Herbal tea rinse for locs

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Herbal tea rinse is a great way to incorporate the many benefits of natural herbs and flowers into your dreadlock care routine from promoting hair growth, reducing breakage, brightening blonde hair or darkening dark dreads and treating scalp conditions.

The benefits of tea rinsing on dreadlocks

  1. Promote hair growth. Hibiscus leaves and flowers and green tea can help stimulate hair growth.
  2. Reduce shedding with green and black teas.
  3. Enhance hair colour. While chamomile tea can brighten blonde hair, redheads will love hibiscus and rooibos teas. Brunettes will deepen their colour and darken their grey using black tea, rosemary and sage.
  4. Sooth scalp irritation and scalp conditions with burdock root, thyme, peppermint, green tea and nettle.

How to do a herbal tea rinse for locs

  1. Select which herb(s) to use for your tea rinse.
  2. Prepare your tea. Pour 2 cups (around 500ml) over 2-3 tablespoons of your selected herb(s). Cover and steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  3. Wash your dreadlocks twice using a residue free shampoo. Click here to learn how to wash your dreadlocks.

Now you have the choice to either rinse your dreadlocks with the herbal tea or soak them in a basin for up to 15 minutes:

Rinsing your dreadlocks with the tea

  1. Place a large bowl underneath your head to catch the tea.
  2. Pour the tea on your wet dreadlocks.
  3. Massage the infusion into your dreads and scalp.
  4. Reapply the infusion several times on your hair until your dreads absorb all (or most) of the rinse
  5. Cover your dreads with a plastic cap and let the infusion sit for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Rinse your dreads with lukewarm or, if you can, cold water.
  7. Towel dry your dreads gently, then let it dry naturally.

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Soaking your locs in the tea

  1. Pour the tea in your inflatable basin.
  2. Soak your dreads in the herbal infusion.
  3. Massage your dreads and scalp.
  4. Close your eyes and relax for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your dreads with lukewarm or, if you can, cold water.
  6. Towel dry your dreads gently, then let it dry naturally.

Things to consider before tea rinsing your dreads

  1. Your locs might feel a little rough/dry after the tea rinse. Just apply a little bit of the oil of your choice to soften. Click here to discover our certified organic, herbs infused Soften Your Dreadlocks Oil.
  2. Talk to your doctor before adding herbal tea rinsing into your routine, especially if your are breastfeeding and/or pregnant.
  3. Be aware that black tea, rosemary and sage might darken your hair and hibiscus and rooibos might leave red tones to your dreads.

Herbal tea rinse for dreadlocks

How often should you do a tea rinse on your locs?

It depends how soon the effects of your previous rinse start to fade but you can start by doing a tea rinse once a month.

Can you leave a tea rinse on your dreads?

We do not recommend leaving the herbal tea on your dreadlocks as it might result in smelling and dry hair. Rinse your dreadlocks with lukewarm or cold water after your herbal tea.

What to do if you have leftover tea rinse

You can definitely keep your herbal tea until your next use. Just keep it in a clean airtight glass jar in the fridge for 7 -10 days. If you notice a strange smell or a white layer on top of the water, please dispose of it.