By Saman­tha Berley

Olive oil is a fan­tas­tic con­di­tion­er for hair, but there are many oth­er things about this essen­tial oil that make it a great go-to for hair care.

It’s also one of the top emol­lients that can pen­e­trate the hair bet­ter than oth­ers, and its light­weight nature makes it great for mois­tur­iz­ing.

Olive oil also con­tains anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties that pro­mote scalp health and pre­vent dan­druff. Extra vir­gin olive oil is also rich in high lev­els of mono-unsat­u­rat­ed fat­ty acids and vit­a­m­in E, an antiox­i­dant impor­tant for hair growth.

Olive oil is not like­ly to cause an aller­gic reac­tion, mak­ing it ide­al for sen­si­tive skin and hair.

DIY Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Anoth­er great thing about olive oil is that it’s a cheap and easy way to add mois­ture to your hair. Here’s a sim­ple olive oil treat­ment you can try for achiev­ing beau­ti­ful hair at home.

  1. Warm about a half a cup of olive oil in a microwave­able bowl or cup. The olive oil should be warm but not hot to the touch. If you have fine hair or prefer a lighter treat­ment, add coconut, sweet almond or jojoba oil.
  2. Pour one table­spoon of the olive oil mix­ture into the palm of your hands.
  3. Start­ing with your scalp, mas­sage the oil into your hair in a cir­cu­lar motion using your fin­ger­tips. Fin­ish by mas­sag­ing the tips of your hair.
  4. Place your oil-drenched hair into a show­er cap or wrap it with plas­tic wrap.
  5. Let the olive oil sit for between 5–45 min­utes, then rin­se and sham­poo as usu­al.

Dry or Wet Hair?

Some wom­en prefer apply­ing olive oil treat­ments to wet and recent­ly con­di­tioned hair while oth­ers want their hair to be dry. If your hair is wet and con­di­tioned, it will lock in the mois­ture and addi­tion­al nutri­ents when the olive oil is applied.

The down­side is that olive oil is already slight­ly more dif­fi­cult to apply due to the hair’s slip­per nature. If you apply olive oil to dry hair, it has a sim­i­lar effect, but many argue it doesn’t lock in as many nutri­ents as the wet treat­ment. Even so, it’s less of a mess than the wet method.

Many users also rec­om­mend hop­ping in the show­er and let­ting the steam do its thing to enhance the effects of the olive oil on the hair. Once you’ve washed it out, watch your step since the floor will be slick with oil.

Olive Oil in Hair Products

Although there are arguably more pop­u­lar hair oils, olive oil is well-known as a culi­nary ingre­di­ent and easy to obtain in any aver­age gro­cery store. For food and for hair, olive oil has been used since the dawn of civ­i­liza­tions, rang­ing from Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt and Greece.

It’s no won­der then, that olive oil is found in a vari­ety of hair care prod­ucts. Olive oil pen­e­trates the hair cuti­cle so that the nec­es­sary mois­ture and nutri­ents are absorbed, leav­ing your hair not only smoother, but shinier and health­ier as well.

Ladies, how do you incor­po­rate olive oil in your nat­u­ral hair reg­i­men?

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you shouldn’t put olive oil in the microwave because it kills all the nutri­ment in the oil. What you should do is boil some water and put your oil in a plas­tic bowl and let the warm water warm your oil


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I’m a black man with a small/medium afro, an I haven’t bought extra stuff to mois­tur­ize an keep hair from being dry yet, but I’ve just be using nor­mal cold water, through the day, when ever your hair gets dry just use cold water, I’ve learned cold water keeps hair moist an soft longer, hot water dries it out faster an will have your hair coarse. I use sham­poo with olive oil in it, avoid stuff with min­er­al oil an oth­er chem­i­cals in it, always look for prod­ucts that con­tain water an olive oil. I sham­poo my hair in warm… Read more »

Lowrah it is not fair to say black peo­ple are haters. I am black and nev­er even won­dered what your eth­nic­i­ty is.

Thanks for shar­ing your sto­ry and may God bless you with great health


?I acci­den­tal­ly bought Pure Olive instead if extra vir­gin olive oil, can I still use it in my hair?
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Mel Stevens

Thanks a lot for the­se tips! I rec­om­mend the pro nat­u­rals argan oil =)




by the way heat doesn’t dam­age my hair at all..I use olive oil she flat iron­ing it or blow dry­ing my hair.


