How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair

The benefits of olive oil for the health have been proclaimed for centuries. Olive oil is increasingly gaining popularity as a beauty product, too. What makes an excellent nutritional product for our body on the inside is also an aid to our beauty on the outside. Among its cosmetic benefits, olive oil is exceptional for moisturising and brightening the hair. Olive oil adds shine, softness and body to your hair. Its primal elements are oleic acid, palmitic acid and squalene, which are all emollients, meaning that they have softing qualities. If you want to know how to use olive oil for dry hair, check out this article which shows you an easy way to make a conditioner with this precious liquid gold.

You'll need:
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Shower cap
  • Towel
You may also be interested in: How to Use Coconut Oil for a Dry Scalp
Steps to follow:

There are many beauty tricks with olive oil you can try to boost your cosmetic health.

To begin with, pour 120ml olive oil into a microwaveable container. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds or until hot, if it's not hot yet, heat for another 20 seconds.

How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair - Step 1

Before applying the oil on your hair it's recommendable to place an old towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing while you apply the product. Put a small amount of olive oil in the palm of your hand and massage through the hair. If you have a dry scalp, massage the scalp a little too.


If you have oily hair, apply to the hair but avoid the first inch or so of hair closest to the scalp or the production of grease could increase. Repeat the massage process bit by bit until the hair is completely covered with olive oil.

How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair - Step 3

When you have the olive oil on your hair, gather it all and cover with a plastic cap, this will help your scalp's pores open thanks to the heat generated in the cap.

Relax for at least 30 minutes while letting the olive oil act on your hair.


Wash with a mild shampoo to remove olive oil in your hair. Apply your regular shampoo and rinse hair with warm water. You will notice that the olive oil treatment leaves your hair more soft, manageable and shiny.


Apart from olive oil masks, there are other natural remedies that will help your hair's health and make it look shiny and hydrated. Depending on the kind of hair you have you should try one mask or another, as it's not the same to have dyed hair than brittle hair.

OneHowto has some of the mest home remedies to make masks for your hair at home:

If you want to read similar articles to How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair, we recommend you visit our Beauty & Personal Care category.

  • If you have very long hair, you might need up to twice the amount of olive oil.
  • When heating the olive oil for the first time, do not exceed 20 seconds. This will let you find out how powerful your microwave is and thus get an idea of how long it takes to get the oil hot but not too hot.
  • If your hair is in a very bad condition, apply this treatment weekly

Write a comment

What did you think of this article?
1 comment
I found what I was searching for. I remember my mother distributing warm olive oil all over hair and then covering her head with a hot wet towel for about an hour. A beautician recently gave me a very bad perm that damaged my hair. After getting it cut it was still damaged. Now I shall try my mothers home treatment.
How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair
1 of 3
How To Use Olive Oil For Dry Hair

Back to top