The benefits of this essential oil are more for the scalp than the actual hair strand
- Helps reduce dandruff
- Unclogs hair follicles to aid hair growth and dry scalp
- Treat burns from chemicals or heat styling tools
- Destroying head lice
Two key ways to use tea tree oil are
- A hot oil treatment: Mix a few drops with a warm carrier oil such as olive oil and then massage the mixture onto your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing
- A shampoo mix: When cleansing your hair mix a few drops into shampoo when its in your hand and then massage it into your scalp
Because of the high concentration you only need to use a few drop. A great way to ensure you're only using a few drops is to buy a bottle with a dropper or use a dropper when adding the oil to your shampoo or oil mix. It's also important to note that the high concentration can cause tea tree oil to irritate the skin. If that happens you should discontinue use immediately.
Exposure to air, moisture, heat and light can negatively impact the potency and quality of tea tree oil. It should be kept in a dark, airtight bottle and stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Resources: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-tea-tree-oil-for-skin-hair-and-health/, http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/tea-tree-oil.aspx