How to use Tea Tree oil for hair
One of the most exciting trends in the international hair care industry involves tea tree oil. This is the latest evidence that hair care product consumers are starting to back away from traditional products made up of possibly harsh chemicals.
The whole transition to less allergenic, less cancer-causing, and less irritating products is happening across the board. The industry seems to be going in all directions looking for a more natural and healthier option.
Tea tree oil is getting a lot of attention lately because it has traditionally been used to improve skin health. This is an essential oil that is extracted from a plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia. Unlike other oils that are extracted from the nuts or seeds of plants, the tea tree essential oil is sourced from leaves.
Traditionally, different societies have used tea tree oil as an antibacterial agent as well as an anti-fungal and antiseptic salve or concoction. It is usually applied to the skin. It is primarily topical. Given the fact that it’s used on the skin, a lot of manufacturers and researchers got curious as to how it can help overall skin health carrying over to hair health.
On this front, things are looking quite bright because it turned out that there are traditional uses of this essential oil that impact the scalp and the hair-like slowing down or preventing hair loss as well as eliminating dandruff.
The reason researchers believe that tea tree oil has these effects on the skin is because of its antibacterial all-natural properties. When this essential oil is diluted with another kind of oil, it can be applied to the scalp by massaging it on the surface.
At the bottom of the hair follicles, the oil will be absorbed and it can help stimulate blood flow. When this happens, this improves the transport of nutrients and other vital elements to hair follicles. This translates to healthier and younger-looking hair.
It can also improve scalp conditions so much that it can help stop, if not reverse hair loss. This is quite an interesting medicinal traditional oil.
How can tea tree oil improve hair quality?
Using tea tree oil for hair issues really boils down to a multistep process. All these stages need to be in place for tea tree oil to deliver benefits to people looking for better hair health.
Stage 1: Better hair follicle cleaning
When you apply tea tree oil at the base of your scalp, this helps clear out debris and residue at the bottom portion of hair follicles. This is the part of your hair that is under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on a day to day basis.
When all those residues are either partly or completely cleared away, this facilitates a more optimal follicle hair growth. In other words, not only is your hair going to be softer, but it’s also going to be stronger and thicker.
This increases the chances that your hair follicles will fall out later instead of sooner. The net effect of such improvement means that instead of a receding hairline, you can actually start growing your hair back.
The key is to take care of your hair before they sprout from your skin. This is where optimizing hair follicle health comes in. The overall net effect is tea tree oil promotes the healthy growth of hair before, during, and after hair erupts from the surface of your skin.
Stage 2: Improving scalp health
Your hair is only as healthy as the condition of the skin that produces that hair. This is the rule of thumb anybody looking to improve their mane needs to understand and remember.
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that they just need to use the right product to treat their hair and they will automatically have younger looking and bouncy hair. It doesn’t work that way.
You have to start with a firm foundation for improving overall scalp health. By applying tea tree oil that stimulates blood flow as well as nutrient distribution and transport underneath your skin, you lay the foundation for not only better nutrients for your hair follicles so they can grow more fully and get stronger, but you’re also doing a lot of other things.
When you apply tea tree oil on your scalp, you actually boost your skin’s natural process of replacing its dead outer layer with a new and fresher layer. Also, tea tree oil’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties go a long way in treating microscopic cuts in your scalp which can lead to irritation as well as decreased skin replacement speed.
Taken all together, this leads to healthier scalp health, which means that you’re less prone to developing psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema. Also, the soothing nature of tea tree oil goes a long way in eliminating or reducing redness on your scalp.
Stage 3: Your hair becomes stronger, cleaner, and healthier
When you lay a firm foundation of optimal scalp health, your hair can’t help but improve. When you dilute tea tree oil and rub it in your hair, you’re basically adding a cherry to the top of the icing because the firm foundation has been laid already.
By simply supplementing your typical shampoo and hair washing routine with tea tree oil, you can go a long way in boosting your scalp’s overall health. You also end up protecting yourself from potential dandruff problems down the road.
How to Incorporate Tea Tree Oil Into Your Typical Haircare Management & Regimen
As you can tell from the description above, tea tree oil is very potent. It is so strong that your skin might not react favorably to it. Many women report stinging or tingling sensation when they put tea tree oil straight onto their scalp. It’s a good idea not to apply the oil directly to your hair or your scalp’s skin.
You must use a carrier oil that modulates the topical effect of tea tree oil without reducing its power and chemical strength. There are many different types of carrier oil but I recommend virgin coconut oil. If you can find virgin coconut oil made from purely organic feedstuff, use that product.
To make sure that your skin doesn’t badly react to tea tree oil, mix it with coconut oil as the carrier oil. Not only does coconut oil modulate the effects of tea tree oil, but it also ensures that you evenly distribute tea tree oil so that it can work its way into your skin and hair.
If you are going to use the pure form of tea tree oil, you might have an adverse reaction to it preventing you from evenly distributing it. You will then not get the outcome you are looking for. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate this amazing oil into your hair care regimen.
Use It As A Scalp Treatment
If you already have a regularly-scheduled scalp massage or deep treatment, mix things up by including a few drops of tea tree oil. To do this, you can add tea tree oil to coconut oil or olive oil or jojoba oil. These oils are great for adding moisture to your scalp. And they also can work with tea tree oil to fix itchiness and red patches. Those patches not only look bad but they can pave the way for more serious scalp issues such as dandruff.
Use Tea Tree Oil As A Deep Conditioning Hot Oil
One of the best ways to bring your hair to life and preserve and nourish it is to use hot oil treatments. Again, start with your preferred carrier oil. Heat it after mixing in a few drops of tea tree oil. Heating the oil does not have to involve boiling the oil. In fact, heating the oil might degrade the chemical structures of the carrier oil and tea tree oil.
Instead, you are aiming for a warm temperature. Once the oil is warm enough, massage it evenly on the surface of your scalp and then leave it on for about an hour. After that, use a gentle shampoo to rinse off the oil.
Use Tea Tree Oil As A Spritz
You only need purified or distilled water for this. Take a sprayer bottle and fill it up with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. If you feel that your hair is dry or needs a little pick-me-up, spray this solution to your locks. Not only will your hair look refreshed and shiny, but it will also have a nice, refreshing, and welcome scent.
Use It As A Dandruff Solution
This solution takes a little bit of tea tree oil. You mix around 15 drops of tea tree oil with your favorite shampoo. The shampoo has to be mild. You then gently massage the shampoo onto your scalp for about one minute. You have to move quickly and evenly cover your scalp. Once done, rinse off with warm running water.
Use It As A Conditioner
Another way you can unlock the amazing power of tea tree oil is to add it to your preferred conditioner. Understand that you should not use tea tree oil and conditioner alone. You should mix in essential oils that you prefer. By reformulating your conditioner, you end up conditioning and treating your hair at a deep level.