I had decid­ed to go nat­u­ral about 2 years ago. I haven’t had a perm in 2 years , my nat­u­ral hair tex­ture is silky and wavy, like a native Amer­i­cans hair because I’m Cre­ole. I start­ed using olive oil 2 years ago as well and the results are great ‚it mois­tur­ized my hair and helped it grow. now it’s down my back..all I Ever use is olive harsh chem­i­cals just straight olive oil… I don’t use grease either I hate it..but any­way olive oil made my hair grow…its real­ly great.!

I use the extra vir­gin olive oil today and my hair feels won­der­ful. its soft as ever. i also like argan oil. Every now and then i will use tea tree oil but not as often. im cur­rent­ly tran­si­tion­ing from relaxed to nat­u­ral. haven’t had a relax­er since Octo­ber and i have so much of new growth. my hair is in bet­ter con­di­tion. much health­ier. it seem like its grow­ing real­ly fast. i also take biot­in. at least one pill a day. a mul­ti­vi­t­a­m­in. the tex­ture n my hair is bet­ter also. its so soft. it doesn’t feel relaxed. i… Read more »
kendra b

Hi, Lowrah I didn’t see the neg­a­tive com­ment that per­son wrote, but I just want­ed to say to ignore them-they must be men­tal­ly-ill or some­thing. I hope you are feel­ing well. I am nor­mal­ly not a prayer, but I will pray for you and me. :) Have a good year


I had can­cer in ear­ly 2011 start­ing treat­ment by May. I choose to use the time to learn about my hair. I had 5 days of radi­a­tion and 1 day of chemo each week for 7 weeks. This is the time that most peo­ple loss their hair. Mine was not in good shape so I put it in braids and wore a wig. I washed it every week. After all treat­ments, I wait­ed 3 months (Sep­tem­ber 2011) and then I col­ored my hair to a col­or that was not what I want­ed but lat­er I appre­ci­at­ed because now I know… Read more »

I find it fun­ny that some­one would give a thumbs down on sur­viv­ing can­cer. Are you so jeal­ous that I got my hair to grow back. You are the dev­il and you will be call home soon. Thumbs down for sur­viv­ing can­cer. I have heard it all. Black peo­ple are haters.


I was actu­al­ly hap­py that you survived,but what offend­ed me is the fact that you racist, you gen­er­al­ized and even said blacks, the Bible says be slow to anger, because in turn you might offend oth­er peo­ple, God will judge you too, not every black per­son is hat­ing on you,others like me are root­ing for you,check your­self too cause you are no bet­ter than the per­son that did­nt like your com­ment, every­one


Lowrah, Abi, and Kendra shut the hell up. Obvi­ous­ly no one cares. Just because a per­son dis­agrees with what you say they’re a hater? Fuck you.



Lowrah, Don’t take any notice of them haters, God has healed you, I was even sur­prised to see a thumbs down. Just remem­ber you are a win­ner, and you sur­vived all your treat­ments God has been mer­ci­ful to you. Keep on with your long healthy hair jour­ney to glo­ri­fy God and to the shame of the dev­il, Bless you.


I have treid vir­gin olive oil for the first time and am still wait­ing for good results,I hope they will be promis­ing!


I use olive oil two ways:
1. After I sham­poo n con­di­tion I apply the olive oil to damp hair n then add my oth­er prod­ucts.
2. I do an oil rin­se. After sham­poo­ing n rins­ing. I apply the oil, then rin­se n con­di­tion. It gives my hair great shine.


I mois­tur­ize my hair every day and after wash­ing with Infu­sion Leave-In Con­di­tion­er Mois­ture Replen­ish­er. In this bot­tle I add about a fourth cup of vir­gin olive oil. My locks real­ly like it, and may hair nev­er feels over dry, or greasy. I’ve had friends and styl­ist tell me my locks look great and health. I ONLY wash my hair with Pan­tene for Wom­en of Col­or Co-Wash Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er. I didn’t have this much suc­cess with my hair when I was relaxing…now.…I LOVE MY HAIR!!!

oils i use a lot: olive oil E vit­a­m­in oil (I used it at first when I was twa)It worked won­der­ful­ly and still do Grape­seed oil (use as nat­u­ral heat pro­te­cant) Coconut oil Coconut creamy along with coconut milk shea but­ter cocoa but­ter jojoba oil (rare) argan oil (rare) now i use pan­tenol d becuz i read a book that said this oil is great at help­ing grow­ing. I tried it and no dif­fer­ence but they told me to keep using it because ppl hair is at dif­fer­ent con­di­tion. it takes times to grow.  the list­ed oils are not real­ly spe­cial or dif­fer­ent,… Read more »

Olive oil is amaz­ing! I’ve been using it for three months and I’ve got­ten about two inch­es of new growth.

