How to use olive oil for hair growth

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 15, 2013

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  • Olive oil can prevent and even cure hair loss.
  • The overall health of the scalp also benefits from olive oil.
  • Besides healing a scaly and dry scalp; it makes hair soft and shiny.
  • Olive oil massages can improve the blood circulation in your scalp.

You ask us for a powerhouse when it comes to hair care, and we say olive oil. Keeping a bottle of olive oil handy not just in your kitchen, but your bathroom can help your tresses look thicker, stronger, longer and shinier. Yes, the rich, moisturizing oil can be used as a conditioner, a hot oil treatment, or as a finishing product.

As one ages, the structure of the hair undergoes a slow change, thereby making it weaker and resulting in hair loss and greying.  Hair loss can be caused by a lot of reasons- genetic or hereditary reasons, but often it can be caused by pollution, misuse of hair care products, frequent colouring, poor diet, and certain medications or over processing of the hair. These causes of hair loss can sometimes be reversed. Resorting to the use olive oil for hair growth is perhaps the best option.

Olive Oil for Hair Growth


Benefits of olive oil for hair: Removes dandruff

Dandruff comes from a scalp which is dry, and flaky. Lemon helps loosen the dandruff while olive oil moisturizes the new, exfoliated layer of skin. To get rid of that scurf, mix equal amounts of olive oil, lemon juice and water. Massage into damp scalp, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse and shampoo. This dandruff-fighting treatment should be used anytime in alternative weeks. Too much acidity from lemon could cause your hair to grey prematurely.



Benefits of olive oil for hair: Treats split ends

Winters make your hair prone to breakage, splitting, and frizzy flyaways giving your sleek haircut a messy and unkempt look. This is a time when you can use olive oil for hair that is smooth, has weight and moisture and is problem-free. Just smooth a little olive oil on your fingers and run them through your hair after you've styled it to give your ends and flyaways the kiss off.



Olive oil for hair strength and shine

You are in love with your regular conditioner which means you are in love with all the chemicals in it too. Olive oil could easily substitute it for bringing moisture back to your hair and make it look shiny. It is free of chemicals, rich in vitamin A, E, and antioxidants. It works by protecting the keratin in hair and sealing the moisture in. It is also believed to remove sebum buildup which blocks the new follicles and hinders hair growth.

How to Use Olive Oil for Hair Growth


Manage your hair better with olive oil

If your hair looks lifeless, doesn’t hold a curl, and is hard to style, it probably is undernourished. Find resort in a hot oil treatment which features olive oil for hair that is easy to manage and style. Coating you hair in half a cup of olive oil, leaving it for 30 minutes, and then shampooing it off can return the much needed moisture to your hair.



Use olive oil for extra smooth hair

All those brittle ends and frizzy curls make your hair feel like steel wool. Don’t worry, olive oil can help soften your hair, making it more malleable. A natural, deep conditioning treatment of olive oil each week can replace the extra silicone ingredients used in conditioners that give your hair a false feeling of softness of for a few hours.



How to use olive oil for hair growth

A hormone called DTH (dihydrotestosterone) is the culprit in many cases of hair loss, as it causes the hair follicle shaft to narrow. Olive oil actually stops this from happening, which means you can hold onto your hair for longer.

Benefits of olive oil for hair growth also go a long way in keeping promoting good health for your scalp, fighting fungi and bacteria, and improving the blood circulation. When your blood circulation becomes better, your hair follicles get stimulated, producing hair strands that are thicker and healthier.

It is actually amazing to see how olive oil and hair growth have become synonymous with it working alone excellently to prevent or slow hair loss.  

Experts have proven that regular use of the olive oil helps to restore the shine in your hair. To ensure visible results, learning the right application method is equally imperative.

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair


How to apply olive oil to promote hair growth

To use olive oil for hair growth, take 20 to 30 ml in a bowl and add approximately 10 ml of coconut oil to it.

  • Warm this mixture in a microwave, while ensuring not to overheat it. The oil should be warm enough to touch without scalding the fingers.
  • Part your hair in sections and apply the warm oil gently with your fingertips to the scalp. Continue this procedure, moving from section to section till the whole scalp has been covered.
  • Take some more oil on your palm and gently apply the oil from root to tips while holding each section individually.  This will condition the entire strand of hair and prevent breakage and split ends.
  • Soak a towel in hot water and squeeze out the extra water.  The temperature of the towel should not be uncomfortably hot.
  • Wrap this towel around your hair and leave it on for around twenty minutes.  This will not only steam your scalp for better absorption of oil, but will also enhance the blood circulation in the entire scalp.
  • During summers, wearing a shower cap after oiling your hair and leaving it on for thirty minutes would provide sufficient warmth to the scalp.
  • Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. You can also use a baby shampoo as it is considered to be very mild. Repeat this procedure once or twice a week over a couple of months to witness best results.

Some herbs and spices also enhance the effect of olive oil. A teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds when added to olive oil and heated gently makes a powerful concoction that prevents dandruff and promotes hair growth.

Please understand that even though olive oil can work wonders for your hair, you must complement the olive oil treatments for hair with other lifestyle changes for even better results. Enriching your diet with good foods, such as almonds, seafood and Greek yogurt, can help your hair become healthier.


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  • sadaf15 Sep 2013

    Please tell me can i apply figaro olive oil daily but little bit on my scalp and hair ends and dont wash it next day. i wash my hair twice a week.i really have very dry and damaged hair.

