Tea Tree Oil For Hair

Posted 4 months ago by Tharaa Nagendran in

Tea tree oil is one of the natural essential oils which is being used by most of us since ages. It has a lot of medical history which seem to be the primary reason for using them nearly for about a thousand years. Also, the wide range of benefits offered by this essential oil in curing many of the diseases, hair and skin issues have made this to be a popular one in recent times. Now many of the people have started using tea tree oil in most of their face packs and face masks. I hope you all would know that this essential oil has a great capability in curing many of the skin related issues starting from the small acne scars to the large sun rashes and sunburns. But then, the other surprising factor is that this essential oil can be used to solve many of the hair issues starting from the hair breakage, hair fall, dandruff and all the other hair related issues. This one essential oil could be used for treating your entire hair problems more efficiently and effectively. You can include them in your regular hair masks to treat your damaged portion of hair. This will really play a vital role in making your hair to be healthy, shiny and bright. In this article, we have listed a few of the DIY recipes of hair masks which can be used for obtaining different hair benefits like faster hair growth, reduced hair fall, treating dandruff and other fungal infections, curing dry and damaged hair and maintaining a healthy scalp. 

  1. Tea Tree Oil For Hair Growth
  2. Tea Tree Oil For Hair Loss
  3. Tea Tree Oil For Hair Dandruff
  4. Tea Tree Oil For Damaged Hair
  5. Tea Tree Oil For Scalp

Tea Tree Oil For Hair


Tea Tree Oil For Hair Growth

The tea tree essential oil will help in removing all the clogs and blockages in the pores and the hair follicles[1] in your hair and scalp[2]. So, when these blockages are removed automatically this will allow your hair to grow at a faster rate. Also, it helps in the regrowth of hair[3] by removing such clogged pores in your scalp. Thus your hair grows really very well when you start using tea tree essential oil[4] on your hair. Following are some of the tea tree oil recipes that could support hair growth. 

#1.With Olive Oil

Things Required:

Olive oil1 to 2 tbsp
Tea tree essential oil3 drops
Lavender essential oil2 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Take a small bowl and add about 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil in it.
  2. Then add about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same bowl.
  3. After that add about 2 drops of Lavender essential oil into the same bowl.
  4. Mix the oils kept in the bowl to make them get mixed well.
  5. Then start to apply the mixed oil all over your hair and scalp.
  6. Make sure that each strand of your hair is completely covered with the oil.
  7. Then leave the oil to be there on your hair for overnight.
  8. Start to wash your hair after you wake up in the morning.
  9. You can use any herbal shampoo for washing your hair. 
  10. While washing your hair, always prefer for the warm or cold water. 

Olive oil[5] has a lot of nutritional benefits comprised in it. So, when combined with the tea tree essential oil it nourishes your hair and scalp right from the root portions. This will make your hair to grow at a faster rate with the availability of a sufficient amount of nutrients. 

#2. With Argan Oil

Things Required:

Argan oil1 to 2 tbsp
Clary Sage essential oil2 drops
Tea tree essential oil3 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, add about 1 to 2 tbsp of argan oil[6] into a small bowl.
  2. Then you should add about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the bowl.
  3. After that, you have to add 2 drops of Clary sage essential oil into the same oil mixture kept in the bowl.
  4. Stir the oils together so that they get mixed well.
  5. Now start applying the oil mixture on your hair and scalp using your fingertips.
  6. Once all your hair and scalp is covered with the oil, you can leave it to stay on your hair for the overnight.
  7. Then you can rinse your hair with any herbal shampoos after you wake up in the morning. 
  8. Do not prefer extremely hot and cold water for rinsing your hair. 

Argan oil works awesome in increasing the elasticity of your hair[7]. So, your hair will appear longer in the length when compared to the previous times. Also, it makes your hair to be extremely soft and smooth.

