When we want to make our hair grow, it’s easy to consider all of the things that we can add to our hair and scalp. But we don’t always think about what needs to be removed. Tea tree oil is one of the most popular ingredients in hair care products for this very reason. Indirectly, it helps stop hair loss and promotes healthy hair growth.
It’s still up for debate if tea tree oil itself can stimulate hair growth, what it definitely can do is make sure your follicles are as healthy as possible, creating an environment for growth. Unhealthy hair follicles can slow hair growth and negate the effects of your otherwise healthy hair routine.
Here are the main ways that tea tree oil cleans your hair and scalp to create a good environment for hair growth:
Treats Skin Problems
One of the main benefits of tea tree oil is that it gets down to the scalp to moisturize the skin while controlling excess oil production. It’s able to treat these conditions because it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial. Tea tree oil works to get rid of all those little organisms on your scalp that contribute to flaky, itchy skin.
Keeping the moisture balanced will help treat and prevent common problems like dandruff and more serious problems like dermatitis and psoriasis. When your scalp is cleaner and healthier, it will improve the look of your hair growth.
One of the biggest reasons why hair looks and feels unhealthy is due to buildup from hair products. Think about it. We put a lot of things into our hair. Although a good shampoo and conditioner can help strengthen and protect our follicles, a lot of product gets left behind. Even the strongest hair follicles won’t function as well when weighed down by other substances.
When your hair follicles are clear of buildup, they will be much better at holding moisture. That means fewer split ends, less breakage, less hair loss, and more opportunity for growth. Our hair gets dried out every day by our styling tools and the natural outdoors. Whenever you can boost your hair’s moisture naturally, do it. Especially if you want your hair to grow at its full potential.
Tips for Best Results
Adding tea tree oil to your hair care routine can produce some great results if used properly. You can see the hair growth benefits by simply putting a few drops into your palm and massaging your scalp. You’ll feel the tingling sensation immediately, jump-starting your blood circulation.
Be careful about how concentrated your tea tree oil is. If you’re using a highly concentrated mixture (over 5%), always mix it with a carrier oil such as argan oil, olive oil or jojoba oil to dilute the concentration before applying it to your scalp. You should use 4-5 drops of tea tree oil for every teaspoon or so of carrier oil. Too potent of a tea tree mixture can cause scalp redness and irritation. Also, never ever ingest tea tree oil — it can make you very sick.
Tea tree oil won’t cause your hair to grow or slow down hair loss by itself, but it will keep your scalp clean in a holistic way to keep your hair growing. A full hair care routine will help you get the best results, so make sure you’re staying hydrated and following a diet with the proper vitamins and nutrients for hair growth.