Matcha Benefits for Hair
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Matcha is best known as a cure-all beverage loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that has an incredibly positive impact on the human body. It is believed to increase energy levels, improve mental function, increase fat burning, and may help lower the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. But very few of us are aware of matcha benefits for hair.
The hair benefits of matcha have been gaining huge interest over recent years and it is believed that matcha can help various common hair care woes such as breakouts, dandruff, weak strands, and dullness.
Let's discuss matcha benefits for hair in a little bit of detail. But before we get into the hair benefits of matcha, it’s worth knowing the basics of matcha a little bit more. So, let’s read on.
Table of contents
- What is matcha?
- Matcha benefits for hair
- Scalp care and hair growth
- How to use matcha
- Precautions and side effects
- Final words
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a powdery substance made from green tea leaves that grow under shade in its pre-harvest stage. Though it belongs to the green tea family Camellia sinensis, matcha provides higher antioxidant compounds with a richer flavor.
“The antioxidant capacity of matcha is 137 times more powerful than regularly brewed green tea”, says Dr. Alissia Zenhausern, N.M.D, a famous naturopathic medical practitioner at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants called flavonols, especially a type called catechins. The most powerful catechin present in matcha is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which has tremendous therapeutic properties.
With such great antioxidant loads, matcha may work wonders on hair with a variety of positive effects on the scalp and hair roots. Consuming matcha green tea powder on a daily basis may help the human body with vital bodily processes to eliminate toxins and harmful chemicals and to protect cells and tissues from oxidative damage caused by free radicals that are important for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules that cause chain chemical reactions and harm body cells and tissues.
A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Trichology concluded that oxidative stress caused by free radicals may contribute to hair loss and hair graying and antioxidants could open new strategies for the reversal of age-dependent alopecia and hair graying process.
Here is how adding matcha powder to your hair care regimen can promote your hair health.
Matcha benefits for hair
Dihydrotestosterone (DTH) is believed to be the most common cause of hormonal hair loss and decreased hair growth in both women and men. The antioxidant compounds particularly EGCGs present in matcha can inhibit the effects of DTH and prevent hormonal hair loss. Besides, antioxidants help protect the scalp skin of the head from future damage and may improve premature signs of aging and dullness of hair.
According to a 2007 clinical trial published in Phytomedicine, an international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology, EGCG can stimulate human hair growth and might be useful in the treatment and prevention of androgenetic alopecia (AGA).
Matcha contains a wide range of beneficial vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, magnesium, chromium, and zinc that show anti-inflammatory actions on the human body. In addition, matcha is rich in chlorophyll, fiber, and nutrients that play an important role in promoting healthy internal roots of the hair, which is why matcha is widely used in hair care products nowadays.
A 2020 review published in the Skin Appendage Disorders suggested that foods containing anti-inflammatory nutrients may promote hair growth in androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and may promote overall hair health.
Scalp care and hair growth
The antioxidant properties of matcha can protect hair strands and strengthen hair, while the anti-inflammatory actions help keep the scalp skin collected and calm, providing shiny healthy hair without breakouts and signs of aging.
Moreover, matcha is a great source of vitamin E which can help increase circulation to the scalp and hair roots that are vital for natural and healthy hair growth. Vitamin E can help protect hair strands from premature death by nourishing and strengthening them through proper supplies. As a result, new hair generation can stay natural and ongoing. It can also help to keep your scalp healthy and control dandruff naturally.
How to use matcha
Matcha green tea powder can be used both internally as well as externally. 10 grams supplementary powder of matcha can be consumed 2 to 3 times a day. But the actual doses of matcha may vary depending on the specific hair or health conditions. Keeping a gap of a few hours between matcha consumption and any meals or medications is also important.
Matcha can also be an important part of your external hair and beauty regimen such as a hair refresher, a hair rinse, or a hair mask. For a powerful matcha hair mask, mix matcha powder into coconut oil and apply the paste to the hair thoroughly. Leave it for at least half an hour and follow your regular routine hair regimen.
Precautions and side effects
Matcha is generally safe for most adults. To reap its optimum benefits, consider choosing only matcha supplements that do not contain sugar molecules or are unsweetened since sugar can reduce its health benefits.
However, matcha contains a significant amount of caffeine that increases energy levels. Overdoses of matcha can lead to caffeine crash in the body and may cause some side effects. (you can also read our article - Matcha for Energy).
It’s strongly recommended to consult with a licensed naturopathic medical practitioner before starting matcha for hair benefits or any other health benefits especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications for any underlying disease conditions.
Matcha benefits for hair have been gainingincreasingly interest over recent years. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of matcha can help rejuvenate the scalp skin of the head, stimulate hair growth, and enhance hair strength.
Consult your healthcare provider to determine what would be the best method of using matcha for your specific health conditions.
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