Green tea is known for many serious health benefits, so the lighter side of green tea's magic is sometimes overlooked. You may know that green tea has been linked to cancer prevention, but did you also know that it stimulates hair growth, softens hair and destroys bacteria and fungal parasites (which can weaken the roots of the hair and cause hair loss)? Using a green tea hair rinse or conditioner will leave you with soft yet strong and beautiful hair that will last a week.
Green Tea Hair Rinse
It is easy to make a green tea rinse for their hair. You simply brew up 2 cups of tea with 3 to 4 teaspoons of loose-leaf green tea (preferably organic) or 3 to 4 green tea teabags (also preferably organic) and then pour it over your hair just before you finish your bath or shower. It can be your only hair-washing product, or you can use it after shampoo and/or conditioner--whatever works with your hair care routine.
Green Tea Conditioner
If you want to let the green tea soak into your hair and you're not that into the idea of a hair rinse, then there's another route you can take--a green tea conditioner.
You can buy green tea conditioner but they often contain artificial fragrances, preservatives, and other questionable chemicals. The green tea is usually an extract (such as EGCG alone) rather than the whole infusion from green tea, and the benefits of extracts are pretty dubious when it comes to green tea.
When you make your own conditioner you can be sure that the tea is organic, that the ingredients are good quality and that there are no nasty SLS and other chemicals in the product. Plus, it's fun, easy and inexpensive to make!
Green Tea Conditioner Ingredients
This green tea conditioner only contains 3 ingredients.
And each one does its own thing. The green tea works its magic (hair growth, softening, destroying bacteria), the glycerine keeps your hair soft and well moisturized and the lemon juice does some extra scalp cleansing along the way. Here are the proportions you'll need:
- 5 ounces freshly brewed green tea (preferably organic; let it steep in a sealed pint jar overnight if you want an extra-strong conditioner)
- 2 ounces glycerine (available in most drug stores and in the candy-making section of specialty grocery stores; you can use a little more if your hair is dry or damaged, or a little less if it's limp and fine)
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (preferably organic)
How to Make and Use Your Green Tea Conditioner
Place all the ingredients into a glass jar and seal the jar tightly and shake well. It will make about 1 cup of conditioner.
Use 1/4 cup each time you want to condition your hair. Work the conditioner into your hair, leave it in for 3 to 10 minutes and rinse well. The effects will last about 1 week.