What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to Australia. Tea tree oil can be found in skincare, haircare, and aromatherapy as it has a very calming, fresh, medicinal scent.
What Are the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is known for its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has a host of benefits for hair. “Tea tree oil can help reduce the appearance of dandruff, reduce scalp irritation, and help reduce the production of excess sebum,” explains Leake. “It is especially beneficial for those with a dry, itchy, or oily scalp, or who are dealing with dandruff or hair loss. Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties can help to fight the fungus that causes dandruff while helping to soothe an itchy scalp.”
Additionally, tea tree oil can support a healthy scalp and clear blocked hair follicles. Its refreshing scent can also help to soothe anxiety.
Who Should Use Tea Tree Oil?
“Anyone can benefit from tea tree oil, although it is important to note that it should not be applied directly to the skin unless diluted first,” says Graf. You can experience irritation, flaking, and dryness from tea tree oil if you apply it directly onto the scalp without diluting the product or if it’s a higher concentration. “Those with sensitive skin should try to avoid using tea tree oil," she says. Always spot-test a small amount on your hand or arm to avoid negative effects."
Source: Harper's Bazaar