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Green Tea Hair Rinse: What is it, 5 Terrific Benefits, and How to DIY Your Own
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Hair rinses are a fantastic way to add some extra oomph to your curly haircare regimen. And, a green tea hair rinse is one of the best you can use.
People have been taking advantage of the many health benefits of tea for centuries. Tea drinking has a long history and the use of green tea on hair is not new.
Using green tea for hair growth has several benefits. In fact, some persons wishing to curb excess hair fall also use green tea for hair loss and green tea for hair regrowth.
Whether you have used them before and just want to learn more or you are finding out about green tea hair rinses for the first time, keep reading.
Here’s what you’ll discover in this article:
- General benefits of hair rinses
- What is green tea?
- Five green tea benefits for hair growth
- How to make a green tea hair rinse
- How to use a green tea hair rinse
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General benefits of hair rinses
A hair rinse conditions your hair and scalp. Hair rinses can be made from a variety of ingredients with benefits depending on the particular ingredient used. In general, however, you can expect to get the following benefits from any hair rinse.
- Added moisture to keep frizz at bay and support the protein-moisture balance your strands need to be elastic and strong.
- Nourishment and protection for the growing cells of the hair follicles, thanks to the many nutrients, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals found in many hair rinses.
- Prevention and treatment for scalp conditions in the case of rinses whose ingredients also have antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
- Relaxation and a sense of empowerment as you indulge yourself in a scalp massage and know that the hair rinse is a way you can do something very beneficial for your hair and scalp.
What is green tea?
Green tea is brewed from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that oolong, black, and white teas are made but the process for making each type of tea is different. Also, there are different varieties of green tea, such as matcha, sencha, and genmaicha teas.
For all types of green tea, the leaves are dried but no oxidation or fermentation takes place and any processing is limited. This means green tea has many natural components that are not found in other types of tea
Green tea originated in China with its use dating back to as early as the 3rd century CE. Tea is now grown extensively throughout East Asia but China still produces about 80% of the world’s tea.
Five green tea benefits for hair growth
Green tea is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and several other phytochemicals. Of note is that green tea is particularly rich in a kind of antioxidants called catechins. It is also a very good source of a catechin named epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been shown to have disease-fighting properties.
The components of green tea work together to help it be of great benefit when we use green tea in hair care regimens. A green tea hair rinse:
- Leaves your hair hydrated and moisturized.
- Increases blood circulation in the scalp.
- Stimulates hair growth and regrowth.
- Helps to prevent hair loss.
- Supports a healthy scalp environment.
How to make a green tea hair rinse
You make a green tea hair rinse in pretty much the same way as you would make a strong cup of tea for drinking.
You will need:
- 1 to 3 green tea teabags (of your choice)
- 1 to 2 cups of boiling water
- Optional – A few drops of vitamin E oil or essential oil of your choice
- Pour the boiling water onto the teabags and allow them to steep for at least 5 minutes.
- Let the tea cool completely.
- If using, add a few drops of vitamin E oil or essential oil (good choices include peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and lemongrass).
- Pour your green tea hair rinse into a spray bottle and it’s now ready to use!
How to use a green tea hair rinse
Your green tea rinse will work best if you start with clean hair and scalp. Also, ensure the mixture gets directly onto your scalp as that is where it will do the most good. Here are the steps for using your green tea for hair growth.
- Start by shampooing your hair, as usual.
- Squeeze most of the water from your hair or use a towel to dry it a bit.
- Section your hair to expose areas of your scalp.
- Working in sections, spray the tea rinse generously onto your scalp and massage it in.
- Allow the tea rinse to stay in your hair for at least 15 minutes. Optionally, you can cover your hair with a shower cap for up to an hour.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Condition your hair, as usual.
- Rinse with cold water.
Use your green tea hair rinse weekly to see the best results.
Have you ever DIYed a green tea hair rinse? Tell us about it!