Of all the grooming practices the most unwieldy is camouflaging gray hair. A large number of people resort to using chemical hair colourants that lend a long lasting hue to grey hair strands. These dyes include chemical pigment phenylenediamine (PPD), an allergen that lends a dark hue to each hair strand and covers greys. Long term use of dyes containing this chemicals has shown to cause
fatal reactions in many people. In fact a few studies have revealed a link between prolonged use of hair dyes and certain cancers. For this reason dermatologists around the world have been advising people who are allergic to chemical hair dyes to stop their use and switch to natural alternatives for hiding grey hair.
Covering grey hair with natural elements can be a daunting task as unlike chemical
hair dyes natural hair colorants only lend a temporary hue that goes away with a single wash and to keep the colour from washing away natural hair colorants need to be applied more frequently than other dyes. Black tea is a wonderful natural hair colorant that leaves a beautiful reddish brown pigment on your hair. Pairing it with other natural coloring agents will definitely help you in dealing with grey hair. We have put together a list of natural black tea hair rinses to darken grey hair.
1. Black Tea And Honey Hair Rinse
This hair rinse is perfect for coloring hair that have a few strands of grey hair at some parts or the other. Other than imparting colour to grey hair it also strengthens and nourishes hair. Boil two to three cups of water and steep two to five black tea bags for fifteen minutes depending on the intensity of colour you wish to achieve on your hair. Let the tea cool and stir in two teaspoons of honey. Pour this rinse over your hair till each hair strand is well coated with the tea infusion taking care it does not go into your face or eyes. Work the liquid well onto the roots of your hair to colour them. Put on a shower cap and let your hair soak in all the colour from the rinse for half an hour. Rinse your hair clean with cold water and air dry.
2. Black Tea And Indian Gooseberry Hair Rinse
This tea rinse is power packed with the another hair darkening agent Indian Gooseberry. Prolonged use of this herb on hair has shown to reduce premature greying and strengthens hair. To make the rinse, steep two to three tea bags in two cups of hot water for ten minutes. Discard the bags and stir a tablespoon of dried Indian gooseberry powder. Shampoo your hair and pour this rinse over wet hair. Gently massage your scalp to distribute the tea and gooseberry liquid well enough to coat each hair strand from root to tip. Put on a shower cap and allow the rinse to work on your hair for half an hour. Rinse your hair clean with cool water. Rinsing your hair every few days with this liquid will leave a dark tinge on grey hair.
3. Black Tea And Curry Leaf Hair Rinse
Curry leaves help in activating the process of melanin release in hair follicles which plays a key role in giving hair its dark tint. Brewing curry leaves with black tea will enhance the darkening ability of this hair rinse. Brew five teaspoons of dried black tea leaves with half a cup of fresh curry leaves in three to four cups of boiling water for ten minutes. Allow this concoction to cool and then pour it over your hair after shampooing. Use a washcloth to wipe out any excess liquid that goes into your face. Let your hair absorb all the colour for half an hour. Rinse your hair with cool water and let your hair air dry.
4. Black Tea And Black Strap Molasses Hair Rinse
Blackstrap molasses is a dark tinged liquid that is obtained during the making of sugar from sugarcane. This liquid is significantly rich in vitamins and minerals that are crucial for healthy release of natural hair pigments. To make the hair rinse brew five to six black tea bags in five to six cups of boiling water till all of the colour present in the tea leaves is released into the water. Allow the infusion to cool down. Add two tablespoons of black strap molasses in the cooled tea infusion. Rinse your hair with this potion before shampooing. Let the rinse stay on your hair for thirty minutes. Cleanse your hair with cool water and shampoo as usual.
5. Black Tea And Sage Hair Rinse
Alongside its hair darkening qualities, sage is beneficial in stimulating hair growth. To make black tea and sage hair darkening rinse, brew three teaspoons of dried sage leaves with three teaspoons of dried black tea leaves in four cups of boiling water. Let the tea cool and strain it. Cleanse your hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo and then rinse your hair with this tea and sage infusion. Let your hair dry.
6. Black Tea And Potato Peels Hair Rinse
Potato peels have magical hair blackening properties because of the many essential nutrients found in them that promote a healthy melanin release in the scalp and hair roots. Boil de-soiled peels of five to six potatoes in half a litre of water for fifteen minutes. Add a handful of dried black tea leaves into the potato peels infusion and boil the liquid for another five to ten minutes. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Transfer the liquid in an empty shampoo bottle. Use this liquid as a hair rinse after shampooing your hair regularly for some days and see your grey strands get back its natural tint.
