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At some point, most of us have lost faith with commercial hair products. It can be a real chore trying to find that perfect combination, that golden arrangement of products and treatments that just works for you. And sometimes, it can feel like all the intensive conditioners and frizz control shampoos in the world just aren’t doing their thing.
When this happens, it is usually because your hair is crying out for hydration. In other words, it’s hella thirsty! It might be because cold weather has stripped it of essential oils or because you’ve been going too hard with the hair straighteners; either way, you need a follicular pick me up that is fast and gets straight to the root of the problem.
One very effective solution is the olive hair mask, so we’re going to give you some tips on how to create your own at home.
The Many Benefits of Olive Oil
It might sound strange to want to douse your hair in olive oil as it’s pretty greasy, right? It isn’t the sort of thing that you’d see and instantly think ‘OMG, shimmering tresses!’ However, stylists (and celebrities) have been using olive oil hair masks for years, because olives are a great source of vitamins E and K. Together, they are the natural secret to healthy, shiny, strong, and manageable hair.
Step One: Prepare the Ingredients
The amazing thing about olive oil hair masks is that you can whip them up using ingredients that you’ve probably already got in your kitchen cupboards. You’ll need around 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons of honey, and a bowl to mix it all up in. Of course, you can treat real hair extensions with this formula, but it’s probably more convenient to take them out and do them separately to your own hair.
Step Two: Apply the Mixture
You need to wash and shampoo your hair before you apply the mask. This works best on clean damp hair. Apply the mixture and use your fingertips to work it along the lengths. It will feel a little sticky and strange, but it needs to be thoroughly worked into your hair and scalp. Then, twist all of the hair into a tight bun and secure it up and away from your face.
Step Three: Let the Mask Rest
The olive oil mask needs around half an hour to do its thing, so the easiest approach is to stick a shower cap over the top of your bun and go about your normal routine. Once the 30 minutes is up, come back to the bathroom and rinse it out as thoroughly as you can. Applying another coat of mild shampoo will help to remove any leftover residue.
Step Four: Rinse and Repeat
There is no real limit to the amount of times that you can treat your hair with an olive oil mask. Usually, 1-2 times per week is more than enough though. If your tresses are in a very bad way and need a lot of care, you might want to up it to three times. After a week, split ends should look visibly smoother and your hair will have a new vitality and shine, without using a single chemical!