Everyone loves the look and feel of beautiful hair, not on dolls or mannequins but on their head. The level of concern people show for varying hair issues, ranging from losing strands of hair by the number to improper growth, is really on the high side. Statistics show that by the age of 35, about 40% of men begin to have noticeable hair loss. Age 60 observe the same but at a 65% rate and it just keeps going higher. For women, about 50% is affected by this.
This has posed to be a very challenging issue for most people as more research showed that 60% of hair loss sufferers would be happier to have their hair back than having more money or friends and about 47% of people in this category, would gladly trade their savings just to get a head full of hair.
Especially for women, the hair is a very significant part of themselves which they value a whole lot. Apart from it being a symbol of their identity, it also represents their crowning glory and glorious beauty. For this reason, women are oftentimes more concerned whenever they are having hair issues.
There are a number of causes for hair loss and some include:
- Medical conditions
- Improper diet
And the list goes on and on.
Though there are different scientific treatments for hair loss, so many organic treatments out there have shown incredible results in proffering solution to this problem and one out of the many is GREEN TEA.
Produced from fresh natural Camellia sinensis leaves, green tea, originating home country, is China but has now spread to many other parts in the Asia continent. This tea is gotten from the non-fermented C. sinensis leaves, and unlike black tea, it retains all the nutrients and minerals of the plant, hence its name.
Apart from its many health benefits such as its capacity to protect the body from diseases, weight loss, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, skin disorders, fight against inflammation and a host of others, this tea has shown to be the magical tea which has the special secret to having a beautiful hair and healthy hair.
BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA FOR HAIR
- Topping the list of hair benefits in this tea is the presence of a certain set of chemicals known as catechin polyphenols (tannins) which is solely responsible for its bitter and astringent taste. Of all these antioxidants, Epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG, is the major polyphenol which has the potential to stimulate hair growth in men and women by fortifying the hair roots and activating its follicles.
- These really powerful antioxidants working together with some amino acids like thianine, lignan, and butyric acid, makes this tea an option within reason to make a powerful hair remedy.
- Also containing 5 alpha-reductase, this tea has been shown to lower the level or quantity of Dihydrotestosterone, DHT which is one of the major causes of baldness.
- This tea also contains Vitamin B (Panthenol), which not only softens the hair and strengthen its follicle but also controls split ends which sometimes causes hair breakage. Alongside this Vitamin B, this tea also has infused in it, Vitamins A, C and E.
- As earlier mentioned, green tea has a number of anti-inflammatory properties which promotes new hair growth. To ensure this, this tea helps to make the scalp cleaner and clearer, warding off infections that may result in the weakening of hair roots. Topical use of this tea offers great relief especially for people suffering psoriasis, itchy scalp or dandruff which are also causes of hair loss.
- Green tea also contains other essential compounds such as carotenoids, chromium, selenium, zinc, ascorbic acid, tocopherols and manganese. All of which (with the exception of chromium and manganese), promotes hair growth and intercepts hair loss.
- Evidently, stress is one of the major causes of hair loss. Green tea combats this by also serving as a stress reliever and helps to fight against depression.
- Using this tea as hair wash can help to annihilate fungal and bacterial parasites which have the ability to erode the hair roots, thereby resulting in hair loss or hair fall.
- Another great side to this tea is that it has the capability to break down plaque in the blood vessels and when this happens, it causes more blood flow to every organ in the body including the scalp. Using its powerful antioxidants, this tea also eliminates free radicals which tend to obstruct proper blood circulation.
HOW TO USE GREEN TEA TO TREAT HAIR LOSS
Having understood the benefits of this tea, I believe your interest is peaked and you want to get started with it just as quickly. This brings us to the usage of tea and how we can maximise its use to get the best result for a more beautiful, healthier, and stronger hair. Here goes:
- Drink Tea: Just as we find it logical to tackle an issue from the inside out, the same goes for the treatment of hair loss, using this tea. While it could be used topical or as an external application, it is also highly beneficial to drink it so it can begin its work from inside the body. Getting creative with this tea can make it interesting to drink. You could try taking it cold with the addition of ice and honey or adding lemon to it warm.
- Topical application: Making a rinse out of this tea for your hair is another great way to not only stop hair loss but promote hair growth. How can this be done?
- 2 – 4 green tea bags
- Warm water
- Insert the tea bags into the water for 10 – 15 minutes
- Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse with water
- Massage the green tea rinse into your hair for about 10 – 15 minutes
- Rinse with cool water
- Condition your hair.
You would get the optimum result if this is done consistently for a number of months. However, be careful to always keep your hair moisturized as the caffeine in this tea is known to dry out the hair strands too.
As opposed to the chemically treated shampoos and conditioners, you can change to organic products, particularly ones that contain green tea extracts as their major ingredient. Constant use of such products would go a long way to also help your hair growth.
However, just like everything else that has a downside to it, this tea is no exception. Although you may be eager to get results, it is advisable to use this tea cautiously. Note this:
- Drinking it too much can cause insomnia due to the caffeine level
- Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers should avoid taking this tea. The topical application is good enough until after weaning the child.
- If on medications, please seek the advice of your doctor before taking this tea.
Having understood the science behind this “magical tea”, are you geared up to begin usage? Do let us know your experience in the comment section below.