Tamanu Oil for Hair Care

Tamanu oil may not be as popular as jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil, etc. But in terms of hair care, tamanu oil is one of the best natural ingredients out there. 

Tamanu oil may not be as popular as jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil, etc. But in terms of hair care, tamanu oil is one of the best natural ingredients out there.

This trusted ancient remedy was originally discovered in the small villages of Polynesia. This can be extracted from the nut kernels of the tamanu tree, which are common in India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and Africa. Now, many Western countries are starting to use this naturopathic health alternative as well.

Like other tropical oils, tamanu extracts have a wide range of benefits for the hair.


1. Nourishes dry and damaged hair

Many people suffer from dry and damaged hair due to heat, blowers, straighteners, curlers, and other harmful chemicals. A few drops of tamanu oil can help counter these problems. It penetrates deep down the roots and keeps the hair well-nourished. It also has high regenerative properties that restore damaged hair back to healthy tresses.


2. Acts as a natural conditioner

As a natural oil, tamanu-infused products can help keep the hair and scalp both clean and moisturized. This is far better than commercial conditioners that often contain a variety of unnatural, and probably harmful, chemicals. Simply leave it on as you go.


3. Manages split ends

Constant brushing and/or hair styling can cause split ends. But sometimes it gets tiring, if not costly, to get your hair trimmed all the time. This makes tamanu oil a handy remedy, as it helps reduce hair damage and breakage. Over time, one doesn’t have to bother about split ends.


4. Controls hair frizz

Another problem is frizzy hair. It’s difficult to control frizz, especially when it’s hot and windy outside. Some people have long silky hair, but others simply suffer from uncontrollable frizz and curls. Fortunately, tamanu oil is a natural frizz tamer. Apply it as a leave-in conditioner to the hair and experience manageable, smooth, and silky strands the whole day.


5. Relieves dandruff

When the scalp is dry, dandruff sets in. To prevent this, keep the scalp moisturized all the time using tamanu oil. Gently massage it on the scalp to make sure it penetrates through the skin. It also leaves off a calming sensation.


6. Eradicates lice

Perhaps the most embarrassing and troublesome hair problem you could ever get is having lice infesting in your hair. With tamanu oil, one wouldn’t have to worry dealing with these pests, thanks to the oil’s anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.


7. Prevents hair loss

Hair loss can be a turnoff. This is one of the hair problems that can be difficult to manage. However, tamanu oil can easily solve this one, though it may take a lot of patience to see its full effects. Not only does tamanu oil prevent hair loss, it also speeds up hair growth.


8. Increases hair volume   

Some people don’t have hair loss but they probably suffer from hair thinning. The hair stays flat on the crown, lacking all luster and volume. However, constant application of tamanu oil on the scalp can help boost hair growth and thicken the strands. This gives your locks a healthy shape for a beautiful bounce.


Make Your Own Tamanu Oil Recipe

A lot of stores now sell tamanu oil products but it is still cheaper to prepare one’s own tamanu oil recipe. Not only is it affordable, it’s also safer to do so. Here’s a simple guide to making a DIY tamanu hair mask.


• 1 cup tamanu butter

• ½ cup of  coconut oil

• 10 drop of tea tree oil

• 10 drop of  grapefruit oil

• 10 drop of Vitamin E oil


1. Gather all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Whip the mixture.

3. Store in a container.

4. Use the hair mask as desired.


1. Wet hair.

2. Apply a liberal amount of the hair mask to the strands and scalp.

3. Massage the scalp gently for 1 minute.

4. Leave it on for 20 minutes.

5. Rinse well.

This tamanu hair mask recipe is beneficial for people suffering from alopecia or hair loss. This contains multiple natural ingredients that complement each other to boost hair growth and provide a host of benefits.

•   Coconut oil strengthens hair and prevents breakage.

•   Polemo oil also stimulates hair growth.

•   Tea Tree oil for clean hair and scalp

•   Jojoba oil speeds up hair cell reproduction.

•   Vitamin E helps repair damage to the hair follicles and build tissue.