When it comes to peppermint, I’m hot and cold. I don’t care for peppermint tea to drink, but love mint chocolate ice cream. I don’t care for peppermint candies, but love After Eight chocolates (chocolate and mint).
See a pattern?
On its own, I’m no mint fan. Throw in chocolate and I love it.
Anyway, let’s discuss the topic of the day which is all about peppermint tea for your hair. Below I cover how to prepare and apply the rinse, benefits of such a rinse and more.
As an aside, you need to be into your hair to test and experiment with varies hair applications such as tea and other natural hair care items, often found in your home.
I find this stuff fascinating.
Let’s kick off with the benefits.
Benefits of peppermint tea for your hair
Are there any benefits or is it just some momentous waste of time as well as a good cup of tea?
When discussing tea and hair, for some types of tea, we must cover this from two angles which are:
- drinking the tea
- applying the tea as a rinse.
1. Benefit(s) of drinking tea for your hair
Stimulates hair growth:
Apparently because peppermint tea increases blood flow it helps grow hair. I’m not so sure I buy into this. It MIGHT help grow slightly healthier hair but I’m not persuaded it actually stimulates hair grow or prevents thinning hair. Because I couldn’t find any empirical evidence for either side of the equation, I leave this up to you. If your hair is thinning and you’re desperate, I’m sure you’ll give it a shot.
2. Benefits of applying a peppermint tea rinse to your hair
a. Minimize dandruff:
I don’t have dandruff so I haven’t tested this, but it’s claimed to offers such a benefit here.
b. Regulate scalp oil production:
As an astringent teas in general can balance pH levels on your scalp and balance oil production.
c. Smells great:
Whether you like the taste of peppermint or not, it undeniably smells great. If anything, your hair will smell minty and fresh after a topical application.
Not a huge list.
While I’ve not tested it, the consensus is peppermint tea is best for addressing dandruff. Can’t hurt if you suffer dandruff.
8 Step Peppermint Tea Rinse
There’s nothing complicated about this.
The stronger you make it via more tea bags and longer the brew, the more potent the application.
The following is one recipe and process to follow.
Step 1: Use 2 to 4 peppermint tea bags or equivalent of tea leaves.
Step 2: Boil two cups of water.
Step 3: Steep the tea for a couple of hours (longer if you want it more potent).
Step 4: Wash your hair with shampoo.
Step 5: Rinse peppermint tea into your hair. I think using your hands is best, but you can use a plastic spray bottle if your prefer.
Step 6: Let it sit for twenty to thirty minutes.
Step 7: Apply conditioner.
Step 8: Rinse it all out.
Prefer a visual?
Watch this video.
If I had dandruff, a peppermint tea rinse would be my go-to tea rinse for sure given the overwhelming reports that it helps.
With respect to drinking peppermint tea, I’ll pass for now. It’s one of the few teas (spearmint as well) that I’m not too wild about. While the health benefits are good, it’s not like there’s not a shortage of other teas that offer similar benefits for hair and health.