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Is tea tree oil good for low porosity hair? Let’s look at the pros and cons and get to the bottom of this together.
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Low porosity hair can be a pain in the patootie sometimes and it seems to demand a magic bullet at times that we often have to reinvent from time to time in finding the perfect hair care regimen to accommodate its demands.
Low porosity locks are notorious for their refusal to welcome in and seal in moisture.
Just anti-dang-social with that oh-so-important hydration and hair growth goodness that it brings…
… moisture gets blocked like the phone number of a bull-jivin’ EX-boyfriend. 🤣
The ability to merely clean or dry low porosity hair can be a complicated process to execute when dealing with hair that is infamous for repelling moisture-rich products and plain old water.
Thankfully, we have learned that there are a few ways to care for low porosity hair, using oils that are most complementary to this hair type.
Tea tree oil is one of those oils that occasionally surfaces in the natural hair community as an option.
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The answer is yes, tea tree oil has many good uses for low porosity hair. Tea tree oil's astringent properties can be used to help clarify low porosity hair from too much product build up.
Tea tree oil is a multipurpose ingredient in low-po hair care due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help both the hair and scalp.
So let’s talk a bit more about some of the uses and benefits of tea tree oil. Shall we?
Tea tree oil has a solid reputation in the natural hair community for the numerous benefits it can bestow on our scalp and hair. This essential oil for hair is a staple ingredient in many, pre-poo treatments for shedding hair, shampoos and conditioners.
The tea tree itself, also referred to as Melaleuca Alternifolia, has its origins amongst the Aboriginal natives of Australia. It is perhaps best known for its healing properties in treating wounds and preventing infections during World War II.
However, it is important to note that this natural agent has been around for centuries, working its magic on the body, including the human scalp and hair.
If you wonder if this statement holds true for low porosity hair, the short answer is…drumroll…’ yes.’ Tea tree oil is an excellent essential oil that you can apply to your low porosity hair.
Not only is tea tree oil good for low porosity hair because it kills scalp irritants, tea tree oil is great for low porosity tresses because of its clarifying power...
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Low porosity hair frequently falls victim to hair product buildup. This buildup can weigh hair down, leaving it to look limp, flaky, and dry in appearance.
One of the greatest assets of incorporating tea tree oil into your low porosity hair care regimen is its ability to remove hair product buildup.
Tea tree oil is a natural cleanser for both the scalp and hair. A clean scalp free of nasty microbes and bacteria or sebum buildup that can cause infections is vital to promote and sustain healthy hair growth.
Clogged pores and an inflamed scalp significantly affect the hair growth cycle, leading to thinning hair and potentially bald spots.
White flakes on your shoulder or left scattered over every bit of space you dare to occupy can be frustrating and downright embarrassing.
We know that low porosity hair has a penchant for product buildup and dandruff that can trigger a snowfall effect everywhere you go.
Tea tree oil is a fantastic, natural cleaner that can support your efforts to treat scalp conditions that may contribute to the emergence of hair flakes, such as a dry scalp or medical conditions that can exacerbate the emergence of dead skin cells.
According to one study, just adding five percent of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo to treat dandruff is more effective than the average dandruff shampoo.
Scalp inflammation and itchiness can sometimes occur due to various factors, including dry scalp, styling practices, or hair product selection.
Tea tree oil’s therapeutic qualities enable it to not only cleanse the scalp, but it contains a powerful ingredient known as terpinene-4-ol that allows it to heal scalp injuries or relieve it of side effects that result from conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
In closing, tea tree oil is a great essential oil that can help restore the health of your scalp and care for low porosity hair.
You want to keep in mind a few things before using an essential oil such as tea tree oil.
First, always perform a patch test before applying tea tree oil or products that contain tea tree oil to your skin or a small section of your hair.
Although allergic reactions are rare, they can occur. You should wait a minimum of 24 hours before applying this oil or products that contain the oil to your hair or scalp.
Next, if using tea tree oil independent of a hair product, do not forget to mix the oil with a carrier oil like olive or fractionated coconut oil.
Doing so will help to decrease your risk for injury or other unwanted side effects.
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