If winter is hard on your hair, you’re not alone! And this spring we have the perfect refreshing solution for those dry, lackluster locks that sit beneath your winter beanies and hoods.
Green tea, while derived from the same plant as black tea, actually has more antioxidants than black tea due to the minimal processing it goes through, making it an ideal choice for hair stimulation. The caffeine, antioxidants, and catechins found in green tea encourage blood flow and circulation to hair follicles, reduce inflammation, and can ease dandruff.
Incorporating green tea into a hair rinse or mask weekly will not only stimulate growth, but will even encourage healthier, shinier tresses.
How to use green tea for hair
Matcha Green Tea Hair Mask
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
Whisk the egg and combine with the coconut oil and matcha powder. This mask should be applied weekly to clean hair.
Using a comb, part hair and apply to roots, slowly working your way over your entire scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes before shampooing.
Green Tea Hair Rinse
- 3 green tea bags
- Pot of hot water
- Non-breakable cup
Steep three green tea bags in pot or mug of hot water. Allow it to cool to room temperature, transfer into large non-breakable cup or bowl (accidents with glass in the shower are never a good thing!).
Once you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, use the cooled green tea as your final rinse. This will help from scalp to ends to diminish dandruff, stimulate follicles and make your hair shine.
Green Tea for Hair FAQ
Will green tea damage my color treated hair?
Green tea will actually help protect your color treated hair from UV damage.
Is drinking green tea going to have positive effects on my hair?
Yes. Green tea is high in antioxidants and can deliver these nutrients to your scalp, improving hair growth. Drinking up to 3-4 cups a day can improve overall health, including your hair and scalp health.
What other items with green tea should I be using on my hair?
Green tea extract can be found in shampoos, conditioners, or hair masks. Be sure you apply these products to the scalp and root of your hair for maximum benefits.
Any other rinses with green tea I can use?
This easy 2 ingredient ACV and green tea rinse is a perfect addition to your weekly routine:
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups steep green tea (2 tea bags)
Steep the green tea bags in two cups of hot water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly to a warm temperature. Add 1/2 cup ACV.
Once hair has been washed and is clean, use this rinse all over your scalp and hair. Leave on for a minimum of 5 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.124