Tea Tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia. It is extracted by steam distillation from fresh leaves and wood of the tree shrub. The oil contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-fungi properties that are medicinal to both hair and skin.
A common question that 4C Naturals ask is: Is Tea Tree Oil Good for 4C Hair? Tea Tree is among the essential oils that if used correctly in your 4C Hair Care Routine, can promote hair growth. The Oil has an anti-inflammatory effect hence when applied to the scalp, the hair follicles are stimulated facilitating blood flow throughout the scalp. The Oil is also an effective solvent for sebum and other oily build up on the scalp hence making it effective for using as a conditioning and moisturizing product.
Tea Tree oil has been used over hundred years as a medicine especially in Australia to clean wounds and infections. Today, because of its antimicrobial properties, it is used as an excellent cleaning agent and thus, now commonly found in shampoos and soaps.
In this article you will learn about the following:
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil on 4C Natural Hair
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you will get after incorporating Tea Tree oil in your hair care regimen:
Tea tree oil has antifungal and moisturizing properties that make it effective for treating dandruff because it soothes the scalp by reducing itchiness and making your hair less prone to flaking.
Promotes hair growth
Tea Tree facilitates hair growth by helping to unclog hair follicles and nourishing the roots. It has the ability to prevent hair from breakage due to natural antibacterial, antiseptic properties which are ideal for killing microbes that inhibit hair growth.
Soothes an itchy scalp
Using tea tee oil helps in soothing and calming the itchy scalp hence improving the scalp health. This is due to its high anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea Tree is very volatile hence mixing it with other essential oils like Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, or Almond oil, will give better results. Simply mix a few drops of Tea Tree oil with Olive oil and massage into your scalp, then wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet and allow it to settle for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with gentle shampoo. This can be done twice a month to achieve best results.
Cleanses scalp and clear clogged pores
Using Tea Tree cleanses the scalps and clears clogged pores.
Are there any risks of using Tea Tree Oil on 4C Natural Hair?
Disclaimer: Using undiluted Tea Tree oil can be harsh on skin thus causing a rash hence it’s highly advisable to mix it with water or oils such as Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil and Olive Oil. Always test it on your hand before applying it on the hair.
How do I use Tea Tree at home for my 4C natural hair?
You can incorporate the following methods in your daily routine for best result.
- Mix Tea Tree with water in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp 3-4 times a week.
- Gently massaging you scalp for 5 minutes.
Tea Tree has a strong scent and is thick hence mixing it with water or carrier oil like Coconut, Olive, Jojoba among others is very necessary. There is some possibility of skin irritation hence it is appropriate to do a patch test before whole head application.
Tea Tree oil can be used to prevent hair fall by mixing 2 tablespoons of Tea Tree oil with 2 tablespoons Coconut oil and 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil. Mix all the ingredients and apply on scalp then leave it overnight. Wash it off with a gentle shampoo and repeat the same regime twice a week.
Mix 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil, 2 drops of Tea Tree oil and 2 drops of Lavender essential oil. Apply the mixture on the scalp and massage for 2-5 minutes then leave overnight. Wash away in the morning with a gentle shampoo and proceed to with your moisturizing routine to achieve a radiant look. Lavender oil helps hair regrowth and scalp repair because it contains vitamin A and antioxidants which are beneficial for the scalp. Olive oil helps to maintain hair moisture and shine.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Castor oil, 3 drops of your favourite essential oil and Lemon Grass oil. Then apply on your scalp. Keep it overnight and wash it off with a gentle shampoo. Repeat twice a week for good results. Lemon grass destroys the skin damaging microbes because it is rich in antibacterial properties. Using it effectively absorbs excess oil from skin and unclogs skin pores hence effective for treating dandruff. Castor oil on the other hand carries Omega -6 Fatty acid and Ricinoleic which facilitates blood circulation to the scalp thus increasing hair growth.
Adding Tea Tree to your shampoo is the most convenient way of using it, especially to prevent hair fall, hence promoting hair growth. You can either add 10 drops of Tea Tree to a 250ml of shampoo or you add more for stronger solution. Kindly note, not to add excess of more than 25 drops because it can cause scalp irritation.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV), 5drops of Tea Tree oil and 2 cups of water. Wash and condition your hair as usual. After that, pour the Tea Tree oil and ACV through your hair and let your air hair dry off. Using this rinse nourishes and hydrates your hair by keeping it healthy and unclogging the hair follicles which facilitates hair growth.
What to look for in Tea Tree oil?
It is important to look out for the elements below before making a purchase.
- Latin name mention (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Purity in terms of 100% Tea Tree content
- Steam distilled
- Concentration of terpinen-4-ol which indicates organic Tea Tree oil.
- Packaging should be airtight because of the volatile nature of Tea Tree oil. If not sealed well you may end up buying compromised oil.
I do hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you would like to learn more about other oils that I have found to work well with my hair, here is the link to the articles:
- What are the best oils for Natural 4C Hair?
- Is Olive Oil Good for Natural 4C Hair?
- Benefits of using Castor Oil in your Natural 4C Hair
- Shea Butter for 4C Natural Hair Growth
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