Lately, I have been experiencing more shedding than I care for. I had not done a tea rinse in so long; in fact, I haven't done a tea rinse at all during 2014. To be honest, when I was doing them I wasn't even really convinced that it was helping at all, but the main reason I omitted tea rinsing from my regimen was to save some time and steps on wash day. I really don't enjoy shower hopping. Well, this wash day, I thought I'd bring tea rinsing back into the mix.
|Green Tea|Marshmallow Root|Slippery Elm Bark||
Peppermint Essential Oil|Rosemary Essential Oil
My Wash Day Experience:1. I started off by massaging my scalp with a mixture of coconut oil and JBCO. I then did a hot oil treatment with some Tea Tree Oil that I was trying to use up.
2. Next, I took a moment to prepare my Tea Rinse mixture which consisted of two bags of Green Tea, steeped with a little bit of marshmallow root and slippery elm bark. I also added a couple of drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. I was hoping that this mixture would help combat the drying effect of the green tea and help with detangling.
3. I then shampooed my hair using ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo.
4. Next I applied the tea rinse using a color applicator bottle. My hair still felt a little stiff despite my adding the marshmallow and slippery elm. I may need to play around with the measurements a little more to get better results.
5. I deep conditioned using the last of my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque which I mixed with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and JBCO. I deep conditioned under my heating cap for about 45 minutes and allowed to cool before rinsing.
6. I hopped back into the shower to rinse my DC and then applied It's A 10 Miracle Conditioner to help soften and detangle my hair because it still felt a little stiff after deep conditioning. It helped a little bit. I should have grabbed my Aussie Moist, but I was ready to get out of the shower and be done.
I then t-shirt dried my hair for a few minutes while I pondered back and forth on whether I wanted to blow dry my hair or go with curls. I decided on pulling out my CurlFormers. My leave-ins were Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, GVP Smoothing Serum, and Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution(to help set my curls). It did take me a while to install the CurlFormers because I had to spend a good bit of time detangling each section. I definitely think the Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner helped to soften my hair for easier detangling.
I left the Curlformers in overnight to allow my hair to air dry. It wasn't too bad sleeping in them this time around. I think I had the CurlFormers too tight at the root last time so I tried to make sure they were more loose this time around. This definitely helped.
Tea rinsing was definitely the star of this wash day. I can truly say that this time around I am 100% certain that tea rinsing definitely works for reducing shedding. For the past several weeks, whenever I would run my fingers through my hair I was constantly pulling out shed strands of hair. After tea rinsing, this has not been happening. Tea rinsing is definitely here to stay.
How was your wash day? Are you battling with constant shedding? How does tea rinsing work for you?
Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy New Year!
Thanks for reading,