TED'S OPINION REGARDING TEA TREE OIL
Dearest Ted, I found your email on earthclinic and for the past few months I have been consulting the site to help cure my hair loss. I am a 30 year old female and have been experiencing hair loss since the age of puberty (15 years old). My once fantastically thick hair is now a quarter of what it used to be and I have turned to natural remedies to solve it as every other traditional/pharmaceutical product did not work.
About 7 months ago I started an aryuvedic treatment with natural oils and pastes applied to the hair overnight. This is working very well and I have noticed a good reduction in hair loss of long hairs; however, I am still loosing a substantial amount of short, fine, baby hairs. As I suspect that my hair loss is perhaps hormonal, as well as due to the my very oily, itchy scalp and plugged hair follicles (a lot of times I see the hair fall out with a big oily hair bulb attached) I began using zinc as you suggested for three weeks (5 out of 7 days). This did not seem to work that well for me and I didn't notice a great reduction in oiliness. So I began using your mixture of Aloe, Tea Tree and Lavender Oil once a week in addition to the aryuvedic treatment that I had been using (aryuvedic oils 2 nights a week, tea tree oil mixture once a week).
This has done a lot in helping the itchiness of my scalp, as well as reducing some of the oiliness. However, I applied it last night and noticed to my horror this morning that I was able to pull hairs out of scalp if I gently ran my hands through my hair. What I have noticed is that the once oily hair bulb attached to the root of the hair is now dried out and on some hair strands I can see that dried skin from the follicle has dislodged itself and is moving down the hair shaft. Could it be that the tea tree oil has dried out the oily bulb and I am loosing the entire hair strand because it is no longer connected to the scalp? I have not heard of this problem while reading the other testimonials on earthclinic and I thought to contact you for your advice. I have also been doing a final rinse with white vinegar diluted in water and this has also helped the condition of my scalp. I have finally been able to manganese sulfate which you suggest and will start this next week. One other note, I was not able to find pure aloe vera gel, the one I purchased has some tea tree oil and vitamin E mixed in, although I am adding more tea tree oil to it when applying - I hope this has not affected the treatment.
Ted, I want to thank you in advance for any suggestions you have for me and your opinion regarding the tea tree oil. I have read some of your feedback on the site and I would like to commend you on your great work. You give hope to all those who have almost given up on finding a cure for their ailments. I wish you the best of luck in all you do. With kindest regards.