Olive Oil has earned quite a reputation as a good natural product for the hair and has been used for years in both professional and DIY hair care recipes to condition and moisturize healthy hair as well as nourish and repair damaged hair.
So, just how good olive oil is it to be part of hair beauty treatments, hair products and hair home recipes for so many years?
In areas where olive trees grow abundantly and that is all Mediterranean Sea regions, virgin olive oil is an important part of people´s diet and has also been extensively used and loved as part of people´s DIY skin and hair care.
Buying Mediterranean virgin or organic olive oil can be somewhat expensive although you only need to use a little in your home treatments, which will last you long. But if you prefer, you can buy olive oil by trees which are grown in America and is cheaper than the Mediterranean Virgin Olive Oil.
Advantages of Applying Olive Oil to your Hair
- It contains a very high level of antioxidant vitamin E which helps the hair to gain strength and grow stronger and healthier.
- Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties promote the scalp´s health.
- The softening qualities it has due to the emollients it contains, such as palmitic acid, oleic acid and squalane, make it very useful for dry and thick hair which need to be resilient and soft.
- It also has regenerative and soothing properties that help hair growth, prevent hair loss and benefit spoiled and damaged hair.
- Reduces frizz which is a very common hair problem.
- Prevents dandruff.
- It is good for split ends.
- Well-known for its moisturizing properties.
- Ads shine and body to the hair.
Resuming the olive oil benefits for hair, we can say that these are its most important pros that people find useful:
- Nourishes and repairs hair.
- Can increase hair growth and prevent hair loss by making hair healthier.
- Prevents split or burned ends.
- Makes hair shine.
Disadvantages of Applying Olive Oil to your Hair
Although olive oil can be beneficial for certain types of hair or hair conditions like dry, thick, damaged or overly processed hair, it can be unsuitable for thin as well as oily hair.
In the case of thin hair, olive oil can weigh it down and make it lose the volume that this type of hair desperately needs while in the case of oily hair, the conditioning that it offers is simply not needed.
Also, olive oil is not considered to be one of those light natural oils for hair, so oily hair will not benefit by its use apart from the case that the scalp is oily but the ends are dry, so you can just use it on the ends.
How to Use Olive Oil for your Hair
There are several ways to use Olive Oil in your hair, and here we will give you some easy tips and homemade hair recipes for different purposes.
To Nourish and Hydrate your Hair: If your scalp is dry, use a quarter cup of olive oil and start from the scalp to the ends, giving a massage so that the oil spreads properly.
For deeper conditioning, wrap your hair with a warm towel or in a shower cap and let it rest for about 15 minutes or even more. Then, wash as usual with water and your normal shampoo once or twice to avoid greasiness.
This natural hair treatment, which you can repeat every seven to 10 days, is ideal for hair that has been abused by dyes and hair dryers.
Make a Regenerating Mask: If you want a regenerating hair mask, mix three tablespoons of olive oil with one spoon of honey and work the ingredients until you get a thick paste.
Let the paste rest for 24 hours and once it is ready for use, apply it over your hair and into your scalp, letting it there for about 15 minutes after which you can wash your hair as usual.
Keep in mind that your hair should be clean and slightly moistened when you apply the mixture.
Create a Hair Revitalizing Mask: Make a mixture of four tablespoons of olive oil and one beaten egg. Spread it throughout the hair and the scalp, and let it work for about 15 minutes.
Afterwards, rinse with warm water. The proteins of the egg will help to revitalize your hair and you can follow this olive oil hair treatment once every 15 days.
Against Split and Burned Ends. If your only trouble is that you have burned or split ends, then you just need to apply some olive oil on the ends. It would also be better if your hair were dry when you apply it.
Leave it on during the whole night and in the morning, you can rinse your hair and wash as usual. You can also make a mask for split ends. Just beat an egg and add two spoons of olive oil and one spoon of vinegar.
Put the mixture on the fire but don’t let it boil. Remove from the fire, let it cool down and apply on the ends, leaving it on for about 30 minutes after which you can rinse and wash.
Here I would like to say that all the amounts given above are approximate since it all depends on the length of your hair, the volume and especially the state and type of hair you have.
First, I would recommend that you follow the steps as given above and as you follow the treatments, you will see by yourself what suits your hair best.
In conclusion, olive oil can be beneficial for your hair depending on the hair type you have and the hair condition you want to deal with.