks and feels even better than before However, my hair was quite healthy to begin wit. If your hair is dry, then you may want to do some strand tests...I didn't like the idea of hairballs, so I used a few strands from the ponytail I had cut a few years ago. They are a lot more realistic in my opinion...

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I tried them all--coffee/black tea rinses and henna I was so tired of being called a blonde...my hair is naturally light/mid-brown in my opinion, but somehow people around me think it's blonde. Maybe because I had practically white hair as a baby...anyway...

Black tea rinse (paired with strong coffee rinses) gave me deeper golden-copper highlights on my naturally dark blonde ones. As far as I remember, the effects of tea and coffee rinses only lasted a couple washes. But, my hair would smell like coffee whenever it got wet for the following two weeks

As for henna...I prepare mine with chamomile tea and a bit of lemon juice, so it's quite drying on my 3a curls. To the point of feeling like a chemical dye...but after 1-2 oil treatments, it looks and feels even better than before However, my hair was quite healthy to begin wit. If your hair is dry, then you may want to do some strand tests...I didn't like the idea of hairballs, so I used a few strands from the ponytail I had cut a few years ago. They are a lot more realistic in my opinion...

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Originally Posted by Domino
Thanks Domino!!! I actually tried the the tea rinse after I did this post and my hair felt great but I did not really notice any darkening. I am going to try adding sage to it next time. I keep hearing everyone mention the coffee smell sticking around so I am hesitant to try that. I'm a little afraid of the henna because my hair is naturally dry and I really don't want to add to that.
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Try adding rosemary. For those with darker hair, it can help cover gray
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Try adding rosemary. For those with darker hair, it can help cover gray
Originally Posted by morrighu
Thanks I hear sage is good for dark hair too. I'll try both.
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Last night I tried to dye my hair with coffee.
Basically, it's a shade darker and I reek like a coffee shop's dirty cups.
Even after I put in gobs of fragrance.

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Last night I tried to dye my hair with coffee.
Basically, it's a shade darker and I reek like a coffee shop's dirty cups.
Even after I put in gobs of fragrance.
Aww,I feel sorry for that...
I know I am pretty late with this,but try to add some lemon and/or something fragrant (I use caramell scented hair oil ) if you are going to try again sometimes.
Lemon neutralizes the smell and the fragrant whatever...well...smells nice .
Last night I tried to dye my hair with coffee.
Basically, it's a shade darker and I reek like a coffee shop's dirty cups.
Even after I put in gobs of fragrance.
Aww,I feel sorry for that...
I know I am pretty late with this,but try to add some lemon and/or something fragrant (I use caramell scented hair oil ) if you are going to try again sometimes.
Lemon neutralizes the smell and the fragrant whatever...well...smells nice .
Originally Posted by The Clockwork Curl
Won't lemon lighten your hair though? I just tried the coffee DT-don"t know how it looks yet cause it isn't dry-but I sure reak of coffee!
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co-wash-suave coconut
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Suave max root lifter
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that's all I have so far_eager to learn
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No, I didn't think tea was strong enough to do anything. I've done the coffee treatment I found here, but I have to do it a few times a week to get a good stain. It does work and it's nice n' natural, but it's a pain and yes, the smell lingers! Maybe I should try tea, but I mix my coffee with cocoa to make the treatment, so I don't think tea plus cocoa would smell too nice.
I use to do coffee in my henna, so I know it works with that for richer tones....I always had lovely results.
The coffee treatment I did-darkened my hair just a tad-mixed twice brewed coffee w/instant granuals and condish-left on hair under shower cap 1 hour-
tonight I decided to mix 1/2 c cocoa to 1/2 c instant coffee-2 teaspoons coconut oil-wee bit of vanilla-and enough twice brewed coffee to make almost a frosting-have it on under shower cap for about half an hour now-smells HEAVENLY! I am a chocoholic
we will see if it works-oh yeah I poured the rest of the hot coffee just on the length of my hair before I applied the fosting-far away from my scalp-that is where most of my blonde is. Want to be a chocolate brown.
3b curls
medium texture,normal porosity xcept canopy is very porous
co-wash-suave coconut
condish-GTN
leavein-Suave pomagrat naturals
V or v & honey rinse
DC-oliveoil and honey-Sally's conditioning balm - Queen Helene jojoba hot oil treatment
product-CK,homemade FSG w/seamollient-ky jelly-Shique Gelee
Suave max root lifter
I cut my own hair as well
that's all I have so far_eager to learn
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Do you all who do coffee or tea treatments regularly notice any damage from this? Coffee and tea are acidic. I mix coffee, cocoa powder and sometimes add a little Queen Helene to make a darkenining treatment. It hardens on my hair making it very stiff. When I risnce after about an hour, it has done it's darkening magic, but it makes my hair feel dry and tangly. I've gotten into the habit of doing it a few times a week to keep the color I want, but I'm worried about long term damage to my hair. I eventually will prolly dye it (I want to get rid of blonde highlights) but that isn't permanent either. Highlights resist any type of hair color pretty much.
So your saying that if I use a color it will not cover my hightlights? I usually just comb in the highlight mix-so I can forget going darker until all the blonde grows out?
3b curls
medium texture,normal porosity xcept canopy is very porous
co-wash-suave coconut
condish-GTN
leavein-Suave pomagrat naturals
V or v & honey rinse
DC-oliveoil and honey-Sally's conditioning balm - Queen Helene jojoba hot oil treatment
product-CK,homemade FSG w/seamollient-ky jelly-Shique Gelee
Suave max root lifter
I cut my own hair as well
that's all I have so far_eager to learn
http://public.fotki.com/Lorensmom/
password-honeypot
AllyT, acidic things are good for the hair. They close down the cuticle of the hair, adding shine and should help prevent tangles

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