Is Olive Oil An Effective Solution For Dry Hair?

by Anjali Sayee

It is close to impossible to have a good hair day when you have dry hair. Not only is your hair super prone to breaking, but it also splits within weeks after a trim. Frizzy hair pretty much becomes a way of life when you’ve had dry hair for long enough. Worry not, olive oil may help. Scroll down to find out what olive oil can do for dry hair.

Is Olive Oil Good For Dry Hair?

Olive oil is an essential hair care ingredient, especially if you have dry hair. Here are the properties of olive oil and the benefits of using it for dryness:

  • A study shows that olive oil is an excellent hair conditioner (1). It can also help treat hair damage. As a hair care ingredient, it can keep your hair hydrated, making it more manageable.
  • It is a rich source of antioxidants that help promote scalp health while neutralizing free radicals that can have a damaging effect on your scalp and hair.
  • Its moisturizing properties can help seal the hair cuticle by forming a protective barrier over the hair shaft. This helps control frizz.
  • The oil may also strengthen your hair and improve its elasticity. This may help prevent issues, such as breakage and split ends.
  • Mice studies show that oleuropein, a compound found in olive oil, can promote hair growth (2).

Let’s look at how you can go about including olive oil in your hair care routine.

How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair

1. Avocado And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Avocados are a rich source of fatty acids and nutrients (3). These can help seal moisture in your hair and strengthen your hair. The high antioxidant content in this hair pack helps prevent damage while keeping your hair soft and smooth.

You Will Need

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

5 minutes

Treatment Time

45 minutes – 1 hour

Method

  1. Pit and skin the avocado and then throw it into a blender.
  2. Add a little water and blend to get a smooth paste.
  3. Add the olive oil to the avocado puree and mix well.
  4. Wash your hair and squeeze out the excess water with a towel.
  5. While your hair is still damp, apply the avocado and olive oil hair mask.
  6. Cover your head with a shower cap and wait for about an hour.
  7. Wash the mask out with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

1-2 times a week. 

2. Coconut Oil And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Coconut oil is a rich source of medium-chain fatty acids that help nourish and condition your hair. It helps prevent the loss of proteins from your hair while also penetrating deep into your hair shaft to nourish and hydrate it (4). In combination with olive oil, coconut oil makes for an efficient deep conditioning oil treatment.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Hot towel

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

45 minutes

Method

  1. Combine the two oils in a bowl and heat for a couple of seconds until the blend is slightly warm.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Massage your scalp for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Cover your hair with a hot towel and wait for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Wash the oil blend out of your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

2 times a week.

3. Honey And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Honey is a humectant (5). This means that it attracts moisture and helps seal it in your hair shaft. This moisture barrier helps condition dry and damaged hair while also taming frizz.

You Will Need

  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method

  1. Combine the honey and olive oil until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Heat this mixture in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
  3. Wash your hair and squeeze it dry with a towel.
  4. While your hair is still damp, apply the mixture to it from the roots to the tips.
  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  6. Wait for about 30 minutes.
  7. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a week. 

4. Egg Yolk And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Egg yolks are power-packed with protein that helps condition your hair and aids hair growth (according to mice studies) (6). It is a natural conditioner, which, in combination with olive oil, can make your hair super smooth and manageable. Using this hair mask on a regular basis can help prevent breakage and dryness.

You Will Need

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

5 minutes

Treatment Time

1 hour

Method

  1. Whisk the egg yolks and the olive oil together until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  4. Wait for about an hour.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

Once a week. 

5. Lemon And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

If you have dry hair and a dandruff problem, this is the remedy for you. Lemon juice is an excellent ingredient to use for combating dandruff (1). It not only helps get rid of the flakes, but it also gives your scalp a vitamin C boost, helping boost healthy hair growth.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

20 minutes

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  4. Wait for about 20 minutes.
  5. Wash the mixture out with cool water and mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week. 

6. Mayonnaise And Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Mayonnaise contains vinegar, eggs, and natural oils, all of which are excellent hair care ingredients. It helps maintain the pH balance of your scalp while nourishing and conditioning your hair. The ingredient also contains protein that helps restore the health of your hair. This mask can help repair dryness and damage, making your hair soft, shiny, and super manageable.

You Will Need

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method

  1. Combine the mayonnaise and olive oil until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Wash your hair and squeeze it dry with a towel.
  3. Apply the mixture to damp hair from the roots to the tips.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  5. Wait for about 30 minutes.
  6. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  7. Let your hair air dry.

How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Dryness is your hair’s worst enemy but, rest assured, these olive oil hair treatments will put all of your dry hair woes to rest. Have you ever used olive oil in your hair care routine? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.

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