Green Tea Rinse For Dry Damaged Hair

Green tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, according to the United States Department of Agriculture green tea has a high flavanoid content. Though this content may vary in different tea products. Green tea is said to be cancer fighting and and disrupts the production of harmful bacteria.

Why are we interested in green tea rinse for hair?

  • Green tea stimulates hair growth and combats hair loss. The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that is present in green tea is said to stimulate the hair follicles.
  • Green tea is very effective in treating and curing certain scalp conditions such as dandruff, dry scalp, and psoriasis.
  • Green tea strengthens and conditions the hair, it contains vitamin C, E and panthenol  and when used as a rinse is a great way to get hair conditioned naturally.
  • Green tea restores dry damaged hair because of its high Vitamin E content it can combat dryness effectively.
  • Green tea guards against sun damage to hair and skin.
  • Green tea softens hair and at the same time strengthens the hair.

How to use green tea rinse

Green tea can be used in the loose tea format (easily found in health food stores) or as tea bags; there are several varieties of green tea on the market. When using loose leaves use less than you would tea bags. One tea bag to one cup of water is the usual dosage.

To make the tea rinse boil water and then add to leaves or tea bag, cover and allow to steep. If using loose leaves strain after the water has cooled. For stronger potency use more tea bags or allow to steep in hot water for a longer time.

When To Use Green Tea Rinse

You can use the green tea rinse instead of conditioner. You can mix it other herbs or you can add it to your regular shampoo for a nutritious wash. Green tea can also be added to homemade moisturizing mixtures instead of water. It works well with peppermint tea rinse and horsetail tea rinse. A drop or two of essential oil when you are steeping your green tea will also increase its potency; jasmine essential oil is a great addition to this rinse.

Source: Green Tea: Health Benefits and Applications


  • himani said:

    hi Brenda 🙂

    can i add grapeseed hasmine/ lavendar/jojoba/rosemary oil to the chamomile tea rinse ? 🙂

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Himani,
      I don’t know if it would work. What I would suggest though is to use the tea rinse and then use your oils. Or you can experiment with it and then tell us how it goes.

  • Razzi said:

    so this will definately work in my hair because its brittle in the back right

  • NewbieEli said:

    Hello Brenda,
    I was wondering if i had to put on the green tea rinse when it was warm or cold, also do i have to wash it out right after or do I leave it on my hair for a certain amount of time? Sorry if these questions sound silly it is just that I am new to this and want to get as much information as I can.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      You can use it warm, leave it in for a time if you wish (up to half an hour and rinse out). I don’t think your question silly at all. We can all learn from each other.

  • Emme said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for this informative post. I have very dry locs and scalp and was wondering if I could use this green tea as a daily moisturizing spray. I was thinking to add the peepermint essential oil like you mention. Do you recommend using it in this way? Would it be a problem if I am not rinsing it out immediately?

    Thanks so much!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Emme,
      You are welcome. Its not a problem if you don’t rinse it out immediately but you can test it on your hair and see if it is okay for you. It can be used instead of water in a moisturizing spray but go easy on the peppermint unless you like the scent in your hair all day. A nicer scent and EO for dry scalp is lavender.

  • mishelle said:

    Hi Brenda I was wondering if I can use green tea in my spray bottle for everyday use, along with a few drops of essential and carrier oils. If this is okay how much should I use?

  • Lunye' said:

    Thanks so much for the information. My mother used to rinse my hair in tea when I was little. Now I am transitioning and I am experiencing lots of shedding and breakage (always had this issue but lately seems like more). I will be doing this rinse on wash day. I hope this helps. I did use mayo to condition my hair last week and I do have a lot less shedding then before.

  • Maame Akyaa said:

    Just wanted to say you are doing a great job. Started visiting your website a few weeks ago and have learnt a great deal. Totally changed how I care for my hair. Black hair can grow long, it just requires some more TLC. Thanks for all the well-researched and very well-written info.

  • Kelly said:


    I wanted to use green tea instead of water in your rosemary lavender moisturizer and use that mixture as a leave in conditioner for my transitioning hair. Is this safe to do? Is it ok to leave green tea in my hair without rinsing it out?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kelly, some people leave the green tea water in as a final rinse. Lavender and rosemary sounds like a great combo with it. You can also add the rosemary and lavender leaves, if you have them, and steep it with the green tea.

  • Daniie said:

    I’m preparing a banana, honey, coconut hair mask and got an idea to boil the coconut and allow a green tea bag to steep in once boiled…. Any input on that? I’m trying to reap as much benefits with the green tea as possible considering I have a full box just taking up space in the cabinet since I totally DESPISE the taste of green tea (yuck!)

  • Ashish said:

    Hello brenda,
    I m just 21 and my hair turns into white…… if u have any remedies to white hair turn into his natural color
    so plz help me

  • Abe said:

    Hi Brenda,
    What is the best Oil or conditioner after washing your hair. The reason I’m asking is my wife wishes her hair and takes time to dry it (Heat).She keep asking me find me samething for Black hair just wash shampoo and conditioner and the hair will not look like an afro. Any idea Please.
    Thank you,

  • ishan said:

    hi Brenda,
    m ishan,I have hairfall problem,So wat i do,Plz help me.

  • gaurav said:

    hi brenda

    I already use green tea i use to take 2 tea bags daily and drew them in warm water and then i apply that water on my hairs and then i wash them after 1 or 2 hours also i use to take i bag daily to drink so i am wondered that can i use that water to my hairs daily is it any side effect of using it daily.


  • gaurav said:

    hi brenda

    I already use green tea i use to take 2 tea bags daily and drew them in warm water and then i apply that water on my hairs and then i wash them after 1 or 2 hours also i use to take i bag daily to drink so i am wondered that can i use that water to my hairs daily is it any side effect of using it daily.


  • ISHAN said:

    Dear Breanda
    hi,please tell me how to use green tea bag for hair loose problem.

  • tammy said:

    Hi Brenda
    I was just wondering how long to leave the tea in the water before you rinse your hair with it

  • Joy said:

    Can I use peppermint and green tea instead of water as a daily moisturizer? Do you think that could be good for my hair?

  • Mz.Eyez said:

    Hey Brenda!! I have very dry and damaged 4B hair.I’m in the beginning process of starting my hair regimen,do you have any suggestions on a starting point and what kind of hair accessories I should get.Also do you have any good protective hairstyles I can try that don’t involve braiding(I don’t know how to braid or 2-strand twist)?

  • opeyemi said:

    Wow, just discovered your blog today and I really like it. So please can I use this green tea rinse to deep condition my hair? How often do I need to? Thanks

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