Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have undergone a different process than oolong or black teas. People have been drinking tea – especially green tea – for its purported health benefits for thousands of years. But what effect, if any, might it have on hair loss?
Is Green Tea Good for Hair?
While many studies have been done on green tea and its extracts, there have been no definite conclusions on whether it is helpful for most of the purposes it’s used for. Green tea has a natural compound – called polyphenols – that has many health benefits… like reducing inflammation.
Does Green Tea Cause Balding?
There is nothing indicating green tea may cause balding. In fact, because it is believed to be beneficial to hair, green tea and green extracts are common ingredients in shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks.
Since the hair strand no longer receives nutrients once it grows out of the hair follicle, what little research exists suggests applying these green tea shampoos and hair masks directly to your roots and scalp. This will help the product reach the hair follicles.
Should I Drink Green Tea for Hair Loss?
While green tea might not directly help with hair loss, it is thought to provide benefits like improved skin and blood flow. These could indirectly help with hair loss by improving your scalp health. There have only been a few small studies to this effect, however.
Does Green Tea Remove DHT from Scalp?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone derivative of testosterone, but excess amounts can affect hair follicles by interfering with the hair’s growth cycle.
One of green tea’s primary chemical compounds, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), was used on the scalps of three men for four days and stimulated their hair growth by preventing the death of the cells which regulate the growth and development of hair – which is typically caused by DHT. Obviously, the small sample size fails to draw any definitive conclusions… but it does possibly indicate that more research should be done.
EGCG in excessive amounts can lead to stomach upset and liver toxicity. Green tea is safe for consumption (you can safely drink 3-4 cups per day), but various supplements and oils can contain much higher amounts of EGCG. Be sure to consult your physician before starting any new supplement routine.
Does Green Tea Prevent Gray Hair?
There are multiple remedies for using different teas to dye your hair to get rid of the gray. Black for darker hues, chamomiles for blondes, and rooibos for redheads. Unfortunately, there are no studies linking green tea to the prevention of hair going gray.
However, green tea is full of a diverse group of plant chemicals called flavonoids that help fight various types of cancer. Green tea is also helpful in staving off heart disease and helps lower cholesterol.
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