So what do you do when the hair needs cleansing, but you don't want to use shampoo? For me, personally, I like to use green tea.
|Hooray for Green Tea!|
Green tea makes a great cleanser for those times when you want your hair to be nice and clean, but don't want to use a strong shampoo to get there. Green tea has lots of great antioxidants and vitamins that can help you on your way to healthier, better-looking hair, and, it leaves your hair squeaky clean!
My favorite way to prepare green tea for hair rinsing is to fill a large container with near-boiling water. I then add several (usually three) of my favorite green tea bags to the water. I personally use Lipton's green tea since it's inexpensive and really easy to find (Every grocery store around here carries it!). I steep it and cover it with a towel until it is cool- you don't want to pour scorching hot tea on your scalp, after all!
In the shower, I usually start off by lightly conditioning my hair to detangle it- this is important for me because pure green tea without any other ingredients does not add slip to the hair, so it's imperative that I get the knots out of the way before I do a tea rinse. After working the conditioner through my hair and getting the tangles out, I take a small cup and pour the green tea through my hair, using the large container to catch any excess. I repeat this process- probably about 15 times, until my hair is saturated with green tea.
I gently work the green tea into my hair and carefully massage it into my scalp. Don't overdo it, because, as
I stated before, green tea doesn't have anything to give the hair slip, and being too rough can cause the hair to tangle.
After working it through my hair, I rinse with water and lightly condition again. Viola! Squeaky clean hair!
You can add other ingredients to your tea rinse to change the effects of it- some people add ingredients to give a more conditioning effect, or other herbs to give a strengthening effect. Whatever you choose to do, if you're looking for something that can cleanse the hair gently and effectively, give green tea a try!