Tea tree oil for hair growth: An essential guide

Tea tree oil for hair growth remains one of the best organic remedies recommended by skin professionals and patients alike.


Tea tree oil is made from leaves of the tea tree plant which is native to Australia. The technical name for tea tree is Melaleuca alternifolia. Although the aboriginal Australians have used tea tree oil for centuries, it remained a hidden treasure for the rest of the world until 20 century. Nowadays, the Australian-native oil is largely known for its antiseptic property and numerous other qualities including anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Both medicinal treatment and beauty-care find their way through the gigantic benefits of tea tree oil and develop products starting the Australian-origin oil as one of the key ingredients, being carefully labelled under their brand names.

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular elements used in the biggest names in shampoos specializing in hair growth stimulation. However, as chemical products might reduce the organic effects of the herbal solution, you may find yourself in search of a more natural approach to your reduced hair development. If this is the case, then this article will provide you with an ultimate guide to properly apply tea tree oil for hair growth.

How does tea tree oil resolve hair loss or stimulate hair growth?

The fundamental idea that tea tree oil can be an excellent natural remedy for hair loss is its antiseptic nature. With this quality, the oil is a chemical-free bactericide and fungicide, being able to fight against scalp dryness, dandruff and other bacterial-related issues that prevent your hair from growing healthily.

Accordingly, there are a number of ways explaining how tea tree oil helps with hair growth:

  • Moisturize your scalp, which is the root of thick and strong hair
  • Clean the dead cells containing fungi or bacteria that clog hair follicles
  • Strengthen hair follicles and fix damaged hair, reduce hair fall
  • Stimulate blood flow that brings nutrients to hair follicles
  • Trigger hair regrowth
  • Keep oil production in balance, prevent oily scalp
  • Resolve scalp-related problems that cause hair loss
  • Have the antimicrobial property that soothe itchy scalp and remove dandruff
  • Have the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties to clean up different types of infections found on scalp.

How to use tea tree oil for hair growth?

1. Tea tree oil hair and scalp massage

Tea tree oil is usually best diluted prior to skin or hair application because of its strong antiseptic effects, thus potential allergies. However, the Australian-origin oil can also work gracefully on its own if you do not have this problem. Only making sure that you test your scalp reaction first by using only a sparing amount for a few first times. And if used often, you should follow the instructed dose, which is often no more than a few drops a time.

  • Pour out no more than 3-5 drops of oil
  • Gently massage you scalp with it
  • Leave on for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off with shampoo (recommended with tea tree oil ingredient)
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

2. Tea tree oil with carrier oils massage

Using tea tree oil with carrier oil is probably the best method if you want to add double effect at once for hair treatment. Another reason why carrier oil is important might be because tea tree oil is likely to lead to allergies due to its high antiseptic performance. Therefore, it must be diluted with another oil. Those could be jojoba, almond, coconut, olive and even baby oil.

You can easily choose your favourite carrier oil depending on what kind of treatment you want for your hair. For instance, jojoba oil is the oil that resembles most to the oil presented in human’s skin. Thus, when used in combination, jojoba can effectively improve scalp dryness while leaving space for tea tree oil to cure other scalp infections and boost hair growth. If dryness were not your concern, instead, you dream of a soft and smooth thickened hair, then mixed solution of olive oil and tea tree oil would just be perfect.​

  • Use 3-4 tablespoons of a carrier oil
  • Mix with 2-4 drops of tea tree oil
  • Apply this mixture into your scalp and gently massage until absorbed
  • Use double the amount of oils if you want to apply into your hair as well
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off with shampoo (recommended with tea tree oil ingredient)
  • Apply at least once a week. If serious hair loss, apply more regularly, up to 2-3 times a week and reduce as problem improves.

3. Tea tree oil with shampoo/ conditioner

In case the massaging therapy is something you are not up to because of time or techniques, you have a much convenient solution as well. You can add pure oil into your shampoo or conditioner and apply daily as needed. This way, you can still have a chemical-free touch with the herbal remedy while guaranteeing its best effect without spending much time.

  • Simply pour a few drops of tea tree oil into you portion of shampoo or conditioner
  • Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair
  • Massage for 5-7 minutes
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with water
  • Repeat regularly as needed

4. Tea tree oil with aloe vera mask

When used often, it is likely that tea tree oil can occasionally dry your scalp and hair. In this case, you can resort to aloe vera as a combined element that get along with tea tree oil to regain your hair’s moist that might be lost during the oil treatment. Aloe vera gel, with its specific enzymes, not only moisturizes your hair and scalp but also acts well in tandem with the Australian-origin oil to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair re-growth. These additional perks make aloe vera an extremely nice option whenever it comes to choosing a mixing element with tea tree oil for hair growth.

  • Pour 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the oil with ½ cup of aloe vera gel (until the mixture becomes lump-free and smooth)
  • Add ½ cup of water to the mixture to create a smooth paste
  • Apply this mask to hair and scalp
  • Leave it for 30-40 minutes

Conclusion – Some notes on safety

Tea tree oil applied on hair and scalp is generally safe and effective as long as being used in moderation and with discrete manner. Mild side effects recorded include dryness, redness or blotchiness. Usually, if you use low concentration oil by diluting it with water or carrier oil, this problem will disappear. Discontinue using immediately if the symptoms persist even though you used very small portion of the oil. If the side effect does not fade away after 24 hours, you should consult with your dermatological doctor as soon as possible.

All being said, given its powerful healing nature, tea tree oil for hair growth remains one of the best organic remedies recommended by skin professionals and patients alike.​

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