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How To Do A Green Tea Rinse for Hair

Looking for a way to reduce hair shedding? Are you suffering from post-partum or medicine-inducted shedding and looking for a holistic way to re-grow your hair back?

A green tea rinse for hair may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

Not only is it super affordable, it’s incredibly easy with a whole lot of benefits to match (plus, no sketchy side effects!).

Many people, (including our resident OG natural Naptural85), noticed an immediate reduction in hair shedding immediately after applying the rinse. 

If you didn't know, green tea is packed with anti-inflammatory and hair boosting vitamins and minerals - it's no wonder it's considered one of the world's most powerful superfoods.

Ready to learn how to do a green tea rinse for hair? Let’s go!

how to do a green tea rinse

Benefits of a Green Rinse For Hair

It might not be intuitive, but green tea has many benefits when applied topically.

Originally grown in China, green tea (as well as regular black tea) comes from the same plant: camellia sinensis.

But the difference is that black tea undergoes intense processing and refining, which removes all of the vitamins and nutrients from the extract.

Examples of these key vitamins include vitamin A, E, C, and as well as trace metals like zinc, selenium, chromium and manganese. And if you didn’t know, these vitamins play a large role in healthy hair!

Not only does green tea contain these vitamins, it also contain flavonoids, a potent group of phytonutrients (or otherwise known plant chemicals).

It’s these flavonoids that makes green tea very anti-inflammatory (and anti-carcinogenic!), and we know that hair loss and general alopecia in natural hair occurs BECAUSE of scalp inflammation. 

Another highly potent ingredient in green tea are polyphenols. These polyphenols are inhibit DHT, the hormone that causes alopecia and hair loss.

So in short, green tea is great for natural hair because of the anti-inflammation properties of the flavonoids and the DHT-blocking polyphenols.

Let’s see what some of the scientific literature says about green tea:

What The Science Says About Green Tea Rinses for Hair

A study in California found that female rats who suffered from alopecia, when given green tea extract for 6 months, regrew about 60% of their lost volume.

Another study in Massachusetts wanted to understand the effects of diet on prostrate cancer, inspired by the low cancer rates in Asia. The scientists fed mice soy, green tea and black tea and found a decrease in tumor growth but decreased DHT significantly.

Both of these studies attribute the flavonoids (anti-inflammation) and the polyphenols (DHT-blocker) of green tea to the regrowth of the hair. And although more studies need to be conducted before any final conclusions are made, it’s clear that green tea plays some sort of role with hair growth.

Now, let’s get into exactly how to do a green tea rinse.

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How To Do A Green Tea Hair Rinse

Doing a green tea rinse for hair is exactly as the name implies: when you douse and rinse your hair with warm (not hot), bagged or loose leaf green tea.

Here’s how you do a green tea rinse for hair. On your next wash day:

  1. 1
    Add 2 organic, decaf green tea bags into a mug
  2. 2
    Boil approximately 1 cup of water and decant the hot water into the mug
  3. 3
    Allow the tea bags to steep and cool for 30 minutes to an hour
  4. 4
    Pour the (now warm) tea into either a spray bottle or an oil applicator bottle for easy application
  5. 5
    Enter the shower and shampoo your hair as usual
  6. 6
    Before conditioning, section your hair and apply the green tea onto the scalp of each section, gently massaging
  7. 7
    Leave the green tea rinse on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing away with warm water
  8. 8
    Condition and continue with your wash day as usual
  9. 9
    Repeat every other wash day for best results

Other tips for doing a green tea rinse:

It’s important to note that green tea rinses can be drying, so be sure to follow up with a deep condition session. Use your favourite, moisture-rich deep conditioner or make one yourself.

Be sure to shampoo FIRST to remove all of the dirt and product buildup prior to starting the rinse. This will allow the green tea full access to your scalp.

Do not detangle with the green tea in your hair – the lack of slip can significantly result in more shedding than usual.

Lastly, to boost up the effects of the green tea rinse, add a few drops of rosemary oil or peppermint oil into the tea while it's steeping. These essential oils are known to also reduce inflammation and block DHT!

Final Thoughts to Doing A Green Tea Rinse for Hair

Green tea rinses can be a great addition to your wash day routine. It can make your hair noticeably fuller with observably less shedding over time.

Have you done a green tea rinse before and if yes, did you notice any difference? Share your experience down below!