Black tea for shedding

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Fancy a cuppa??

Did you know that Black tea contains caffeine and caffeine is known to block DHT (Dihydrotestosteron)e, which is the hormone responsible for hair loss. This is why caffeine is included in a number of hair loss treatments.

Upon researching hair shedding, it appears that many persons have benefited and seen a reduction in shed hair whilst using Black tea hair rinses.

But just what is hair shedding and what is considered normal and excessive?

Simply put, shedding is the natural process that replaces old hairs with new hairs. Most people have about 100,000 hairs on their head. Each and every hair on your head will go through three phases: growing, resting, and shedding.

1. ANAGEN (GROWING) STAGE

This is the name for the growing period of a hair follicle. The anagen stage for the hair follicles in the scalp typically lasts about 3 to 5 years.

2. CATAGEN (INTERMEDIATE) STAGE

At the end of the growth period, hair follicles prepare themselves for the resting phase. This transition period of a hair follicle from growth to rest is called the catagen stage. This stage of the hair growth cycle usually lasts about 1 to 2 weeks or so. During the catagen phase the deeper portions of the hair follicles start to collapse.

3. TELOGEN (RESTING or SHEDDING) STAGE

This is the resting period of a hair follicle. It is usually 3 to 4 months in length and at the end of this period older hairs that have finished their life will fall out and newer hairs will begin to grow, keeping the average number of growing hairs about the same at all times. As time passes during this period, shampooing and other movement on the scalp will cause the hair to disengage from the scalp. This is part of the normal shedding process.

At a given time, about 10% of hair follicles are in the intermediate and shedding phases; thus, not growing. These hair follicles are randomly distributed over the scalp, so that no bald spots are seen.

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Read more about the hair phase by my girl Shelli of Hairscapades here

 How can I tell whether my hair is shedding or breaking??

Shed hair will have a club-shaped bulb attached to the end of your fallen hair. This is a sign the strand has gone through its complete life cycle and denotes normal shedding.

If the fallen hair does not have a bulb or is noticeably shorter than the majority of your hair, then it is breakage.

What is considered ‘Normal’ shed hair?

On average, we shed between 50-100 hairs per day.

If you begin to lose 100 to 150 hairs per day, then that is considered excessive.

What can cause excessive shedding?

Excessive shedding can be caused by heat damage from blow-dryers, curling irons, and flatirons, coloring, too much tension on the hair from extensions, weaves etc.  Stress and diet are big factors as well as pregnancy, hormonal, lack of vitamins and protein. Your hair follicles won’t be strong and healthy if they lack the necessary vitamins required for healthy hair growth. An unbalanced Thyroid is also a common cause of hair loss.

What can help excessive shedding?

Ensure you are getting enough B vitamins, iron, and protein in your diet. It is well known that nutrition plays an important role in hair growth.

In my previous post here I talk about the steps I will be taking to hopefully slow down my shedding to a minimum.

In addition to using garlic, i’m also going to incorporate Black Tea Rinses.

The general consensus seems to be: 2-4 tea bags to 2 cups of boiled water, and leave to brew for a few hours or over night.  After shampooing hair, take the tea and pour over your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Then apply your deep condition on top of the tea rinse. Leave on for however long you normally deep condition, then rinse hair.

In preparation, I purchased 2 different Black Tea mixes:-

(1) Black Tea and Thyme;

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Thyme, or Thymus vulgaris, is used to invigorate the scalp and stimulate the fast growth of strong, healthy hair.

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(2) Black Tea infused with medicinal herbs;

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Helichrysum – Encourages the growth and regeneration of new skin cells.

Hypericum – Homeopathy lists hypericum as a treatment for  hair loss.

Cinnamon – According to Victoria Epperly, author of “Daniel’s Lifestyle Fasting Cook Book,” you can apply a paste made from cinnamon to the scalp to relieve hair loss and increase hair growth.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/373309-how-to-stimulate-hair-growth-with-cinnamon/#ixzz2JOktc9N2

We will see how I get on with this new regime and I will be sure to update.

 

So, has anyone else used Black Tea rinses to halt shedding and if so, has it worked for you? Please comment below.

 

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