Want Better Hair? Use Green Tea As Shampoo, Conditioner

Green tea is all the rage these days since it has high antioxidant content that can be incorporated in various products. Not only are green tea bags used to improve puffy skin and the extracts added in ointments to treat genital warts, the ingredient has also shown some potential to treat hair-related problems, according to Healthline.

Why is green tea extract useful?

Green tea antioxidants are derived from flavonoid compounds called catechins. The most powerful catechin present in green tea that is responsible for the alleged health benefits, such as averting cancer and heart attack risk, is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

This is why green tea extracts can be found in shampoos and conditioners, to prevent hair fall and maintain hair quality. But the question of its effectiveness is yet to be proven in longitudinal human-based studies. Research is underway to treat androgenetic alopecia, a condition that denotes hormonal hair loss. To some degree, the condition affects 50 percent of men and 25 percent of women aged above 50 in the United States.

The natural cycle of hair growth comprises of three stages, the hair growth phase, the transition period and the hair fall stage. During hair growth phase, the two hormones, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, can become imbalanced and stimulate hair loss. 

A small study funded by a corporate entity with 10 participants who has androgenetic alopecia indicated hair could be regrown with EGCG.  They were put on a supplement called Forti5, which had an unknown quantity of green tea extract, healthy fats, vitamin D, melatonin and soy isoflavones. Hence, it cannot be known how much of the green tea extract contributed to hair growth specifically. 

Another study conducted on mice saw that after taking green tea extracts for six months, about 33 percent of them had in fact shown signs of hair growth. This was in comparison to a control group. For human beings who do not have androgenetic alopecia, hair growth possibilities through green tea extract have not yet been proven. 

Blood flow, oxygen and nutrients are needed to support the integumentary system, to which the hair belongs. It also consists of nails, skin and hair. A small study with 15 people found that taking the green tea extract in a supplement improved blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin by 29 percent. Based on the available information, go ahead and try your luck the next time you find EGCG on the label of a conditioner or shampoo. 

Green tea Drinking green tea can reduce the negative health effects of a Western diet, from weight gain to poor brain function. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, Public Domain