7. Black Tea And Blackberry Leaves Hair Rinse
This hair rinse made from black tea and leaves of blackberry fruit is an incredible way to deepen the colour of greying hair strands. Boil a cup full of fresh black berry leaves in half litre of water for ten minutes. Steep two black tea bags and two to three fresh blackberries into the pot and boil for another five minutes. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Cleanse your hair with a mild shampoo and use the tea and blackberry liquid as a final rinse on your hair. Air dry your hair.
8. Black Tea And Amaranth Juice Hair Rinse
Amaranth leaves are another wonderful remedy for grey hair. They are packed with iron, copper and magnesium that help in restoring pigment in grey hair. Brew five to six teaspoons of black tea leaves in three cups of boiling water for ten minutes. Strain this liquid and keep it aside to cool. Extract half cup of juice from fresh amaranth leaves and mix it with the tea infusion. Shampoo your hair and pour the rinse all over your hair. Wipe away any excess liquid and put on a shower cap. Rinse your hair clean with cold water after half an hour.
9. Black Tea And Black Walnut Shell Hair Rinse
Black walnuts are the only known natural ingredient to give your hair a deep black colour. Steep two to three black tea bags in three cups of hot water for ten minutes. Discard the tea bags and mix in two teaspoons of black walnut powder. Shampoo your hair and use the tea and walnut infusion as a final rinse for your hair. Since black walnut powder can stain your skin and clothes it is advised to keep the infusion away from your face. Let your hair soak in all the colour for twenty minutes. Rinse your hair clean with cold water and air dry.
10. Black Tea And Black Carrot Juice Hair Rinse
Black carrots carry a dark pigment which makes it a great natural colourant for grey hair. Combining fresh black carrot juice with black tea concoction is a good way to temporarily colour grey hair. Steep five black tea bags in hot water for ten minutes. Squeeze each bag to release all of the colour and liquid. Discard the bags and let the liquid cool. Add half cup of black carrot juice. Shampoo your hair and pour the tea and carrot juice liquid over wet hair. Put on a shower cap and allow the infusion to colour your hair for twenty minutes. Rinse your hair clean with cold water.
11. Black Tea And Pomegranate Juice Hair Rinse
While shelling pomegranates you might have noticed your hands and fingers aquire an unappealing black hue. Then why not harness this dyeing ability of pomegranates to naturally cover greys. Make two cups of black tea concoction by boiling three teaspoons of black tea leaves in two and a half cups of water. Allow the liquid to cool and strain. Mix half cup of pomegranate juice with the tea liquid and rinse your hair with it after shampooing. Repeating this procedure twice in a week will lend a temporary dark hue to those unappealing greys.
12. Black Tea And Nigella Seeds Hair Rinse
Nigella seeds are extensively used to remedy a number of hair problems. These seeds pack in a host of nutrients that are needed to maintain pigment in hair strands. Make two cups of black tea by boiling black tea leaves in water for ten minutes. Let the tea cool and then stir in two teaspoons of finely ground nigella seeds. Rinse your hair with this liquid after shampooing. Give the mixture twenty minutes to stain your hair before rinsing it with cold water.
13. Black Tea And Spinach Juice Hair Rinse
Juice extracted from fresh spinach leaves is of great help in temporarily staining grey hair. To amplify the hair darkening benefits of spinach juice, we’ll mix it with black tea. Steep five to six tea bags in three cups of hot water for fifteen minutes. Let the liquid cool and stir in half a cup of fresh spinach juice. Rinse your hair with this concoction after shampooing your hair. Let the liquid sit on your hair for twenty minutes and rinse your hair clean with cold water.
14. Black Tea And Coffee Powder Hair Rinse
If you want a brownish hue on your grey hair, try mixing coffee powder in your tea rinse. Brew three tablespoons of black tea leaves with two tablespoons of coffee powder in two cups of water for ten minutes. Allow the tea and coffee liquid to cool down a bit. Shampoo your hair and pour this rinse over your wet hair. Slowly work the liquid into your hair with your fingertips. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for twenty minutes before rinsing your hair with clean water. Let your hair air dry.