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Dying your hair is a simple way to update your look. However, chemical dyes open the hair shaft, which damages the hair, causing dryness, frizz and breakage. Naturally dying your hair eliminates the need for chemical processing at a fraction of the cost. Brewed tea gently brightens hair and hides greys, while enhancing hair color and protecting from damage. Red tea is commonly called rooibos, and is ideal for those with red or light brown hair when applied as a rinse.

Fill a large pot with about 6 to 8 ounces for each teabag you intend to use. If you have longer hair, you will need more water and extra teabags. Set the water on the stove to boil.

Add the two to three tea bags to the pot and cover. Larger amounts of teabags create a stronger brew. Allow the tea to steep until the water becomes room temperature.

Drape a towel around your shoulders and secure the towel ends with a hair clip under your neck to protect your skin and clothes from the tea. Tip your head back over a tub or sink, and pour the tea over your head, beginning at the roots. Massage the tea into your hair, in the same manner as shampoo is applied.

Leave the tea on the hair for a minimum of three to 10 minutes and a maxiumum of 30 minutes. The longer the tea spends in the hair, the more intense the effect of the tea. Rinse your hair thoroughly and apply a conditioner. Rinse your hair again and style as usual.


Applying tea in great frequency and lengths of time increases the effect of the red tea. Use with caution as to avoid brassiness.

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Jessica Davis has been a professional writer since 2005. She has worked in various media outlets, writing for a bricklaying trade publication, several research companies and her favorite: a major entertainment company in Washington where she produced scripts and online content. Davis earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism.