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Goodbye Frizz and Dryness: How Olive Oil Works for Hair

Olive oil, one of the oldest moisturizers known, has a rich and ancient history. Used as a skincare product by royalty in ancient Greece, Rome, and Israel, it continues to be hailed as a powerful ingredient for both skincare and haircare. Dmitry Irshinskiy, a hairstylist at FEKKAI Soho Salon in New York, highlighted its timeless appeal in an interview with WomensHealth, stating, "It is still considered one of the most powerful and effective skincare ingredients."

The benefits of olive oil for hair

Olive oil's benefits to hair are many. Its nourishing properties can be attributed to its abundance of fatty acids and antioxidants, making it an excellent choice for promoting scalp health. According to dermatologist Audrey Kunin, MD, the fatty acids in olive oil can provide nourishment to the scalp, while also helping to coat the hair strands, creating softness and shine. It's a holistic approach, as what's good for the skin tends to be good for the hair.

The benefits of olive oil extend beyond its nourishing properties. It is a valuable tool in combating frizz and flyaways, particularly for coarse and unruly hair. Irshinskiy notes that it can act as a lifesaver when it comes to frizz protection. Hair stylist Jennifer Korab explains that olive oil, packed with fatty acids, antioxidants, and nutrients, can condition, soften, and hydrate the hair, making it a valuable addition to the haircare routine of those with dry or brittle hair.

When not to use olive oil for hair

However, it's important to consider your personal hair and skin type when incorporating olive oil into your haircare regimen. Dr. Kunin advises caution for individuals prone to dandruff or with oily scalps, as olive oil may not be suitable in such cases. Fine-haired individuals should also exercise caution, because olive oil can weigh down the hair due to its heavier consistency.

How to apply olive oil to hair

To maximize the benefits of olive oil, you need to apply it correctly. Celebrity hairstylist Glenn Ellis recommends focusing the application on the middle and ends of the hair, using a minimal amount.  A little goes a long way! You'll probalby need about one to two tablespoons of olive oil for each use. For a deep conditioning treatment, Ellis advises leaving the oil on for approximately 20 minutes. Another option is to mix olive oil with a little conditioner so it is easier to apply - just avoid the scalp. That makes it easier to rinse out.  Once you figure out the amount of oil that right for you, you can just use it on its own.

Apply the olive oil, wrap your hair in a towel, leave in for 20 minutes to an hour, rinse out.

New to you?  Patch test

While olive oil is generally safe for hair, it's always a good practice to do a patch test before trying any new product. Additionally, moderation is key to prevent buildup and get the best results. Using olive oil once a week, similar to a hair mask or deep conditioner, is recommended to get its benefits without any adverse effects.

Take a cue from ancient royalty and harness the benefits of olive oil for your hair. Its nourishing properties, ability to combat frizz, and versatility make it a valuable addition to many people's haircare routine. By considering individual factors and following proper application techniques, you can unlock the full potential of olive oil for your hair's health and radiance. Whether you're seeking to enhance shine, manage frizz, or promote scalp health, olive oil may just be your new best friend on the journey to beautiful and healthy hair.

Looking for a great olive oil to try in your hair? Try this!

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