How To Use Olive Oil To Treat Dandruff

by Anjali Sayee

Olive oil is one of the best natural ingredients for your hair. Not only is this oil healthy and full of essential nutrients and antioxidants, but it also offers exceptional benefits when used as hair oil. When used the right way, the oil is light on your hair, does not weigh it down, and leaves it feeling smooth and silky. But wait, there’s more. Did you know that olive oil is also an effective remedy for dandruff? Keep reading to learn how olive oil helps treat dandruff, and how you can include this wonderful ingredient in your hair care routine.

Is Olive Oil Effective Against Dandruff?

Yes! Olive oil is one of the best ingredients you could use to treat dandruff. The oil is effective and efficient to the point where you start noticing the improvement from the first use. Following, I’ve put together the benefits of olive oil for hair.

1. Fights Dandruff

Olive oil is one of the best natural conditioners that you can find for your hair (1). Unlike regular store-bought conditioners, which only clog and irritate your scalp, olive oil will help moisturize a dry scalp and will soothe flaking.

2. Unclogs Follicles

Olive oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which make it a good hair cleanser (2), (3). Cleansers are used to remove the build-up that is clogging the hair follicles. Another study showed that olive oil penetrates through hair fibers and protects the hair from within (4). Clogged follicles (from the dirt and grime) can lead to scalp irritation and dandruff (5). Olive oil is light and helps dissolve all the dirt, excess oils, and grime that are present on your scalp. This helps unclog the follicles as well as nourish them so that hair can grow without a hitch, minimizing scalp irritation.

3. Prevents Damage

Olive oil helps reduce hair damage and split ends (1). Regular use of olive oil can help boost scalp and hair health by preventing damage. This is owed to olive oil’s rich antioxidant properties that help minimize oxidative damage (2).

4. Conditions Hair

Olive oil can also be used as a hair conditioner as it penetrates the hair fiber  (1), (2). The oil contains mono-unsaturated fats that nourish your hair (6). Thus, it may leave your hair feeling silky, soft, and frizz-free.

Now that you know how beneficial olive oil is for your hair, check out how you can use it to treat dandruff.

How To Use Olive Oil For Dandruff Treatment

  1. Egg And Olive Oil Hair Mask For Dandruff

Egg whites contain enzymes that kill bacteria and prevent infection (7). This helps keep your scalp healthy while warding off dandruff. Eggs also help nourish your hair with their high protein content (8).

You Will Need
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Shower cap
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  • In a bowl, beat the white of one egg with two tablespoons of olive oil. Ensure that the egg is cold to contain the smell.
  • Apply this mixture onto your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair.
  • Once your scalp and hair are covered in the mixture, cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid a mess.
  • Wait for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes have passed, wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Avoid using warm or hot water as it might ‘cook’ the egg.
  • Finish with conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

1-2 times a week.

2. Olive Oil And Almond Oil For Dandruff

Almond oil has anti-inflammatory properties (9). Therefore, it may help soothe scalp irritation and dandruff. In combination with olive oil, it also helps soften the flakes and dissolve excess oil and dirt, thus unclogging your hair follicles.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

45 minutes – Overnight

Process
  • In a bowl, mix the almond and olive oils until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Start massaging this mixture into your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair.
  • Once your scalp and hair are covered, massage your scalp for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes. Optionally, you can leave it in overnight.
  • Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Finish with a conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

3. Olive Oil And Lemon For Dandruff

Lemon juice is rich in citric acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants (10). Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may help fight dandruff and boost scalp health. The acidic nature of lemon juice can also help balance your scalp’s pH and leave your scalp feeling fresh and free of build-up.

Caution: Do not sit under the sun after applying this hair mask because lemon juice can bleach your hair when exposed to sunlight.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Massage this mixture into your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair.
  • Once your hair and scalp are both covered, continue massaging for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the lemon-oil mixture on for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Finish with conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

4. Olive Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Dandruff

Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties (11), (12). It has also been found to be effective in the treatment of dandruff and the scalp irritation and greasiness associated with it (11).

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  • In a bowl, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well.
  • Start massaging this mixture into your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair.
  • Once your scalp and hair are covered, massage your scalp for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes. Optionally, you can leave it in overnight.
  • Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Finish with a conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

5. Olive Oil And White Vinegar For Dandruff

White vinegar contains acetic acid that helps fight off fungal infections (13). Therefore, it may help fight off the dandruff-causing fungus Malassezia and relieve itching.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

10 minutes

Process
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  • Start applying the mixture onto your scalp in sections.
  • Once your scalp is completely covered in the mixture, massage for about 5 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture on for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Finish with conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

1-2 times a week until the problem subsides.

6. Olive Oil And Turmeric For Dandruff

Turmeric is a powerhouse of antioxidants (14). Hence, it may help fight and prevent scalp and hair damage. It also has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe your scalp and fight infection (14).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Shower cap
Prep Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  • In a bowl, mix the turmeric and olive oil until they are well combined.
  • Start applying this mixture onto your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair.
  • After your hair and scalp are covered in the oil-turmeric mixture, massage your scalp for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture on for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Finish with conditioner. Ensure that you apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair without touching your scalp.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Dealing with dandruff is, no doubt, very frustrating. However, battling it can be as simple as opening a bottle of olive oil. With these olive oil remedies, you can say goodbye to dandruff and boost your scalp health in no time at all. Have you ever used olive oil for dandruff treatment? 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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