It is not surprising that olive oil has become the most popular oil in the market nowadays. Best known for being a good source of monounsaturated fats, olive oil is widely used in everyday cooking, but do you know it is also helpful for your hair? Below is some important information you should know about olive oil for hair growth.
Benefits of using olive oil for hair growth
Why? Simple enough! Olive oil will take care of your hair from inside out, which includes curing, nourishing and protecting it from harmful elements as listed below:
People tend to care for their hair appearance and neglect the scalps, but truth is healthy scalps lead to healthy hair. Dry scalp can create dandruff that might lead to itchy and flaky scalp in the end. Oily scalp, especially, usually needs more attention, as it could be troublesome to your hair. Whatever you do, try not to comb your hair with your fingers because you could be spreading the oil from your scalp to your whole hair shaft. Oily scalp is the result of clogged up surplus sebum at the roots of your hair. Olive oil can help with this, simply massage it onto your scalp, this will help take away any excess sebum buildup as well as stimulate new follicles to form.
Curing hair loss
There are many things that can cause hair loss in both men and women, some cannot be cured like genetic reasons while some others are curable such as anemia, thyroid disease (the hormone relates to metabolism) or lack of needed protein and vitamins. Not to worry, olive oil can give your hair the nutrients it needs to prevent and stop your hair from falling. DHT (Dihydro testosterone) hormone is the main element that thins your hair, the more DHT you have in your body, the thinner your hair will be and eventually hair loss. Olive oil can aid in the reduction process of DHT leaving your hair thicker and prevent it from shedding.
Soft and shiny hair
Olives are also known for their richness of vitamins E & A as well as several antioxidants, which in fact will contribute a large portion in your hair revival process. Antioxidants first will nurture your scalp into its best condition since this is the foundation of having healthy, soft and shiny hair as mentioned above. It then will set your hair free from harmful radicals that are known to badly affect the aging process and hair loss as well. Olive oil is better than other oils due to its emollient property that can go through hair shaft easily. Along with antioxidants, Vitamin A and E also feed your hair the nutrients it needs to strengthen the strands. During dry weather, or after hundred times of styling, your hair tends to break, split and get frizzy in result of lacking humidity; adding this oil to your hair at this point will not only weigh it down but also pour in the moisture it needs to be soft and shiny. Olive oil can lock in the moisture once it is in your hair and protect the keratin (a type of protein that keeps your cells from being damaged or killed by a variety of reasons) in it.
Antibacterial and antifungal properties
We know that olive oil can cure and nourish your hair back to its strength, now won’t you be happy to learn that it can also prevent you from having dandruff or even lice? Scalp infection is on top of the list of what you do not want to happen to your hair indeed. Using this oil on a regular basis can assist you in fighting against the infection.
Now that we acknowledge the reasons why we should choose olive oil for hair growth, let’s get to the part where you will learn how to use it properly.
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Ways To Use Olive Oil For Hair Growth
There are way too many different versions showing you how to use olive oil, which can make you really confused when it come to choosing the right one. So I will make this simple for you by introducing the two easiest ways to use olive oil for hair growth with only the olive oil: one for wet hair, and the other for dry hair. I recommend you choose extra virgin olive oil over the others since this is the best state (the purest) of this oil with no chemicals mixed up.
- Shampoo and Condition your hair as usual.
- Rinse out any excess conditioner and them comb your hair
- Massage your hair with 1to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and make sure you cover everything from roots to ends.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Brush your hair until the get all the knots out.
- Starting from the ends, massage your way up gently with 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Stop where it is about 1 inch from the scalp.
- Use a hair dryer at medium heat and around 8 inches away from your head and start blowing for about 2 to 3 minutes to help the oil work at it best.
- Rinse off with warm water.
Depends on the damaged level of your hair, the treatment time is varied. The ideal average time would be 45 minutes for the oil to penetrate, but for those who have hair that suffered from constantly changing hairstyles and chemicals (perm, straightener, dyes, etc.), leaving the oil on hair for at least two hours with a warm towel is better.
