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    “Coloring Your
    Hair with Tea????”
    I imagine a number of you who have sought out hair coloring tips using “organics,” may at one time or another come across the idea of using tea or coffee as an alternative method for tinting your hair? There are problems in taking this procedure on by yourself however.  First, you don’t have a clear recipe or understanding of what you’ll end up with after all your efforts. And, the notion of application of the procedures that you have found, look messy! It’s probably why you don’t hear much of women using this as an at-home, natural alternative to hair coloring . . . possibly teens and tweens accepted. Well, at least I haven’t tried it and don’t know anyone who has.”

    BUT, the news of one high-end salon in Uptown Manhattan offering, “Tea Hair Therapy Treatments, caught my attention.  Tela Design Studio,  in Manhattan’s fashionable Meatpacking District, was written up in February’s issue of American Salon. Owner, Philip Pelusi is a renowned hairdresser, a 40+ year veteran in the hair industry, an entrepreneur, educator, designer and avid art philanthropist and photographer . . . a Renaissance man! He currently employees over 350 people including his 13 company owned salons in Pittsburg.

    Pelusi has also pioneered, with the help of herbalist and chemists, the first line of specialty organic products that carry the FDA seal of approval, as seen on QVC.  I got in touch with Philip and it was easy to hear his strong passion and love of life.  “There are no products out there that are 100% organic, Pelusi said, but we have produced a 95% organic rating on two and a 70-80% rating on 9 of our 11 speciality products , so far.”  “The base of all our products is tea, he said, green tea, white tea and oolong tea.”
    The line is called, Tela Beauty Organics, and is found at Barneys. Soon these products will be offered at other upscale hair care product retailers across the country. All items in the Tela line are paraben free and safe for color treated hair and contain Pelusi’s Tela Organic Core Blend, which is composed of 35 USDA and Oregon Tilth Certified organic ingredients. All shampoos and conditioners sell for $50 each.

    The “Tea Hair Therapy Treatments,” consist of teas mixed with deep conditioners that are applied to the hair. “Brunettes can use a combination of teas such as, black tea with elderberries, blackberries and raspberries,” says Pelusi and “blondes use classic chamomile tea to enhance their color.” The treatments can also help to stretch the time between hair coloring services, as they “enhance the depth of color in high lights and brighten the shine and tonality of color-treated hair.”

    As I said before, I don’t know much about using tea in the hair, but I’m hopeful that we may be seeing more of these type of treatments offered and learn more of what teas can achieve!

    For those of you who have never seen some of the homemade concoctions used for dying the hair with tea, hear are a couple I found. . . I’m not recommending these, it’s just FYI.

    For red hair:

    * 1 tablespoon beet juice
    * 1 red hibiscus tea bag
    * 1/3 cup of catnip, dried or fresh

    For blonde hair:

    * 2 chamomile tea bags
    * 1/3 cup of catnip, dried or fresh
    * 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    To Get the gray out
    Turn gray hair dark again without an expensive trip to the hair care salon or the use of chemical hair dyes. Make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. To use, shampoo as usual, and then pour or spray the mixture on your hair, making sure to saturate it thoroughly. Take care not to stain clothes. Blot with a towel and do not rinse. It may take several treatments to achieve desired results.

    Condition dry hair
    To give a natural shine to dry hair, use a quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo.

    Some recipes call for adding henna or vinegar and wrapping hair in a towel (old towel that can handle tea/beet stains.) And don’t forget to keep it off your skin, unsightly stains could be embarrassing and a bit hard to explain!

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    1. Can you dye your hair with any type of tea? Such as, green tea?

      Comment by Emmi — January 11, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

    2. Hi Ruby,
      Coloring hair with tea has been done for centuries however the results are generally temporary (lasting only until the next shampoo), and sometimes they are very subtle.

      How Do I Dye My Hair Naturally Without Chemicals? is an informative article that I think that you would really enjoy. It gives great tips how to color your hair naturally.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 28, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    3. i am trying the tea dye and i want to know how many times will i have to do this till it compleatly changes my hair colour??

      Comment by ruby — April 23, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    4. Hi, I have “mouse” brown hair and I want to dye it a pretty golden brown. How do I go about doing this myself? I don’t want to go to the hair salon, it costs too much.

      Comment by Lorraine Wolfe — June 23, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    5. Hmmm…. I am going to try this! I hope it works. (I already tried coffee… It took out my blonde highlights and made my hair a bit dull.) I have brown hair and hopefully I can master a deep red! :)

      Comment by ErinBear — April 18, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    6. Devon, read instructions above on how tea is applied to ‘get the gray out.’
      Use the same method, you could put it in with your head over the tub so you don’t get it on your clothes.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — July 28, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    7. Hi
      i have light brown hair and i really really want it darker
      i have heard that soaking it in tea makes it darker,i just wanted to know like how to do it
      if like just soak the end and then like rub it into the top??
      or what

      Comment by devon — July 26, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    8. hey i want to dye my hair but the only teas i have is red rose and pure green tea will these work and btw i have hazel brown hair

      Comment by Kassa — April 11, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

    9. Hi, I have light brown hair and I have been using lemon juice to lighten it into a golden blonde. It seems to be working and not doing anything bad to my hair. But I was interested in the chamomile tea or flowers way of dyeing your hair. Okay soo I have light brown-Golden blonde hair and I want a nice pure yellowish blonde. and I am not allowed to dye my hair using the actual de packets. Please help me find a way to dye my hair blonde without using actual dye!

      Thank you!


      Comment by Erin — March 28, 2009 @ 2:42 am

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