The cleansing powers of tea tree oil are well known: it has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years, and is now popular in cosmetics products.
Tea tree oil can help to keep skin clear, prevent dandruff, reduce and lift away dirt pretty effectively, so it’s no wonder you find it in shampoos.
Best Tea Tree Shampoos in the UK
Nowadays, tea tree is a relatively popular choice for shampoo and many people are already benefitting from using this wonderful plant ingredient in their haircare routine.
Below are some of the best tea tree shampoos in the UK, so check them out if you want to get one step closer to dandruff-free and stronger hair.
1. Australian Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Shampoo
This deep cleansing shampoo from Australian Tea Tree is a great choice for those who want to get their hair squeaky clean and help to nourish damaged hair from root to tip.
The 100% organic tea tree in this shampoo is fully taken advantage of, with antiseptic properties to help clean deeply, remove excess chemicals and soothe any scalp irritation.
A healthy scalp means healthy hair. Tea tree can also help to give your hair some life back, making it shiny and stronger.
This shampoo is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free so you can feel as good as your hair will look!
- Fresh scent
- Vegetarian & vegan-friendly
- 100% organic tea tree oil
- May not suit oily hair/skin types
- Scent might not suit all
- May need to be rinsed thoroughly after washing
2. Faith In Nature Tea Tree Shampoo
This tea tree shampoo from Faith in Nature, blended for normal to oily hair, is a good choice for those who wash their hair daily, as the bottle is relatively large and should last you a bit longer.
There aren’t any artificial colours or preservatives in this shampoo so you don’t have to worry about any nasties ruining the nourishing and cleansing effects of tea tree.
It’s not just dry hair that suffers from a flaky scalp, and Faith in Nature’s shampoo is sure to help normal/oily hair types to soothe itches and moisturise scalps at the roots – this means less stress is created for hair shafts, so you may even notice your hair growing more readily.
- Good-sized bottle
- Suitable for colour-treated hair
- Thinner consistency may not suit all
- Applying too much product may result in drying scalp and hair
- Some may need a lot of product to feel the cleansing effects
- Use of conditioner after washing may be necessary (not suited to some people)
- Scent may not suit all
3. Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Shampoo
This slightly pricier shampoo from Avalon Organics is developed with no phthalates, parabens, sulphates or artificial colours or fragrances, so it will suit those who are looking to avoid all of the chemical nasties that could affect health.
With clear labelling of ‘Scalp Treatment’, you can expect a soothing, moisturising effect to help reduce inflammation, redness, itchiness and dandruff.
Other nourishing ingredients in this tea tree oil shampoo include aloe, quinoa protein, beta-glucan and vitamin E – all chosen to help balance moisture levels, soothe irritation and cleanse your locks, leaving them shiny, strong and soft.
- Biodegradable – 100% recyclable packaging
- Suited to colour treated hair
- A little on the expensive side
- May need to be rinsed thoroughly from hair after using
- Might not suit all hair types
- Scent may not suit all
4. Jason Tea Tree Shampoo
Probably the best deal in the list is this large bottle of Jason tea tree shampoo – you get a lot of shampoo for your money, 517ml to be exact.
This good, family-sized bottle is perfect for a larger household and if everyone uses the same product, the bathroom will look a whole lot tidier (better hair and a clearer home)!
If you suffer from a dry scalp, then Jason’s tea tree shampoo promises to soothe any irritation, stop itchiness and give you a flake-free barnet.
For those who wash their hair every day, this shampoo is the perfect choice, as it gently cleanses and purifies hair.
- Pretty affordable
- Packaging is biodegradable
- May not be suited to all hair types
- Might not be suited to all skin types
- May not be the best choice for colour-treated hair
- Scent might not suit all
5. Green People for Men – No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo
Green People Men’s No.10 Itch Away shampoo is the most expensive product on this list (sorry guys), but the key plant ingredients of aloe vera, pineapple, rosemary and (of course) tea tree mean this shampoo packs some soothing and nourishing punch.
Aloe helps to moisturise hair and scalp, while pineapple helps to get rid of shed dead skin, so you’ll be left with itch-free and dandruff-free hair.
Tea tree will help to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh and could help to stimulate hair to grow longer – perfect if you want more luscious locks.
Green People also have an ‘Irritated Scalp’ conditioner which works well when used alongside this shampoo.
- Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly
- Certified organic
- Expensive for size of product
- May not suit all hair types
- Might not lather all that much (SLS-free)
- Marketed at men, but could be used by anyone
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Despite the name ‘tea tree’, tea tree oil doesn’t come from the tea plant. It actually comes from a tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. 18th century sailors visiting the Australian coast made a tea from the plant’s leaves, which is where the ‘tea tree’ name comes from.
Some of the uses of tea tree oil include:
- Treating acne
- Acting as an antiseptic to treat cuts, insect bites etc.
- Helping ease coughs and congestion
- Treating athlete’s foot
- Reducing dandruff
Tea tree oil can help treat these issues as it has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This could make it effective in treating scalp acne, psoriasis and dandruff.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for the Hair
As we mentioned above, tea tree can prevent or reduce dandruff and clean hair really well.
It can also reduce hair loss and could even make your hair stronger!
A small amount of tea tree oil (diluted – i.e. in the form of shampoo) used down the shaft of the hair can remove dead skin and chemicals, as well as moisturise the hair, making it healthier, with more shine.
Keeping your hair free from nasty chemicals and helping it to stay nourished can positively affect issues such as hair loss or hair that just won’t grow.
Tea tree could help you to grow those glossy tresses you’ve been after for a while!
If you want to give tea tree a go, but don’t want to buy a whole new bottle of shampoo yet, check out the video below, which shows you how to add tea tree to regular shampoo.
If you’re considering trying out tea tree shampoo the next time you run out of your usual, there’s some food for thought in our list above.
Whether you want something good value, or you want to assure you’re investing in something with lots of natural ingredients, there’s something for you in this list.
If we had to pick just one of these shampoos to recommend, it would be Australian Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Shampoo as it works well at treating a dry and itchy scalp, and is also free from chemicals such as parabens and SLS.
Tea tree oil is well known for soothing dry or even cracked skin, so if you suffer from dandruff, it could be worth opting for a tea tree shampoo next time!
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