#3. Diluted Tea Tree Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil10 drops
Purified water1/4 cup
Spray bottle1

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, you have to place a small bowl and add about 1/4 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then you have to add about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the water kept in the bowl.
  3. Stir the solution well and pour the diluted tea tree solution into a spray bottle.
  4. Then start spraying the diluted tea tree oil solution all over your hair and scalp.
  5. Once all your hair is covered, you can give a gentle massage to your hair using your fingertips. You can continue massaging your hair for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Then allow the tea tree solution to stay there on your hair for a few minutes.
  7. Finally, you can start washing your hair by using any of the herbal shampoos. 
  8. Always prefer using warm or cold water for washing your hair. 

Using dilute tea tree oil solution on your hair can help in clearing all the blockages in the pores present in your hair follicles. So, this will automatically make your hair to grow longer and faster. 

#4. With Shampoo

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil10 drops
Shampoo250 ml

Steps For Preparation:

  1. For this, you can choose any of the shampoos that you use regularly on your hair. 
  2. But, make sure that the shampoo does not contain a lot of chemicals in it. Also, make sure that it is a herbal shampoo[8].
  3. Take one small bowl and pour about 250 ml of the shampoo that you have chosen.
  4. Then add about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the shampoo mixture.
  5. Stir the shampoo very well until the tea tree essential oil gets combined along with it.
  6. Now you can use the shampoo on your hair like how you use normally. 
  7. Apply the shampoo all over your hair and scalp.
  8. Let the shampoo stay on your hair for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Then you can start to rinse the hair with warm or cold water.

Mixing the tea tree essential oil with your regular shampoo is one of the simplest and the easiest methods of using tea tree oil regularly on your hair. So, this will help in maintaining your hair healthy and soft. 


Tea Tree Oil For Hair Loss

The tea tree essential oil helps in nourishing your hair follicles with a sufficient amount of nutrients that are required for the hair growth[9]. Also, these nutrients help in strengthening your hair follicles. So, you will not face hair fall or hair loss when you start using the tea tree oil on your hair. There are a few tea tree oil DIY hair mask recipes that can be used for preventing the hair loss. You can find them below and start using it on your hair. 

#1. With Coconut Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil3 drops
Coconut Oil1 to 2 tbsp
Rosemary essential oil2 drops


Steps For Preparation:

  1. Keep a tiny bowl and add about 1 to 2 tbsp of coconut oil in it. You can add more depending on your hair length.
  2. Take about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil and pour it inside the coconut oil kept in the bowl.
  3. Then add 2 drops of rosemary essential oil[10] into the same bowl containing the coconut oil mixture.
  4. Using your fingertips, mix all the three oils together such that they get combined well.
  5. Now take the oil mixture and start applying it on your hair and scalp.
  6. Apply more oil to the areas where you there is more hair fall.
  7. Massage your scalp and hair for about 2 to 3 minutes with the applied oil on your hair.
  8. Now leave the oil to penetrate inside your scalp and hair for overnight.
  9. Finally, you can wash your hair with warm or cold water once you wake in the morning.
  10. Make sure that you use a herbal shampoo for washing your hair. 

The benefits of coconut oil when it comes to a hair are more than enough to be included in your hair masks.  This hair mask will make your hair to be strong enough which could prevent it from falling down. 

#2. With Egg Whites

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Egg whites3
Argan oil1 tbsp


Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you have to take three raw eggs and break them into equal halves.
  2. Then try to separate the egg white from the yolk part of the egg.
  3. Now place the separated egg[11] white in a small bowl. 
  4. Then pour 1 tbsp of argan oil and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the bowl containing the egg white. 
  5. Stir the egg white mixture so that the oil gets mixed along with it.
  6. Now apply the egg white oil mixture on your scalp and hair.
  7. Allow the egg white mixture to get dry on your hair for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. Do not leave them on your hair over the specified time. This is because leaving the egg white for a longer duration can make your hair to become sticky and collapsed.
  9. So make sure that you follow the timings very strictly when you apply this hair mask.
  10. In the end, you can wash your hair using a herbal shampoo.
  11. While washing you have to be very careful in using the water on your hair. You should strictly use only cold water for washing your hair. Do not use hot or warm water as it might lead the egg white on your hair to get boiled. Then these egg white will get stuck on your hair and scalp which would be hard to remove them from your hair. 

Egg whites are popularly known for offering rich protein elements to your hair. So, this will help in strengthening your hair from the roots till the ends of your hair. 

#3. With Jojoba Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Jojoba essential oil1 to 2 tbsp


Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you should add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into a small bowl.
  2. Then add about 1 to 2 tbsp of jojoba essential oil[12] into the same bowl containing the tea tree oil.
  3. Stir both the oils together until the tea tree essential oil gets completely combined with the jojoba essential oil.
  4. Apply the mixed oil mixture on your hair and scalp using your fingertips.
  5. Let the oil stay on your hair for overnight so that the mask will be very effective on your hair.
  6. Then wash your hair using warm or cold water when you wake up in the morning.
  7. Also, make sure that you use only herbal shampoo for washing your hair. 

Jojoba oil is packed with an enormous amount of nutritional qualities which could nourish your roots to a greater extent. So, your hair tends to become more strong and also prevent s the hair loss. 


Tea Tree Oil For Hair Dandruff

Tea tree oil is composed of a lot of antifungals and the antibacterial properties[13] within them. Dryness seems to be the primary reason for dandruff to occur in your hair. So, when you start using the tea tree oil, it can prevent your scalp and hair from getting dried. This will eventually prevent your hair and scalp from all dandruff and the other fungal infections. You can find a few of the tea tree oil DIY recipes that can be used for reducing the dandruff infections in your scalp and hair. 

#1. With Castor Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil3 drops
Castor oil1 to 2 tbsp
Lemongrass essential oil2 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place a small bowl and add about 1 to 2 tbsp of castor oil in it.
  2. Then add about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the castor oil kept in the bowl.
  3. Now add about 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil into the same bowl.
  4. Stir the oil mixture to get them combined well.
  5. Then you can start applying the oil mixture on your hair and scalp.
  6. Apply more oil mixture on those areas where the dandruff is more on your scalp.
  7. Then massage your scalp with the oil mixture for a few minutes.
  8. Allow the oil mixture to be there on your hair and scalp for a few minutes. You can also leave it on your hair overnight to get effective results.
  9. Then rinse your hair with cold or warm water using a herbal shampoo to remove the oil from your hair.

Castor oil is an excellent choice for controlling the dandruff infections in your hair and scalp. This oil will help in maintaining the moisture content present in your scalp and hair. So, you will not face any dryness issues which could prevent your hair from getting dandruff infections[14]

#2. With Aloe Vera Gel

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Olive oil1 to 2 tbsp
Fresh aloe vera gel2 tbsp

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, place a small bowl and add about 2 tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel[15] into it. You can either extract the gel freshly from the aloe vera leaf or you can also use the aloe vera gel that is available in the stores. 
  2. Now you have to add about 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil into the aloe vera gel.
  3. Then add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same bowl.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well until the oils get combined well with the aloe vera gel.
  5. Now start applying the aloe vera mixture on your hair and scalp.
  6. You should apply the aloe vera mixture more on those areas where you could see more dandruff white flakes on your scalp.
  7. Then allow your hair to get dry for about 30 to 40 minutes.
  8. Do not leave the mixture to be there on your hair above the specified time as it would become hard on your hair. Then it will be very tough to remove them from your hair as it would get stuck on your hair. 
  9. Wash your hair with warm or cold water completely to remove the aloe vera mixture.
  10. You can rub your scalp gently to remove the aloe vera gel from your hair. Do not rub it harshly as it might damage your hair and scalp.
  11. While washing your hair prefer for using any of the herbal shampoos on your hair. 

Aloe vera gel contains a lot of anti-fungal properties which could be used for eliminating all the dandruff infections completely from your hair and scalp. Also, they help in maintaining the moisture content in your hair. 

#3. With Neem Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil3 drops
Neem oil1/8 tbsp
Coconut oil1 to 2 tbsp

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Add about 1 to 2 tbsp of coconut oil into a small bowl.
  2. Then add about 1/8 tbsp of neem oil into the coconut oil kept in the bowl.
  3. After that, you can add about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same oil mixture.
  4. Use a small spoon to mix the oil so that they get combined well together.
  5. Then start to apply the oil mixture on your hair and scalp.
  6. Rub the oil gently on the white dandruff flakes that you have on your scalp and hair.
  7. You can either wait for a few minutes of about 30 to 40 minutes. Or you can also leave the oil to be there in your hair and scalp for overnight.
  8. Finally, use warm or cold water and wash your hair to remove the oil mixture from it.
  9. You can also use any herbal shampoos of your own choice while washing your hair. 

Neem oil has a lot of antiseptic properties comprised in it. So when you apply this hair mask it will really help you in removing the dandruff infections completely from your hair. 


Tea Tree Oil For Damaged Hair 

Split ends seem to be the most troublesome hair issue that most of the women face during their day-to-day lives. These split ends are caused due to the extreme dryness and the less nourishment to your hair. These split ends occur only at the ends of your hair. So, when you start applying the tea tree oil mixture to the ends of your hair, then you can very well bring your damaged hair back to the healthy condition. Also, it would make your hair look more shiny and bright. 

#1. With Apple Cider Vinegar

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Apple cider vinegar2 to 3 tbsp
Purified water2 cups
Cotton ball1

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, keep a small bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then you have to add about 2 to 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar solution into the bowl.
  3. Finally, add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same bowl.
  4. Stir the mixture properly to make the apple cider vinegar and tea tree essential oil to get completely dissolved in the purified water.
  5. Once the oil and vinegar get dissolved completely, you can start applying it on your hair.
  6. For this, you can use a cotton ball for applying it on your hair and scalp. 
  7. Take a small bowl and soak it completely inside the vinegar solution.
  8. Then start rubbing the cotton ball gently on your hair and scalp.
  9. Once your entire hair is covered, you can leave it to get dry for some time. 
  10. After about 30 to 40 minutes, you can opt for washing your hair and scalp.
  11. Use warm or cold water for washing your hair. Also, use any herbal shampoos while washing your hair.

Apple cider vinegar is an effective component in treating your dry and damaged hair. They are very effective in treating the split ends and the dryness issues in your hair. It offers a natural shine and glowing effect to your hair. 

#2. With Vitamin E Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Vitamin E oil1/2 tbsp
Coconut oil1 tbsp
Fresh Aloe vera gel2 to 3 tbsp

Steps For Preparation:

  1. For this, you have to add about 2 to 3 tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel into a small bowl.
  2. Then add about 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1/2tbsp of vitamin E oil into the aloe vera gel kept in the bowl.
  3. Now you have to add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same aloe vera gel mixture.
  4. Blend the ingredients well using a spoon to get them mixed well.
  5. Then divide your hair into a few small sections. 
  6. Start to apply the vitamin E oil mixture on your hair. Also, make sure that you apply the mixture along the length of your hair starting from the top reaching till the ends of your hair. 
  7. Apply more to the ends where you will find the split ends and more damaged portions of your hair.
  8. Leave the mixture to stay on your hair for a few minutes as it would penetrate deep inside your hair and scalp.
  9. Then you can wash your hair after a duration of about 30 to 40 minutes.
  10. For this, prefer using warm or cold water while washing the mixture from your hair. Also, you have to strictly use only the herbal shampoos while washing your hair and the scalp portions. 

Vitamin E oil is widely known for making your hair to appear more bright and healthy. The nutritional facts of vitamin E oil are sufficient enough to make your hair to be healthy and strong. 

#3. Warm Oil Treatment

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Any carrier oil2 tbsp
Bath Towel1
Boiler1
Purified hot boiled water1 bowl

