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has anyone tried rooibos tea?

curlywhirlcurlywhirl Posts: 31Registered Users
hey just wondering if anyone has tried using rooibos tea as a hair rinse. i read somewhere on here that it will give a reddish tint to dark blonde hair or just make dark hair more lustrous. i really wanna give it a try!! does anyone know anything about this??

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  • ibraidhairibraidhair Posts: 343Registered Users
    I haven't used it (other than for drinking). But I have used other types of tea for hair rinses. You have to make a pretty strong tea and use it several times before you see a difference in color. If you're willing to put out a little effort, I think it's worth it.
  • pelicanopelicano Posts: 580Registered Users
    That sounds interesting. I might give it a try. :)
    Sarah.

    Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

    Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
    Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
  • curlywhirlcurlywhirl Posts: 31Registered Users
    thanks ibraidhair!! i'm definitely willing to give it a try! also, what teas have you tried and with what results??
  • pelicanopelicano Posts: 580Registered Users
    Sorry to ask a silly question, but do you have to leave it on or rinse it?
    Sarah.

    Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

    Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
    Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
  • ibraidhairibraidhair Posts: 343Registered Users
    I use mostly rosemary tea because it helps relieve scalp irritation. Sometimes I add a bit of nettles to it. It makes a dark reddish-brown tea (similar to auburn colored hair). My ends have sun bleaching and it darkened them quite a bit when I was using it regularly every other week. I've also used sage, and black tea.

    Pelicano, I leave it in. But you can rinse it lightly if you prefer. I would guess that the color saturation would be less if you did though.

    WARNING! Make sure your hair doesn't drip on anything. It will leave stains!
  • curlywhirlcurlywhirl Posts: 31Registered Users
    so i just tried the rooibos rinse and liked it a lot!! it only gave me a hint of color, but i didn't exactly leave it in...
    after co-washing, i poured the tea through my hair (over a bowl inside the sink to catch falling tea) several times until thoroughly saturated. then i used a dt and let it all sit for 30 min., rinsed and styled as usual.

    this gave me a slight copper tint, which is nice on my hair color (dark blonde/light brown). it probably wouldn't affect the color of darker hair at all, but it did produce nice shine. i'll definitely try it again, only without the dt and without rinsing! i love the idea of using tea as a temporary dye!!

    ibraidhair: when you do tea rinses, how long does the color typically last?
  • ibraidhairibraidhair Posts: 343Registered Users
    curlywhirl wrote: »
    ibraidhair: when you do tea rinses, how long does the color typically last?

    I couldn't exactly tell because I was doing it pretty regularly for a while (twice a month) and noticed that my ends were darker. When I stopped doing it regularly, it eventually started fading. You know... one of those things where you don't notice because it's gradual. My intention wasn't coloring or I would've paid more attention. :) Let us know your long-term results!