If you haven't heard of the No Poo movement, tune in, it's here to stay. The no poo movement stems from the fact that stripping the natural oils in hair can stunt growth, promotes breakage and dry locks. Something that shampoo does.
Although natural shampoos that are free from sulfate, parabens, and other harmful chemicals can be gentle on the skin, it's believed it can still disrupt your scalp's natural PH balance and create greasiness.
The no-poo movement
For the devotees of the underground no-poo movement, the secret lies in ditching the shampoo. The noo poo method involves using natural substitutes or just plain water in place of shampoo and conditioner. There are two popular options in the movement: no poo and low poo. It's about moving away from substances that can disrupt the scalp microbe. The no-poo movement encourages trying natural alternatives to make hair feel cleaner, as you transition to nothing at all. Ultimately, the way you transition and what products you need will depend on your hair and scalp type.
Enter the tea rinse
Enter the tea rinse. The no-poo movement swears by it. The tea rinse is simply brewing a tea and once cooled, pouring the nutritious beverage over your scalp. Some follow up with a massage to stimulate your scalp. You can even skip the rinse, allowing the vitamin-packed beverage to keep working its magic. It’s that simple.
But, is a tea really going to help restore my scalp?
The nutrients in a tea rinse
Teas contain nutrients that can increase blood flow, have antioxidants, cleansing properties, anti-bacterial properties, and essential amino acids. The vitamins in tea leaves can help nourish your scalp or provide it with the essential vitamins you may be deficient in. If you play with different ingredients, you'll eventually find the perfect rinse for your scalp type. This can change depending on your diet, the season, or external lifestyle factors. Depending on the different ingredients in the brew, natural rinses can help with conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp, hair growth, and shine.
What herbs do I need to nourish my scalp?
Hair nourishment means providing scalp and hair with the essential and micronutrients it needs. This can be vitamins, minerals, protein, or oxygen to stimulate your hair follicles. Your hair can lack nutrients even though your diet includes all the essential nutrients. To maintain a balance of vitamins you can introduce nutrients to your scalp through scalp massages, rinses, and topical ointments. Here's a list of herbs that may help you provide your scalp with the nourishment it's craving:
1. Hair Growth:
parsley, nettle, lavender, horsetail, green, rosemary, ginger, peppermint tea, comfrey, moringa, dandelion root, fenugreek, hops, Indian gooseberry, nutmeg, white oak bark
burdock, calendula, fenugreek, dandelion, lemon balm, parsley, thyme, Indian gooseberry, eucalyptus, lemongrass, patchouli, white oak bark, juniper berries.
3. Itchy Scalp:
calendula, lemongrass, fenugreek, marshmallow, sage, rosehips, oat straw, dandelion root
basil, chamomile, elderflowers, parsley, comfrey
5. Soften Hair:
elderflowers, marshmallow, oregano
6. Adds Shine:
lemon balm, nettle, parsley
7. Deepen Hair Colour:
dark coffee, sage
8. Adds Highlights: