Black Tea Rinse and Rosemary For Darker Hair Color

There are many versions of this recipe and I have tried them all. Before I knew that black hair rinse was good for premature grayness I knew that it was excellent for shedding. Which makes this recipe an excellent alternative to premature grayness and shedding.

Black tea will temporarily darken your hair (whatever your starting color) and added with rosemary you will love the effects.


3 heaping tablespoons of loose black tea leaves

1 heaping tablespoon of rosemary leaves

4 cups boiling water



1. Steep black tea leaves and rosemary in boiling water for approximately 45 minutes.

2. Shampoo your hair with a mild shampoo (no sodium lauryl sulphate) and rinse once.

3. Pour the black tea and rosemary mixture over your hair.

4. Leave the final rinse of black tea on your hair for 30 minutes bunched up under a plastic cap, then rinse with lukewarm water.

5. Style as usual.



  • Pearline Moore said:

    I have significant gray hair and use a no ammonia-no peroxide temporary color after relaxing (Rusk Anti-curl) and follow up with a permanent color (Herbatint/Brown) a week to 10-days later. Since a fair amount of color is removed during relaxing, would I be ok darkening my hair immediately after with the black tea/rosemary rinse?

    Thrilled to find today. Thanks for your help.


    Pearline Moore

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Pearline,
      Welcome to the site, I am happy that you stopped by. The black tea and rosemary rinse is fine to use after your relaxer, it will also condition your hair a bit too.

  • Kaylie said:

    Hi Brenda,

    i love this article on using black tea leaves and rosemary leaves, but i cant get the leaves can i use the tea bags and the dried rosemary. please rely.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Yes Kaylie, you can use those. I had the same talk with a friend of mine she said she just emptied a couple of tea bags and steeped them and her hair felt divine.

  • Rachel said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I plan to use this rinse soon. I noticed that you did not mention to use a conditioner after the rinse. Is it okay to use a mild conditioner afterwards, so that my hair is not hard?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Yes Rachel, you can use a conditioner after the rinse, I know ladies who do this and it works for them. I usually do my rinses after the conditioner when my hair is all nice and supple and then do the rinse, leaving the product in my hair. I especially love the scent of this one.

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