  • Bhavika Vaid22 Apr 2013

    Hi, I have yet to try olive oil for hair; although I’ve tried jojoba & coconut hair oils but not olive oil. I have heard about its benefits from many. This article is very useful as it has mentioned all the ways of using olive oil for hair. I wanted to know that which olive oil is best for the hair growth as in, extra virgin olive oil or the heavier (darker colored oils). Also, I want to improve the texture of my hair, want to make them smooth and shiny.

  • Mano08 Jan 2013

    I have cold problem can i apply olive and coconut oil mixed together before taking head bath.Would applying these two hair oils increase my cold? I suffer a lot bcoz of this cold problem so kindly suggest me.

  • savita pusola04 Jan 2013

    can we use this oil for 6 yr old baby,because her hair is falling kindly suggest me how can i use for her

  • sandy02 Nov 2012

    olive oil is very good for hair.try aloe vera and olive oil together.. try it on for about 3 to 4 months.....see the is harmless..

  • magy06 Oct 2012

    by using olive oil any side effects iwill effect or not and almond&olive oil we mix and apply ti shows best result or not siir

  • magy06 Oct 2012

    sir my hair fall started since2012.iam intrested to use olive oil suppose while using it causes any side effects....please give me answer sir.

  • preethi05 Oct 2012

    hi tis s preethi....-s figaro olive oil.good? can i shampoo my hair wit dove after applying olive oil?

  • Tara 20 Sep 2012

    Hey All A mixture of Olive Oil (Figaro)& Almond Oil (Rogan Badam Shirin) just works great. I agree with Neha on this. Just oil your scalp thoroughly and shampoo ur hair after 4-5 hrs of application or apply it at night and in the morn, shampoo it. It not only strengthens the hair but also makes it more soft and manageable.

  • sneha26 Aug 2012

    sir i m having problem of too much hairfall . how can i improve my hair growth? plz give me a best solution 4 it.

  • Kalaichelvan25 Aug 2012

    Hi friends, Heat the oilve oil in a small pan of required amount. Put some neem leaves (5 no) and Hibiscus leaves(5 no). Oilve oil quickly absorb the essence of the fresh leaves. In a warmed heat take in fingers and massage your scalp slowly. while doing this sit like doing yoga with closed eyes. You can also follow head massager which is available in shop.

  • Kalaichelvan25 Aug 2012

    Dear friends, Before applying olive oil get treated for your dandruff first. Go to a doctor and check what type of dandruff u have and get a medicine (Dandruff lotion). After using the lotion there shouldnt be any itching sensation, Hair thinning (Dandruff ill make scalp itching and reduce the dia of the hair root). After getting treated for this problems use olive oil.

  • Joee14 Aug 2012

    you can mix ginger juice for better enhancer.

  • neha 14 Aug 2012

    you can also add almond oil in olive oil to stop hair fall and have long and strong hair. Heat the olive-almond oil before applying it in your hair.

  • sat13 Aug 2012

    for hairs which olive oil brands are available in india?

  • neha10 Aug 2012

    i had healthy hair and scalp but very recently i've started having dandruff and that also in 'big chunks'... I've using figaro olive oil cuz ths is what we get here in india... Oolive oil had showed some improvement but not completely but i guess if i follow the given method above (to use it with coconut oil) it mite help me.

  • bono09 Aug 2012

    It's DHT not DTH

  • priyanka05 Aug 2012

    it should be weekly once ah?

  • laura27 Jul 2012

    Olive oil is good for pretty much anything! I was using it on my hair and it loved it, although it started getting a bit heavy and greasy so I switched over to argan oil (mine is from Pro Naturals). That's another miracle product for hair :) Got one online at Beyas and it's been heaven for my hair ever since! Really helped with my hair loss :)

  • Jane18 Jul 2012

    Cnd once the conditioner has been rinsed your hair will be in a healthier I condition, do this weekly. I have thick hip length hair and hardly shed any, I have no split ends and healthy hair from doing this. When you do shampoo your hair in between dilute it, it's much kinder and remember a baby's scalp is different to an adults, baby shampoo is meant to regulate the scalps ph in a baby to stop cradle cap, it is gentle for a baby's hair but an adults hair and scalp are different!

  • Jane18 Jul 2012

    Baby shampoo is very alkaline meaning its not a gentle shampoo, it opens the shaft and exposes it to damage, making it more likely to be fragile and cause further damage, so this part I do not agree with. A much gentler method to remove olive oil it to apply conditioner straight to the olive oil which you should ideally keep on overnight, do not add water (water and oil do not mix and it will make it harder to remove) massage the conditioner in really well and leave for a further 15 minutes

  • adil17 Jul 2012

    sir, my hair fall started since 2005 now i m suffer from baldness i had use lots of hair oil even i used 8 bottel ervamatin but result is not so good.. now i hav consult to homeopathic doctor he gave me liquid medicin and told it mix with olive oil ..i just want to ask u tht is new hair come out ??

  • Ranjita12 Jun 2012

    Helo I am from Nepal.I use olive oil but still my hair falls so please kindly say how to stop hair fall totally or 95%.Do we need to take balance diet for hair too?I'll be very hpy if you could give me correct way. Thank you & kind regards.

  • banu16 Dec 2011

    hai, i have 8 stitches in my head. It is possible to use the towel soaked in hot water. it doesn't cause any side effects. kindly provide me tips please

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