Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil, is a highly effective essential oil with multiple uses and benefits. In our article below we’ll look at the uses of Tea Tree Oil on your hair and scalp.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil is a natural extract from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, which grows natively in Australia. It has potent antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which can help to combat difficult and unpleasant scalp conditions. Some people use it as a natural alternative to medicines and topical skin care products which may contain harsh chemicals. Tea Tree Oil is toxic if consumed but can be used safely in low concentrations on the skin.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil on Your Hair
Tea tree oil is an excellent natural alternative to chemical treatments for issues like dandruff and hair loss. When the diluted oil is applied to the scalp it stimulates and increases blood flow to the area. This can help to improve the condition of hair follicles, resulting in healthier hair growth. In addition to this, the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil can help to unclog pores on the scalp, helping to prevent infections or conditions like dandruff.
Cleansing of the hair and scalp
Using a small amount of tea tree oil on a regular basis can prevent the build up of chemicals, oils, and dead skin on the scalp. This means that the hair and scalp remain cleansed, helping hair to grow at a normal rate while preventing hair loss and greasy hair.
Promoting healthy hair growth
In addition to the above, tea tree oil can help to promote a healthy hair growth cycle by unclogging the hair follicles ad stimulating blood flow to the area. This helps to nourish hair roots.
As well as this, the antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil benefit the scalp by killing any microbes that may be inhibiting hair growth.
Improving scalp health
The cleansing properties of tea tree oil help to unblock the pores and facilitate in increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
The beneficial microbial fighting properties of tea tree oil can help to treat skin conditions like a dry scalp. Tea tree oil can also help to resolve ingrown hairs by opening up the pores and reducing inflammation.
Dandruff is caused by a microbe which naturally occurs on the scalp. This microbe feeds on natural oils products by the scalp and creates oleic acid. Dandruff occurs when your scalp is irritated by this acid, causing it to increase how quicky it sheds skin cells. This increase leads to itchiness, redness, and the typical symptom of visible white flakes.
The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil target these microbes, killing them and preventing them from creating the acid which irritates your scalp.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil on Your Scalp
There are a number of different ways that you can incorporate tea tree oil into your haircare routine.
Mixed with a carrier oil for scalp massage
1. Mix one tablespoon of organic coconut oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil
2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it into your roots for 10 minutes – be sure to focus on areas you feel are extra dry or itchy
3. Let the mixture sire for a minimum of 10 minutes, although you can leave it overnight for intense hydration and treatment
4. Wash out thoroughly with your normal shampoo
5. Repeat the process once a week to see results
In your regular shampoo for healthier hair and scalp cleansing
1. Add one drop of tea tree oil for every 30ml of shampoo (this can be added directly into the bottle)
2. Shake the bottle to thoroughly mix
3. Use shampoo as part of your regular routine
As a pre-shower solution to target issues like spots on the scalp
1. Add 5 to 7 drops of tea tree oil into a cup of water
2. Add this mixture into a spray bottle
3. Spray the diluted mixture over the scalp at least 20 minutes before showering, targeting any problem areas
4. Wash out thoroughly when you shampoo
5. Repeat regularly to see results