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How to Use Olive Oil on Natural Hair

• Feb 18, 2013

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By Samantha Berley

Olive oil is a fantastic conditioner for hair, but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care.

It’s also one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair better than others, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing.

Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin olive oil is also rich in high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growth.

Olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, making it ideal for sensitive skin and hair.

DIY Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Another great thing about olive oil is that it’s a cheap and easy way to add moisture to your hair. Here’s a simple olive oil treatment you can try for achieving beautiful hair at home.

  1. Warm about a half a cup of olive oil in a microwaveable bowl or cup. The olive oil should be warm but not hot to the touch. If you have fine hair or prefer a lighter treatment, add coconut, sweet almond or jojoba oil.
  2. Pour one tablespoon of the olive oil mixture into the palm of your hands.
  3. Starting with your scalp, massage the oil into your hair in a circular motion using your fingertips. Finish by massaging the tips of your hair.
  4. Place your oil-drenched hair into a shower cap or wrap it with plastic wrap.
  5. Let the olive oil sit for between 5–45 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual.

Dry or Wet Hair?

Some women prefer applying olive oil treatments to wet and recently conditioned hair while others want their hair to be dry. If your hair is wet and conditioned, it will lock in the moisture and additional nutrients when the olive oil is applied.

The downside is that olive oil is already slightly more difficult to apply due to the hair’s slipper nature. If you apply olive oil to dry hair, it has a similar effect, but many argue it doesn’t lock in as many nutrients as the wet treatment. Even so, it’s less of a mess than the wet method.

Many users also recommend hopping in the shower and letting the steam do its thing to enhance the effects of the olive oil on the hair. Once you’ve washed it out, watch your step since the floor will be slick with oil.

Olive Oil in Hair Products

Although there are arguably more popular hair oils, olive oil is well-known as a culinary ingredient and easy to obtain in any average grocery store. For food and for hair, olive oil has been used since the dawn of civilizations, ranging from Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt and Greece.

It’s no wonder then, that olive oil is found in a variety of hair care products. Olive oil penetrates the hair cuticle so that the necessary moisture and nutrients are absorbed, leaving your hair not only smoother, but shinier and healthier as well.

Ladies, how do you incorporate olive oil in your natural hair regimen?

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Caroline
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I mixed olive oil with some leftover conditioner and I put it in my misted hair at night.

la*belle
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My hair HATES oil.. It gets so hard. It’s still a twa,but i’m battling to seal with oils. I’ve used less, applied on wet hair, on dry hair, used castor, coconut, olive oil, jojoba oil, whipped shea,sweet almond, grapeseed..my hair’s NOT having it. Anybody else had this issue

Lulu
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you can try sealing with aloe vera

Mikxtr
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YES! I’ve tried oil on dry hair, on wet hair, on damp hair, freshly washed, freshly cowashed … each time the result is the same: hay. Dry as straw.

I’ll give it another try, but I’m not holding my breath.

shadiboo
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after adding oil to damp hair, not wet, u could try sealing with shea butter. maybe that will work.

Ugonna
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Put a moisturizer first. It will be hare if you just put oil on un-moisturized hair.

la*belle
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Hey Ugonna, thanks for the advice. I always moisturize first. My hair seems to like conditioner only right now. I’ll keep trying, tho!

shadiboo
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try mixing half cup of vegetable glycerin with half cup of water and adding a few drops of olive or jojoba oil in a spray bottle. spraying instead of directly applying the oil should make it lighter and therefore not cause stiffness

Val
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Do you apply a moisturizer before applying the oils?

la*belle
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Thank you Lulu. I hope that works for me. Mikxtr I’m so glad i’m not alone! Thought there was something ‘wrong’ with my hair. Val, I definitely moisturize first. I’ve always apply after cowashing.. I tried sealing after i rinse out all the conditioner, and when leaving conditioner in my hair. All silicone free, btw.

ashley robb crockett
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My hair is very coarse and tends to dry out easily. So far, olive oil is the only oil that really works for my hair. I tried organic coconut oil on my scalp and it completely rejected it, it even caused dandruff. I’m looking for another oil that would work as well as olive.

