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    Default Herbal Rinses And Glosses For Colour Enhancement

    I just started experimenting with rooibos rinses to try and enhance my natural red tones. The first time I brewed the rooibos tea double-strength (four heaped tablespoons on one litre of water) and let it steep for as long as it took to cool down sufficently (about 45 minutes). After I washed my hair (I use shampoo bars) I dunked my length into the rooibos tea and swirled it around some. Then I slowly poured the remainder over my head. I let that sit for a couple of minutes, rinsed, did a vinegar rinse and then conditioned. My braid felt noticeably thicker - similar to when I use cassia or henna - and a bit rough. No colour change as far as I could see.

    Thanks to Tresses suggestion I made a weaker tea next time. I used the same amount of tea but let it steep for only ten minutes. Otherwise it was the same routine. My hair felt very silky and soft, and I notice a subtle colour change! I am going to keep this up until the bag of tea is used up and then re-evaluate.

    The nice thing is that even though I can see more red overall it doesnt seem to have caught on to my silver strands. That would really be too much of a good thing! Is that even possible?



    What other herbal rinses can give more depth to your natural colour? What have you tried, and what were your experiences?
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    Glad my suggestion worked for you, Calista! Green tea will enhance coppery red highlights. Celestial Seasons' Red Zinger tea will enhance red highlights. I had better results with green tea, until I oversteeped and ended up with the same problem you did. I haven't played with it since because I decided that I look best with my hair color the way it is. The one thing I really do like about tea rinses is they wash right out. Very temporary; no committment.

    Glosses: I did a henna gloss way, way back when Valentina first introduced them to us at LHL. More than one, I think. It was very subtle, and I think I'm the only one who noticed. But if anybody tells you that they wash out over time, they don't. I couldn't see a line of demarcation on my brown hair as it grew out, but one day I noticed that all of my silvers (fortunately few at the time) had more of a gold tint to them as they grew out. Henna, even in small doses, is forever.
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    I did my third rooibos rinse today. Same routine - lather, rinse, repeat, rooibos rinse, rinse, vinegar rinse, rinse, condition, rinse. A lot of rinsing involved. I am curious: What would be the best order in which to do the different rinses? Does it matter colour-wise if I do the vinegar rinse after washing, after the rooibos rinse, or after conditioning? Would it even be possible to combine the two rinses and simply add the vinegar to the rooibos tea? Any thoughts?

    Also I have found that the slight colour the rooibos gives me does not cover my silver strands. Why would that be? Does the pigment from the rooibos dock onto the pigment of the hair, so unpigmented hair would not be affected?

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    I can't answer your silvers question, and I'm not sure I'll be much help for the rest, but I do wonder why you condition last? If the vinegar closes the cuticle, shouldn't that be after the conditioner? If I were playing with this, I'd CW(rinse)C (rinse), then vinegar rinse (I probably wouldn't, but IIRC, you use shampoo bars, right?)(rinse), then tea rinse. I think I left my tea rinses in without a final rinse, but now I can't remember. I think I did...::tries to remember if I used junky towels for this::.
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    Calista, I've tried hibiscus, madder root and rosehip to enhance the red in my hair with great results. I experimented with tea rinses for several years now and have noticed that if I brew too long (especially green and black tea as well as catnip), the tannins will build up making the hair feel rather crunchy. The best method I've come across is to make a double strength tea and steep it for 10 minutes (2-3 hours for catnip).

    I guess with repeated use, your silvers may get tinted..not by much, though.
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    Tresses, Im not sure why I do it this way. If I do a regular SC (without a colour enhancing rinse in between) I shampoo, then do the vinegar rinse and also condition last - although I do it the other way around sometimes. The acid is needed to counteract the alkaline soap, so IMO it should come directly after it. Its like soap+vinegar replaces regular/commercial shampoo? Does that make sense? But you do have a point. Ill think about it some more.

    Sweet adeline, thank you for sharing your experience. I just went through my entire tea cupboard the other day and found lots of teas and herbal blends that I plan on using on my hair. Unfortunately neither hibiscus nor rosehip is among them; theyll be next on my list after I have used up my stash. I had to google madder root, and I dont think Ive ever seen it around here. Do those herbs give a more brownish (warm) or a more purplish (cool) red?

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    I tried a slightly different routine today. I shampooed (I got very little lather, because my shampoo bar had been worked down to a sliver, and I had oiled heavily last night. I hope my hair got clean!), rinsed, then did the rooibos rinse, let that sit for a couple of minutes, conditioned without rinsing first, then rinsed everything out and did my vinegar rinse last of all. My hair is still wet.

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    I did tea rinses for a while about a year ago, but didn't notice any colour change so I gave up. Typically, I would brew the tea the night before a wash so it would cool overnight. I also generally left the teabag to steep overnight in hopes of making it stronger and thus more likely to hold the colour. If I didn't rinse it out it left my hair crunchy and horrible.

    From reading this thread, it appears that I left it to brew for too long. I think I'll try brewing for 5-10 minutes and try it again.

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    I am gping to give this a go with rooibos I think. I have some red tones in my hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calista View Post
    Tresses, Im not sure why I do it this way. If I do a regular SC (without a colour enhancing rinse in between) I shampoo, then do the vinegar rinse and also condition last - although I do it the other way around sometimes. The acid is needed to counteract the alkaline soap, so IMO it should come directly after it. Its like soap+vinegar replaces regular/commercial shampoo? Does that make sense? But you do have a point. Ill think about it some more.

    Sweet adeline, thank you for sharing your experience. I just went through my entire tea cupboard the other day and found lots of teas and herbal blends that I plan on using on my hair. Unfortunately neither hibiscus nor rosehip is among them; theyll be next on my list after I have used up my stash. I had to google madder root, and I dont think Ive ever seen it around here. Do those herbs give a more brownish (warm) or a more purplish (cool) red?
    Madder root will give a truer red leaning towards cool. It is used in textiles, soaps, cosmetics, but a weaker rinse would be nice to boost the reddish tones in one's hair. Someone here uses madder root full strength to dye their hair...don't remember who, though! Their name is an obvious shade of red, too.

    A rosehip and hibiscus blend is fantastic in henna brews and as a treatment (leave the tea on hair for a couple of house and repeat several times.)

    Realistically, tea rinses will only give you a slight tint, but will build up. The key to tea coloring is repeated application.
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