Has anyone ever used tea to clarify...or warm tea as a rinse for anything? It seems like it would be good for something but I have never heard of it being used for hair except to darken it. I'm thinking about trying it to see what happens...Wish me luck!
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That's so strange that you posted this. I was just thinking about trying it as a rinse tomorrow! I'm not sure what it's supposed to do, but I was thinking about mixing warm tea with a little vinegar or maybe just by itself to see what happens. I'll let you know if it does anything.
ADDING SHINE TO YOUR HAIR
The sun can streak and highlight your hair. However if you find the effect too harsh, you can soften the look with a tea rinse. Shampoo as you regularly do, then rinse with plain water. Next, rinse your hair with a brewed black tea that has been allowed to cool to a comfortable temperature. Leave in for at least five minutes, then squeeze out the liquid from your hair as much as possible. Let your hair dry naturally, then style as usual. Your hair will be noticeably, albeit temporarily, darker and shinier. Choose teas by the color they are when brewed. Chinese blacks like Keemun or Yunnan and Indian Assam will give the darker color; Ceylon blacks and Darjeeling will give a more golden hue.
Most of the things I'm finding are about adding shine and temporarily darkening hair. Hmm...some people here have mentioned vinegar lightening their hair...maybe a vinegar rinse with tea in it will counteract that?
So, I tried this yesterday and was disappointed with the results. It was as much work as a vinegar rinse, except a little moreso because it didn't soften my hair the same way, so I had to use a lot of conditioner. In the end, my hair didn't look any different at all, color or otherwise. It was a waste of time for me.
I used to make my own tea rinses by going to the herb/tea shop and picking out several ones I thought would be 'nutritional' for my hair. I blended them together and brewed them like normal tea, then used them as a final rinse once it had cooled down. It was really nice, although just another odd thing people thought I did to my hair. I'm sure I have pics somewhere....