Green Tea Shampoo Buyers Guide
For Hair Treatment and Daily Use

Four green tea shampoo tips on how to buy a quality product for daily use and hair treatment.

Green tea is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in both skin and hair products today. There are many benefits to incorporating green tea into your hair care routine if you choose the right products.

For example, green tea is a great natural source of pro-vitamin B, or panthenol. Panthenol conditions hair and helps stop split ends from forming, giving you longer, thicker and lovelier locks. Green tea also has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, and may benefit people with itchy scalps and dandruff.

However, many companies don’t use enough green tea to actually help your hair and scalp. Some companies also combine green tea with other harmful ingredients that counteract its benefits. How do you know which green tea shampoo is right for you?

By looking over the fine print on the product label and keeping the following guidelines in mind, you can make sure that the shampoo you purchase gives you the benefits of real green tea!

How Much Green Tea?

Where is green tea on the label? If you are looking for an effective green tea shampoo, you’ll want to choose a product that has a significant amount of green tea in it.

Ingredients are listed on the label in a specific order, with the ingredients that the product contains the most of listed on top. Trace ingredients are listed at the bottom.

Also, make sure that the label says “green tea extract” and not “green tea fragrance.” Fragrance will make the product smell nice, but doesn’t have any additional benefits.

Any Chemical Hazards?

Does the product have other ingredients that might be harmful?

Shampoo ingredients to avoid include ammonium and sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates, detergents that can strip oils and cause skin irritation. According to the Environmental Working Group, they are often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.

Propylene glycol is another common shampoo ingredient. A petroleum byproduct, it has been linked to skin irritation even at low concentrations.

You should also avoid anything with parabens, substances used as preservatives.

What's Your Hair Type?

Is the product suited for your hair type?

Most shampoos will state on the label whether they are intended for oily hair, dry hair or normal hair. For best results, choose a product that matches your hair.

If you are trying to treat dandruff, look for shampoos that are intended to do so. However, avoid dandruff shampoos that contain coal tar or other petroleum-based ingredients-they may be carcinogenic.

Any Herbal Ingredients?

Look for other ingredients that can help you achieve the results you want for your hair and scalp.

For example, peppermint and tea tree oils can also help combat dandruff. Rosemary and sage make hair shine, especially dark hair. Chamomile helps soothe the scalp and brightens blond hair, too.

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