My name is India. I’m mixed with Asian though ( I know , don’t ask about the name) My hair is very shiny and wavy nat­u­ral­ly. It stops right below my col­lar bone. I have been using olive oil and … Not much of a dif­fer­ence. I’ve learned all olive can do is make it shiny . There will be no big change in growth like how Addis­on expe­ri­enced. Now if you’re won­der­ing , ( i can read minds )I’ve been using it for five months now. FIVE MONTHS AND NOTHING! Noth­ing at all except for a head of hair… Read more »

LOL you actu­al­ly think Olive oil grows hair? SMH.… Only Olive oil can do is con­di­tion, moisturze, and shiny . It is what we use to keep hair health instead of oils filled with chem­i­cals sold at store. When we do that, it can lead to grow­ing hair bet­ter. I don’t mean it is cer­tain pur­pose to grow lit­er­al­ly. It only leads to growth because it keeps hair moisz­ture and con­di­tion in health, than oil that are sold at stores. Olive oil is afforable. Extra Vir­gin is required


Olive oil will not make your hair grow. Your hair grows out of your scalp at its own rate, olive oil is there to help retain length by mois­tur­iz­ing your hair and pro­vid­ing vit­a­mins for health­ier hair and less break­age.


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We use grape­seed and olive oil a lot — in spritzes, before wash, as a light seal. Grape­seed feels lighter, less “goo-ey” and doesn’t real­ly have a scent, but can’t beat olive oil for price and avail­abil­i­ty! I’ve found it every­where from Canada to the Con­go.


I’m using olive oil dai­ly to grow my hair, but some are say­ing that after some dayz hair wil become white is it true or else false?


My regimine con­sist of deep con­di­tion­ing with coconut oil and any deep coni­tion­er labeled along with stem­ing the hair for 20 min­utes ..rins­ing and doing a stright con­ditin­er wash­ly in a spray bot­tle fil­tered water along with Organix coconut con­di­tion­er and a lit­tle bit of extra vir­gin coconut oil. Two strand teists and a tid bit
of vit­a­m­in e oil th. Seal the ends …doing this
method am now at waist length!

Me , my sis­ter , my two younger sis­ters (nine and eleven) , and my moth­er have been using olive oil for a hair growth rem­e­dy. We’ve been using it for about three months now and WOW , it works won­ders! Its grew our hair out seri­ous­ly. We com­bine olive oil with pep­per­mint oil and warm it up in the microwave. Then we mass­ge it into our scalps and put braids in our hair. My hair used to stop at my col­lar bone . I could nev­er do any­thing but put it in pony­tails. Now its about two inch­es above… Read more »

I put olive oil in a spray bot­tle with dis­tilled water and coconut oil and use it as a dai­ly spritz on my hair through­out the day.

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The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monoun­sat­u­rat­ed fat­ty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actu­al­ly con­sid­ered a healthy dietary fat. If your diet empha­sizes unsat­u­rat­ed fats, such as MUFAs and polyun­sat­u­rat­ed fats (PUFAs), instead of sat­u­rat­ed fats and trans fats, you may gain cer­tain health ben­e­fits. **,^

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Olive oil works excel­lent on hair. I believe every­one should use oils because it makes your hair soft and smooth.


Oils should be used in everyone’s hair care reg­i­men. They do won­ders for the hair and scalp, and feel great putting them in. whats not to love about them. After I have a coconut or olive oil head/hair mas­sage I wrap my hair in a tow­el and let it sit for a bit(15–30 min­utes). Rin­se and see how your hair looks and feels health­ier.


Most of the prod­ucts men­tioned are not avail­able in Nige­ria. How­ev­er, i will try olive oil and i hope it works 4 me.

Hi Rachael, most oils men­tioned here are in fact extract­ed local­ly n sold here in Nai­ja. The nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty here is fast grow­ing n a num­ber of meet-ups have been held over the years as well as a ris­ing num­ber of Nige­ri­an nat­u­ral hair blog­gers (Nat­u­ral Nige­ri­an, Screwy haired Girl,Geraldine the men­tion a few). Check out n KLS Beau­ty Bar, the­se are online ven­dors of vir­gin oils and all the yum­my good­ness u need to stay nat­u­ral­ly fab­u­lous :). They also provide info on meet-ups in var­i­ous parts of town, come hang with us boo, we’ll love… Read more »

