This worked pretty well. I have medium brown hair, and just used a tablespoon of normal brewed black tea, as I didn't want it to change my hair color at all. I used 3 drops of lemon essential oil and it smelled really good. You're definitely right when you say it doesn't need further conditioning after shampooing, this is really rich stuff. I shampooed my hair twice, and after it finished air drying, it looked slightly oily. Two days later, my hair is still soft feeling, and it looks pretty shiny, not oily. I would reccomend shampooing your hair 3 times to ensure you get all of the mixture out. I'll be making this again, thanks for the recipe.