A thick, lustrous head of hair is an important part of a person’s identity. The vast majority of us spend time worrying about our hair growth, whether it is to cover up thinning areas or simply to have long, flowing locks. Unless you have taken the plunge and gone for the shaved head look or a short pixie style, you may be wondering about the best way to keep your hair thick and healthy as you age. Hair goes through three stages — growing, resting and falling, and responds to a variety of factors during this cycle. Researchers have discovered that both drinking Matcha green tea and applying it to the scalp may stimulate hair growth.
Matcha Green Tea
Like many types of green tea, Matcha is packed with antioxidants, polyphenols and is high in a phytochemical known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate. The most common method of measuring the level of antioxidants in food and drink is the oxygen radical absorbance capacity test. Researchers at Tufts University found that Matcha green tea contains 20 times the level of antioxidants than fruits such as blueberries or pomegranates. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) test measures the ability of different foods and drink to find and absorb harmful free radicals in the bloodstream, which are known to increase the chance of contracting diseases such as cancer. Matcha green tea has a high ORAC score and also contains a variety of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
As green tea contains a B-vitamin known as panthenol, both drinking and applying the tea to the scalp helps to strengthen the hair. Many expensive hair care products list panthenol as an ingredient due to its ability to stimulate new hair growth and even repair split ends.
Hair Growth Mechanism
According to an article published in the Phytomedicine journal, conditions such as alopecia, or male pattern baldness, are caused by problems with the dermal papilla cells. These cells are responsible for controlling hair growth and are found in fibroblasts located in the hair follicle. The article also states that epigallocatechin-3-gallate, found in all green teas, may affect the rate of hair growth.
The Phytomedicine journal states that researchers in Korea conducted a study on the in vitro effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate on the rate of hair growth and any changes that occur in the dermal papilla cells. The researchers found that epigallocatechin-3-gallate supports the development of dermal papal cells in both humans and under laboratory conditions. They also discovered that epigallocatechin-3-gallate decreases the rate of cellular death that comes with the aging process and encourages the growth of new hair follicles.
Matcha Tea Butter
To create a nourishing Matcha green tea butter for the hair and scalp, mix finely ground green tea powder with either Shea butter, virgin coconut oil, or a blend of hydrogenated vegetable oils. Apply it generously to the scalp, and gently massage it in to allow it to penetrate deep into the hair follicles. Leave on for at least 30 minutes to stimulate hair growth, reduce inflammation of the scalp and help with conditions such as dandruff. Matcha tea butter contains a generous helping of vitamin C to protect hair from damage caused by UV rays and vitamin E to improve the blood circulation to the scalp.
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