Guide to Using Olive Oil as Hair Conditioner

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If you suffer from dry, brittle hair, you can try using olive oil as a hair conditioner.

It turns out that, Mediterranean women have been using olive oil as a hair treatment for hundreds of years.

This healthy oil is packed with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids that can nourish and fortify your hair.

And these natural oils can also nourish the hair shaft and scalp and which may give you softer, smoother and healthier-looking hair.

Keep reading to learn how you can use this healthy oil to nourish and moisturize your hair.

How to Use Olive Oil as a Hair Conditioner

bottle of virgin olive oil for hair conditioner

To use olive oil as a hair treatment, you can simply add the oil to your hair after shampooing and then rinse it out.

Or you can do the following intensive hair conditioning method – it’s similar to using coconut oil for hair.

This olive oil hair treatment will take about an hour and I think you’ll be happy with the results.

You’ll need the following items:

1. One bottle of virgin olive oil

2. Plastic shower cap

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Shampoo your hair, rinse and let dry until slightly damp.

Step 2: Pour some virgin olive oil onto your palm, rub your hands together coating your entire palms and fingers with olive oil.

Step 3: Spread the oil through your hair. If you have long hair, grab a small section of hair and place your oiled palms together in a ‘prayer’ fashion and slide the section of hair between your palms. This will coat the hair shafts with oil. Repeat until all your hair is coated in oil.

Step 4: Cover your head with the shower cap and let sit for about an hour. Remove cap and rinse out the oil.

Step 5: You may have to shampoo your hair to remove any excess oil from your hair. I think it will depend on the condition of your hair. My hair tends to look a little greasy and oily after the oil treatment and I’ll shampoo to help remove the excess oil.

How Often Should You use Olive Oil as a Hair Conditioner?

woman shampooing hair with olive oil hair conditioner

Everyone’s hair is different and you may will be able to determine when it’s time to repeat another olive oil hair treatment.

Many people tend to repeat the hair oil treatment once their hair and scalp begins to start feeling dry.

If you tend to put a lot of product into your hair, you may start to get a lot of build-up which may require more frequent shampooing and conditioning.

If you have fine limp hair or coarse dry hair, you may want to experiment with using olive oil or coconut oil and try different amounts of oil to see how your hair responds.

If you use heating tools to style your hair, it’s even more important you use a good leave-in hair conditioner to help nourish and protect your hair from heat damage.

Real-Life Testimonials from Using Olive Oil as a Hair Treatment

“I used 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil warmed on dry hair, leave on covered with a shower cap for 30 minutes then shampoo twice and that is it. You will not need to condition it any more for a month within that month and the more you wash it the better it looks. My husband says he has never seen it look so good.” – Sandra, United Kingdom

“I recently put my hair through the stress of bleach 2 times in 2 days. My hair was crunchy dry. I rubbed some extra virgin olive oil, a decent amount, through my hair, put it in a bun and slept with it that way. I washed it in the morning with shampoo and conditioner, rinsed it in cold water after and the condition of my hair was back to if not better then before I bleached it. Awesome treatment!” – Maxine, Canada

How to Choose the Best Olive Oil for Your Hair

The best types of oils to use are virgin olive oils.  The olives are pressed to extract the oil so there’s usually no exposure to chemicals or heat to make the actual oil. Therefore, your hair is treated to all of the natural wholesome ingredients that nature intended.

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