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Amazing Benefits of using Green Tea for your Hair.

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This tea is not looking green, this maybe due to the fact that I let it steep for long.
Have you ever tried the Green tea either by drinking it or for your hair? I love green tea because of the antioxidants it's packed with and its amazing benefits. 
Green tea is a type of tea
made from un-oxidized leaves of Camellia sinensis therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. It is native to China and India and has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally. Source
The nutritional value of green tea is very high and its nutrients include but are not limited to the following: polyphenols (catechins), caffeine, tannin, theophylline, theobromine, fat, wax, saponins, essential oils, carotene, vitamin C, vitamins A, B1, B12, K and P, flouride, iron, magnesium, calcium, strontium, copper, nickel, zinc, and trace of elements such as molybdenum and phosphorus.

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Green tea leaves from the Lipton tea bag. (camera light slightly altered the colour)

Catechins are the major group of polyphenols in green tea and the most active catechins are called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).  EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that helps in slowing down the aging process. GreenTeaNutritionFacts.
For Hair and Scalp.

  • Green tea is said to help reduce hair shedding (A shed hair strand has a white bulb at one of its ends). It contains amino acids which help to strengthen the hair.
  • It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that help prevent oxidative damage to your hair, some of which are indicated in stimulation of the scalp for hair growth.
  • Green tea contains B vitamin (panthenol), which you usually find in hair care products such as shampoos and conditioner. it helps control split ends, softens your hair, and strengthens your hair follicle. 
  • Drinking and/or direct application onto your scalp will help stimulate the growth of healthy hair. 
  • The EGCG in green tea blocks the enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase (source) therefore preventing the conversion of Testosterone to DHT “Dihydrotestosterone” that causes hair loss (aloepecia). Source

How to use:
  • Steep about 2 to 3 teabags in about 500 ml of hot water for 3 minutes, or warm water for 7 minutes. 
  • Remove teabags, squeeze and discard.
  • Pour the warm water on freshly washed hair and massage scalp. using while warm helps open your hair cuticles to absorb the nutrients.
  • Leave for 5 minutes and then rinse out.

Include this is your hair regimen, twice or thrice a month and you will most likely see a difference in the amount of shed hair.
Have you used green tea for your hair and for what purpose.
Let's hear your thoughts in the comment section.
Till next time,
'Cisca O.

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