Tea tree oil is one of the most widely used essential oils, thanks to its proven benefits in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, the oil finds its way into many products that fight acne, pimples, dandruff and even in household cleaning agents that are designed to keep off mold and microbes. Given its various benefits, many DIY enthusiasts widely use tea tree oil to boost the effectiveness of their homemade beauty products. While the essential oil works very well in skin care products, we’ve found it to be most effective in treating hair problems. So today, we tell you about the effective ways to use tea tree oil for hair.
What are the benefits of using tea tree oil for hair?
Like we said, tea tree oil is anti-microbial. It helps fight all kinds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that can cause infection. Naturally, it is effective in fighting scalp infections like dandruff and in turn preventing irritation and hair fall. This essential oil also improves circulation when massaged into the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth. Massaging with tea tree oil also unclogs hair follicles, the blockage of which is one of the main causes of hairfall. By cleaning out the scalp and preventing hair fall, it helps you naturally gain back your luscious locks. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits in detail.
Tea tree oil for Hair Growth: The nutrients in tea tree oil induce hair growth by helping in unclogging your hair follicles and also by nourishing your roots. Take a few drops of tea tree oil, mix it with any carrier oil (coconut oil or olive oil should do) and simply massage the oil onto your scalp.
Tea tree oil for lice: Take a few drops of tea tree oil and mix it with your regular shampoo. Use this shampoo to wash your hair. Tea tree oil has insecticidal properties that kill lice. The strong smell of tea tree repels the head lice from re-infestation.
Tea tree oil for dandruff: The exact cause of dandruff is unknown. Tea tree oil with its anti-fungal properties is known to be an efficient cure against dandruff. Pick a gentle shampoo and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it. Use this regularly to get the best results.
Tea tree oil for dry Scalp: Tea tree oil moisturizes by nourishing your scalp and clears all blockages in the pores. Mix it with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil and massage gently onto your scalp.
Tea tree oil for itchy scalp: Tea tree oil fights bacterial and viral Infections which are known to cause an itch on your scalp.
Tea tree oil for Hair Fall: This miraculous oil can help a great deal in preventing thinning of hair by restoring all the replenished nutrients from the hair.
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How to use tea tree oil for hair?
Tea tree oil has a strong fragrance that takes some getting used to. But once you start using it, you will end up enjoying the hints of freshness that this oil brings to your hair. Regular use will also make you appreciate how multi fold its benefits are when it comes to growing your hair – a few drops of the oil have the ability to transform the way your hair looks! Tea tree oil is readily available in small bottles from many leading brands and can be bought online as well. It needs to be stored away from direct heat and sunlight.
The oil should not be used directly on the hair and should always be mixed in some medium, usually a carrier oil. While using tea tree oil for hair, some of the effective carrier oils are coconut oil and olive oil which have their own inherent benefits for the hair as well. You can also add tea tree oil in other hair products like your shampoo or conditioner, to boost their effectiveness. In case you are ready to reap the benefits of tea tree oil, we tell you the various ways of using it on your hair:
Massaging the scalp
Add 5-6 drops of tea tree oil in about ¼ cup of warm coconut oil or olive oil. Mix well and massage this oil into your scalp. While doing so, remember to work your fingertips on the hair roots, helping the mixture seep into the hair follicles. Now, wrap your hair with a warm towel and shampoo it normally after half an hour. Use it for 3-4 times to get rid of any scalp infection like dandruff and also to promote hair growth.
In the Shampoo
If you do not have the time to massage your hair, mix a few drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo. The shampoo will work its magic on any scalp infection and give you clean, problem-free scalp after a couple of washes.
In a Hair Mask
While we’ve seen how to use tea tree oil to remove scalp infections and promote hair growth, here is a way to use it to nourish your hair. Make a mask with half a mashed avocado, a teaspoon of cold pressed coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix them together and apply the mask all over your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap for half an hour and wash it off afterwards. The avocado and coconut in the mask deep condition the hair while the tea tree oil in it lends the hair a remarkable shine. Apply this once a month for hair that is lustrous and bouncy!
Precautions to take while using tea tree oil for hair
Since it is an essential oil, one must remember that it is extremely potent and should not be used directly, in an undiluted form. It should be diluted in a ‘carrier oil’ – the medium which delivers the benefits of the essential oil to the body.
A small vial of tea tree oil will go a long way in helping you get rid of all your scalp and hair problems. If you are looking for a natural remedy for dandruff, hairfall, and lackluster hair, then tea tree oil is the solution for all these problems rolled into one!