Tea tree oil : An effective remedy for dandruff and dry scalp
A pre-requisite for pretty and long tresses is a healthy scalp. And one of the most common conditions inflicting the scalp, preventing it from being healthy is dandruff and a scaly scalp. A natural method is one of the best approaches for this and what could be a better oil than tea tree oil for rendering a healthy scalp? We’ll show you just why tea tree oil can be good for the scalp and to heal dandruff and how to use it, so go on and give it a read before you try it out.
Among its many uses, tea tree oil is also used very commonly to treat dandruff and dry, itchy scalp. In fact, tea tree oil is one of the best natural treatments to get rid of dandruff because of its anti-fungal properties and its ability to heal and render a smooth skin.
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What makes tea tree oil good for dandruff?
Tea tree oil has got a chemical constituency that makes it good for dandruff because of its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and healing nature. Being an oil, it can also be easily absorbed into the scalp and smoothen the follicles and the skin of the scalp. Here is how tea tree oil is beneficial for dandruff.
- Terpenin 4 ol acts as an anti-fungal agent – The terpenin 4 ol that is present in the tea tree oil makes it a good against not just fungus but also other microbial inflictions.
- Alpha-Pinene acts as an anti-inflammatory agent – Most of the flaky, itchy scalp is caused because of inflammation that is a result of dandruff. Using tea tree oil can alleviate these conditions because of this chemical in it.
- The fatty acids in the tea tree oil make the skin oily and therefore smooth, in the process removing all the dryness.
How Can Tea Tree Oil be Used for Dandruff?
There are multiple ways in which we can use tea tree oil for the hair. Using it as massage oils and in the form of hair masks is a very effective means to fight dandruff although we can also use it in the form of shampoos, conditioners and other means. Here are five different hair masks and five different hair oils that we’ve explored with tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil Hair Massages for Dandruff and Dry Scalp
Massaging tea tree oil onto your scalp is one effective way to fight dandruff and dry scalp conditions. Many oils can be mixed with tea tree oil to get quicker results. Here’s a list of five massaging oils including tea tree oil by itself for dandruff.
Tea tree oil hair massage
A hot oil massage of tea tree oil onto your hair is one of the best ways to get the most out of the oil for your scalp. Here is how you do it.
- Take some tea tree oil (just enough that you’d like to massage onto your hair) and heat it in a pan to the temperatures that your scalp can handle.
- Dip a cotton ball into it and apply it over your scalp such that most of it is covered.
- Massage this oil onto your scalp for about a half an hour such that it reaches the roots of the follicles.
- Leave it on for an hour or two before you wash your hair (preferably with a shampoo made out of tea tree oil as well).
Tea tree oil + Olive oil
Olive oil, being an anti-oxidant can be of good use against fungal or any other microbial growth on the hair which often leads to dandruff. Along with that, it is also highly nutritious to the hair follicles. This is how you make a mix of tea tree oil and olive oil for the hair.
- Take some tea tree oil and add the olive oil to it such that they are both of the same ratio.
- Heat the two of them in a pan.
- Once they have blended and reached a suitable temperature, remove it.
- Apply the oil all over your scalp with a cotton ball and massage it for a while.
- Wash it off with a shampoo in an hour or two.
Tea tree oil + Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil, along with being anti-microbial can be of great use against itchy, scaly scalp for its ability to smoothen the skin of the scalp. Using this along with tea tree oil can therefore be great for both itchy scalp and dandruff.
- Take some tea tree oil and about half the amount of peppermint oil (of that of tea tree oil) into a pan and heat it.
- Once they have blended and reached a suitable temperature, massage it over your scalp.
- After about an hour or two, wash it off with a shampoo.
Tea tree oil + Lavender oil + Almond oil
Both tea tree oil and lavender oil have got similar properties in that they’re both anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory in nature, causing them to enhance each other’s properties when they are used together. Almond oil acts as a base or a carrier to these two oils while also being highly nutritious to the scalp by itself.
- Take some almond oil as a base and add a bit of tea tree oil and lavender oil each to it.
