Penetrating Natural Oils For Relaxed Hair: Olive Oil

I've used olive oil for years. Mainly when I cook. Since it's in the food section of the store I never really thought about using it for anything else. Particularly on my relaxed hair until I started searching online for ways to bring moisture back to my hair.

From my online research, I found that olive oil is classified as penetrating natural oil. It is made by pressing the fat from olives. As I alluded to, olive oil is used in various ways - cooking, pharmaceuticals, soaps, and even fuel. What makes it good for hair, especially relaxed hair, are the antioxidants and Vitamin E and Vitamin K that it contains.

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Types of olive oil

Not all olive oil is the same. In fact, olive oil comes in various grades some of which are better for your hair than others.

Extra virgin olive oil

This is an unrefined oil produced from the first pressing of the olives. The pressing process is called cold pressing. No chemical treatments or enhancements were used making it a higher quality oil.

Virgin olive oil

The first pressing of the olives is also used to produce this grade, but the oil has a higher acidity level than the extra virgin grade.

Pure olive oil

What this means is the oil has been made from a blend of refined and unrefined olive oil. The refining process causes the oil to lose some of the nutritional benefits making it a lesser quality grade.

The grades that are most beneficial to hair are extra virgin and virgin because they contain the most nutritional benefits for the hair. The greener the oil, the better it is.

Benefits of using olive oil

Some of the top benefits of using olive oil on colored, relaxed, or natural hair are:
  • Increased manageability and shine by moisturizing the hair
  • Reduced scalp issues from the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties olive oil has

How to use olive oil on your hair

You can incorporate olive oil into your hair routine in the following ways:

A hot oil treatment

Olive oil can be applied to your scalp and strands whether relaxed or natural. I have used olive oil several times in hot oil treatments by mixing it with other oils such as coconut oil and sunflower oil.

A frizz and split end reducer

Due to the thickness of olive oil, it can be extremely helpful and beneficial in the winter months

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A hair mask

By mixing some olive oil with a moisturizing conditioner and your favorite essential oil you can great a great pre-poo mask or deep conditioning mask.

A detangler

Section your dry hair then apply olive oil on your strands section by section. This will provide ample slip so you can safely detangle your hair.

Have you used olive oil on your hair before?



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