Fact. Hormones change and things get out of balance. I look at pictures of myself from not too many years ago and sigh wistfully at my appearance and wish I knew what I was looking at then instead of wretching in front of the mirror and picking myself apart one atom at a time. I've learnt my lesson - not doing that crap anymore! I'm not exactly a withered hag tattered by every grain of sand in the hour glass, but these past few years have been... stressful and that's putting it lightly.
Today I kick up my heels though and smile at what it is and I hope that you'll join me in doing the best with what we've got no matter what the circumstances. Let's get our hair back on track or on a better track.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, (Who knew there was such a thing? I am going to write them and then perhaps take up residence in their parking lot) hair loss is caused by the production of a hormone called Dihydrotest....okay we're just going to call it DHT because no one has time to pronounce all that.
I'm not going to go into the science of DHT and its role in male and female pattern baldness. But let's just put it this way. DHT is the sworn enemy of hair follicles shrinking them and making it difficult for healthy hair to grow.
Let's get down to the business of a solution! I've been reading up on the black tea rinse. Why black tea? Caffeine evidently has the ability to counteract the effects of DHT. Topical applications of caffeine block the damaging effects of DHT on hair follicles and may stimulate the growth of new hair. Tea stains so I DO NOT recommend this for blondes. Instead, I have something of the onion variety (yep that's what I said) for the blondes, but we'll review that solution in a separate post.
For you darker red heads and brunettes, here is the potion.
1. Change into an old shirt and avoid blaming me for any potential staining.
2. Add 4 -5 tea bags in about 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
3. Let the tea fully steep and set it aside to cool. Don't you dare attempt to do rinse with hot tea! Common sense you say... you'd be surprised how uncommon that sense is.
4. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a spray bottle,
5. Spray the scalp until fully saturated.
6. Cover the hair with a plastic processing cap and let sit for 45 min - 1 hour (I plan to put on some music and shake my tail feather while doing some cooking - not like I needed the excuse, my tail feather is constantly shaking!).
7. Rinse the hair and follow with a good natural deep conditioner.
My research has also shown that the black tea rinse not only reduces shedding but provides softness, volume and shine. Holla!
With shiny, soft and less shed potential on the horizon, I am so excited to use up that wretched but complementary box of Lipton black tea in the back of my cupboard. I'm thinking a black tea rinse challenge should be "on" for the entire month of June! Again, fairer headed persons among you hang tight. We'll discuss onions soon. Onions.
Check out additional info on this rinse at #ohairhooked Tip of the Week on Instagram tomorrow!