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Green Tea for Hair: Rinses & Benefits

The first tea I got into was green tea. It’s not the first tea I tried, mind you. I think my first tea was some common grocery store version of Earl Grey tea.

From Earl Grey I graduated to green tea when I got into yoga in my early twenties.  I liked the taste immediately.  It’s subtle but you can definitely tell there’s some heft in it when drinking it.

At that time I was getting into a healthier lifestyle of leading an unhealthy lifestyle in college that included too much drinking, poor eating habits, smoking, sedentary lifestyle and pots of coffee.

Going from that to yoga, quitting smoking, severely reducing alcohol intake, eating waaaaay better and cutting back on coffee and opting for green tea did wonders for my health.  While at first I went overboard on the health regimen, I’ve since moderated, but still very much enjoy green tea (along with many other teas as indicated throughout this site).

While in my twenties it never occurred to me to rinse my hair with green tea, or any other tea for that matter, as I continued with a healthy lifestyle learning about natural remedies, herbs, etc. I discovered that green tea is indeed a popular hair rinse for a few good reasons.

Benefits of a green tea hair rinse

The abundant antioxidants and caffeine in green tea offers several benefits as a hair rinse.

Those benefits include:

  • Enhances shine;
  • Strengthens hair via panthenol found in green tea;
  • Helps seal in hair’s moisture;
  • Softens hair;
  • Protect hair from sun damage; and
  • Some claim it helps stimulate hair growth: This claim is based on the further claim that green tea inhibits DHT which is a cause of hair loss.  While it’s possible green tea can grow a hair or two, I don’t believe it can regrow hair in any significant manner.  I write about these hair growth claims with tea here.

Despite my total disbelief that any tea can stop hair loss or regrow hair at any significant level, I do believe green tea rinses offers other health benefits for hair.

How to prepare a green tea hair rinse

Again, like the other tea rinses discussed on this site, it’s not rocket science.  Here’s a sample recipe:

  • 3 green tea bags
  • 3 cups of water
  • Steep all 3 tea bags in hot water for twenty minutes.
  • Let green tea cool.
  • Wash hair with shampoo.
  • Lather hair with green tea.
  • Don’t rinse the tea out.  Just let hair dry with green tea in it.
  • Hopefully you notice shinier, softer hair.

Video demo

Here’s a video stepping you through preparing and then applying a green tea hair rinse:

Don’t be fooled by any green tea “stop hair shedding” or “regrow hair” claims. It’s nonsense, but adding some shine is very possible and well worth giving it a try.

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