DIY Homemade Green Tea Hair Rinse Recipe For Hair Growth & Dandruff

During summer, our hair hair tends to get very oily, especially if you are a person who ventures out into the hot sun a lot. There is a simple home remedy for oily scalp and hair fall, it is a homemade green tea hair rinse made with green tea and fresh lemons. I love homemade hair rinses for two reasons.

They don’t have any chemicals in them and are usually very effective than a store bought one and they are really inexpensive to make. You can make a bottle of hair rinse for a fraction of the amount of a commercial product. Using green tea both internally and externally arrests hair fall and stimulates hair growth. I have always preferred the traditional Indian chai (tea) over green tea because of the slightly bitter taste of the green tea.

But nowadays I try to consume green tea at least weekly once and I have started using it for my external applications too. But try to get good quality organic green tea for best results. Since my son is studying in a hill station, I always get it from there. In India, we get a variety of green tea only in hill stations, so if you go on a holiday to any hill stations in India, go green tea shopping.

To make this hair rinse take a fresh lemon and grate the zest. Boil water in a pan along with the zest, once it comes to a boil, add the green tea leaves and switch off. Let it cool and add the lemon juice, strain and use it as a hair rinse. This simple homemade green tea hair rinse stimulates hair growth and controls hair loss. Strain the rinse before adding the lemon juice and essential oil.

To use, pour it over freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. You can rinse your hair after using it or leave as in. When using the rinse, make sure that every part of the scalp is covered with the hair rinse. If you have lemon essential oil at home, add a few drops of it to the rinse to make it even more effective, as citrus essential oils effectively prevents dandruff and stops hair fall.

How To Make Green Tea Hair Rinse:  

1. Grate the zest of a fresh lemon.

2. Boil water in a pan along with the grated lemon zest. Once it starts boiling, add the green tea leaves and switch off.

3. Let it cool to lukewarm temperature. Now add in the lemon juice and lemon essential oil. Your homemade hair rinse is ready!


  • I used tea leaves, but you can use tea bags too.
  • Use the juice of half the lime for this recipe.
  • Along with external application, drink green tea to stop hair fall.
  • You can use any good quality citrus essential oil for making the rinse.



  1. Anonymous
    August 8, 2014 / 3:08 am

    Can I avoid essential oil?

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    August 8, 2014 / 4:10 am

    Hi, If you don't have essential oil at home, just skip it.

  3. Anonymous
    August 18, 2014 / 1:49 am

    Hi. Do we have to strain it before storing it or could we just use it as it is.

  4. Anonymous
    August 18, 2014 / 3:48 am

    how to use it….

  5. Anonymous
    August 18, 2014 / 7:51 am

    What do I have to do after rinsing my scalp? Washing the hair or just let it dry? I can already feel the freshness 🙂 The recipe sounds so good! Greetings from Germany, Mareike

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    August 19, 2014 / 2:12 am

    Hi, Strain the rinse before adding the lemon juice and essential oil. To use, pour it over freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. You can rinse your hair after using it or leave as in.

  7. Anonymous
    August 19, 2014 / 11:43 am

    okay, thank you very much. Mareike

  8. Anonymous
    September 6, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    how long do you leave it in?

  9. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 7, 2014 / 6:52 am

    I prefer to rinse it off after using the rinse, but if you like you can leave it in till your next wash….

  10. Anonymous
    October 18, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    When will you see results of hair growth?

  11. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    October 20, 2014 / 10:29 am

    With regular use, you will see good results within a month or two…..

  12. Anonymous
    November 18, 2014 / 11:47 am

    Thank you for posting this. this is just what i needed. can I use whole lemon or just the peeling. regular use means like how many times a week?

  13. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 19, 2014 / 1:56 am

    Hi, Grate only the zest (outer skin) of a lemon and then use the juice after grating the zest. Weekly twice use will be good……

  14. Anonymous
    December 15, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    can i rinse my hair daily with green tea?? is it good for hair??

  15. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 16, 2014 / 5:37 am

    Green tea is very good for the hair as it treats all the infections of the scalp, if used regularly. Try using the rinse on alternate days, as having hair wash daily might strip your hair of natural oils…..

  16. Archana Dixit
    December 30, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Hello..:) nice d.I.y .. can I substitute green tea with black tea?? Will the results be the same?

    • Anonymous
      January 6, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      If you've got light-colored hair, the black tea may darken it a bit (especially with repeated uses). If you're dark-haired, you should be fine, and black tea should give similar results (although, as Ramya said, green tea is usually less processed and has more antioxidants).

  17. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 31, 2014 / 4:17 am

    Hi Archana,Though you can substitute green tea with black tea leaves, I would prefer the green tea leaves as it undergoes minimal processing and is packed with antioxidants……..

