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Can Green Tea really Grow Your Hair Back

Updated on October 8, 2012

If the science proves it, I use it!

Green Tea has been used by many cultures for hair loss for centuries and it has been talked about as a revolutionary hair loss product for years yet with such big money in hair loss I have to wonder why hasn't more reliable studies been done.

Green tea has many beneficial ingredients that could help with hair loss. One being catechins, which are responsible for improving blood circulation and have high levels of anti oxidants. It also contain polyphenols which is a strong anti oxidant and in a study on the effects of polyphenolic compounds (using green tea) results showed that 33% of the mice who received polyphenol extract in their drinking water, had significant hair regrowth during six months of treatment whereas the control group who did not receive the polyphenols had no growth. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16173333

There are different ways of taking green tea; drinking a cup, taking green tea extract supplements or using it topically (putting it on your head). You can buy it in shampoo (which you wash straight out), tip a cup of it on your head (its too weak) or drink a cup (you would need to drink it all day). But when talking about getting any results research has shown we need take an extract supplement or as I will explain next use it topically in a strong dose.

I am going to be talking about using it topically because in a study where in cultured hair follicles, the application of a 95% green tea extract more than doubled the length of hair follicles and hair growth almost tripled. In the cultured skin cells, the extract increased the growth of new cells in a dose-dependent manner.

This study also got me excited…excited enough to give green tea a go and see if it really can help me grow more hair.

I have thought about taking high doses of green tea extract but there is controversy whether Green tea reduces or increases DHT (this is what makes your hair fall out if you have female pattern baldness). Most say it reduces DHT and increases hair growth but I am not willing to take the risk of losing any of my precious hairs.

So until then I am sticking to what is proven and making my own topical solution. In the study they used high levels of green tea and ethanol as the carrier. I am using almond oil as the carrier as I do not want the drying effects of ethanol (alcohol) and studies show oil as a good carrier (a carrier is essential to deliver the product).

How I made it:

I took 6 bags of Green Tea and put them into a saucepan, I added 1/4 cup almond oil (can use other oils, olive, coconut, apricot kernel etc) and brought it to the boil. Simmer around half hour (until oil turns green). Cool. Sieve oil into a squirt bottle to make it easy to use...You can use any container you like. Ready to go.

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Have you tried Green Tea? What do you think about it? Questions?

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      Langurr 2 years ago

      Better trying it topically than drinking it if you want to improve your hair.

      I sometimes suffer from dandruff and itchy scalp. These factors contribute to hair loss,. Recently, I read green tea works as a natural fungicide, especially for the fungus that grows in your scalp causing you an itchy scalp and also works stopping dandruff. I tried green topically, just applying it directly on my scalp after washing my hair, left it on my scalp for up to 10 mins and since the first application it got me rid of dandruff and the itchiness.

      I also hope to see good results when it comes to hair growth ever since it is also said that green tea promotes hair growth. Not that new hairs will grow, but the ones you have will grow stronger and healthier.

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      MichelleAnnL 3 years ago

      Did it work the green tea?

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      Steve Andrews 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I drink green tea daily and have done for years but I am still getting increasingly bald so I can't say it works for me. I found this hub interesting though and have voted up!