Green tea is popular worldwide for its health benefits and is packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and stop the production of bacteria and produce cancer-fighting flavonoids. The Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University School of Medicine reports that green tea may also stimulate hair growth. Note that green tea and green tea extract have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not considered a cure or treatment for any condition or disease. If you are experiencing an excessive amount of hair loss or particularly slow rate of hair growth, please consult your doctor.
Benefits of Green Tea For Healthy Hair
It stimulates hair follicles
According to the National Library of Medicine, a 2007 study by Korean scientists at Seoul National University School of Medicine found that epigallocatechin-3-Gallat, or EGCG present in green tea promotes growth of hair follicles and stimulated human cells of the dermal papilla to boost production of hair.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea can increase your metabolism. A faster metabolism rate can increase hair growth.
While green tea can stimulate the hair follicles and make your hair grow faster is not necessarily useful for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, which is a hormonal condition genetic hair loss. The study notes that Korean green tea may have potential to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase pathway scalp converts testosterone to DHT, leading to hair loss.
Green tea is a good source of panthenol, which is often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair and manage split ends. Panthenol, along with other antioxidants present in green tea can help in strengthening the hair and making it healthier.
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that green tea contains a high concentration of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and are also known slow the aging process. Antioxidants can help keep your hair healthy and growing at an optimal pace.
A study in mice showed a spontaneous loss of hair by the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Charles R. Drew of Medicine and Science has shown that green tea can potentially help regrow hair. Many shampoos formulated to stop hair loss have added "green tea extract" as an ingredient to help fight hair loss. According to hair restoration physician and member of the American Hair Loss Association Dr. William Rassman, no studies confirm clinical scientists that green tea is effective in reducing hair loss.
The Medical College of Georgia reported that green tea has great potential for the treatment of dandruff and flaking scalp too much. Green tea is believed to exfoliate dry flakes which are formed as a result of dandruff. Dandruff is a scalp condition very common and although further research should be conducted, green tea may be effective for the treatment of dandruff.