Inf
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Olive oil breaks me out, and coconut oil makes my hair hard. I use avocado oil and mix that with either castor oil, or apricot oil..sometimes both. Works everytime on my super dry hair.

hyspin
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I know trying to find the oil for you is always a challenge i have tried Coconut oil and my skin was just not having it. So I went to Olive oil which has worked out well. I tried Avocado as an alternative and my hair wasn’t having. So each their own. I figure that the oils/butter for me are
olive oil
Shea butter (unrefined white)
castor oil
jojoba oil (primarily for my scalp)

Wendy
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I use extra virgin olive oil mix with coconut oil amla oil before cowash once a week. I use it on dry or wet hair.
I have no issues with oils.

bella_taa
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I use olive oil mainly because I find its the only readily available essential oil in Malawi. it works great. I also use it as a substitute for body lotion, leaves my skin looking yummy

D.P.
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I hate the smell of olive oil so I stopped using it. I just can’t find a reason to use something that smells like a salad when there are better smelling options out there! Personally, I mix (wait for it.…) Crisco!! and create my own hair oil/butter. I do a spoonful of crisco (which is just soybean oil and some other oils, my hair LOVES it) along with two spoonfuls of coconut oil, half a spoonful of honey, and a cap of castor oil. I apply however much I deem necessary directly after a shower. I let it sit and… Read more »
Angela
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This is hilarious. Crisco! Okayyy 🙂

Bustybloom
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I use olive oil as a pre poo and detangling method once a week, on wash day. My hair loves it, i love it and it cuts detangling time by half. I drench my hair in it and then sit with a hot wrap so its hot oil treatment then wash my hair as usual.Since using this method my hair feels amazing after washing soft and manageable.

LM
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I use olive oil as a detangling prepoo along with my leave in cream. I use it as a sealant along with shea butter, and i use it occasionally to seal in moisture from my body lotion after a shower. I know the article mentions it anti-inflammatory and anti-dandruff characteristics, but it only exacerbates my dandruff and my scalp gets dirty and itchy quicker, so I have stopped oiling my scalp altogether. Other than that olive oil is my staple..have been using it ever since i stopped relaxing 2 years ago

Rachealmercy
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Most of the products mentioned are not available in Nigeria. However, i will try olive oil and i hope it works 4 me.

Nnenna
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Hi Rachael, most oils mentioned here are in fact extracted locally n sold here in Naija. The natural hair community here is fast growing n a number of meet-ups have been held over the years as well as a rising number of Nigerian natural hair bloggers (Natural Nigerian, Screwy haired Girl,Geraldine the Great..to mention a few). Check out NaturalNigerian.com n KLS Beauty Bar, these are online vendors of virgin oils and all the yummy goodness u need to stay naturally fabulous :). They also provide info on meet-ups in various parts of town, come hang with us boo, we’ll love… Read more »
Julia
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Oils should be used in everyone’s hair care regimen. They do wonders for the hair and scalp, and feel great putting them in. whats not to love about them. After I have a coconut or olive oil head/hair massage I wrap my hair in a towel and let it sit for a bit(15–30 minutes). Rinse and see how your hair looks and feels healthier.

Marissa
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Olive oil works excellent on hair. I believe everyone should use oils because it makes your hair soft and smooth.

Brittney Jewett
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The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat. If your diet emphasizes unsaturated fats, such as MUFAs and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), instead of saturated fats and trans fats, you may gain certain health benefits. **,^

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Coilyeboniqueme
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I put olive oil in a spray bottle with distilled water and coconut oil and use it as a daily spritz on my hair throughout the day.

