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A Comprehensive Look at Hair Rinses- Natural Hair Treatments



by Shelli of Hairscapades

I’ve only experimented with two hair rinses and ultimately didn’t incorporate either into my regimen for the long haul. However, many find benefit in them, so I thought it might be helpful to list the more common types and their purported benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse: Closes cuticle due to acidic pH, helps hair retain moisture, gives hair shine, bounce and definition.

ACV should be diluted in water and not used full strength. Start with 2 tbsp. of ACV in 1 c. distilled water and adjust your ratios from there. The smell does bother some, but tends to dissipate once the hair dries. ACV rinses should not be overused as they can be drying to hair. You may want to begin by experimenting with a monthly rinse and then determine if a bi-weekly, weekly or bi-monthly regimen is more beneficial.

I tried a couple of ACV rinses around June of 2010. I did notice that my hair appeared curlier and bouncier, which were both results I desired. However, I just didn’t incorporate the step into my regimen as I didn’t feel like it! LOL!! I also noticed that my hair felt a little drier than normal, though I can’t attribute that to the ACV definitively.

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Black or Green Tea Rinse: Caffeine in tea is thought to decrease shedding by blocking DHT, promote hair growth in those suffering from hair loss disorders, promote shine, darken hair, enhance natural highlights.

A black or green tea rinse can be made by brewing 1 teabag in 1 cup of water. Wait for it to cool and apply prior to shampooing or after conditioning, prior to final rinse. In May of 2011, recently featured an article, Everything You Need to Know About Tea Rinses. It discussed the potential benefits of caffeine as a topical application to hair, but also indicated that too much caffeine can actually stunt growth. It also indicated that there are no published scientific studies on caffeine and  shedding.

When I first learned of black tea rinses in January 2011, I found quite a few anecdotal stories of black tea rinses reducing shedding, like this one on Her Best Hair. I used a rinse on my wash day for a couple of months, but didn’t notice any appreciable reduction in my shedding. That being said, I was also brewing heavy dose batches of black tea (4-6 bags in 2-3 cups of water) and allowed the teabags to sit in the water for hours. That may have been my problem!

Baking Soda – Clarifies hair. Dilute 1 tbsp. baking soda in 1 c. distilled water. Some shampoo with a baking soda paste. Baking soda is an alkali and has a normal pH of about 8.3-9. Hair is acidic by nature. Alkaline products lift the hair cuticle, hence why some use baking soda to wash and clarify hair of dirt, oils and other product build-up. I’d suggest that you check out this video by Kimmaytube, Structure of Hair Part 2 – pH Balance Basics, before experimenting with it. Click here for more info on baking soda for clarifying (see note at end of article about diluting heavily in water to make a rinse as an alternative for dry hair).

Flat Beer – Reduces frizz, adds shine and body. Apply one cup of flat, room-temperature beer to hair full-strength after conditioning. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cool water. Check out these posts on CurlyNikki for more info: Unconventional Frizz Tips and 5 Home Frizzy Hair Remedies.

Herbal Tea Rinses*: Benefits vary based upon type of tea.

  • Calendula – Brightens blonde hair, nourishes the skin, healing and anti-fungal. Brew 1/4 c. calendula petals in 1 c. water.
  • Hibiscus – Astringent qualities, releases darkish purple dye that can be used to color greying hair, deepen underlying color and/or enhance natural highlights, provides slip to aid in detangling. Click here for more info on the benefits and application of hibiscus tea rinses and infusions.
  • Chamomile Rinse – Brightens blonde hair and brings out blonde highlights on light brown hair, heals inflamed skin. LivingStrong posted this article about the potential, though not proven, benefits of chamomile in preventing hair loss. Click here for a “how to” recipe for making a chamomile tea rinse.
  • Lemongrass Rinse – Controls/eliminates dandruff. Click here for more info and a rinse recipe.
  • Catnip – Helps with split ends, conditions, helps with manageability (reduces frizzies), soothes dry scalp, anti-dandruff treatment, temporarily colors white hair pale blonde. brew strong cup of tea, massage into scalp after shampooing and rinse) Click here for more info and a rinse recipe.
  • Rosemary – Stimulates scalp, thought to help decrease hair loss and promote growth, treats oily hair.
  • Nettle – Prevent and treat dandruff, stimulate scalp, great for winter.
  • Burdock – Maintains and promotes healthy scalp, encourages hair growth, improves hair strength adds shine and body.
  • Neem – Repairs damaged hair, restores sheen, encourages hair growth.
  • Marshmallow Root – Relieves scalp irritations, provides moisture and slip which helps detangle hair.

