5 uses for olive oil to improve hair health

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The very healthy olive oil is not just beneficial for the overall health of the body or the skin, the topical application of the oil is found to benefit hair growth. The beneficial fatty acids in the oil keep the scalp and hair moisturized. The oil is also found to protect hair from sun damage and help in lice prevention.

1 – Soft and shiny strands

The antioxidants present in olive oil protect against oxidative stress. When you apply the serum with natural antioxidants to your hair strands, it not only protects your hair from UV rays but also improves the overall texture, color, and shine in your strands.

2 – Hair and scalp moisturizer

Olive oil is a rich source of fatty acids which is essential for improving our skin and hair structure.One of the great ways to ensure hair is protected and remains soft is to massage your scalp and hair once or twice a week with olive oil. Olive oil works for most hair types, except maybe those with very fine hair.

3- Protection from sun damage

Scalp is an extension of the skin so, when you apply olive oil on your scalp, you protect the hair roots, and scalp from getting affected by cancer-causing UV rays.

4 – No to hair fall

Olive oil application and even consumption reduce oxidative stress on the skin and hair that causes aging. Hair loss is one of the effects of oxidative stress on our body.

5 – See the last of lice

Lice infestation in hair is a major concern, especially for parents of school going children. You can try the olive oil treatment to kill the lice. The suffocation treatment calls for applying warm olive oil to infested hair and scalp and then covering the head with a plastic shower cap for a prolonged period of time. Though the suffocation treatment is useful to a great extent, it is found that it may not have the desired effect if left on the hair for less than 12 hours. The study on the treatment, published in Pediatric Drugs Journal, shows that using olive oil as a suffocating agent (for 12 hours a day) can actually kill a considerable number of lice if the treatment is continued for two to three days.10 Olive oil application, however, makes it easy to run a lice comb through the hair to capture even the last living lice on the hair.

How To Apply Olive Oil On The Hair

One of the best ways to apply olive oil is applying it warm to middling hot. You need about two tablespoons of olive oil to cover your scalp and smooth through your hair. When you massage the scalp with hot oil, it stimulates the roots and helps in improving blood circulation to the scalp. It dilates the blood vessels in your scalp ensuring better blood flow to the roots, which in turn help in hair growth. Clinical study shows that daily scalp massage can actually help in hair growth and its health.11.

Olive oil is one of the healthiest oil available. Make the most of this wonder oil by not just adding it to food but applying it on the skin and hair, too.

 

Source: curejoy.com

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