Sep 02 , 2018
When introducing my Botanicals Beauty handmade products the most common question I receive is “what is hair tea”. And I usually start my explanation out the same way each time, “hair needs water, right”. Because that’s essentially the purpose that hair tea serves - water. What make hair tea superior to plain water is that it’s an herbal infused water so the water takes on properties that by far surpass just plain old tap water. There are vitamins and minerals that we seek to increase in our beauty regimens to improve the condition of our hair and skin. Silica, biotin, collagen are common ingredients that we chase in our quest for beauty. Supplements are great for long-term impact; but, you can witness immediate benefits when applied directly to your hair. And this is especially true for natural hair. Water alone is not enough to tame curls, coils and kinks. Even conditioner and deep conditioning don’t always do the trip. Sometimes your hair just needs a little extra pick-me-up to make it look and feel better. Ingredients like silica can make your hair shinier and softer and biotin can make your hair stronger. But how does that work in hair tea? By brewing herbs that contain certain properties, you extract the vitamins and minerals from the herb. By combining the perfect combination of herbs you can create a super concentrated herbal tea hair conditioning treatment with immediate benefits [Learn more about herbal properties of hair tea ingredients]. Imagine washing your hair and it being smoother, easier to manipulate, feels stronger, looks shinier. This is the power of hair tea. Although this product may be foreign to your hair regimen, it really isn’t that complicated.
What’s even better is you can use it as a deep conditioning treatment or a leave-in conditioner. But best of all – it’s only an extra step or two in your hair washing regimen depending on how you want to use the tea.
As a Deep Conditioner:
Step 1: Brew your Botanicals Beauty Hair Tea and let it steep at least 1 hour or steep overnight for a super concentrated brew.
Step 2: Wash as usual
Step 3: Saturate freshly washed hair with tea then squeeze the excess water from our hair
Step 4: Apply conditioner to tea saturated hair, condition hair for at least 20 minutes or as you would a deep conditioning treatment (cover hair and let conditioner/tea sit in your hair for around 1 hour)
Step 5: Rinse and style hair as usual
Tips: Refrigerate any unused tea or add a few drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an antioxidant and can act as a natural preservative to keep the tea from going bad.
As a leave-in conditioner or moisture spray using the LOC Method:
Step 1: Brew your Botanicals Beauty Hair Tea and let it steep at least 1 hour or steep 4 hours - overnight for a super concentrated brew. A super concentrated blend is recommended for a leave-in conditioner.
Step 2: Wash and condition as usual
Step 3: In a spray bottle, combine brewed tea with the following:
- Liquid: Hair tea – 40% + Aloe Vera/Distilled Water – 20%
- Oils: Oils such as Argan, Olive Oil, Avoca, and Jojoba are good for moisture penetration 20%
- Cream: Leave-In Conditioner/Moisturizer – 20%
- For an additional herbal boost or to scent the spray, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice – however, the hair tea is full of herbs so it isn’t a requirement
Step 4: Shake well to combine all of the ingredients
Step 5: Apply to hair as needed.
Tips: Your mixture will last a week or two (the cream mixture almost certainly contains a preservative); but, to extend the length of your hair tea conditioner even further same tips as above, refrigerate it or add a few drops of tea tree oil.
Regardless of the hair tea blend, you’ll almost certainly notice that your hair is more moist and absorbs more water after consistent use. But, depending on the herbal properties of the ingredients in your tea, you’ll also notice that your hair is instantly softer, stronger, and or easier to manipulate. Hair Tea is just water – so don’t overthink it. Get all of the benefits of diy beauty with the Botanicals Beauty Create Your Own line of handmade products. [Explore hair tea recipes].