Dandruff is hard to control. Once you get dandruff in your hair, your scalp becomes itchy and flaky leading to hair fall. Apart from being unhygienic, dandruff is also troublesome to hide. Dandruff is majorly caused due to yeast infection and can pose problems for the scalp.

Some major causes of dandruff are:

  1. Dry skin or hair
  2. Fungus is commonly known as Malassezia
  3. Irritated and oily skin
  4. Poor hygiene

Although dandruff isn’t a medically serious problem, in general, it is trouble for the individual. However, there is one product that can work wonders in treating dandruff – Tea Tree Oil.

Tea tree oil comes from a native Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. It is said to have antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. It is often used to get rid of head lice and also to treat dandruff. Tea tree oil instantly gives relief from the unbearable itchiness caused due to dandruff. Tea tree oil is available in various forms, as a part of shampoo, essential oils, and shower gels.

What makes tea tree oil a good alternative to treat dandruff is its moisturising and anti-fungal properties.

Benefits of tea tree oil for treatment of dandruff:

  • Treats Dandruff Symptoms
    Dandruff results in greasiness, itchiness, and lesions. Tea tree oil possesses anti-microbial properties that reduce all these symptoms of dandruff giving relief to the scalp and reducing further chances of reoccurrence of dandruff. Using products containing tea tree oil for hair can show positive results.

  • Tea tree oil helps reduce fungal growth on the scalp
    Dandruff is primarily caused because of yeast overgrowth on our scalp. Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that’s present on everyone’s scalp in a limited amount but sometimes it overgrows because of various reasons like improper hygiene, dry scalp, or irritated skin conditions. Tea tree oil essentially attacks yeast growth and helps reduce dandruff to a considerable extent. Tea tree oil shampoos can effectively reduce this fungal overgrowth and relieve the scalp of dandruff.

How to use Tea tree oil to get rid of dandruff

  • Direct Application mixed with a few drops of water
    Try Tea Tree Oil by Aroma magic. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of water and apply to your scalp. Massage gently and leave overnight. This will help control dandruff, reduce itchiness and even help in hair growth.

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo.
    You can either buy a shampoo that by default contains tea tree oil or you can get good tea tree oil from the market and add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. Shake vigorously and massage gently and rinse off.

  • A few drops of Tea tree oil when mixed with curd
    Mix a few drops of tea tree oil to curd and apply it on the scalp to help reduce flakiness and give the much-needed nutrition to our scalp. It is important to make sure that you don’t overdo it and always use only a few drops of tea tree oil.

Always do a patch test to ensure that there are no side effects.