I love EVOO as a hair serum. What I do is take a pea-size amount, rub it between my hands, and comb my hair with my fingers. Make sure to avoid you scalp and concentrate on the ends. If necessary, do the whole process again. This has made my hair very smooth, shiny, and easy to comb.
I recently home bleached my dark naturally wavy hair, to white blonde and it completely destroyed my hair, I was forced to cut off roughly 5 inches of hair. I've used every conditioner or hair treatment that promises to 'repair damaged hair'. However NOTHING worked, my hair was still brittle and snapping off. A few hours ago I discovered what was known as the hot olive oil treatment. I am ecstatic, this treatment is not only cheap, easy but also works wonders for dry damaged hair. Because my hair was so damaged I only shampooed it once and added a small amount of conditioner to the ends (lavender scented, to mask the olive scent) My hair feels so soft,luscious and shiny. I'm definitely going to do these on a weekly basis!
This is my personal experience, determine how damaged your hair is and then work out how much oil you should use (I used half a cup for shoulder length hair). xo
I haven't tried the olive oil for cooking on my hair but I'm using the more diluted version, Ginvera olive oil series and so far it works magic! It is not as oily and stains everywhere like what other reviewers said about the cooking olive oil, and you can leave it on your hair without washing it off. I do frequent rebonding as I have frizzy coarse hair and when my hair grow out it would start to look poofy again. I've been trying out new methods to tame my lion hair and using olive oil serum from Ginvera is my new HG. Frequent rebonding has caused my hair ends to look rough and dry but olive oil actually made it look soft and shiny (not in the oily way but a more moist way)!!! I was so amazed.
I tried a few methods. One was adopting from a youtube vid, to put olive oil on my hair ends after shampooing, then applying conditioner and washing it off after a few min. That worked fine except that my hair serum was the diluted version of the one she was promoting, so it didn't really stay and I felt that most of the serum was washed out. So I tried applying the olive oil as a leave-in serum after showering. It was perfect! I tried many leave-in serums and conditioner before but most of them had disappointing effect on wet hair. They still left my hair frizzy and dry after it air-dried and my hair would end up looking like a poofy triangle. Didn't happen with olive oil! There were no frizz coming out during the 'air-drying stage' and my hair felt soft and smooth when it dried totally. I would apply it again in the morning before I go out to make my hair ends look smooth again. Definitely worth a shot to all those peeps with similar hair problems! =)
I don't like using it on my hair, it had no effect except than leaving it greasy.
After a week of hardcore highlights, dyeing and straightening, my hair felt dry and frazzled. After a quick google, I decided to apply a hair mask of olive oil and honey.
After I had applied the sticky paste, I began to question my decision: my hair looked like a sticky popsicle that had bean rolled around on the floor of a salon. But nevertheless, I left it on for 45 minutes.
After the initial rinse, I dried my hair, and to my dread, it was lank, oily and gross. But I washed it again - this time really making a lather with shampoo - and lo behold, the next time I dried it it was beautifully silky and soft!
I use olive oil (with or without honey) on my hair every month and it works wonders. However, you must REALLY wash your hair to get all of the oil out and reap the benefits. Two vigorous shampoos seems to work well.
Being Greek and cooking only with olive oil since I can remember I would never put it on my hair again. It's great for the salad (I know most foreign people find the smell and taste heavy), it's good for your arteries when it's raw and but what about the hair? I used it once and had a very hard time to take it off. I was a bottle blonde back then and the color turned very very dull. Then I had to wash it over and over again and off it went with the toner. I told my hairdresser (Greek too) who insisted I should have kept the olive oil for the salad. I don't know if the olive oil that we use here is thicker or smth because sometimes we just get it from friends' and relatives' home productions but still I use Elvive's oil. More convenient and you don't smell like you spent ten hrs in the kitchen which is no aphrodisiac anyways. Because no matter how many times you wash it off the smell lingers. As the oil attaches to the hair so does the smell.
You have to use oil a certain way for it to be successful. I tried this and the oil cleansing method for my face on and off for a LONG time before I got it right, but now I couldn't be happier.
Here's how I do it. Once a week, I use 1/2 extra virgin olive oil AND castor oil. Castor oil is fantastic for your hair, olive oil alone is disappointing. I also add a few drops of jojoba but I really don't think it's necessary, just smells good :)
Anyway, I load this up on my hair, probably 1 full measuring cup, wrap my head in a plastic bag, and let it be for 2 hours. Then in the shower, I rinse for a few minutes, do a really intense shampoo, if I feel like I need to repeat, I do, and then conditioner as normal.
I let me hair air dry when I do this, and I swear I don't have to wash my hair for the next 3 days, AND IT IS SHINY. Soft too :)
I buy my EVOO at the grocery store and all other oils online.
I agree with the below poster- olive oil on my hair is terrible!! Extremly hard to wash it off, it greases everything, I had to shampoo maaany times to wash it off my hair and in the end my hair was dry because I washed so many times. I hate having greasy hands and I washed my hands with hand soap like 10 times in a row. Bleaahhh.
I honestly hate olive oil anyway. I hate it for my hair, I wouldn't put it on my face or hands and I don't like it in salads or cooking with it. Gross.
I think olive oil can be very moisturizing, but it is almost impossible to rinse off. It leaves a greasy residue anywhere it touches. I hear all the great things about olive oil but personally, I think it is just a real headache.
I tried applying olive oil in my hair for an hour before rinsing off. My hands were so greasy, I had to scrub them with a dish washing sponge and hot water and lots of soap to get them off. Then it got all over my bathtub and I couldn't shampoo it off!! I ended up spending so much time trying to wash the olive oil off my hair and scrub my bathtub, I really don't think it's worth the time. Plus I shampooed my hair about 2-3 times after, so I think that defeated the whole purpose.
I tried using olive oil as a leave in conditioner. Again, al over my hands, had to scrub my hands after. It makes my hair look greasy(even with just a little bit) and it smells so greasy, like I haven't washed my hair in days.
This is plain awful. I will only use olive for cooking.
Someone introduced me to coconut oil, which has all the benefit olive oil has but without the cons. It smells great and washes right off. I'm glad I tried coconut oil, even after being scarred for life by voluntarily apply olive oil all over my hair.
Works excellent as a preshampoo, I think it protects the scalp against harsh sulfates. Just rub on the scalp then shampoo, rinse, and condition.