People have used olive oil as a hair conditioner for thousands of years for treating dry, brittle hair. The users claim that it adds shine, body, softness, and resilience to the hair. This seems to be true, as the Mediterranean women have been using olive oil as a hair treatment since centuries.
Olive oil contains natural emollients such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene, that’s why this oil has softening qualities. Moreover, this healthy oil is chockfull of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids that can nourish your 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
This olive oil hair conditioning diy method will take about an hour and you’ll be happy with the results. The modus operandi is very simple – simply add the oil to your hair after shampooing and then rinse it out. Read on for step-by-step recipe.
(i) Measure: How much olive oil you should apply depends on how deeply you desire to moisturize and where. For example you won’t require more than a tablespoon for applying on the ends of your hair. And if you aim to treat your entire head, you will need perhaps a quarter cup. And if you are using the olive oil on your hair first time, use just a tablespoon or two for your first treatment.
(ii) Shampoo your hair and rinse and let air-dry until slightly damp.
(iii) Take some virgin olive oil into your palm, rub your hands together coating your entire palms and fingers with the olive oil.
(iv) Massage the oil into your hair for a few minutes. 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.
Note: You can also massage it on to your scalp if you have dry scalp.
(v) For the most effective conditioning, wrap your hair and cover your head in a shower cap and let the oil soak in for about an hour or more.
(vi) Rinse: Rinse out the oil. You may have to shampoo your hair to remove any excess oil from your hair. It depends on the condition of your hair and how much you’ve applied. If your hair tends to look a little greasy and oily after the oil treatment, you will need to shampoo to help remove the excess oil.
Caution: Olive oil tends to weigh down thinner hair. Oily hair and scalps simply don’t need the conditioning.
How Often Should You Use Olive Oil as a Hair Conditioner?
If you have fine, limp hair you may find that your hair is more prone to becoming greasy when applying the oil, so you won’t have to apply too much oil or leave it in for shorter periods. On the other hand, dry, coarse, thick hair may need to keep the oil in for a longer period for a deeper, more intensive moisturizing treatment.
Another determining factor is what and how much products you use on your hair. The more products you use, more the residues buildup will be there so your hair will need more frequent shampooing and conditioning.
As everyone’s hair is different, so it’s only you who can decide when it is time for your hair to get another olive oil hair treatment.
The key to getting best results is learning how much oil your hair actually needs in order for it to become more moisturized.
Tip: Heavily processed hair — like hair that’s been treated with relaxers, perms, or bleach — especially benefit from extra moisture. If you’re using olive oil on bleached hair, test a strand to make sure the oil doesn’t leave a trace of its green shade behind.
How To Choose The Best Olive Oil For Your Hair?
The best types of oils to use are extra virgin olive oils. Go for the cold pressed extra virgin type of oil. To prepare this kind of oil, the olives are cold pressed to extract the oil so there’s no exposure to chemicals or heat. So all the goodness of olives is retained.
Wrap Up: Olive oil is most beneficial for dry, thick hair. Using olive oil as a hair conditioner is one of the best ways to naturally moisturize and nourish your hair. This can be a healthy alternative to putting man-made chemicals and products in your hair and scalp.