  18. G Vikas
    April 28, 2015 / 4:48 am

    Hi,In preparation of rinse how much green tea leaves should be added in boiled water and half lemon juice is it enough.Thank u….. 🙂 vikas

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 2, 2015 / 5:37 am

      Hi Vikas, Add 3 teaspoons of green tea in 500 ml of boiling water and add the juice of 1 whole lemon…

  19. Anonymous
    June 18, 2015 / 6:14 am

    If i do not rinse my hair after using this green tea will my hair become dry ?????????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 20, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      If you have conditioned the hair well before using the rinse, it won't dry out…..

    • Luvly L
      May 25, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      HiYours is a wonderful blog! Lemon juice has greying effect on my hair and tends to burn my skin leaving patches so I avoid it. Can i just use green tea liquor on my oily scalp and leave it in until the next wash?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 6:01 am

      Liquor will be equally drying like lemon juice. Why not skip lemon juice and use only the lemon rind, the green tea and the essential oil for making this green tea hair rinse…

  20. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Hello Ramya, I am inspired by your lovely posts and knowledge you are giving us. I was wondering if you can please advise which product is good for thicker hair growth. my hair is thin and it always breaks. email: remmiecoco@gmail.comThank you for your time.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 5:46 am

      Eating our traditional diet rich in fiber, stress free life, plenty of water and along with it supplements if there is any deficiencies will greatly help hair loss. For external application, try a homemade hair pack like fenugreek hair mask, weekly twice oil bath and homemade hair oils like amla | curry leaf oil | henna oil will greatly help (all the recipes in the blog). Regular and consistent use will give fast results..

  21. pavvi
    January 6, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Hi Ramya, I dont have green tea leaves handy instead would like to replace with green tea bags. How do you prepare green tea for this purpose with the tea bags. Love your blog 🙂 to the core ..Pavani.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Dear Pavani, I am very sorry for the late reply and I am so glad that you like the blog. You can the make this green tea hair rinse using 3 green tea bags and follow the same method as above…

  22. pragya awasthi
    January 20, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Hi dear. It will be OK na not to wash off the rinse and leave it in hair?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 6, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Yes, rinse your hair with water after using the rinse but don't use shampoo again…:)

    • pragya awasthi
      March 5, 2016 / 8:19 am

      What if I don't rinse it using water also? I have oily hair and it keeps my hair oil free. Can it cause any harm? Please reply dear.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 8:03 am

      No you can leave it in, it will cause no harm .The lemon might lighten the hair a bit if you are an out door person..

  23. pavvi
    January 28, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    No problem 🙂 so would it be like – Boil water in a pan along with the zest, once it comes to a boil, add the 3 green tea bags ? and switch off. or should I boil a little longer since they are tea bags? Just want to make sure Im doing it the right way 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Yes, boil the water with the lemon zest and once it comes to full boil, add the 3 bags and switch off. Close with a lid to let the tea bags steep and then strain…:)

  24. Deepika Singh
    February 22, 2016 / 4:11 am

    Hi Ramya, thnk you so much for these lovely post. I have got almost all solutions related with my hair which I was searching since long time .I am having 1 concern, can we store this rinse for next wash?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 6:33 am

      Yes, you can store this green tea hair rinse in the refrigerator for the next use…

  25. Deepika Singh
    February 23, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Hi Ramya, thnk you so much for these post.I was searching for such type of useful tips only for my hair related problems since long time.I am having 1 query related with this post. Can we use or store this rinse for next hair wash?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 7:24 am

      Yes you can…

  26. Saumil Shah
    May 10, 2016 / 4:57 am

    Can I use only green tea without adding any lemon in it?? Will it work effectively for hairfall prevention and hair growth??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Lemon gives a nice sheen to the hair but you can make the rinse without it too…

    • Keerthi Vasanth
      June 30, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Hi… can you pleade suggest some natural hair conditioners to be used after using natural hair wash like soap nut… I find that missing. . Since there is hair wash hair rinse but natural hair conditioner part alone missing. ..

    • Keerthi Vasanth
      June 30, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Hi… can you pleade suggest some natural hair conditioners to be used after using natural hair wash like soap nut… I find that missing. . Since there is hair wash hair rinse but natural hair conditioner part alone missing. ..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      Yes, I have not posted on homemade conditioners, should do it sometime soon. An effective conditioner for hair is coconut milk mixed with water and few drops of any essential oil…

    • Saumil Shah
      August 4, 2016 / 12:30 am

      I am using green tea since 3 months once a week but a day after rinse it makes scalp itchy…should I keep continue using it??

  27. Ditta Arianti
    June 30, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Hello. Can I use a green tea powder too?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:59 am

      Yes, you can use green tea powder for making this hair rinse too..

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