Tea Tree Oil for Hair Growth

I always recommend moisturizing with water and then sealing with an oil. The water is absorbed by the cuticle layer of your hair strand and the oil will seal in the moisture.

Tea Tree Oil is a popular oil, often recommended by naturals to sooth an itchy scalp.

About Tea Tree Oil?

It is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as Narrow-leaved Tea-tree which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.  Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infection oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is very good for the skin and also soothes patients of sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis and viral or bacterial infections. Moreover, the benefits of tea tree oil includes its effectiveness to influence and deal with certain hair-related conditions. Tea tree oil is primarily antiseptic in nature and is a recommended bactericide and fungicide. It is therefore that this oil is often used to make tea tree shampoo as it readily heals scalp irritations and infections.

Is Tea Tree Oil Good For Hair?
YES! Many hair problems such as dandruff, cradle cap, baldness, psoriasis, and lice can be solved with the use of this oil.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits on Hair

It is able to unblock the hair follicles and thus, eliminates dandruff.
It moisturizes the hair and scalp.
It treats cradle cap.
It prevents hair loss.
It treats lice.
It is very effective for hair growth.

Add a few drops of Tea tree oil to your regular shampoo to treat hair problems like persistent dandruff, itchy-scalp and even prevent head-lice. Massage it in, leave it on for 5-7 minutes and rinse off.

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About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • http://www.teatreewonders.com/ James Beane “The Tea Tree Guy”

    Tea tree Oil works for some folks with dandruff because it may help to control the yeast that causes some types of dandruff. The yeast, or fungus, actually grows into the top layers of the skin on your head, causing irritation. The scalp then flakes off the irritated skin cells. The fungus actually is a good thing when it is under control, because the by-product of the yeast is oleic acid, and essential fatty acid. It is the overgrowth of fungus that you want to control. Fortunately, for many folks, tea tree oil may be a great help.

    Here’s a method of adding tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo to help control your dandruff or flaky scalp. This will make a roughly 5% tea tree oil shampoo or conditioner.

    For each 32 ounces of shampoo use 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
    For each 100 mL of shampoo use one tea spoon of tea tree oil

    That’s it. Stir it in real well, and then use as needed to help control dandruff, head lice, and flaky or irritated scalps.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thanks JB!

    • Davina

      Three years ago I was diagnosed with alopecia. Since that time I have tried many things to combat the problem. The area most effected is the crown of my head. Recently I purchased a bottle of tea tree oil shampoo. After lathering my hair once, I lathered again and let it sit on my head for about 20 minutes. It worked wonders and I feel my scalp stimulating every time I use it. Hope this treatment helps someone else it certainly worked for me.

  • http://www.melinab.com melina bee

    hrm, I’ve used tea tree oil for years b/c of its wonderful stimulating sensation but I never realized it was actually moisturizing and astringent at the same time. that stuff does wonders for acne, bites and small skin injuries too

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      We learn something new every day.

      • vernice

        Hi Jenell,If I want to use tea tree oil for hair growth, how much do I use and how often?

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          Rub some on your fingers and massage it onto your scalp.

          • Shrinkhala Shree

            but this tea tree oil is really expensive shit. using it on scalp would make it run out fast . any chance it can be mixed with olive/ castor oil and used?

          • Dania

            Hi, a few drops go a long way. I’ve had a 2 oz. bottle for ever. You definitely need to dilute it in a carrier oil(olive,jojoba,almond,castor oil).

          • Donna


          • Ashley

            How can you apply this directly to your scalp if it says always mix it with something else as it may irritate your scalp.

  • Edith Hewett

    Hi Jenell. I love your site! I just bought some Tea Tree Oil to use during my transitioning period. I’m one month post relaxer and my scalp is all of a sudden itching and it’s quite irritating having to scratch or pat it all the time. ;0) Here’s to relief! Thank you for the information. BLESSINGS!

  • Ediebnatural1

    Hi Jenell. ;0) I just posted a comment a minute ago and it disappeared! Lol! Oh well! I was just saying that I bought some Tea Tree Oil to use during my transitioning period, as I am only one month post relaxer. My scalp all of a sudden is itching and it’s irritating having to try not to scratch or to keep patting my head. Here’s to relief! Thank you for the information. I love your site! BLESSINGS!

    • Donna

      Try mixing it with another oil like olive or jojoba.

  • Arrowwalker

    Never use tree tea oil in its pure form. It should always be mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oils, just to name a few.

    • Schely Schel

      Thanks for the tip. I will try this.

  • TaSchema Hopkins

    I love tea tree oil I mix it in my oil mixture that apply to my hair and skin. Good if you are gardening helps keep the bugs away.

    • Carrie Davis

      ❤️❤️❤️Tysvm, for the BUG tip❤️❤️❤️

  • Schely Schel

    I tried using it on my scalp but I didnt really like the smell. Then I tried rosemary oil and it smelled pretty awful, too. Maybe I need to try mixing it with other oils to get rid of the smell.

  • tya

    gosh..i was so allergic to this oil..i put it in all excited and i nearly cut my head off…had to watch that out post haste……made me afraid to try other oils..recently tried argon and it seems okay with my sclap

    • Mary W

      Glad I read this before I tried it. Rosemary essential and JBCO do me the same way. Coconut oil to a lesser extent. I haven’t had a problem with lavender and peppermint essential oils or regular castor, grape seed or macadamia nut.

  • queenbee9

    I have never known tea tree oil to be a moisturizer. In fact, I know of no oil that moisturizes though many can help draw moisture to the scalp/skin and can help to seal moisture in. I have used tea tree oil for years (even before it was readily available or known in the states–as an antiseptic. It does have very effective antimicrobial properties–but a moisturizer? I’d like to see the scientific data for that.

  • natural Tay

    It works well for keloids as well. I had one form from a piercing and I keep soaking it with water “note you must dilute it” or it may burn. I did a couple of drops in a shot glass and soaked the are. Truly God Sent…;)

  • Tricina Lesley Ann Sobers

    on the side on my edges no matter what i do after i wash my hair, put oil in my hair it always drys out and begins to flake and turns red, i had really itchy scalp when i had a perm which is not as severe now that i am natural, of late i’ve been patting my edges with teatree oil undiluted and so far it seems to be helping i have been doing this for a week now along with my castor oil challenge its a really good oil

    • tasha

      late question but doesn’t an undiluted oil make your scalp irritated / burn it?

  • krb

    I put tea tree oil and peppermint oil in my oil mix which includes jbco, evoo, almond oil and jojoba oil…wonderful in my hot oil treatment and does wonders to soothe my scalp when it get’s a little itchy.