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Infused Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

Updated on June 19, 2013
Infused Olive Oil Hair Conditioner
Infused Olive Oil Hair Conditioner | Source

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

Olive trees are so highly prized in Italy they are protected and may not be destroyed by land owners.
Olive trees are so highly prized in Italy they are protected and may not be destroyed by land owners. | Source

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

allow time for the hair to absorb the therapeutic benefits of your oils.
allow time for the hair to absorb the therapeutic benefits of your oils. | Source

Fresh Lemon Juice

lemons are astringent and cleansing.
lemons are astringent and cleansing. | Source

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.

Hibiscus Malvaceae

hibiscus may be used to enhance red hair color.
hibiscus may be used to enhance red hair color. | Source

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.

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Masage Oil

gently massaging in oil stimulates the scalp and hair follicles.
gently massaging in oil stimulates the scalp and hair follicles. | Source

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.

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Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If virgin olive oil oil that has never been.........?

      Actually, I have nothing more to say my friend. I know, a shock, but there are chores to do in our little backyard farm, and chickens to feed, and sunshine to enjoy and well, I think I'll leave you without any of my silliness today.

      Well done! Keep pounding that niche and look for your tribute hub on Wednesday of next week.

      hugs,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      oops, that's supposed to be "is" instead of "if"...I need coffee. :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Love this...And I bought some dry lavender..think I will try this.. I have very dry hair and lots of olive oil...Thanks as always for a great hub...Pinning in my beauty section...And of course the votes and all that.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a great recipe as you can make this conditioner with ingredients you normally have at home. Thank you for sharing it. Your hub was very interesting, informative and well-presented. Voted up, awesome and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Appreciate you dropping in with your busy day ahead doing chores and enjoying your sunny Saturday! Thanks for the encouraging words my friend and look forward to Weds my friend :-) You truly honor me.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I knew that! LOL Actually thought on first reading "What does he mean???" LOL

      Cheers for clarifying!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Lucky you having dried lavender all ready to infuse!! Lavender oil is so good to have for any number of uses in homemade products for skin and in the cooking dept! Thanks so much for pinning, voting and sharing the love as you always do! You are a star :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Delighted to see you and appreciate your interest in this olive oil conditioner. i love olive oil and use it on my face for moisturizing when my skin gets dehydrated or at nighttime before bed. It works great on my color treated hair too. Hope you get to give it a go, it is something most of us have in the kitchen so dead easy to use. Thanks so much for your votes, shares and compliments, very much appreciated!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Yay, conditioner! I have used EVOO as a hair treatment before, and you have provided a satisfying amount of options. Thank you, Suzie! I will definitely be trying these out!

      Have a fantastic weekend!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Interesting and useful hub on olive oil as a hair conditioner. It has so many benefits, I am going to have to try it. I especially want to try the coconut oil suggestion. Thanks for the share and advice. Voted up++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Glad you enjoyed this conditioner and are keen to give it a go. Appreciate your interest and comments as always, look forward to hearing your review!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Good to have you here and to see you are a fan of this amazing oil. Coconut is excellent too and works a treat. Appreciate your comment and votes as always, have a great Sunday :-)

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      You are definitely establishing yourself as the guru of natural health and beauty products. Excellent. I have tried olive oil on my hair and on my skin, usually alone. It works quite well. I'm watching for your next article.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the very interesting information, Suzie. I love using natural products on my hair and skin, so I appreciate all your recipes. Infused olive oil sounds like a useful substance!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting , useful and thanks for sharing Suzie.

      Enjoy your day .

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cyndi,

      many thanks for checking this out, glad to hear you are a fan of olive oil. I don't think I am a guru by any means just someone passionate and intrigued in a business I grew up in worked in and now have come full circle with DIY! Appreciate your interest, stay tuned!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      Delighted you enjoyed this one and can see how useful infused oil would be. Appreciate you stopping by and for commenting, thank you!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Cheers buddy for popping in, appreciate your interest always!! Have a good one! :-)

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Olive Oil is the eixir of the Gods!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pops,

      Glad you approve of this elixir! Appreciate your visit and comment as always!! See ya at the Inn :-)

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very informative read, Suzie! Thank you! I use olive oil for cooking... for lotion... and even for ear aches. But, I never thought to use it for hair conditioner. The mix with egg yolk even caught my attention because I remember my mom using egg yolk as a facial mask when I was a kid. When I was a little older in my early teens, I tried it but didn't like the feel too much. But, I'll definitely try the olive oil for hair conditioning. :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      Thanks very much for commenting and your experience with egg yolk. it is a great moisturizing ingredient for dry skin skin or hair. The egg white is great for tightening on the face, for pimples and for using in a variety of ways when combined with other ingredients. Glad you are keen to try the olive oil, enjoy reaping the benefits!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have heard about the benefits of olive oil for hair for years, but I have never used it myself. This article may inspire me to give it a try! Thanks for another excellent resource.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Great to see you here, now you can give it a try to reap the benefits of olive oil :-) Cheers for commenting!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Another great addition to your collection. I had no idea that olive oil had uses outside of the kitchen. Thanks for the education. Voted up, shared, and pinned. Great job.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Suzie, this is a great hub with very useful tips and information. I do a hot olive oil treatment about once a month, so, I know it helps greatly to keep my hair looking and feeling good. I infuse my oil with thyme and rosemary. I have been wanting to get some nettle from the herbalist shop and keep forgetting -- this hub just reminded me to do so. Thank you! I also use my infused EVOO to add to a comforting foot bath once a month

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      Brenda Kyle 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      At some point soon, you need to create a photo illustrated book with all of those recipes. I would buy it in a heart beat!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks so much for popping along. It is so versatile Olive Oil I look forward to our trees in Italy producing the olives for my own supply!! Appreciate all your votes shares and pin my friend and your relentless support of my work, it is so inspiring!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phyllis,

      Many thanks for all your great additional info and ideas you have tried! I could do with the foot bath one right now after spending hrs outdoors today tidying up some landscaping at my apartment. Love infused oils and want to do more so combining thyme and rosemary, two of my favorite ones in cooking I will definitely do, thanks! Appreciate you commenting and for your input!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bridalletter,

      It is on the agenda along with videos of me in the kitchen, I would love to more and more on it so thank you for your support of this, it means a great deal :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Have you ever thought about making some of your things and selling them. ?There are many people who pay big bucks for high end, natural, homemade toiletries. With all of your different items I bet you could make a fortune. Many big cosmetics companies were started in someone's kitchen! Another great hub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Thanks so much for thinking of me, I have been itching to do just that - sell my products and just have so much on right now it is definitely on the priority list for expanding as is my own website, videos and love to do a book or two in-between!! I have visions of when we move and have all these wonderful ingredients in the garden or available at a fraction of the cost, oh how I look forward to that. Thanks so much my friend for the thought and comment!!

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