Hair teas are an easy and effective way to give your hair the strength and moisture it needs to thrive and grow. Moroccan hair tea is chock full of herbs from Morocco. In this post, I’ll share the benefits of those herbs as well as my experience using Henna Sooq’s Moroccan Hair Tea rinse and much more.
Herbs in Henna Sooq’s Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse
As I mentioned in the intro, this hair tea rinse from Henna Sooq (retail cost of $18) is filled with a number of herbs imported directly from Morocco. Thus, the herbs that infuse this hair tea are:
- Rose: Balance
- Chamomile: Adds Shine
- Pomegranate: Prevents Greying
- Clove: Scalp Stimulant
- Serghina: Strengthening
- Date Seed: Promotes Hair Growth
Each of these herbs are very nourishing in their own right. So, let’s take a look at the individual benefits of each.
Henna: for strength and growth
I like to call Henna the king of all the herbs. It’s so amazing in what it can do for your hair. It’s especially amazing for fine hair.
For starters, henna protects the hair by building up on the hair shaft. Protection and strength is what you have to look forward to with regular use.
Henna is so great that I took the time out to write about it from a number of angles. Plus, I created a guide for beginners using Henna.
Other articles on Henna:
Rose: for balance
Rose has a similar pH balance as hair. That’s why it’s a “balancer.”
Rose is also know for its ability to calm an inflamed scalp due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties.
Rose powder can be used to create DIY hair masks but the benefits are just as easily reaped by using this hair tea as a final rinse or spritz since it contains it.
I like to spritz my hair and scalp with plain rose water from time to time as well. Here’s the brand I used:
Chamomile: for shiny hair
Chamomile is very under rated for hair care. First off, t’s wonderfully floral and can bring back the luster of dull hair. I’ve experienced this first hand. After using the Moroccan hair tea rinse, my hair was not only moisturized and manageable. It was beautifully vibrant.
FUN FACT: Chamomile tea can be mixed with henna to create a natural hair lightener. I discovered that from the Indian Spot. Definitely going to try it in the future.
Lastly, chamomile tea is often used as a final rinse so how interesting that it’s included in the Moroccan tea rinse.
If you want to read about health benefits of Chamomile, as an herbal medicine, check out this article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Pomegranate: for gray hair prevention and hair growth
You can find a number of benefits that pomegranate offers for hair, skin and health. Yet, what’s fascinating is its ability to protect hair from premature aging and in some cases, reverse graying. There was even an experiment done in China on young men with gray hair who were treated with pomegranate.*
Pomegranate can also strengthen hair follicles so that a perfect environment for hair growth is achieved. That’s due to the polyunsaturated fatty acid in the pomegranate seeds.
Clove: for stimulating growth
Clove is used for hair care in many ways including:
- a hair oil
- hot oil treatment
- scalp detox
You can use it to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth because it increases the circulation of blood flow in the scalp. You can mix it with olive oil for conditioning benefits.
Serghina: for strength
Serghina is the Moroccan name for a plant with small white flowers. It’s a medicinal plant and per Henna Sooq, it can strengthen hair.
Admittedly, there’s not a lot of information online about this mysterious herb. Only those familiar with Moroccan herbs can provide enlightenment. Since Henna Sooq imports the hair tea containing the herb, they are the best source for further information.
Date Seed: for hair growth
Rich in fatty acids and nutrients, date seeds can help nourish hair follicles so that hair growth can be achieved. Most importantly, it contains linoleic and oleic acids that help protect the hair from moisture loss and help maintain a healthy scalp.
The benefits of date seeds are typically achieved via an oil for hair care. Naturally Curly provides an overview of the benefits of date seed oil here.
Ways to Use Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse
There’s so many ways you can use Henna Sooq’s Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse, any hair tea really. The obvious way is to use it as a rinse.
Note: the one way you will NOT use the tea is to drink it. No, this is not meant for internal consumption.
As a rinse
When using as a rinse, you’d brew the tea, allow it to cool and then transfer to an applicator bottle. Then, you’d pour the cooled tea over your hair as a final rinse.
You have the option of then rinsing it out but why waste all that goodness? Nah, leave it in!
Basically, you’re using the hair tea rinse as a final rinse/leave in.
As a daily moisture spritz
Unlike henna tea (even though this does contain henna), you can use the Moroccan Hair tea rinse as a daily moisture spritz.
While the tea is strengthening, it doesn’t cause strength overload. Yet, if you find that your hair isn’t as moisturized as you would like, you can use a leave in conditioner beneath it.
Just remember to always seal your spritz application with a lightweight oil. We don’t want any fast evaporation occurring.
To create a hair growth oil
This method requires a bit of an investment of time. You will not be using any water. Hence, you’ll not be brewing a cup of tea.
You’ll simply allow the tea bag to infuse your oil of choice over a significant period of time.
If you use a slow cooker, your hair growth oil can be ready in as little as 2 weeks. You just have to make sure you monitor the oil daily to make sure it doesn’t burn.
If you infuse the herbs from the tea bag in the sun, it can take 3-4 weeks before the oil infusion is ready.
Recommended oils include olive oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. You can even mix the oils. For a thicker hair growth oil, consider mixing in some Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
To blend your DIY hair masks
One of the methods I recently learned to use the Moroccan hair tea, is as the liquid base for my DIY hair masks.
Instead of using water, you’d use the hair tea rinse. Doing this helps kick up the potency of your hair masks. Here are some hair masks you can try the hair tea rinse in:
- Henna Blend Hair Mask
- Amla Pre-Poo Mask
- A full strength Henna Mask
- A Mud mask
- Henna Sooq’s Goddess Hair Mask
- Any other DIY mask made with herbs
My Experiences Using Henna Sooq’s Moroccan Hair Tea Rinse
I’ve been using this hair tea rinse on my fine natural hair for a couple of months now and I am very happy. I’ve used the product in every way mentioned above.
Using to create the hair growth oil was the most interesting (and time intensive). The oil also helps to relieve an itchy scalp. I’ve also used it to seal in moisture on wash day.
As a final hair rinse, I’ve discovered that my curls were super lush. There’s an improvement in the uniformity of my curls and my hair is moisturized.
I didn’t use the hair tea rinse as a daily spritz as much because my hair really didn’t need it.
I used to use a DIY henna tea spritz but my hair would get a bit of “strength overload.” However, you can balance its use with moisture by using a leave in conditioner before applying it.
Here’s a video of my version of the henna tea spritz – adopted from Curly Proverbz on YouTube
Strength overload doesn’t seem to be a problem with the Moroccan hair tea rinse. It’s much more balanced with moisture, in my opinion.
Summing things up
As you can see, the Moroccan hair tea rinse (available from Henna Sooq here) is a true gem. You can use it in multiple ways or just choose one.
When you are looking to introduce herbs into your hair care, doing so with a product like this one is an easy first step.
*source: NCBI/NLM/NIH (Li SZ. Compendian of Materia Medica. Vol. 1578. Beijing, China: People’s Health Press; 1982)