Japanese Green Tea and Hair Health - How It Works and DIY Home Treatment

by Kei Nishida

Japanese Green Tea and Hair Health - How It Works and DIY Home Treatment

Green tea is an immensely popular drink, both for its delicious taste and incredible health benefits. In fact, it has been used as an herbal medicine in parts of Asia, including China and Japan, for thousands of years. Traditionally used to treat ailments as diverse as headaches and bloating, its use in cosmetic treatments is currently being explored more thoroughly.

You may have heard about the role Japanese green tea plays in losing unwanted pounds, but did you also know it is extremely beneficial for both skin and hair? Keep reading to learn all about how you can use green tea to look and feel better.

How Does Green Tea Work for Hair?

Hair is mostly made up of a protein called keratin. Green tea contains a compound called EGCG, which also gives green tea its antioxidant characteristics. However, in addition to aiding in weight loss and boosting the immune system, researchers have found that it has even more beneficial qualities. In an article published (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aic.14220/full) in the journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, it was found that this compound binds to keratin. This results in thicker, stronger and healthier hair.

In addition to improving the health and appearance of existing hair, the polyphenols in green tea can also help stimulate additional growth. While the research is still in its infancy, a study published (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944711306001383) in the Journal of Phytomedicine states that both these and the EGCG found in them causes increased human hair growth. While the study was conducted with a view for helping those with alopecia and chemotherapy-related hair loss, the results still work for everyone wishing to regrow lost hair.  (Read more about EGCG in green tea in my other article.)

DIY Home Treatments

While drinking Japanese green tea is great for your body, to put the caffeine and antioxidants found in it to work on hair, it should be applied externally. This is great news if you don’t like the taste! For increased growth, thickness and lustrous shine, a simple rinse is all that’s required.

One very popular way to harness the powers of green tea is to use it as a final rinse. Simply boil a tea bag or one tablespoon of loose tea in two cups of water. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes, then strain. At the end of your shower, rinse your hair with the tea. Rub it into your scalp gently, as the pressure will also help to stimulate hair follicles. Be sure to leave it on for at least five minutes, then rinse away with cool water. The cool water will lock in the shine, while also activating the caffeine and antioxidants. As an added benefit, if you often develop blemishes around the hairline, the green tea will also help get rid of them.

If you experience a lot of stress, that can be a cause of hair loss. L-theanine, an amino acid found almost exclusively in teas such as Japanese green tea, has been shown (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924224499000448) to reduce stress and have a profound relaxing effect on people. L-theanine is a major component of herbal stress remedies, and can help greatly reduce the amount of hair loss you experience. As an added benefit, the fluoride contained in green tea will also help with oral health!  (Read more about this topic on my another article - Want Good Oral Health? Get Our Top 10 Tips for Why Drinking Green Tea Will Get You There!

Green Tea Shampoos and Treatments

If dumping a few cups of tea over your head isn’t the route you want to take, consider one of the many shampoos and skin or hair treatments containing green tea components and compounds. They are currently skyrocketing in popularity, and have different compounds to target different problems.

For thinning hair, a green tea shampoo that features concentrations of caffeine and a high antioxidant count, such as the iRestore Hair Growth Shampoo. As stated, these stimulate additional hair growth, targeting the hair follicle and giving it a much needed boost to start producing new hairs. The concentrations in shampoos are much higher than in home-brewed tea, so you may see results faster.

For shinier, thicker hair, look for a shampoo or hair masks that advertise a high amount of polyphenols and EGCG. These will improve the volume and luster of hair, using the natural amino acids that bind themselves to keratin. The Theorie Green Tea Energizing Shampoo is excellent for this, and it also has clarifying agents to get rid of any dandruff or buildup that may be weighing hair down.

With all the beneficial compounds and natural properties contained in Japanese green tea, it’s hard to pinpoint the best one. The truth is, it’s a wildly popular drink with beneficial aspects such as fluoride, polyphenols and antioxidants that you can harness in many ways. Whether you choose a DIY home treatment or a specially-formulated shampoo with green tea extracts, you’ll start seeing incredible results after just a few uses.

If you have ever thought that Green Tea is an “acquired taste” or that it is “too bitter” to enjoy, we’re here to change your mind! We want everyone to experience the health benefits of Green Tea and show you that this can be an amazing, refreshing, and delicious drink when made correctly. With just a few tips on how to brew this powerful leaf we can change your mind about the taste and enjoyment of drinking Green Tea.

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  • Improve health
  • Increase brain function
  • Regulate weight
  • Lower your risk of cancers
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Lowers risk of diabetes

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Kei Nishida
Kei Nishida


Kei Nishida, PMP is a writer, a Japanese Green Tea enthusiast, and the founder and CEO of JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com. With two books behind him and more on the way, this entertaining author brings his passion for Green Tea wherever he goes.

His two books "I Will Teach YOU How to be healthy by Using Japanese Green Tea!: Surprising Facts and Tips for How You can Take Best Advantage of This Amazing Plant" and "Green Tea Mania : 250+ Green Tea Facts, Cooking and Brewing Tips & Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know" are available in print and Kindle Book on Amazon.
These books and his blog Japanese Green Tea and Health provides health related tips and research findings focusing on green tea and its health benefit in variety of ways.

Kei’s love of Green Tea and passion for writing has helped make him a feature author on sites and Magazines such as Yoga Digest Magazine, T-Ching, Sexy Fit Vegan, and Woman’s Daily Magazine.

His enthusiasm for health and tea pushed him to developing his company, JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com, where he brings the very best in Japanese Green Tea to customers all over the world.

Kei grew up in Japan and moved to USA at the age of 14, now living in Portland, Oregon. In his earlier carrier, he was Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Inc. Kei takes advantage of being bi-lingual in Japanese and English, as well as his science background for his research and writing. Information you find in his books and blogs are a combination of the best content and research from Japan and all around the world.

Books By Kei Nishida

I will Teach You How to Be Healthy By Using Japanese Green Tea

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Language: English
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ISBN-13: 978-1541252455
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Green Tea Mania : 250+ Green Tea Facts, Cooking and Brewing Tips & Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know

Green Tea Mania : 250+ Green Tea Facts, Cooking and Brewing Tips & Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know
Paperback: 120 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544093322
ISBN-13: 978-1544093321
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 6 inches
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Steeping Guide

Steeping Guide - Hot

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

    Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

    Steeping Guide on JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com

  2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

  3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

Steeping Guide - Cold

  1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

  2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to dissolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamin C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

  3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.