Wash Day: With Green Tea
Coffee has been bae for shedding so I was just going to skip the tea and offer my hair a Starbucks instead (as if)...
Until I discovered there was no coffee at home.
My sister had accused me a week earlier of not properly closing the jar of coffee. I went, "I don't even drink coffee!"
"You use it on your hair!"
Fair point. I probably didn't tighten the lid. Still mumbled a denial. Hissss.
It was on wash day I was informed she had thrown out the coffee. Le sigh. Tea it was.
I'm a tea drinker. Mostly herbal and fruity infusions, black tea occasionally. But green tea? Ugh. Tastes like despair. I bought a grapefruit flavoured one but it was even worse. I literally gagged when I had it. It's been sitting in the cupboard and I finally found a use for it.
I started with a dry, matted, old twistout
- Poured the cooled green tea brew into a spray bottle and with my hair in sections, spritzed my scalp.
- Because black tea hardened my hair badly I restricted the green tea to my scalp initially, but I noticed that where it touched my hair there was no hardening, so I misted my hair as well.
- Applied the last of Shea Moisture Purification Masque + honey + olive/coconut/soybean oil on top- softness and slip followed [my review of the masque here]
- Finger combed and twisted up the sections.
- Covered with a shower cap for three hours (laziness), then rinsed thoroughly.
- Wrapped in a cotton tshirt for thirty minutes to soak up excess water.
The green tea worked just as well as coffee for shedding. I'm so happy I have options, and that I get to use up my tea.
- Leave-ins: very important because I was going to thread my hair which tends to dry it out. Shea Moisture Replenishing Conditioner and diy Cocoa butter cream to seal.
- Threaded each section then used flax seed gel on my edges and tied down with a satin scarf.
|See the stretch compared to the twists?|
Takedown: the next morning. The thread still sucked out some moisture from my hair, but did a great job of stretching my kinks.
How was your wash day?