Infused Olive Oil Hair Conditioner
Liquid Gold ~
Olive oil is one of the most versatile oils there is. We all know its huge popularity and health benefits when taken internally through cooking.
Olive oil has long been used in Mediterranean countries for much more than cooking and perhaps herein lies the secret to their radiant skins and luscious healthy hair.
The biggest producers and consumers of olive oil are Spain and Italy which account for approximately 50 % of the world’s market.In fact as far back as the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, it is said they used this beneficial fruit seed oil as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner.
It’s conditioning and therapeutic properties have not gone un-noticed in the commercial world and many cosmetic brands now cite olive oil or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in their ingredients.
Extending The Olive Branch
Reasons to Use for Hair ~
- Pre Shampoo
- Frizz Control
- Hair Tonic
- Scalp Treatment
- Dry Over-Processed Hair
- Conditioning Bald Head
- Hot Oil Treatment
- Dandruff Control
- Head Lice
- Hair Static Control
Extra Virgin Olive Oil ~
This oil is well known for its nutritional benefits. Rich in vitamin A, E, biotin, niacin and antioxidants, the cold pressed method used in EVOO is also processed less than in regular Olive Oil.
It is perfect for hair conditioning as it strengthens the hair and improves the flexibility whilst nourishing, moisturizing and adding suppleness to all hair, particularly dry or over processed hair.
Infused Olive Oil –
I love infusing this oil to have in the kitchen for both culinary recipes and for making beauty products and Infused oils will last at least 6 months to a year if needed. Mine is always used well within this I have to say!
Considering so many wonderful herbs, flowers and essential oils may be added and infused easily to extra virgin olive oil, I recommend everyone to give it a go as I guarantee, you will not be disappointed!
Lavender Oil infused with dried lavender buds is easy to do at home and ideal when you grow your own fragrant herb. Some other suggestions to infuse with are calendula, mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, tea tree, peppermint, cypress and geranium depending on what condition and hair type you have. Check out my homemade shampoo recipe for a full list of essential oils that suit particular hair conditions.
Alternative Uses of EVOO ~
- Shaving Cream Substitute
- Skin Moisturizer
- Conditioning Leather
- Furniture Polish
- Removes Paint From Skin
- Foot Softener
- Stops Snoring
- Stops Tickle in Throat
- Lip Balm
- Cleaning Kitchen Sink
Virgin Hair Conditioner ~
- Warm some infused extra virgin oil by sitting a small jar of oil in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
- 1 tablespoon for short hair and 2 tablespoons for long hair should be sufficient. Test on the inside of the arm before using and allow cool if necessary.
- You do not want it overly warm. Do a light shampoo to begin with and towel dry hair.
- Start massaging in sparingly through the scalp, a drop at a time, working down the hair and increasing the amount of oil at the ends of the hair.
- Leave for a few minutes and rise off. Apply shampoo to remove all excess olive oil or the hair may appear limp and lack luster. Overusing oil is a common thing when using for the first time so remember less is more.
Relax With a Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Fresh Lemon Juice
EVOO, Egg Yolk & Lemon Juice Conditioner ~
This hair conditioner is another quick basic one that could be used to replace your normal one.
Blend together 1/2 cup of infused olive oil, 1 egg yolk and a few drops lemon juice. Apply liberally starting at the scalp, gently massaging the hair follicles.
This will stimulate the circulation in the scalp and remove any loose hairs, residue from products, dead skin cells and moisturize the skin.
Work down the hair shaft to the ends. Pile hair up on head (if you need to) and pop on a shower cap. Relax and leave on for 15 minutes before shampooing hair.
Hot Oil Hair Treatment ~
Whilst there are other base oils you can use, you may infuse EVOO with the following:
For Strengthening Hair – Use nettle, burdock, arnica, chamomile or horsetail.
For Moisturizing Hair – Use lavender, calendula, aloe, dried rose petals, chamomile or catnip.
For Promoting Hair Growth – Use parsley, sage, peppermint, chamomile, ginger, cinnamon or horsetail.
Color Treated Hair – For enhancing blonde hair use chamomile, calendula or clove.
For brunettes use nettle, rosemary, sage, black tea, ground coffee or ground black walnut.
For redheads use red clove, hibiscus or chamomile.
Have you used olive oil for the hair before?
Hot Oil Method & Application:
- Heat up your small bottle of infused oil (pour 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil into a small heat proof bowl if you prefer) by sitting it in a bowl of hot water for 2 – 4 minutes.
- Test the oil by dipping your finger in. When you are comfortable with the heat of the oil, remove from the bowel.
- Start applying the oil on the top of the scalp or at the sides of the temple using small circulating massage movements right at the hair root. Liberally apply the oil while stimulating the scalp gently.
- After 3 minutes or so start moving down the hair using less oil as you coat the hair. You are looking a nice thin sheen or coating and not so thick that it is dripping down your face and neck.
- When finished, pile your hair up and pop on a shower cap.
- Get a medium sized towel and run it under the hot tap to fully soak.
- Wring it out well so it is not dripping and wrap it around the shower cap.
- Leave for 30 minutes to 2 hours, the longer you leave it the better.
- Whenever the towel starts to cool to skin temperature, just remove it.
To Remove Treatment:
- Step into the shower and first rinse with plain warm water (whatever setting you normally take a shower with).
- Shampoo and shower as normal, depending on how much oil you used will determine if you need 1 or 2 shampoos. You will feel your hair and know, trust me.
- More than likely no further conditioner will be required.
- This treatment you should do once a week and your luscious locks will thank you!
Alternative Base Oils ~
Castor Oil – great for oily hair or great for strengthening thin and brittle hair.
Jojoba Oil – lightweight oil suitable for all hair types, particularly good for oily hair.
Avocado Oil – extremely moisturizing oil, excellent for very dry hair or frizzy hair.
Coconut Oil – for all hair types, and excellent for dandruff or flakiness.
Sesame Oil – A known powerhouse for slowing down hair loss and thinning hair.
Herb Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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