Saturday, 3 August 2013

Regular tea rinses; good or bad?



It is said that we shed between 50-100 strands of hair a day and this is perfectly normal and necessary since the shed hairs have reached the end of their growth cycle. If you read hair blogs or are on a hair journey you have probably heard about tea, coffee, garlic rinses etc that help combat excessive shedding. Thankfully I do not currently suffer from excessive shedding, I tried a black tea rinse out of curiosity but did not like the stiffness that came as a result and so I decided to leave any shedding related rinses for when I actually needed them due to excessive shedding. Excessive shedding can be attributed to many causes stress, medication and postpartum shedding among others. If your shed hairs are more than what you are used to seeing in the bathroom drain or comb and goes on for a long period then you probably have excessive shedding which is where natural remedies like tea and garlic rinses come in handy; if your hair is coming out in clumps however you may want to see a dermatologist or doctor that is not normal.

Does doing constant black tea or coffee rinses defeat the purpose of natural shedding; I mean if you are not suffering from excessive shedding why try to combat normal shedding which is a natural part of hair growth? By constant I mean that you have normal shedding and are tea rinsing after every wash so assuming you wash once a week that is four tea rinses in a month. I am not sure if there are any studies or research done out there on the negative effects of tea rinses to combat normal shedding so if anyone knows of any please add a link in the comment section if available.

What do you ladies think can doing constant tea rinses in the absence of excessive shedding cause more harm than good?

11 comments:

  1. I think if you are not shedding excessively, there is no need for it.

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    1. I agree with candice.
      I tried tea rinse once and didn't see the neef for me to continue with it because I don't shef excessively and I didn't want to add another step into my wash day routine

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  2. Yeah, I thought about doing them more often (like weekly) but I had the same thoughts about it as you. I wanted to let my hair do what it was meant to do. Now I only do a tea rinse if I feel like my hair is shedding too much. Great post!

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  3. Great Post! I didn't feel the need to jump on the BTR bandwagon because my shedding isn't excessive but of recent it has been and the BTR actually slowed down my shedding. I don't think its necessary if your not experiencing heavy shedding.

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  4. I do think it could cause harm because tea rinses can cause dryness. I feel like my hair sheds excessively, but I guess that's my natural shedding pattern. I'm thinking of making a black tea spritz for my scalp to see if that helps. Hmmm...

    Good post!

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  5. At the start of my hair journey I read a lot about what people were doing to prevent all the bad things that can happen. I am definitely one person who always does tea rinses with every wash, and have never really thought of it the way you have. To combat the stiffness I use a smoothing treatment after and it gets my hair back to normal. I haven't noticed any damaging effects to my hair, so never questioned it. But you do have a point. My shedding has definitely been controlled, but I will experiment on with this. Just boiled my tea rinse for today's wash day hehe. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! Maybe we can use you as a guinea pig for possible negative side effects of regular tea rinses lol:)

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