- Heat the three of them in a pan until they reach a suitable temperature.
- Massage this mixture of oils onto the scalp for a while and leave it that way for an hour.
- Wash your hair with a natural shampoo in about one to two hours.
Thyme oil + tea tree oil + coconut oil
Thyme oil is an antiseptic oil by nature and can fight dandruff, itchy scalp and other skin and scalp conditions. However, being an essential oil like tea tree oil, it needs a carrier oil like coconut oil to reach the follicles with ease when massaged.
- Take some coconut oil as a base and add thyme oil and tea tree oil to it.
- Heat it to suitable temperatures and massage it on your hair with the help of a cotton ball.
- Leave it on for an hour or so before you wash it off with a shampoo.
Tea Tree Oil Hair Masks for Dandruff
A hair mask, much like a face mask is applied all over the hair from the scalp to the ends of the strands for their action against conditions like dandruff. Yet another effective way to use tea tree oil for dandruff is to use it in the form of a hair mask.
Tea tree oil + aloe vera hair mask
Aloe vera forms a good base for any hair mask and works well with tea tree oil against dandruff being antiseptic in nature. It also heals scaly and itchy scalp by smoothening it and retaining the moisture in hair. Here’s how you make this hair mask
- Take some aloe vera juice that is viscous enough to be used as a hair mask.
- Add about a two teaspoons of tea tree oil to this.
- Mix it thoroughly and apply it over your scalp and the strands and leave it on.
- Wash it off after about a half an hour or an hour for best results.
Tea tree oil + shea butter hair mask
Shea butter is a great natural hair conditioner that can also form a good base for tea tree oil to be absorbed into the follicles and the strands. Here’s how you make a mask out of these two.
- Take some shea butter and add the tea tree oil to it.
- Mix the two of them well until the tea tree oil gets absorbed into the shea butter completely.
- Apply this mask all over the hair and leave it on for about an hour.
- Wash it off with a shampoo that is preferably made out of natural ingredients.
Tea tree oil + Rosemary oil + yogurt
Rosemary oil, much like tea tree oil, is an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory agent that can be of good help against dandruff and itchy scalp. Together, tea tree oil and rosemary oil can be used with yogurt as a base.
- Take some yogurt into a bowl and add two tea spoons each of tea tree oil and rosemary oil to this.
- Apply this all over your hair and leave it on for about a half an hour to an hour.
- Wash it off with a shampoo.
Tea tree oil + Avocado paste + Egg yolk
Avocado paste while acting as a good base can also be highly nutritious to the hair while egg yolk is a known natural remedy for dandruff and dry scalp since ages. Here’s how you make a mask with tea tree oil, avocado paste and egg yolk.
- Use avocado paste as a base for your hair mask and add a bit of tea tree oil and egg yolk to it.
- Mix the three of them thoroughly such that it forms a paste of a fine consistency.
- Apply this mix over your hair and leave it on for about an half an hour or more.
- Wash it off with warm water and then shampoo your hair.
Tea tree oil + lemon water + honey
Lemon has always been used for it’s anti-dandruff properties in shampoos and conditioners and hence can work well when used with tea tree oil in the form of a hair mask. Honey while healing the scalp also causes it to become smooth and soft thereby healing the scales that are usually a remnant of dandruff.
- Mix lemon water and honey such that it forms a thick consistent paste.
- Add some tea tree oil to this paste and mix it well.
- Apply this over your scalp and the strands and leave it on for about a half an hour.
- Rinse your hair with warm water.
Before and After You Use Tea Tree Oil for Dandruff and Dry Scalp
This is how your hair is likely to change before and after you use tea tree oil for dandruff and itchy, dry scalp. Regular usage of the oil in any form that is comfortable for you can make a remarkable change in your scalp and hair in about a month or two as long as you are washing your hair three to four times a week.
Apart from the fact that it is better used in a diluted form, there are no specific side effects that tea tree oil can have on your scalp. So do make use of this wonder remedy for dandruff and let us know how it helped you.