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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Olive Oil and How to Use It for Natural Hair Care

Exotic oils like Argan and Monoi oil have grown in popularity in recent years; and rightfully so. These oils work wonders on all types of hair because of their moisture infusing properties. But let’s not forget an old staple that is readily available in most kitchens: Good ole olive oil!

Olive oil may seem old school to some but it’s an oil not to be overlooked.

Why is olive oil so effective?

  • Olive oil eases problems with scalp dryness and itchiness
  • Olive oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help ease irritating scalp issues such as dandruff or dry scalp
  • This simple oil does wonders for reducing frizz and adding moisture to our hair
  • The properties in olive oil helps to promote hair growth – and who doesn’t want that?
  • Olive oil contains antioxidants, and is rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin K as well as anti inflammatory agents

Best ways to use this gentle but potent olive oil

Pre Poo: Before shampooing, saturate your hair and scalp  then wrap your hair in a plastic cap for 20 minutes and just relax! After 20 minutes, massage your scalp to help cleanse it by loosening any debris (which also stimulates the scalp in the process), then shampoo and condition as usual.

The oil can also be heated for a great hot oil treatment by gently warming ½ cup to 1 cup of olive oil in the microwave; testing it before applying it to your hair to ensure that the oil is not too hot.

Wrap your hair in a warm towel, or plastic shower cap for 20 minutes to one hour, then wash and condition your hair.

Add to Shampoo/Conditioner:  You don’t want to use too much when adding olive oil to your cleansing and conditioning routine.  Add approximately 2 teaspoons to your regular dollop of shampoo or conditioner then shampoo and condition as usual.

Author: Dianne

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