Tea Tree Oil Benefits for a Healthy Hair and Scalp
If you haven’t heard of this multi-use beauty product yet, grab a snack and keep scrolling because our hair care experts are here to share the who, what, and why on tea tree oil and why you should add this essential oil into your hair care routine ASAP!
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Used for centuries as an alternative to Western medicine, tea tree oil has been touted as a save-all remedy for a myriad of different ailments. Derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant that is native to Australia, tea tree oil can help banish blemishes, soothe sunburned skin, clean out wounds, and even help out your hair.
We see it frequently used in many beauty products such as makeup removers, face cleansers, shampoos, and even as a main ingredient in a face mask. But learning how to safely use this potent essential oil can be a gamechanger for your hair routine. We’re sharing some of the main benefits below.
Tea Tree Oil Hair Benefits
Tea tree oil can help with a ton of hair ailments, including hair loss, dandruff, itchy scalps, and even promoting healthier strands. Its naturally antiseptic properties make it a great hair care addition because:
Longer and Stronger Hair
Looking for fuller, longer, and stronger hair? Tea tree oil may just be your answer! Tea tree, when used on your scalp, can penetrate deep into your skin, and unclog hair follicles and disinfect pores. This helps to nourish your roots and promote hair growth.
We mentioned that tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and that it can help anyone out who might suffer with pesky dandruff flakes. Dandruff can come from a build-up of yeast on your scalp, creating the itchy, scaly, dryness you see on your black shirt. When applied to your hair and scalp, tea tree oil goes to work moisturizing and soothing your scalp, and its anti-inflammatory properties can help stop the itch and reduce the flakes.
Antibacterial and Antifungal
Because tea tree oil is the queen of cleanliness, it goes right to work breaking down bacteria, grime, and debris that might make a home on your head. If you’ve ever suffered from lice, tea tree oil can help get rid of the critters and prevent them from coming back because of its antibacterial and antifungal qualities.
Promotes Soft, Shiny Hair
Not only can this mighty oil clean, protect, and promote hair growth, it can get rid of product build-up which can make your tresses look tired, stressed out, and dull. For softer, shinier hair that not only looks good but feels great too, try incorporating a tea tree oil hair product into your routine.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil on Your Hair
Tea tree oil is known for its cleansing properties, so you can look for a powerful shampoo and conditioner duo that contains this beneficial hair ingredient. You can also easily create your own tea tree oil shampoo by combining 5 to 10 drops of pure tea tree oil to your current shampoo. If you’re looking for more of a DIY project for healthy hair, try diluting tea tree oil with a 1 to 10 ratio of tea tree oil to a carrier oil like almond oil. Massage this mixture evenly through your hair, rinse, and repeat 2 to 3 times weekly for best results.
Tea Tree Oil Side Effects
While this invigorating oil is generally safe and all natural, there are a few precautions you should consider. When using the pure oil on your hair, it’s best to look for a brand that is fresh and from Australia. This significantly reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. If your skin is more on the sensitive side, we recommend performing a patch test before applying to your skin or hair. If no reaction occurs within 12 to 24 hours, you’re good to use it. It’s also recommended to dilute the pure oil with a carrier oil before you apply anywhere on your body, including your scalp and hair. This powerful essential oil is also not to be ingested as it can have some adverse side effects if consumed. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also consult with their doctor before using tea tree oil.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about tea tree oil for your hair and scalp. From combating dryness to helping with the itch, this miracle medicinal oil can help with all your hair care woes. Have you ever used tea tree oil on your hair? What were the results?
Wash Face Test to determine your skin type!🥰
The trick to healthy skincare is knowing your skin. That is the only way to identify the appropriate skincare products tailor made for your skin type. Not all skin is created equal. So, it is important for you to know your skin's natural state. Here is a quick and easy way to determine your skin type. The wash face test 🧼 Wash your face 🛑 Do not apply any product after washing face ⏰ Wait for 2 hours After 2 hours, examine how your skin feels. Your skin type is Normal: if no oil or flakes. Oily: if skin is shiny all over. Dry: if skin feels tight or flakes Combo: T-zone oily, dry/normal everywhere else on face That is it! I lucked out with a combination skin type. sigh! My cheeks are always dry while that T-zone is dripping oil!! Always a struggle finding the right balance of products to maintain a healthy glow. However, if I manage to do it so can you!! Now go ahead, try the wash test to find out your skin type!! xoxo, IG: @theculderm
HOW TO: AT-HOME BLOWOUT
At-home blowouts are the future of hair styling! Ever since I went to Dry Bar a year ago to get a blowout for $80 (which is just ridiculous in my opinion), I’ve been mastering my at-home blowout. I purchased the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer at Ulta which completely changed the game for my hair after shower hair routine! REVLON - One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Bonus Tip: Remember to spray a heat protectant in your hair before drying it. 😊 OUAI - Heat Protection Spray To get max volume and flipped ends, I take 1 inch sections and start at the root of my hair. I go as slowly as possible so that all of my roots are dry. Next, I twist the brush so that my hair is wrapped around it all the way down the section of hair. I repeat this process until I reach the top of my head. Lastly, I take a straightener to flatten any flyaways or unwanted curls if there are any left. That’s it! In total, the entire process takes me about 20 minutes. My hair feels so soft, light, and looks amazing afterwards. The next time you think about going to purchase a blowout, I recommend trying it at home first! 💕
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Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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