After a summer of mostly gorgeous sunny weather and lots of time spent outdoors, my hair is so dry! It doesn’t help that I dye it every six weeks and regularly use a hair dryer and straighteners. I thought I would return to an old favourite for dry hair, the easy and natural olive oil treatment that I used as a teenager.
Dry, flyaway hair like mine can really benefit from a weekly or fortnightly olive oil treatment. As a bonus, it is much less expensive that buying a commercial hair treatment or getting it done at the hair dresser. It is also free of chemicals, so great for a sensitive scalp like mine.
Olive oil is a rich conditioner, leaving hair soft and silky. It strengthens hair and makes it less brittle. I find it helpful when my scalp gets dry and itchy as well.
It couldn’t be easier to carry out this natural olive oil hair treatment. Here’s how you can do it.
Natural olive oil hair treatment
What you need:
Half a cup of olive oil
A few drops of essential oil if you fancy
An old towel
Warm the olive oil in the microwave or in a small pan. Don’t allow it to get too hot – you don’t want to fry your hair!
Wash your hair and towel dry. Put an old towel around your shoulders to protect it from oil spillages. Don’t wear your best top….
Starting with the ends, begin to massage the olive oil into your hair, through the hair shaft and finally into your scalp.
Cover with a shower cap or wrap your head in an old towel and leave for 45 minutes to an hour.
Rinse thoroughly and shampoo the oil off. You don’t need to add more conditioner.
Repeat once a week or fortnight, as required.
I was really pleased at how soft and shiny my tresses felt after doing this natural olive oil hair treatment. It was definitely more effective than pots of conditioning treatment I have purchased in the past.
Apparently coconut oil can be used in a similar way, so next time I plan to try that. I love using items in the larder for beauty treatments or to clean the house. Fewer products purchased means less plastic to dispose of as well.
Do you used natural oils as part of your beauty routine? What have you found most effective?