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you have to choose any one carrier oil for using it along with the tea tree essential oil.
  2. The carrier oil can be any of the natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or clove oil.
  3. Pour about 2 tbsp of carrier oil inside the bowl
  4. Then add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil inside the same bowl containing the carrier oil.
  5. Stir the oils using a spoon and place the bowl in a boiler.
  6. Allow the oil to get heat for a few minutes. Wait until the oil mixture reaches a warm temperature that is suitable for applying it on your hair and scalp.
  7. Also before applying the oil on your hair and scalp, it is best advised to check the temperature of the oil whether it is bearable or not using your fingertips. 
  8. Then start applying the oil all over your hair and scalp.
  9. Apply the oil along each strand of your hair. Try to concentrate more on the ends where the damaged portions of your hair will appear.
  10. Now take a large bowl filled with the hot boiling water in it.
  11. Then take a clean bath towel and soak it entirely inside the bowl.
  12. Once the towel is completely soaked inside the hot water, remove it from the water and squeeze the water out completely from the towel.
  13. Now the towel will be damp and warm in temperature.
  14. You can roll the towel on your hair around your head. Make sure that your entire hair is covered within the towel.
  15. Let the towel be there on your hair for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  16. Then remove the towel from your hair and you can start washing your hair.
  17. Use warm or cold water for washing your hair. Also, prefer using the herbal shampoos while washing your hair. 

Note:

Warm oil treatment is one of those ancient treatments which is being followed since more than a thousand years. Using warm tea tree oil on hair can help in increasing the shining appearance of your hair. 


Tea Tree Oil For Scalp

Scalp health is very essential for your hair to grow healthy and long. Your scalp should be maintained clean and clear without any impurities to support the growth of your hair. So, when you start using the tea tree essential oil mask on your scalp and hair, then it will help your scalp to get rid of all those impurities and the other infectious agents. Also, all the dead skin cells that are present in your scalp region can be removed easily with the help of the tea tree essential oil. So, I have listed down a few of the tea tree oil DIY hair mask recipes that can be used for obtaining a healthy scalp. 

#1. With Lavender Essential Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil10 drops
Any carrier oil2 tbsp
Lavender essential oil2 to 3 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, place a small bowl and add about 2 tbsp of carrier oil into it.
  2. The carrier oil can be any of the natural oils like the coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil.
  3. Then add about 2 to 3 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same bowl.
  4. Mix all the oils well together to make them get combined well.
  5. Then start applying the oil mixture on your hair and scalp.
  6. You can gently massage your scalp with the applied oil for less duration of time of about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Then leave the oil to be there on your hair for about 30 to 40 minutes. 
  8. After that, you can start washing your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. Use herbal shampoo while washing your hair. 

The lavender essential oil help in stimulating your scalp functions. Also, it helps in increasing the blood flow in your scalp regions when you start massaging with the oil on your scalp. 

#2. With Rosemary Essential Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Any carrier oil2 tbsp
Rosemary essential oil2 to 3 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Pour all the above mentioned natural oils in a small bowl one by one. 
  2. All the specified oils should be kept in the same bowl.
  3. Then stir the oil mixture to make them get combined together.
  4. Now using your fingertips, you have to start applying the oil directly on your hair and scalp.
  5. Then massage your scalp while applying the oil on your hair and scalp using your fingertips.
  6. After applying, let your hair stay with the applied oil for a duration of about 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. You can also leave the oil to be there on your hair fro overnight which will be absorbed by your hair and scalp when you wake up in the morning.
  8. Now start washing your hair and scalp using any herbal shampoos. 
  9. Avoid using extremely hot or cold water for washing your hair and scalp. 

The rosemary essential oil is very effective in making you get rid of the itchy scalp regions. Also, it helps in removing all the dead skin cells from your scalp and offers a nice fragrance to your hair. 

#3. With Almond Oil

Things Required:

Tea tree essential oil5 drops
Almond oil2 tbsp

Steps For Preparation: 

  1. Choose a small bowl and add about 2 tbsp of almond oil into it.
  2. Then add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the same bowl containing the almond oil.
  3. Stir the oil mixture well to get them mixed well.
  4. Now start to apply the oil mixture on your hair and scalp.
  5. Gently massage your scalp with the oil using your fingers for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Then leave the oil to be there on your hair and scalp for about 20 to 30 minutes. 
  7. You can even leave your hair to be there with the oil for overnight.
  8. Then start to wash your hair with warm or cold water.
  9. You can use any of the herbal shampoos for washing your hair.

With a wide variety of benefits, almond oil seems to help you in maintaining the health of your scalp. All the blockages and impurities from your scalp can easily be removed and thus maintaining a clean and healthy scalp.


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 26/06/2019 

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