Dye Your Hair Naturally...With Tea

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My sister with tea and T (daughter Tennessee)

My hair has been looking really dull, but I have no time (or extra cash) to get to the salon. So I'm going to have a cup of tea.

No, it's not to calm my nerves (though I could use that, too)...it's tea time for my tresses!

This is great for expecting moms, too! No worry about chemicals.


Philip Pelusi, hair care expert and owner of Tela Design Studio, created an at-home hair tea treatment that will have your hair as shiny as when you were taking those pre-natals! It turns out that tea brightens the shine and boosts the color of your mane. You just need to know what tea is right for your shade. Here are Pelusi's tips.


  • For black hair, use Golden Monkey, Fujian Province, Wild Ginger, Ceylon, or Chinese Black Tea with Ginger.
  • For dark brown hair, use Earl Grey, Ceylon Black Tea, or Bergamot.
  • For light brown hair, use Summer Berries, Black Tea with Elderberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries.
  • For red hair, use Rooibos Royal Velvet or Rooibos and Washington State Lavender.
  • For strawberry blonde hair, use Buccaneer.
  • For blonde hair, use Classic Chamomile.

How to Apply: Boil water and steep tea. Depending on your length of hair, make sure you have enough to saturate all your strands. Wait for tea to be room temperature, then use it as a rinse. Leave on for 3-10 minutes. For a deeper effect, leave tea on for 20-30 minutes.

Pelusi Tip: To cut brassiness out of hair, use Rooibos Key Largo.

Teas can be found at many natural or organic grocery stores, as well as Pelusi's Tela Design Studio, located in NYC.

What a great DIY and chemical-free idea! Have you ever dyed your hair with tea?



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