You can buy packaged teas as your local grocery store and/or loose teas at many natural food stores and chains like Whole Foods and Wegmanns. You can also purchase pre-packaged tea rinses that include one or several of the teas listed above online like the ones available at here and here.

(Disclaimer: I have not tried any of these herbal tea rinses, recipes or ordered from any of the tea suppliers. So, I can not review them. I am only providing links for informational purposes. If interested, research the benefits of the tea of your choice and check out reviews on the retailer.)

Final Tip:Although all of these rinses can be applied to the hair by pouring from a bowel or cup, using a dye applicator bottle or spray bottle are probably easier and neater options.

Have you tried or do you use hair rinses? If so, which one(s)? Have they been effective? What benefits have you experienced?

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Queen Hustle V Presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0



Queen Hustle V presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0 on Saturday, September 28th from 12-4pm. The event will be held at the African American Museum in Hempstead, New York.

Returning this year is Palmer’s & Eden Body Works, along with several curly hair specialists, celebrity stylists, vendors, artisans, and more.

Got Curl? carries products for women, children, and offers hair and beard care for men. Be sure to head out with the family to the African American Museum located at 110 North Fulton Ave., Hempstead, New York, 11550 on September 28th from 12-4pm.

*$5 general admission or $15 VIP admission*

*Kids under 12 FREE*

Log on Eventbrite to purchase tickets

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Why Got Curl Expo?

“Welcome…and thank you for your interest in Got Curl Expo 2019! As a fellow Curly Girl and proud Momma of two big curl girls I can totally relate! Finding the best products and styling techniques that are optimal to manage our curly locks has been a challenge over the years. With the wide array of products and services that have come onto the market in the past 5 years we have more options than ever before. Yaaahhh!! Now you would think that managing our hair has become simpler…on the contrary! With more options it is up to the curly endowed to decipher which products and techniques are best suited for her/his specific curly hair type. It is from this need aroused my desire to bring this information to the public via product experts and curly stylists under one roof on one day at one fantastic event. We have also included the men with a special emphasis on products and services geared towards men’s grooming needs! How grand!!!!”Victoria Stanton

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Got Curl? Expo 2018 received positive press from several news outlets and totaled over 150 in attendance.

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Kim Chapman: Respect The Roots




“In order for us to have longevity, we [must] continue to do what we are supposed to do – that we are always servicing people and not becoming a bigger conglomerate just to have money to show that I have money.”

A simple motivational motto legendary entrepreneur Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman, best known to many as Kim, repeats daily as she weathers herself through the daily work schedule as an active phenomenal woman. Already recognized as a legend in the beauty industry, Kim looks to catapult herself to other avenues sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has obtained in hair care.

Black shoppers spent $473 million in total hair care. Since 2015, its been reported through Kim and Will’s creativity, smart business, and customer appreciation expanded the business into a multi-million dollar company. Although one of the most recognizable names in hair care, Kim has mentioned aspirations of being “the” face of hair care. She confessed, “For our products to be No. 1 in the world.”

Influencer, media correspondent, co-creator of Chapman Products, along with husband William P. Chapman, Kimberly M. Chapman is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators. A Southern Wesley University graduate mother of two, Kim created Chapman Products Inc with well-established entities including Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerafena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and Sheen Magazine.

Transcending beyond beauty, Chapman has crafted a lucrative addition to her business. Publisher, Kim created various media-related additions to her company’s profile under the popular sub-division known as Sheen. Publication (Sheen Magazine), Podcast, (Sheen Talks), and original viral content securing both beneficial promotions and revenue stream. Through Sheen, Kim and company develop a lifestyle brand that tethers into everything outside of beauty, opening a dialogue to Chapman Products and the culture.


Consistency, dedication, faith, love, Kim, along with husband, effortlessly deliver the ultimate beauty products in the industry using these infused traits. Always ahead, forward-thing trends, educational, Kim provides inspired individuals with the blueprint to achieve similar heights themselves through implications of a simple strong work ethical regiment. Enriched with constant growth, its undeniable Champan Products will remain the ultimate brand in beauty and media for generations to come.

Outside of the hair culture, Kim preaches the importance of education in the community through the Chapman Foundation. In 1999, she began providing scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies and toys to the less fortunate, and much more. The Chapman Foundation, Inc. donates a minimum of $250,000 per year to students nationwide.

Brooklyn College professor Zinga Fraser reminds, “African women have a rich history in terms of the ways they adorn their hair.” U.S. having one of the most lucrative hair care markets in the world. Chapman Products is atop of a black culture’s 2.5 billion dollar hair industry thanks to the brand’s Nairobi haircare products.

Catch Kim Chapman Tuesdays on her celebrity talk show, “Sheen Talk Live” on YouTube.

For more on Kimberly M. Chapman, follow the legend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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