12 Secret Benefits Of Olive Oil For Hair, Get Healthier, More Radiant Hair

Last Updated:

Olive oil has been a staple of our kitchen for decades. But did you know that it’s also been a staple skincare product for thousands of years? It has untold benefits for our hair, too.

The ancient Romans used olive oil to moisturize their hair and skin. So, I decided to take a leaf from their book and see what it could do for my hair and skin. The benefits surprized me. So, let’s go through all the different benefits olive oil has for hair health and radiance. 

1. Moisturizes Dry Hair

dry hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Olive oil is deeply hydrating for hair. It can penetrate the shaft of hair much more easily than many other oils, providing moisture where the hair needs it most. Overwashed hair can become very dry, so olive oil is the perfect treatment to restore its glow.

2. Enhances Scalp Health

scalp with dandruff
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Olives are rich in many different antioxidants, and their oil is no different. Antioxidants are associated with reducing free radicals in the skin and hair, which can cause damage to our skin cells. Antioxidants also help combat dandruff and minimize scalp irritation. It’s wonderful stuff! 

3. Promotes Hair Growth & Prevents Hair Loss

thinning hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

We all want long, thicker hair. But did you know that olive oil is high in vitamins E and K, both of which can stimulate hair growth? By using olive oil treatments, we can help stimulate our hair follicles so that our hair is not only longer but also thicker and more voluminous. 

As well as helping to promote more hair growth, it also prevents hair loss too. This is because olive oil is deeply anti-inflammatory, which helps to minimize hair loss by maintaining a healthy scalp. 

4. Reduces Frizz and Enhances Shine

shinny hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

We’ve all had a bad hair day. You wake up, and whatever you do, you just can’t tame the frizz. But olive oil treatments can actually help you reduce that frizz, preventing any morning stress before it happens. I’ve also found olive oil helps enhance the natural shine and sheen of your hair. 

5. Strengthens Hair

strong grey hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Olive oil is packed full of fatty acids, all of which help to reinforce the health of our hair. By doing so, they also strengthen our hair, making it less prone to breakages. We want to avoid breakages at all costs, as this leads to split ends. A weekly olive oil treatment can really fight back against this. 

6. Natural Conditioner

olive oil
Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Olive oil also has the power to condition your hair. A hot oil or deep conditioning treatment using olive oil will help considerably improve the texture of your hair. It’ll soften and help protect your hair from future damage – especially as a heat protectant. The best way to do this is to add a small amount of olive oil to the hair before styling, allowing it to act as a barrier between your hair and any heat. 

7. Detangles Hair

tangled hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Because of its super smooth, slippery texture, olive oil also makes for a good detangler. It’s important to try not to brush through knots and tangles in the hair, as it can cause lots of breakage and lead to split ends. By adding a little olive oil to the hair before combing, it’ll make the job a lot easier.  

8. Fades Dark Spots and Discoloration on the Scalp

hair and scalp oil treatment
Image Credit: Shutterstock

This is one benefit that we usually bring up when talking about benefits for our facial skin. But our scalp is also susceptible to many of the symptoms of aging. Olive oil is great for helping to fade dark spots and even out discoloration in the skin and scalp. A regular hot oil treatment is more than enough to see this benefit. 

9. Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective

environmentally friendly
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Because olive oil is super popular the world over, it’s become very sustainable as a result. It’s also biodegradable, and so completely environmentally friendly. I’ve also found it to be a lot more cost effective than many commercially available hair products that do similar things. 

10. Versatile Use in DIY Hair Masks

olive oil honey and egg hair mask
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Olive oil is a super versatile ingredient and can be combined with a variety of other ingredients you probably have lying around. Add a little honey, egg or avocado for a customized hair treatment that will nourish your hair and scalp from the roots up. 

11. Improves Hair Elasticity

strong hair
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Elasticity is super important for the skin. Without it, our skin becomes saggy, and wrinkles form. But did you know that elasticity is also important for our hair? As we age, our hair becomes more prone to snapping and breakage. By implementing a little olive oil into your hair care routine, you will help your hair weather the stress of your daily life. 

12. Protects From Pollution & Sun Damage

beautiful hair in the sun
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Much like how olive oil can protect our hair from heat when we style it, it can also help fight off the harmful effect of UV Radiation from the sun. Furthermore, it’ll also protect your hair from environmental pollutants, helping it bounce off rather than sinking into the scalp.

10 Everyday Oils To Help Stimulate Hair Growth – Natural Secret To Long Beautiful Hair

Grapeseed oil
Image Credit: Deposit Photos

Have you ever decided to grow your hair out, only to find that you can’t get it to grow beyond your shoulders? Or maybe you just want thicker hair with more volume. You aren’t alone. Lots of people find it difficult to grow out their hair or keep it looking healthy and natural. This is where natural oils can help out! I like to call these oils ‘hair growth oils,’ which are rich in natural vitamins to help lengthen and strengthen hair.
Learn More: 10 Everyday Oils To Help Stimulate Hair Growth – Natural Secret To Long Beautiful Hair

11 Sulphate-Free Homemade Shampoo Recipes For Gorgeous-Looking Hair

homemade shampoo
Photo Credit: SavvyHomemade

Ever thought about making homemade shampoo? It’s a fun way to take care of your hair without using harsh chemicals. Your hair looks & feels amazing, and It’s easier than you might think. Once you have the basic DIY shampoo recipe down, you can start experimenting with different scents to create a calming, stimulating, or rejuvenating shampoo that suits your mood and personality and cleans your hair!
Let’s Take a Look: 11 Sulphate-Free Homemade Shampoo Recipes For Gorgeous-Looking Hair

This article originally appeared on Savvy Homemade

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

Join the conversation