We know that olive oil has very rich nutritional and medicinal values and that its organoleptic properties make it a very beneficial food for the health of our organism. But, did you know how valuable olive oil is for hair? We tell you why and how you can use it.
Already in Ancient Greece, olive oil was used as a personal hygiene and massage product; in Ancient Rome, to make skincare products, such as creams and ointments; and it was in the ancient Egyptian civilization when it began to be used for very specific purposes: the prevention of wrinkles and hair nourishment. In fact, regular consumption of olive oil can greatly improve the appearance of hair and the health of the scalp, but with its topical application, you can also get great results.
Properties of olive oil
No wonder why olive oil is so praised in the beauty world. It got so many properties that can benefit our general health, skin and hair condition.
It contains vitamin E and polyphenols
These are two powerful antioxidants that, when applied to the hair and scalp, protect the hair from external aggressions, including sun damage, one of the major factors in cellular aging. Besides, olive oil contains vitamin C, which boosts collagen production. As a result, hair grows thicker and stronger.
Regenerative and soothing power
On the one hand, olive oil boosts hair growth and helps it to grow healthy and strong. When applied in a targeted manner, it strengthens the hair follicles and scalp to prevent and slow down hair loss. Its soothing, softening, and emollient properties help to treat scalp pathologies such as dandruff, psoriasis, or irritation and itching. Its nutritional composition not only makes olive oil an excellent food with which to take care of our health, but it is also one of the best products with which to nourish your hair because it slows down the evaporation of water and provides lipids to strengthen its cellular structure. Thus, the molecular structure of the oil penetrates the hair fibers, reducing frizz.
More shine and nutrition
The application of olive oil on the hair restores damaged areas and lesions of your hair, making it look healthier.
It is known that olive oil is one of the best natural moisturizers. That is, it helps your hair regain its natural moisture and look more toned.
How can I apply olive oil to my hair?
You can use many different oils for hair care: coconut oil, essential oils, almond oil, shea oil. But, without a doubt, olive oil is one of the best options and at a very economical price. However, to make the most of its properties, it is best to choose extra virgin olive oil. The difference with conventional oil is that it is cold-pressed and is of the best quality, retaining all its properties.
Olive oil hair massage
The easiest way to treat your hair with olive oil is with a massage that starts on the scalp and, little by little spreads to the rest of the hair. In this way, the oil penetrates the hair fibers, which absorb the nutrients. You should insist on the ends, but gently, as this is the most damaged area. The amount you use will depend on the amount of hair you have, its length, and its dryness.
After the massage, ideally, leave the oil on for an hour. You can do this while doing other tasks at home and tie your hair in a bun, a ponytail, or cover it with a towel to not stain your clothes and not make it uncomfortable.
Afterward, you should do a thorough wash to remove any oil residue so that your hair is not greasy. If you have dry hair, doing this once a week will strengthen your hair, give it extra moisture, stop it from breaking easily and give it life, movement, and shine. On the other hand, you will prevent split ends.
Other uses of olive oil for hair
Here are some recipes for hair ointments with olive oil as the main ingredient. Take note!
Olive oil and honey mask
For this recipe, mix olive oil and honey in a bowl until both substances are integrated. Apply this mixture to the hair, not forgetting the roots and ends. Again, you can wrap the hair in a towel dampened with hot water to promote absorption and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then rinse and wash as usual.
Olive oil and egg mask
Mix four tablespoons of olive oil with a beaten egg and spread it on the scalp. You should leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with water that is not too hot. This mask will revitalize the hair fibers and nourish your mane, thanks to the proteins in the egg.
Olive oil and aloe vera mask
Mix three tablespoons of aloe vera gel or three pieces of natural aloe vera with two tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. You can apply this mask to damp or dry hair and use a comb to make sure it penetrates the hair fibers. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, and then wash your hair normally.
Although it may seem otherwise, olive oil is also a suitable treatment for oily hair. This type of hair tends to be washed more frequently and with products that damage it in order to control excess oil. In response, the sebaceous glands secrete more oil, making the problem worse.
Olive oil is useful to combat excess oil in the hair, but you should not do it too often (ideally every ten or fifteen days), and you should only use a tablespoon. Apply it from the scalp to the ends with particular emphasis on them, as split and damaged ends are a common problem in oily hair.