Any Rachel Ray fan will tell you that they’re very familiar with extra virgin olive oil – or EVOO as the superstar chef calls it – and are aware of its long list of benefits. Believe it or not, this super food (is it kosher to consider oil a food?) can be used as a cleaning agent, lash strengthener, digestive aid, shaving cream, appetite suppressant, furniture polish, and MORE! If you’re interested in using olive oil in any of the ways mentioned above, you should do a simple Google search, you’ll have all the information you need within seconds. However, if you’re interested in using olive oil in your tresses, then you need to look no further.
For centuries now, both men and women have turned to olive oil for hair care. In fact, there have been ancient artifacts which, when translated, document the oil’s ability to transform one’s hair. Today olive oil enthusiasts claim that when applied to the hair, the oil has the power not only to soften and add shine to locks but also enhance the hair’s body and resilience. For those of you unsure of the claims regarding the common kitchen staple, take ease in knowing that these claims can be scientifically backed. Olive oil is composed of three primary chemical elements: oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene. Each of the three elements are scientifically classified is emollients, which, in non-technical terms, means they contain softening qualities. Until recently, consumers were turned off to shampoos, conditioners, and other haircare products that contained olive oil. However, because beauty manufacturers are aware of the oils promising properties, they work with scientist to recreate the effects of olive oil. In doing so, hair care products are crafted with lab-made emollient imitators.
If you’re ready to ditch the chemicals, olive oil is a great option. That said, those of you who aren’t looking to rid your routine of chemicals, but do want to enhance the quality of your tresses, olive oil is a perfect choice. Below you will find a complete list of ways to add olive oil to your hair care routine. Prepare to be amazed… and moisturized!
Put A Stop To Frizzy Hair
If you find solace in a bottle of frizz smoothing hair serum, you might be shocked to know that the product is composed almost entirely of those lab-made emollients discussed above. You can easily yield the same results for a fraction of the cost and sans chemicals by finger combing a small amount of olive oil though dry frizzy tresses.
Resolve A Craft-Gone-Wrong
DIY anything is all the rage these days. There’s no shame in getting a little messy now and again, as long as you’re able to clean yourself up that it. Whether you pre-teen got into some non-washable paint, or you got a little silly while having a paint and wine night with the girls, don’t stress. Before getting into the shower and fussing with shampoo, grab a cotton ball and head to the pantry. All you need to do is dampen the cotton ball with olive oil and slide it along the painted hair. Soon enough the paint will start to lift into the oil. Once you’ve wiped up the majority of the paint you can jump in the shower to wash, condition and rinse.
With shoppers searching for natural alternatives today, it’s likely that you can find an olive oil fortified conditioner at your local drug store. However, you don’t need to buy a fancy conditioner, instead, you can apply a small amount of olive oil to your hair while you’re in the shower just as you would with another conditioner.
Relieve A Dry Or Itchy Scalp
Those who’ve ever experienced a dry or itchy scalp know how awful and unbearable it can be. If you ever need to moisturize and calm your scalp, you’ll find relief in a bottle of olive oil. Along similar lines as the above tip, simply apply the oil throughout your hair, focusing on the roots. Let it sit for ten-or-so minutes before washing and rinsing. After just one “treatment” you’ll notice instant relief, but you can also do this on a regular basis to reap ongoing benefits.