The secret to softer and shinier hair just might be in your pantry. Olive oil may be a popular cooking ingredient, but it’s also a wonderful natural way to condition your hair.
Many vegetable oils will soften your hair. Olive oil is stocked in most grocery stores, so it’s easy to find. Plus, this oil has many benefits for your hair and scalp. In addition, it makes an excellent inexpensive and simple hair treatment.
Heat styling with a curling iron or flat iron and coloring your hair can leave your hair dry, brittle and lifeless. Just a few minutes with an olive oil treatment can revive your hair and make it look and feel better.
How Does Olive Oil Affect Your Hair?
Olive oil is high in antioxidants, which help keep free radicals in check. This can help protect your scalp and your hair, and they can even prevent hair loss. High in fatty acids and vitamin E, olive oil helps deep condition your hair and scalp for softer, more manageable hair.
This popular carrier oil is also a natural emollient. It can penetrate the shaft of your hair, leaving you with healthier hair and improve the elasticity of your hair. This can help reduce frizzy hair, making hair more manageable.
When your hair gets damaged, holes form in the cuticle. This is what causes your hair to look dull and even frizzy. Olive oil can actually fill in those holes temporarily, which means your hair will style better, look healthier and feel softer.
Choosing the Best Olive Oil
There are several varieties of olive oil on most supermarket shelves. Virgin and extra virgin olive oils are both unrefined oils. Unrefined means that the manufacturer doesn’t use heat or chemicals to get the oil from the olives.
- Extra virgin olive oil has more of an olive flavor. It’s the finest olive oil that’s made, and it’s the highest quality olive oil available. Unfortunately, it’s lower in oleic acid than virgin olive oil. Oleic acid is what helps moisturize your hair, so it is better for hair and skin treatments in this regard than an EVOO.
- EVOO is higher in vitamins and minerals than virgin olive oil, so it’s a tradeoff between the two kinds. It is usually more expensive than virgin olive oil, too.
- Both extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil will work as a hair treatment, so it’s a personal preference on which one you want to buy. If you use one for cooking, there’s no reason to buy the other variety just for your hair treatments.
Olive oil conditioning treatments can be used on either wet or dry hair. Either way, it’s best to use it before you wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and skip using a conditioner after the treatment. It can cause your hair to get too oily.
Wet your hair and towel dry. Drape a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes and apply about two tablespoons of olive oil to your hair. Use your fingers to work the oil all through your hair and scalp if your scalp is dry.
If your hair is only damaged on the ends, you can apply the oil just to the damaged parts of your hair. This can help cut back on the oil if you find that this method is too oily for all over your hair.
Put a shower cap on your hair to prevent drips. Let the oil sit for at least 45 minutes and up to two hours. Wash your hair but don’t condition because that may cause your hair to get oily.
Comb out your dry hair. The oil can stain clothing, so drape a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes.
Warm the oil for a few minutes by placing it in a container and setting the container in hot water. This will get the oil warm but not hot, so you don’t burn your fingers or head. Warm oil penetrates the hair deeper, so this helps increase the effectiveness of the oil.
Use your fingers to work the oil all over your hair, starting at the ends. Work all over in small sections so each strand of hair is coated. Be sure those edges are laid.
You can use a hair dryer on medium or low eight inches from your heat to gently warm the oil for two minutes to help the oil penetrate your hair. Let the oil sit for at least 45 minutes and up to two hours before rinsing and washing your hair. The more damaged your hair is, the longer you should let the oil sit on your hair. It is a great dry hair treatment.
If your hair is fine or thinning, try adding 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil to the olive oil. Rosemary essential oil can boost circulation to the area, which can help reduce hair loss and promote new hair growth.
If your hair is weak or brittle, it could benefit from a strengthening protein treatment. Add one egg yolk to the oil and mix well. Apply to hair using either the wet or dry methods described above. The yolk will make your hair hard as it dries, but it will rinse out and leave your hair stronger and shinier.
Avocado and Olive Oil Treatment
Avocados are full of proteins, amino acids and vitamins, all of which promote healthy hair. Mix half of an avocado with one or two tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl.
Cover your hair with the treatment, making sure that you get each strand covered. Use a shower cap to cover your hair so it doesn’t drip. Let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing and washing your hair. Do not use conditioner after you use this treatment.
Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Treatment
Coconut oil helps make hair softer and boosts shine. It can also help smooth split ends for more manageable hair.
Melt two tablespoons coconut oil and add two tablespoons olive oil. Use as you would an olive oil treatment. Let sit for 45 minutes to two hours before rinsing.
If you have a flaky scalp, you may have dandruff, or you may just have a dry scalp. Massaging olive oil on your scalp can moisturize it, which can help reduce flakes caused by a dry scalp.
Honey and Olive Oil for Dry Hair
Olive oil is very moisturizing, but honey pulls moisture from the air to help add moisture to the hair long after you rinse off the treatment. Mix together one fourth of a cup of honey with two tablespoons honey and spread all over your hair.
If the honey is too thick to spread, place the honey and oil in a jar and put that jar in hot water to thin the honey.
How Often Should You Use The Treatment On Your Hair
You can use any of these olive oil treatments for your hair once a week. If your hair is really damaged, you can do a treatment twice a week until you hair health improves.
Olive oil is an easy and affordable at home conditioning treatment for your hair. Use any of these recipes to get healthier looking hair in just a few hours.