I use olive oil as a detan­gling pre­poo along with my leave in cream. I use it as a sealant along with shea but­ter, and i use it occa­sion­al­ly to seal in mois­ture from my body lotion after a show­er. I know the arti­cle men­tions it anti-inflam­ma­to­ry and anti-dan­druff char­ac­ter­is­tics, but it only exac­er­bates my dan­druff and my scalp gets dirty and itchy quick­er, so I have stopped oil­ing my scalp alto­geth­er. Oth­er than that olive oil is my staple..have been using it ever since i stopped relax­ing 2 years ago


I use olive oil as a pre poo and detan­gling method once a week, on wash day. My hair loves it, i love it and it cuts detan­gling time by half. I drench my hair in it and then sit with a hot wrap so its hot oil treat­ment then wash my hair as usual.Since using this method my hair feels amaz­ing after wash­ing soft and man­age­able.

I hate the smell of olive oil so I stopped using it. I just can’t find a rea­son to use some­thing that smells like a sal­ad when there are bet­ter smelling options out there! Per­son­al­ly, I mix (wait for it.…) Crisco!! and cre­ate my own hair oil/butter. I do a spoon­ful of crisco (which is just soy­bean oil and some oth­er oils, my hair LOVES it) along with two spoon­fuls of coconut oil, half a spoon­ful of hon­ey, and a cap of cas­tor oil. I apply how­ev­er much I deem nec­es­sary direct­ly after a show­er. I let it sit and… Read more »

This is hilar­i­ous. Crisco! Okayyy :)


I use olive oil main­ly because I find its the only read­i­ly avail­able essen­tial oil in Malawi. it works great. I also use it as a sub­sti­tute for body lotion, leaves my skin look­ing yum­my


I use extra vir­gin olive oil mix with coconut oil amla oil before cow­ash once a week. I use it on dry or wet hair.
I have no issues with oils.


Olive oil breaks me out, and coconut oil makes my hair hard. I use avo­cado oil and mix that with either cas­tor oil, or apri­cot oil..sometimes both. Works every­time on my super dry hair.


I know try­ing to find the oil for you is always a chal­lenge i have tried Coconut oil and my skin was just not hav­ing it. So I went to Olive oil which has worked out well. I tried Avo­cado as an alter­na­tive and my hair wasn’t hav­ing. So each their own. I fig­ure that the oils/butter for me are
olive oil
Shea but­ter (unre­fined white)
cas­tor oil
jojoba oil (pri­mar­i­ly for my scalp)

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My hair is very coarse and tends to dry out eas­i­ly. So far, olive oil is the only oil that real­ly works for my hair. I tried organ­ic coconut oil on my scalp and it com­plete­ly reject­ed it, it even caused dan­druff. I’m look­ing for anoth­er oil that would work as well as olive.


Thank you Lulu. I hope that works for me. Mikx­tr I’m so glad i’m not alone! Thought there was some­thing ‘wrong’ with my hair. Val, I def­i­nite­ly mois­tur­ize first. I’ve always apply after cow­ash­ing.. I tried seal­ing after i rin­se out all the con­di­tion­er, and when leav­ing con­di­tion­er in my hair. All sil­i­cone free, btw.


Do you apply a mois­tur­iz­er before apply­ing the oils?


My hair HATES oil.. It gets so hard. It’s still a twa,but i’m bat­tling to seal with oils. I’ve used less, applied on wet hair, on dry hair, used cas­tor, coconut, olive oil, jojoba oil, whipped shea,sweet almond, hair’s NOT hav­ing it. Any­body else had this issue


try mix­ing half cup of veg­etable glyc­er­in with half cup of water and adding a few drops of olive or jojoba oil in a spray bot­tle. spray­ing instead of direct­ly apply­ing the oil should make it lighter and there­fore not cause stiff­ness


Put a mois­tur­iz­er first. It will be hare if you just put oil on un-mois­tur­ized hair.


Hey Ugonna, thanks for the advice. I always mois­tur­ize first. My hair seems to like con­di­tion­er only right now. I’ll keep try­ing, tho!


YES! I’ve tried oil on dry hair, on wet hair, on damp hair, fresh­ly washed, fresh­ly cow­ashed … each time the result is the same: hay. Dry as straw. 

I’ll give it anoth­er try, but I’m not hold­ing my breath.


after adding oil to damp hair, not wet, u could try seal­ing with shea but­ter. may­be that will work.


you can try seal­ing with aloe vera


I mixed olive oil with some left­over con­di­tion­er and I put it in my mist­ed hair at night.