Addison
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Me , my sister , my two younger sisters (nine and eleven) , and my mother have been using olive oil for a hair growth remedy. We’ve been using it for about three months now and WOW , it works wonders! Its grew our hair out seriously. We combine olive oil with peppermint oil and warm it up in the microwave. Then we massge it into our scalps and put braids in our hair. My hair used to stop at my collar bone . I could never do anything but put it in ponytails. Now its about two inches above… Read more »
Sweetmeha
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I’m using olive oil daily to grow my hair, but some are saying that after some dayz hair wil become white is it true or else false?

heavenscent
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My regimine consist of deep conditioning with coconut oil and any deep conitioner labeled along with steming the hair for 20 minutes ..rinsing and doing a stright conditiner wash ..finally in a spray bottle filtered water along with Organix coconut conditioner and a little bit of extra virgin coconut oil. Two strand teists and a tid bit
of vitamin e oil th. Seal the ends …doing this
method am now at waist length!

Van
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We use grapeseed and olive oil a lot — in spritzes, before wash, as a light seal. Grapeseed feels lighter, less “goo-ey” and doesn’t really have a scent, but can’t beat olive oil for price and availability! I’ve found it everywhere from Canada to the Congo.

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India
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My name is India. I’m mixed with Asian though ( I know , don’t ask about the name) My hair is very shiny and wavy naturally. It stops right below my collar bone. I have been using olive oil and … Not much of a difference. I’ve learned all olive can do is make it shiny . There will be no big change in growth like how Addison experienced. Now if you’re wondering , ( i can read minds )I’ve been using it for five months now. FIVE MONTHS AND NOTHING! Nothing at all except for a head of hair… Read more »
shelly
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Olive oil will not make your hair grow. Your hair grows out of your scalp at its own rate, olive oil is there to help retain length by moisturizing your hair and providing vitamins for healthier hair and less breakage.

ADRZ
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LOL you actually think Olive oil grows hair? SMH.… Only Olive oil can do is condition, moisturze, and shiny . It is what we use to keep hair health instead of oils filled with chemicals sold at store. When we do that, it can lead to growing hair better. I don’t mean it is certain purpose to grow literally. It only leads to growth because it keeps hair moiszture and condition in health, than oil that are sold at stores. Olive oil is afforable. Extra Virgin is required

Talia
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Olive oil is amazing! I’ve been using it for three months and I’ve gotten about two inches of new growth.

ADRZ
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oils i use a lot: olive oil E vitamin oil (I used it at first when I was twa)It worked wonderfully and still do Grapeseed oil (use as natural heat protecant) Coconut oil Coconut creamy along with coconut milk shea butter cocoa butter jojoba oil (rare) argan oil (rare) now i use pantenol d becuz i read a book that said this oil is great at helping growing. I tried it and no difference but they told me to keep using it because ppl hair is at different condition. it takes times to grow. the listed oils are not really… Read more »
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Angela
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I moisturize my hair every day and after washing with Infusion Leave-In Conditioner Moisture Replenisher. In this bottle I add about a fourth cup of virgin olive oil. My locks really like it, and may hair never feels over dry, or greasy. I’ve had friends and stylist tell me my locks look great and health. I ONLY wash my hair with Pantene for Women of Color Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. I didn’t have this much success with my hair when I was relaxing…now.…I LOVE MY HAIR!!!

Candy
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I use olive oil two ways:
1. After I shampoo n condition I apply the olive oil to damp hair n then add my other products.
2. I do an oil rinse. After shampooing n rinsing. I apply the oil, then rinse n condition. It gives my hair great shine.

chisomo
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I have treid virgin olive oil for the first time and am still waiting for good results,I hope they will be promising!

Lowrah
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I had cancer in early 2011 starting treatment by May. I choose to use the time to learn about my hair. I had 5 days of radiation and 1 day of chemo each week for 7 weeks. This is the time that most people loss their hair. Mine was not in good shape so I put it in braids and wore a wig. I washed it every week. After all treatments, I waited 3 months (September 2011) and then I colored my hair to a color that was not what I wanted but later I appreciated because now I know… Read more »
Lowrah
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I find it funny that someone would give a thumbs down on surviving cancer. Are you so jealous that I got my hair to grow back. You are the devil and you will be call home soon. Thumbs down for surviving cancer. I have heard it all. Black people are haters.

