It is no secret that I love me some EVOO. To me it is the perfect oil when the hair feels a little thirsty. I call it hair food because you can see and feel the difference right after applying it to your hair. It makes the hair bouncy by providing elasticity. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in biotin, niacin, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants. It is naturally gluten free and contains no harmful substances. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used to tame frizz, treat dandruff and moisturize the scalp, moisturize dry hair, and mend damaged hair. No wonder ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Phoenicians used it to moisturize their skin and condition their hair. Extra Virgin Olive oil is found in many commercial beauty products because of its conditioning properties. There are different ways you can use this Mediterranean fruit oil on your hair to keep it both healthy and shiny.
1. Hot oil treatment: The purpose of a hot oil treatment is to help retain the moisture obtained after washing the hair. Whether your hair is damaged due to using hot tools or chemicals on your hair, this treatment will help repair the damage and prevent split ends.
2. Dandruff treatment: Using too much sulfate shampoo on the scalp can result in the scalp being dry and flaky. Using some warm EVOO mixed with peppermint oil can help soften the dead skin and provide the scalp the necessary nutrients it needs to shed the dead skin. If the dandruff is due to a medical problem, contact your doctor. Extra virgin olive oil by itself may not cure the disease.
3. Scalp massage: Mixing Extra Virgin Olive Oil with other carrier oils like grape seed oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil can promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and increasing blood flow.
4. Pre-shampoo treatment: If sulfate shampoos have been harsh on your hair and salp lately, you can apply some Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your hair before shampooing it. That will lessen the effects of the chemicals on your hair's natural oil. Or you can add 1-2 tablespoons of EVOO to your shampoo to speed up the process if you are in a hurry.
5. Leave-in moisturizer: The best way to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a leave-in moisturizer is to apply it while the hair is still damped. It will add moisture to the hair while nourishing it and keeping it healthy.
6. Deep conditioner: Add EVOO to a few drops of honey during the cold months and use it as a deep conditioner when you need extra moisture.
7. Oil rinse: Oil rinsing is like a hot oil treatment, but you don't have to warm the oil when doing an oil rinse. It is done immediately after shampooing the hair to make up for the oil lost during the washing process. An oil rinse can be done before conditioning or deep conditioning the hair.
8. Sealant: To keep dry hair moisturized, section your hair, spray each section with some water, then add a generous amount of EVOO to each section of the hair to lock the moisture in. Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains fatty acids that coat the hair shaft to keep it healthy and protected.
Only one or two of these tips should be done during one wash day. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. Drenching your hair with Extra Virgin Olive Oil will not result in overnight cure if your hair is severely damaged. Having Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your kitchen is not only good for cooking or making delicious salad dressings. It is also good for your overall well being.