Category Archives: Herbal tea rinse

DIY Henna Spray For Strength

Hello Maicurlies,

I am back with yet another DIY! Yes you read that right, a DIY Henna Spray!
This one is actually inspired by another Naturalista that has her on stash of DIY Goodies Curly Proverbz. She is GAAAWGEOUS btw! If you haven’t been following her you NEED TO!

So first off, Thank you Curly Proverbz for the inspiration!!!!

I modified her original recipe so it would fit my hair needs and I recommend you alter any ingredients you feel will not benefit your hair to fit your own needs too! (I have alternative suggestions a little lower down).

Henna Spray

Prior to you attempting to use Henna, Amla, Shikakai or any other Ayurvedic, herbs I HIGHLY SUGGEST that you do some research prior to application just so you are well informed about the ingredients & their benefits/disadvantages. I have a henna blog post where I also mention Shikakai and Amla in there since I regularly use them in my hair care.

Even if you know nothing about henna, amla, shikaikai and decide not to research (bad idea btw) PLEASE NOTE:

  • Ayurvedic, herbs can be drying on the hair therefore it is highly recommended that you thoroughly moisturize prior to/after using the spray.
  • Do not overdo the applications, it will cause your hair to feel dry and brittle due to the strength the herbs provide to the hair (lack of elasticity = breakage).
  • You might notice a colour change in your hair e.g. reddish/brown (henna & amla) therefore if you are not looking for this, DO NOT USE this recipe.
  • Use clothes & a towel you do not mind getting stained while spraying your hair!

Ingredients/Tools Use:

  • 0.1oz Amla
  • 0.1oz Shikakai
  • 0.25oz Henna
  • 4oz Water
  • 4oz Rose Water
  • 0.15oz Argan Oil
  • 2-3 drops Alcohol Free Rose Fragrance
  • Coffee Filter (or cheese cloth)
  • Cup
  • Spoon 
  • Spray Bottle
  • Gloves (optional)

Optional Ingredients/Ratios:

You can replace the Amla and Shikakai with any other Ayurvedic, herb such as Bhringaraj, Neem, Brahmi etc. In case you do not have Rose Water the amount can be replaced with more plain water. You can add some glycerin to the spray for added moisture (if necessary/desired). The fragrance oil can be replaced with Essential Oil. 

Mixing Instructions:

You want to put your herbs into a coffee filter or cheese cloth and let it soak in boiled water. I add rose water (without boiling it) and let the herbs sit overnight. The following morning I take out the herbs, add the oil and fragrance oil, pour into my spray bottle and presto! 

Application:

My two ways of application is: 1. after deep conditioning my hair (prior to moisturizing) I will spray the henna onto my hair and proceed with moisturizing and styling. 2. On occasion if I feel like I need to provide strength to my hair mid-week, I first spray a little henna onto my hair and then remoisturize. You can also do this as a rinse, without leaving the henna on your hair (which is what I do). 

Storage:

You must store the mix in your fridge (otherwise you plan on growing nasty mold!) 

Thanks! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Green Tea Tea Spray/Rinse

Hey Maicurlies,

I am back with the second of my Tea Sprays I like using on my hair – Green Tea.

Green Tea Spray

Green Tea Spray

I have already mentioned the other tea I like using which is Hibiscus and you can read about my spray recipe here but in case neither Hibiscus nor Green Tea tickles your fancy I have a list of other teas you can use.

Green Tea is popular for its health benefits when consumed due to the fact that it is packed with antioxidants that are known to fight free radicals and hinder the production of bacteria internally. Some of the antioxidants in Green Tea are polyphenols,which are said to not only help you attain a healthy body, skin and hair, but are also said to block the growth of cancer cells as well, so drink up ladies & gents!

Benefits:

When it comes to the hair, the reasons why I like using Green Tea is because it:

  • Helps grow healthy hair
  • Stops excessive hair shedding
  • Provides the hair with a boost of luster and bounce
  • Soothes scalp irritations
  • Adds a natural shine to the hair
  • Strengthens the hair to help reduce breakage
  • Helps reduce dandruff
  • Helps conditions the hair
  • Darkens the hair naturally over time and with continuous use*
  • Slows down the early onset of greying* (it will NOT STOP you from EVER having grey hair)

*If you have bleached, dyed or lightened your hair and do not want it to darken do not use Green Tea

Ingredients of the spray

  • 2 Green Tea Bags (1 – 2 tablespoons loose leafs)
  • 1 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Glycerin – 0.1oz (optional – you can substitute this with another moisturizing ingredient mentioned below).
  • 2 teaspoon Coffee Infused Oil – 0.2oz (you can use any Carrier Oil of choice)
  • 3 drops Peppermint Essential oil (EO)* (you can use any Essential Oil of choice)

*If you are pregnant please do not use EO and consult your Doctor before you decide to use tea on your hair.