Abi
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Lowrah, Don’t take any notice of them haters, God has healed you, I was even surprised to see a thumbs down. Just remember you are a winner, and you survived all your treatments God has been merciful to you. Keep on with your long healthy hair journey to glorify God and to the shame of the devil, Bless you.

Daija
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Lowrah, Abi, and Kendra shut the hell up. Obviously no one cares. Just because a person disagrees with what you say they’re a hater? Fuck you.

🙂

kae
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I was actually happy that you survived,but what offended me is the fact that you racist, you generalized and even said blacks, the Bible says be slow to anger, because in turn you might offend other people, God will judge you too, not every black person is hating on you,others like me are rooting for you,check yourself too cause you are no better than the person that didnt like your comment, everyone

Makayla
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You’re hair is beautiful and so are you!!

kendra b
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Hi, Lowrah I didn’t see the negative comment that person wrote, but I just wanted to say to ignore them-they must be mentally-ill or something. I hope you are feeling well. I am normally not a prayer, but I will pray for you and me. 🙂 Have a good year

Kendra

neicy
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I use the extra virgin olive oil today and my hair feels wonderful. its soft as ever. i also like argan oil. Every now and then i will use tea tree oil but not as often. im currently transitioning from relaxed to natural. haven’t had a relaxer since October and i have so much of new growth. my hair is in better condition. much healthier. it seem like its growing really fast. i also take biotin. at least one pill a day. a multivitamin. the texture n my hair is better also. its so soft. it doesn’t feel relaxed. i… Read more »
kiki
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I had decided to go natural about 2 years ago. I haven’t had a perm in 2 years , my natural hair texture is silky and wavy, like a native Americans hair because I’m Creole. I started using olive oil 2 years ago as well and the results are great ‚it moisturized my hair and helped it grow. now it’s down my back..all I Ever use is olive oil..no harsh chemicals just straight olive oil… I don’t use grease either I hate it..but anyway olive oil made my hair grow…its really great.!

kiki
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by the way heat doesn’t damage my hair at all..I use olive oil she flat ironing it or blow drying my hair.

M SHARADAREDDY
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I LIKE OLIVE OIL SO RESULT IN MY HAIR

Mel Stevens
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Thanks a lot for these tips! I recommend the pro naturals argan oil =)

Amanda
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?I accidentally bought Pure Olive instead if extra virgin olive oil, can I still use it in my hair?
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Alice
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Lowrah it is not fair to say black people are haters. I am black and never even wondered what your ethnicity is.

Thanks for sharing your story and may God bless you with great health

Craig
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I’m a black man with a small/medium afro, an I haven’t bought extra stuff to moisturize an keep hair from being dry yet, but I’ve just be using normal cold water, through the day, when ever your hair gets dry just use cold water, I’ve learned cold water keeps hair moist an soft longer, hot water dries it out faster an will have your hair coarse. I use shampoo with olive oil in it, avoid stuff with mineral oil an other chemicals in it, always look for products that contain water an olive oil. I shampoo my hair in warm… Read more »
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may
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you shouldn’t put olive oil in the microwave because it kills all the nutriment in the oil. What you should do is boil some water and put your oil in a plastic bowl and let the warm water warm your oil

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Lee Jessica
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I love to use olive oil. It smoothens my hair and keep the hair bouncy

Alexandria
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I use olive oil for deep conditioning my hair. After a shampoo, I’ll immediately coat all of my hair with olive oil and only then apply the conditioner. It leave my hair feeling much softer and looking much shinier than applying conditioner by itself. my hair type is 3b or maybe even 3c, but either way, I see this method working for probably all 3 and 4 hair types. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

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