6 Homemade Hair Growth Recipes with olive oil
Besides the two basic methods mentioned above, I am sure you have seen a lot of recommendations that scattered around the Internet about mixing this oil with tons of other ingredients. To make it easier for you, I will select and put together the top 6 recipes
1. Olive oil with eggs, honey
Eggs are rich with antioxidants, vitamin A and E just like olives. Honey can revive dry and damaged hair; combining these together they can support each other’s properties and make it a strong concoction.
- 1 egg white will be mixed with honey and oil, 1 teaspoon each.
- Mix until blended
- Apply to hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes or until dry
- Shampoo with warm water
- Once a week
2. Olive oil with avocado, honey
Avocado oil is said to have a close structure as the oil in human skin and hair, also very rich in monounsaturated fats and vitamins.
- Pick a ripe avocado, mash it to make a paste
- Mix with 2 tablespoon of the oil and the paste together until as smooth as possible, or you can use a blender or food processor
- Apply onto damp hair, especially the ends. Spread evenly but you should not touch the roots if you have oily hair.
- Wrap your air in a shower cap and put an air dryer on low for at least 20 minutes. Heat will set this mask more active.
- Rinse well since this mask tends to be thick and stick really well to your hair.
3. Olive oil with coconut oil.
This is the most popular formula around since they have a lot in common. Also, coconut oil is usually in solid form, while the other can keep it in liquid. Same rule apply, try to pick the “extra virgin” version, in this case we call it “raw”. This recipe is lightweight and not too aggressive, thus it is perfect for thin hair.
- Microwave coconut oil till melted.
- Mix with 2:1 ratio: 2 parts coconut, 1 part olive.
- Comb the oil through your hair and cover for as long as possible, preferably overnight.
- Wash off in the morning with warm water.
4. Olive oil and banana
This is another recipe that is very similar to the avocado one as vitamins A & E and antioxidants will foster your hair back to its strength while sugar and pectin locks in moisture.
- Pick a ripe banana and mash into a paste
- Mix together with ¼ cup of oil and 1 teaspoon of honey; try to blend as much as possible for easier application
- Leave on for at least 30 minutes and then rinse off.
5. Olive oil, coconut oil, gooseberry oil and almond oil
Oil mixes well with other oils, especially when they have very similar properties, it can make a very powerful remedy for your damaged hair. Using the suggested amount
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of gooseberry oil, 2 tablespoons of almond oil.
- Warm the mixture up before using
- Dip a comb into the mixture and start combing your hair. This will help spreading it evenly from roots to ends.
- Massage and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Then shampoo as usual
6. Olive oil, garlic and vitamin E capsule
- Add about 1 or 2 garlic cloves to 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Put on low heat to simmer until garlics turn light brown
- Press to get the juice and then strain the oil
- Pinch and add 1 capsule of vitamin E to the concoction
- Massage it to your hair and leave on overnight.
- Shampoo and condition as usual the next morning.
These are just some common recipes; feel free to be creative to add any other natural ingredients you like to create your own remedies.
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Choosing Olive Oil For Hair Growth?
Here is some extra information you should know before choosing olive oil for hair growth:
- A lot of hair care producer nowadays claim that they have include olive oil in their products because of its benefits. But we can always buy a pure olive oil to save us from the decision making process of which products should we pick.
- It is best to leave olive oil on your hair overnight with a shower cap or warm towel if you have the time.
- You can microwave olive oil (only lukewarm, not too hot) before applying to stimulate the process.
- You can always mix olive oil with different ingredients such as honey, eggs, cinnamon, etc. but if you don’t have the time, it will do just fine by itself.
- You can substitute your conditioner with olive oil once or twice a month to get away from those cream and silicone in the conditioner, which only give a temporary fancy look by the way.
- You should treat your hair with olive oil once a week for damaged hair or once a month to nourish, if it is already in good condition.
- Always massage as much as you can while applying olive oil. This will help blood circulate better through your cells for easily distribution of nutrients.
- Don’t forget to include olive oil in your everyday meal to feed your health and beauty from the inside, too.
- One last thing, olive oil CANNOT be processed with high heat (microwave too long, fry on high heat, etc.) as it will lose its properties and nutrients.
Having healthy hair with soft and shiny looking does not require expensive treatments as some of you might think. As long as you have an extra bottle of extra virgin olive oil in your bathroom, you have one less thing to worry about.