Amazing Things Tea Tree Oil Can Do For Your Hair
With anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits, tea tree oil is a beauty super-ingredient.
An ingredient that’s been used across the globe for generations, tea tree oil is celebrated for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits. Considered one of the most powerful and effective natural remedies, it’s a skincare hero. But at Love Beauty and Planet, we’ve harnessed its power and used it in a selection of our hair care products. Why? Simply because it can work wonders when it comes to keeping your scalp and strands in the healthiest possible condition.
Before we go into all the good stuff that it can do for your hair, though, let’s start with a bit of background: originating in Australia, tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia plant – AKA a tea tree – and ours is sourced from wet lowlands, where its harvested and pressed by local Australian growers through a steam distillation process.
Alongside the well-documented benefits tea tree oil has on skin, it’s also a little-known wonder at ensuring your hair looks and feels silky-soft and glossy all year round. Here are five of our favorite benefits of tea tree oil for your hair…
Tea tree oil can help prevent hair breakage and encourage hair growth
If your scalp is prone to dandruff and itchiness, your hair is more likely to suffer from breakage and damage as it grows – mostly because of the compromised cuticle your hair is growing from. Pair that with a common habit of head scratching, and it’s not the best growing conditions for healthy hair. However, using tea tree oil not only helps soothe a dry, irritated scalp, but it also kick-starts any dormant hair follicles, bringing them back to life to help growth.
Tea tree oil can stop dandruff in its tracks
Having a flaky scalp is something a lot of people suffer with, yet it’s a topic we don’t talk about enough. But, those natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits that tea tree oil has can really help clear away dandruff – which is caused by a build-up of scaly, dry skin. Love Beauty and Planet’s Tea Tree & Vetiver Shampoo is infused with tea tree oil, and leaves you with cleaner, detoxified hair that feels refreshed after every wash. (It also smells incredible, thanks to the inclusion of sultry and refined vetiver.)
Tea tree oil can help cleanse and detoxify hair
Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil is an excellent cleaning agent; using shampoo and conditioner containing it, such as Love Beauty and Planet’s Tea Tree & Vetiver range, can help fight against all the dirt, oil, bacteria and pollution that build ups up daily on both our hair and scalp. This cleanses and disinfects the scalp, which, in turn, works to purify the roots, making the hair and scalp not only look better but feel cleaner.
Tea tree oil can control oil production
Tea tree oil is often recommended for people with oily skin, and in the same way it helps control and regulate the production of oil on your face, it does the same for your scalp. As it’s non-comedogenic – meaning it won’t clog your pores – it also helps decrease the level of bacteria on the skin’s surface, ensuring your scalp stays moisturized but not flooded with oil.
Tea tree oil can prevent itchiness
There is no worse feeling than a constant, never-ending itchy scalp and while it can often feel like nothing will help relieve it, we’ll let you in on a little secret: tea tree oil can. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, it helps soothe the scalp – clearing any blocked pores and preventing the dryness that causes itching. Mix one part tea tree oil to 12 parts either coconut or olive oil, and apply it to the itchiest areas of your scalp. Massage it in and leave it to work its magic for around 20 minutes before rinsing it out, or you can simply pick up Love Beauty and Planet’s Tea Tree & Vetiver Shampoo and Conditioner.