We all love tea, be it the classic “subah ki chai to chahiye” or sophisticated green, white, golden or silver tips. A busy day’s evening is always reserved for “Chai masala vali”. Plain tea is also known for speeding up the body’s metabolism that reduces weight. Tea has polyphenols, flavonoids (both antioxidants) and caffeine that instantly energises us. These goodies act as conditioning agents, even have astringent effect on skin. Thus tea, a humble harbinger of freshness and energy, can become your new beauty friend since it can be used in face packs and hair masks. Here I am sharing a DIY Homemade Hair Conditioner using Green Tea to smoothen your lovely locks.
You also don’t need to use fresh tea leaves, you can use leftover tea leaves. I have also added hibiscus leaves and lemongrass. Hibiscus is great for maintaining shine and strength in hair, it also prevents early greying of hair. If you can’t get your hands on leaves, then you can pick a hibiscus flower from pooja thali 😉 since you can use those as well. Lemongrass (also known as citronella grass or gavati chahapatti ) has disinfecting and antiseptic properties and is helpful for itchy scalp, also it gives a citrusy smell to the conditioner. Lemongrass is easily available nowadays in vegetable markets, I have grown it in my home. Hibiscus leaves and Lemongrass are optional. If you want a spa like experience, you can add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to your conditioner, I always add orange essential oil, I like its tangy and fruity flavor. You can use leftover tea for this conditioner, just wash the tea leaves under running water till the water runs clean.
- 2-3 Teaspoons Tea Leaves or 2-3 Tea Bags.
- 3 Cups Water
- 2 Hibiscus Leaves or Flower Petals(optional)
- Lemongrass Leaves (optional)
- Lemon Juice (optional)
- Essential Oil of your choice (optional)
How to make the DIY Homemade Hair Conditioner?
- Boil water in a pan and put tea leaves in boiling water. Put hibiscus leaves or petals and lemongrass leaves along with tea leaves if they are available.
- Simmer the mixture at low flame till water reduces to 2 cups approximately. Keep stirring in between, since leaves may stick at the bottom and give off a burnt smell.
- Once the water is reduced strain the liquid into another container and allow it to cool to room temperature. It is better that you cool it properly since it works best at cooler temperatures. I have used green tea from the leftover tea bags I had that’s why the liquid looks yellowish green, if you are using black tea the liquid may look darker, but it will not affect the efficiency of the conditioner
- After the liquid cools down to the room temperature add few drops of lemon juice. This step is optional, I have added lemon juice only to give conditioner a citrusy smell. Adding lemon juice may lighten the color of the conditioner.
I always make this conditioner a day before I need to wash my hair. I store it in refrigerator after it has cooled down and use chilled conditioner the next day. This conditioner works best when it is cold. Do this only if you can tolerate cold temperatures and avoid this step if you are sensitive to catching cold or cough.
How to use/apply the DIY Homemade Hair Conditioner?
- Once the mixture cools down, it is ready for use. After washing your hair with shampoo. Make sections of your wet hair and apply the conditioner bit by bit from root to tips. Since it is going to be a runny liquid, take small amount in your palms
- Keep the conditioner in your hair for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. You can repeat this step if you want and have the time.
- Don’t blow-dry your hair after using this conditioner, let them dry naturally.
- Use this conditioner twice a week
Hello shiny smooth hair!!! This is a great conditioner for people who stay in humid or dry climate. Such climate tends to dry out or tangle your hair the most. It works best at cooler temperature like I said before, so if you can tolerate cold water for washing your hair, it will work even better. Also, if you like lemon flavor like me, you can add few drops of lemon juice to the conditioner after it cools down.
I hope you found this DIY helpful. Let us know if you have tried this DIY Homemade Hair Conditioner or such similar hair conditioners in the comments section below.
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Guest Author: Sneha Goley
Sneha Goley, a chemical engineer by profession and a baker by passion, has a keen interest in beauty. She believes in curating pocket friendly skincare regimes and loves experimenting with simple and easy DIY’s.