If Green Tea is new to your routine I would recommend that you make the tea a little “weak” by starting off with 1 tea bag/1 teaspoon so that it is not too strong for your hair. I would also recommend that you rinse it off after application (you can leave it on for 15 – 30 minutes) and space out the applications. This way you can determine if your hair likes the tea and you can increase the amount and strength depending on your hair preferences.

While Green Tea is less “potent” than Black Tea, it can still be a little drying therefore, you can add other ingredients to the tea to make it a little more moisturizing. This is why I add glycerin – it is a humectant that draws moisture in the air to the area applied but if your hair does not like glycerin you can substitute it with honey, Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Nectar or omit it completely. My DIY Coffee Infused Grapeseed Oil is great for reducing hair shedding, reducing breakage, it is known to help darken the hair a little and even slowdown premature graying. The oil is extremely light and will not weigh down the hair (I have fine hair). I add Peppermint EO because it smells awesome but also because it helps fight dandruff, keeps the scalp clean, stimulate hair growth and helps to slowdown bacterial growth in the tea. Always store the tea in the fridge!

“How to”:

All you do is boil the Green Tea bags in the water for no more than 5 minutes on low heat and then allow it to come down to room temperature. Once cooled down add the remaining ingredients (Coffee Infused Grapeseed oil, glycerin and Peppermint EO) and stir really well. Transfer it either into a spray bottle or a container you will use to pour over your hair and you are done.

How I use my Green Tea:

I like using a spray bottle because I can control how much/little is applied instead of pouring the tea all over my hair. I spray my roots (dry or lightly damp hair) and allow it to completely dry without rinsing it off. I store the bottle in my fridge for 1 week and then remake a new batch.

While teas are excellent for your hair, too much of a good thing can be bad therefore if this is new to your routine and hair I recommend rinsing out the tea. The information provided is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor nor a medical professional therefore, please consult with your personal doctor or a medical professional before starting anything new and if you are pregnant always consult your personal doctor or medical professional. 

Do you use Green Tea for your hair? If so how does it help the overall health of your hair?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Tea Sprays/Rinses for Hair

Hey Maicurlies,

photo credit: T.Kiya via photopin cc

                                               photo credit: T.Kiya via photopin cc

Did you know there are all kinds of teas you can use for your hair as a herbal rinse or spray, depending on the benefits you want to get and your hair needs? I of course have 2 favorites: hibiscus and green tea.

What are Tea Rinses/Sprays?

Basically it is brewed tea that you either pour over your hair or spray onto your hair (once it is at room temperature). Some might choose to rinse the tea out later while others let it dry on their hair. I do both depending on which of the two teas I am using (rinse) hibiscus tea (leave on) green tea.

*While teas are excellent for your hair, too much of a good thing can be bad therefore if this is new to your routine and hair I recommend rinsing out the tea. The information provided is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor nor a medical professional therefore, please consult with your personal doctor or a medical professional before starting anything new and if you are pregnant always consult your personal doctor or medical professional. 

Some of the benefits you can get from using tea rinses are:

  • Circulation in the scalp
  • Stimulation of the hair follicle – leading to hair growth
  • Easing scalp irritations
  • Clearing up dandruff, itchy or flaky scalps
  • Reducing excessive hair shedding
  • Reducing breakage – by strengthening the hair
  • Cleansing the scalp & hair
  • Increasing hair manageability
  • Restoring luster, body and bounce
  • Conditioning the hair

Herbal Tea Options

  • Black Tea – Reduces hair loss and shedding, adds sheen, naturally darkens the hair, provides softness and manageability.
  • Calendula – Nourishes the scalp, helps elevate scalp irritations due to its anti-fungal properties and brightens blond hair.
  • Chamomile – soothes an irritated/itchy/sore scalp, known to help with dandruff, provides sheen to the hair and relieves stress. It brightens blonde hair and brings out blonde highlights on light brown hair.
  • Green Tea – Helps to combat hair loss, soothes the scalp, aids with scalp irritations, darkens the hair, provides the hair with strength and reduces breakage.
  • Hibiscus – Provides shine, conditions the hair, has astringent qualities, reduces hair shedding and breakage and provides a deep red/purple tone which appears as an undertone in dark hair and is more visible in light/blond/bleached hair.
  • Linden Flower – provides strength to weak hair, aids in hair growth, conditions dry & brittle hair and provides circulation to the scalp.
  • Sage –  invigorates and cleanses the hair and scalp, known to help reduces excessive hair shedding and hair loss.

I will have two separate posts for my favorite tea rinses next!

Do you use tea rinses/sprays for your hair? If so which are your favorite, I would love to hear from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls