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Olive Oil Benefits For Hair And How To Make It At Home

Olive oils can be used as a base oil with which other extracts and oils can be blended.
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Olive oil is known to be excellent for various reasons. Especially for dry, thick hair it works as a magic elixir. My mom puts olive oil once or twice a week on my head and every time it leaves my hair moist and strong.

Olive oil not only nourishes hair, but it also maintains the hair and scalp normal acid-alkaline, or pH balance. It is high in vitamins and minerals, as well as a powerful antioxidant, making it wonderful for hair health.

Benefits Of Using Olive Oil On Hair

olive oil for hair

Thick Hair

Antioxidants present in olive oil help to keep your hair and scalp healthy. It also ensures that important nutrients reach your hair follicles which can improve blood circulation. This keeps your hair from drying out while also making it thick and strong.

However, if you use olive oil only once in a while, the method will not work. You must apply oil to your hair on a regular basis.

Treat Dry Hair

Olive oil is a fantastic treatment for damaged hair. It also aids in restoring the hair's natural balance, which is disrupted by harsh shampoos, excessively chlorinated water, and air pollution, all of which cause the hair to become dry. According to beauty expert Shahnaz Husain, it softens dry hair and adds a healthy shine.

Remove Head Lice

Olive oil can aid with head lice removal, but it isn't any more effective than other oils or conditioners.

Although olive oil does not kill lice, it does lubricate the hair and makes it easier to remove lice and nits (lice eggs) from the hair and scalp.

As olive oil helps to restore the normal pH or acid-alkaline balance of the scalp, it may also be useful against hair dandruff

Softens Hair

Olive oil is high in fatty acids and antioxidants, which is one of the reasons why so many of us use it to improve the texture and appearance of our hair.

Help In Preventing Hairfall

Olive oil also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help prevent any hair problems like dandruff and itching. 

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How To Make Olive Oil At Home? 

olive oil benefits for hair

You can make small batch of olive oil at home for your personal use by using the recipe below:

1. Take freshly harvested unripe green olives or ripe black olives. Oil made with ripe olives will offer more health benefits than that made with unripe olives.

2. Rinse the olives well and under running water let them cool off. Use your fingers to gently scrub away any dirt. Also sort through the olives and pick out any leaves, twigs, stones, or other debris mixed in with the fruit. Drain the water.

3. Place the clean olives in a large bowl with relatively shallow sides. Ideally, you should be able to keep the olives in a single layer.

4. Using a clean mallet, repeatedly strike the olives, mashing them into a thick, chunky paste.

5. Spoon the paste into a tall drinking glass or similar dish, filling no more than one-third of the glass at a time.

6.  Pour about 2 to 3 Tbsp (30 to 45 ml) of hot water into the glass for every 1 cup (250 ml) of olive mush. Quickly stir the contents of the dish to distribute the water evenly and let it sink to the bottom of the glass.

7. Using an immersion blender, grind the olive paste down further until beads of oil begin rising to the surface.

8. Mix the olive mush until the oil separates. Using a mixing spoon, vigorously stir the mashed olives for several minutes, continuing as needed until the small beads of oil turn into larger beads.

9. Now, loosely cover the dish with a clean dish cloth, paper towel, or lid. Allow the contents to rest for 5 to 10 minutes without any disturbance.

10. Cut a piece of cheesecloth nearly twice as large as the mouth of the strainer, and center it over the top of the strainer. Rest the cover strainer over a large bowl.

11. Pour the olive mush into the cheesecloth. Spoon out the olive paste, including all visible liquid and solids, and transfer it directly to the center of the cheesecloth. Wrap up the sides of the cheesecloth over the olive paste, creating a secure bundle.

12. Rest a wooden block or similar weight on top of the bundled olive paste. The weight should be heavy enough to actively press down on the bundle.

13. Allow at least 30 minutes for the olive oil, olive juice, and water to drain through the cheesecloth and sieve. As the liquid drains, it should be collected in the bowl beneath the strainer.

14. Just beneath the surface of the gathered liquid, place the tip of a baster or syringe. Draw the top layer liquid out carefully, leaving the lower layers remain. Pour the remaining liquid into a separate glass.

15. Place a funnel in the mouth of a clean glass bottle and pour the accumulated oil through it into the same bottle. Seal the bottle with a cork.

The olive oil is now finished and ready to use. You can store it for later uses also.

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I hope you found this story helpful. Use this oil to treat and pamper your beautiful Hair. 

However, keep in mind that everyone's hair structure is different, so it may or may not work as well on your hair as it does on others'.

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