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Olive oil hair masks

Updated: Feb 18


By Dr Erum ILYAS


Olive Oil is a common go-to for most home remedy seekers for hair and skin. There is very little research to support its use however it may have some benefits.


Olive Oil is a relatively thick monounsaturated oil.  When the hair is dry, the cuticle of the hair can start to peel back and appear frayed.  This can result in easy hair breakage.


Olive Oil coats the cuticle of the hair to make the scaly surface of the hair follicle is less apparent.  The scalp skin can benefit from this added protection.

Given the high viscosity of Olive Oil, the oil tends to coat the hair follicle and can make it very oily and greasy initially but can leave a shine after washed out that can potentially last through a few washes.


Olive Oil + Avocado :

Avocado actually has a higher concentration of monounsaturated fats than olive oil.  The two together will add to the overall shine left behind for your hair to enjoy!

RECIPE: one avocado+ one ¼ cup olive oil


Olive Oil + Honey :

Adding honey to an olive oil hair mask can add several benefits.  Honey is known to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.  This means it can improve dandruff and inflammation in the scalp while also serving as an emollient for the hair.

RECIPE: 2 tbs honey + one tbs olive oil


Olive Oil + Egg :

Egg yolks are rich in fat, protein and biotin.  Although these proteins may be too large to penetrate the follicle itself, they can coat the hair follicle to add a glossy look. By combining this with olive oil, your hair should achieve a shine that lasts through a few washes.

RECIPE: one egg yolk + one tbs olive oil


Olive Oil + Coconut Oil :

Coconut oil, unlike olive oil, can actually penetrate the hair follicle to strengthen it.  Coconut oil is a triglyceride that is attracted to the proteins in the hair follicle.  By penetrating the hair follicle, coconut oil can prevent protein loss from the hair. 

RECIPE: one tbs coconut oil + one tbs olive oil


Olive Oil + Mayonnaise:

Mayonnaise contains egg yolks, vinegar and other oils.  Mayonnaise hair treatments have long been loved to help add shine to dry frizzy hair. 

RECIPE: 2 tbs mayo + one tbs olive oil


Olive Oil + Bananas:

Bananas are rich in antioxidants, potassium and nutrients. Used in a hair mask, these can help nourish the hair in addition to adding shine.

RECIPE: one banana + one tbs olive oil


(Recipes show ratios: can increase proportionately based on amount of hair/scalp to treat.)


Read more as Dr ILYAS talks to EatingWell about olive oil hair masks

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