Olive Oil For Hair Health

Olive Oil Is The Perfect Solution For Your Hair!

Easy Steps To Beautiful Hair

There are many, many claims to the benefits of olive oil for hair. So what can olive oil really do for you?

Benefits Of Doing An Olive Oil Treatment

The fact that is there are many benefits of using olive oil in your hair. Beauticians have long recognized it as an easy (albeit, greasy!) way to help repair split ends and seal cuticles damaged by too many hair treatments, hot irons, time in the pool and the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Plus, it leaves your hair so soft. (And it is so inexpensive and readily available!)

Olive oil is also a mild antiseptic – it kills bacteria, which means it can help you have healthier pores and skin – which in turns means you may be able to create healthier hair – at the roots.

Fresh Olive Oil courtesy of MadMaxx on Flickr

And, since oil dissolves oil (think about it – have you ever dissolved oil in water?), olive oil can dissolve the oily solutions clogging your sebum and help you deep clean the pores of your hair.

Olive Oil Treatments For Dry Hair:

Olive oil is perfect for dry hair. It helps to heal and strengthen dry, brittle hair, restoring the necessary pathways that can help your body begin to naturally replenish your hair on its own.

Olive Oil Treatments For African American hair:

Black hair tends to be more difficult to manage due to its tightly coiled structure. Olive oil is a perfect treatment for black hair in that it can easily access all of the strands of hair to repair them. In addition, it makes black hair much softer and more easily managed.

It is recommended to do a deep treatment at least one a week to keep the hair well nourished and avoid breakage.

There are also olive oil relaxers on the market. Most of these just include olive oil as an ingredient (not as the main relaxant). On the plus side, they do tend to have fewer chemicals and have good reviews.

Also, fee free to check out our other hair tips for black hair.

How to Give Yourself an Olive Oil Treatment At Home.

You may want to drape a towel around your shoulders before you start. And be careful to not slip on any oil if you get it on the floor. (Maybe put a towel on the floor to stand on)

  1. Use about a tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Apply some to the palm of your hands and begin working the oil into your hair. It really doesn’t matter whether you start at the roots or on the ends, but when you get to the scalp, you will want to use your fingertips (not fingernails!) to gently massage the scalp and allow the oil to work into the pores.
  2. Wrap up your hair in a water proof shower cap and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Begin showering – be careful not to slip in the oil as it goes down the drain. You will need to repeat the shampooing probably three times to get all of the oil out.
  4. Allow your beautiful locks to air dry.

What About Olive Oil Conditioners?

Olive Oil Conditioner with great reviews from Amazon.

Olive oil conditioners are a great way to incorporate some of the benefits of olive oil on a daily basis without going through the whole treatment. There are not many on the market, but there are a few good ones out there that have great reviews.

Or, you can always make your own olive oil conditioner at home using a combination of things like milk, avocado and honey. While these at home recipes are still gong to be more of a “Treatment” than a quick “rinse” conditioner, they will probably give you more in-depth results.

Other Olive Oil For Hair Recipes

Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Avocado is full of nutrients such as Vitamins A and E and oils that are beneficial for the body.

Be careful about using it with highly damaged hair as it may be a little difficult to wash out of overly porous, damaged hair.

It is thought that avocado oil penetrates better than olive oil and

Recipe:
1 Avocado
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Vitamin E

(or 2 Tbsp of Olive oil works fine as well)

Follow the same instructions for application as the olive oil treatment uses.

Olive Oil and Egg Hair Treatment

Sounds gross, right? Egg is full of nourishing proteins and are an excellent way to add some shine to your hair.

Plus it is a great resources for fighting severe dandruff.

Recipe
1 egg
Several drops of Olive Oil

Follow the same treatments as with the olive oil treatments.

Does Olive Oil Stop Hair Loss or Help Promote Hair Growth?

There is not any definitive evidence that olive oil will promote hair growth. However, it will help prevent hair breakage from dry, brittle hair . It also will help cleanse the pores of your scalp and reduce bacteria in the hair – which are both benefits which may be able to help enhance hair growth.

Bottom line? An Olive Oil treatment is a great idea to try if you are suffering from hair loss. Just don’t expect any miracles.

Other Similar Treatments:

Coconut oil and jojoba oil are two other excellent oils for your hair. Jojoba oil is very thin and easier to wash out than olive oil is. Its protection may not be as beneficial as olive oil provides, but it is easier and less messy.

Coconut oil is very easy to apply hair treatment. Loaded with natural fatty acids, it is a great way to help replenish the hair. Just allow it to soak for a full hour after application as it is thicker and needs more time to absorb into the hair

Olive Oil Treatments For Head Lice

Olive oil is a great treatment for head lice – and in some cases is more effective than traditional head lice treatments.

Click here to read our article about olive oil for head lice treatments.

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