Everybody wants healthy hair and spends a lot of money on their maintenance. But, few of us know how what we eat can play an enormous role in determining our hair's quality and health.
Green tea is a precious beverage that can play an important role in maintaining healthy and strong hair. The benefits of green tea with respect to hair are mainly due to the nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals present in it.
One of them is panthenol (vitamin B) - which is also used in shampoos and conditioners. It is good for the hair health as it is found to help manage the split ends, strengthens the hair roots, and softens the hair.
Besides panthenol, studies have shown that drinking as well as applying green tea on hair can reduce hair loss, aid in hair regrowth, and slow down the greying of hair.
Given the growth-stimulating properties of this precious beverage and its extracts, they are included as the main ingredient in many hair care products. Here are a few ways to use green tea for hair.
Black tea works well as an energy booster due to its rich caffeine content. It can even add colour to henna or other natural hair treatments. However, it can’t replace green tea for improving your hair health. Black tea has a significantly higher level of caffeine.
While caffeine is good for your hair in a small quantity; however, in large quantities, it may cause dryness and frizziness of hair and can damage your hair over time. So black tea does have its own health benefits; hair care isn’t one of them.
You can drink 3-4 cups of green tea daily. It is not recommended to drink more than 4 cups because that much caffeine will be equal to 2 cups of black tea and likely interfere with your hair growth cycle and sleep.
Drinking green tea every day and using it topically will begin to work for your hair within 2-3 weeks. You will observe shinier hair, less hair in the shower drain and brush, and faster growth.
But, because your hair growth cycle extends on several years, it will take a few months before you see the full benefit. In general, if you’d rather stick to drinking, you can comfortably enjoy up to 3 – 4 cups (710–950 ml) of green tea a day.
Apply a green tea hair mask or conditioner to the roots, shafts and tips of your hair and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes or the time specified on the product’s instructions. Alternatively, if you are using homemade hair rinse – you can leave it for up to 20 to 30 minutes for better results.
Green tea supports healthy hair growth. In one study, researchers have added topical green tea extract derived from EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) to the scalps of three participants with pattern hair loss. The participants experienced considerable increases in hair growth activity after seven days.
EGCG present in the green tea appears to increase hair growth by preventing skin and hair cells from becoming damaged, stimulating hair follicles, and boosting the blood circulation towards the scalp.
What’s more, researchers found in a small hair loss study that 33 per cent of the animals consuming green tea extract experienced hair regrowth after 6 to 8 months. However, it is currently unknown how fast or effective green tea and its extracts are for promoting hair growth in humans, especially those who have no hair loss associated with hormones.
Caffeine found in green tea is proven in a small number of studies to prevent baldness by blocking the hormone DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This hormone is one of the primary causes of baldness in men. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in green tea also inhibit the production as well as the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
In addition, vitamin C and polyphenols in green tea help prevent dullness while adding some shine and softness to the strands.
Yes, you can wash your hair with a green tea rinse and add this into your hair care routine. It can be added in between washing your hair with shampoo and conditioning your hair, after showering, or as a mild cleanser between showers.
A good green tea rinse is 2 to 4 times more potent than the one you would be drinking; however, it should be brewed at the same temperature. This can be used alone or combined with other ingredients, such as essential oils, aloe vera, natural oils, and beneficial herbs such as hibiscus, spearmint, and henna.
Rinses are very easy to make and use: simply pour a cup through your strands and massage your scalp gently, and then rinse with plain water.
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For the best results, you can complement your hair care routine with the products that contain all-natural ingredients. Dr Balwi’s shampoo and hair spray include caffeine, vitamin B7 and green tea extract, among other things. Their formula, crafted by our head surgeon Dr Balwi, gently cleanses the scalp and nourishes it with active ingredients for better hair growth.
Studies revealed that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is responsible for grey hair. The body produces hydrogen peroxide itself and also breaks it down, using the enzyme called catalase. With ageing, the concentration of this enzyme becomes very weak.
Now the H2O2 is attacking the enzyme tyrosinase which plays a vital role in the production of “melanin” – the colour pigment that gives your strand the specific colour depending on its concentration in the hair shaft. Stress and free radicals, lack of estrogen and hypothyroidism are other factors that cause grey hair.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols such as catechins that are antioxidants and free-radical scavengers. This way, using green tea for hair can provide an indirect benefit by keeping it from becoming grey. There are some studies available that prove that drinking green tea or using it topically can slow down the natural grey alteration process.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, phytochemicals, and free-radical scavengers. Using this beverage for hair and applying it directly to your mane in the form of cosmetic products (shampoo, conditioner, and rinse) may reduce your hair loss risk and even promote hair growth.
However, for best results, be sure to apply them to the scalp and roots. Alternatively, you can also wash your hair with home-made green tea rinse.
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