D.I.Y. hair oil treatments are becoming more and more popular, and it’s to be expected that we at All Things Hair just love giving our hair a little TLC. Using tea tree oil for hair can be beneficial if used properly, like via a tea tree shampoo. This essential oil can soothe a host of scalp problems and, best yet, it’s everywhere, and you can totally get your hands on a bottle that fits your price point.
It’s good to note though that using this oil is a balancing act, as you might need to counter its pure, undiluted strength with a more neutral oil. Read on to learn how to use tea tree oil, if you should invest in a tea tree shampoo and conditioner and what exactly this oil can treat:
Tea Tree Shampoo: Tea Tree Oil and Its Many Benefits
Tea tree oil properties
Tea tree oil is pressed from the leaves of the tea tree. Note: This isn’t the same plant that makes the leaves for your chai! Tea tree oil is toxic when ingested, so definitely don’t use it like regular tea. It is an essential oil, so it is extremely strong and needs to be diluted for use on skin and hair. Tea tree oil is lauded for having antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and insecticidal properties, making shampoo with tea tree oil a staple in most natural dandruff shampoo variants. It has a sharp, crisp, herbal scent, is light to the touch and is also light in color.
For those looking for a tea tree shampoo that helps detoxify but also nourish and volumize hair (because why should those be mutually exclusive?), we have just the thing: Love Beauty and Planet Radical Refresher Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Shampoo and Radical Refresher Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Conditioner. This amazing, no-nasty duo is infused with Australian tea tree oil that clears away impurities that can weigh down hair… with a scent that’s as uplifting as it is refreshing.
How to use tea tree oil
Because it is a very strong essential oil, tea tree oil needs to be diluted before use. If used alone, unmixed with another oil, it can cause anything from mild skin irritation to contact dermatitis. So before you whip up a tea tree special shampoo on your own, look into other oils you may want to mix it with. We are big fans of coconut oil and Moroccan oil on hair. They are extra moisturizing, which can also benefit hair and scalp treatments. To mix, place several tablespoons of your carrier oil (your moisturizing oil) in a bowl, add a just a few drops of tea tree oil, then stir to combine. Apply to your hair and scalp and let soak in for no longer than half an hour (~30 minutes). If you experience any discomfort, wash out immediately.
Treatment for dandruff
When used with a moisturizing carrier oil, tea tree shampoo benefits those suffering from dandruff symptoms like an itchy scalp and flakes. The carrier oil helps moisturizes hair and scalp to help heal dryness, while the tea tree oil combats the fungus that can exacerbate dandruff (dandruff is caused by a yeast called malasezzia). There are also several formulas available of tea tree oil in shampoo that you can use to alleviate your symptoms. We suggest trying a regular anti-dandruff duo as your first line of defense before D.I.Y.ing any more tea tree hair products for dandruff. We love Dove DermaCare Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Conditioner.
Treatment for other scalp problems
People also use tea tree oil for treatment of many hair and scalp problems, from hair loss to psoriasis and even lice (although we don’t necessarily recommend that one!). Tea tree oil may have the ability to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which could lead to hair growth with continued use. Although tea tree oil will not cure psoriasis, it may help with the scalp itching and flakiness that goes along with it.
Why you need to be careful
This oil is fairly strong and can cause more issues for people with sensitive skin. If you are prone to negative reactions to essential oils, tea tree shampoo is a good alternative and can provide similar tea tree shampoo benefits in a much gentler formulation.