Olive Oil

I'm thinking of giving it a try as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment.

I have easily-weighed down hair. Will it leave behind an oily heavy film?

I've used heavy pre-shampoo deep-conditioning treatments before that were very hard to remove.

I doubt I'll use olive oil as a leave-in end treatment because oils, pomades & such are too heavy too, but the thought is tempting.

How else can it be used?
one of my friends at work uses it as a deep treatment. she's pakistani and this is something her grandmother would do to her hair to "make it strong, shiney and healthy".
i actually remembered it this weekend and was going to try it.

with olive oil or coconut oil, she's comb it through her hair, twist it up and put a warm towel around her head. after it had time to sit (sometimes overnight) she'd put lemon juice in her hair and comb that through to help break up the oil, and then she'd rinse, then do her normal shampoo routine. she actually never used conditioner. just the shampoo and olive oil. her hair never looked oily. it was long, thick, shiney and beautiful.

i tried it once before, but i was CG then and scared to use sulfates, so my hair was REALLY oily for a few days. now? i think it'd work just fine because i'd be willing to use shampoo to help get the extra oil out.
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If your hair is easily weighed down, olive oil may not be the right treatment for you. I have the same problem and olive oil is way too heavy for my hair. When I want a heavy but not too heavy treatment, I use almond oil or jojoba+rosemary w/ a little almond on the very ends/dryest parts.
Coconut oil weighs me down a bit too much as well but coconut milk works wonderfully.
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I've tried coconut oil before & it too was too heavy for my hair. The other two that were also heavy was/were a mask from The Body Shop & the mask from Burt's Bees. I don't remember their titles though.

I guess I could always try it once, but if it doesn't work to my liking, I only have myself to blame!

We use olive oil in our cooking so it's not like I'm going out & buying a bottle just for my hair.
If you're going to use the olive oil, go very light. Maybe just coat your fingertips and pull that through to start with. Olive oil is alot heavier than coconut oil in my hair.
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I just rewet my hair to try the conditioner I added olive oil to (Mer de Beaute). The conditioner as is wasn't working out & I think the ingredients canceled out the cap full of olive oil 'cause I didn't notice even a smidgen of change.

So I added some Elucence as a leave-in since the conditioner doesn't add any moisture & said WTHey, I'll put some olive oil on my hands, just enough to coat them, & start from the ends & work towards the roots!

My hair's still drying so I don't know how it's going to react yet. I'll see in about an hour & then shampoo it out tonight, if it'll even come out with Activate Shampoo. I may have to use one of the shampoo cast-offs I gave to my son.
I love olive oil. I agree with what CurlyJen said. I love to put it on my hair after doing a cowash, or wash. I just take some and rub in my palms and distribute through my hair.

I have used it as a DT. For myself, I do not saturate my hair or else it gets too weighed down, but my ends just love it and overall my hair loves olive oil. I find the better the brand oil, the better results I get. I always make sure to get a cold-pressed virgin olive oil. It is especially good on my dry ends. Often when doing a dt, or just a little love for my hair I put a little on the ends and wrap it in a warm towel. I leave it on for however long my hair requires. I just test it to see. Usually not overnight for me, unless very dry.

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I felt like olive oil coated my hair more than it moisturized. I've had much The very very best oil treatment method I've used is jojoba and rosemary from the ears down, braided (for some reason that seems to work better than a bun for me) and left in all afternoon or overnight (or both). The lighter oil + longer time to absorb seems to be the key (for me) for added moisture without weight.
Most people I've known who had success with olive oil have had hair that was much more coarse than mine. It seems it's able to actually penetrate their hair shaft much better than mine.
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Well, *SIGH*, olive oil is also a no-go for my hair. I shampooed with Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious & the oil was still in my hair. I tried again & it was still there. So the third time's a charm rule came into play & I resorted to my clarifying shampoo (Aveda Detoxifier). That worked, but of course I had to do a deep treatment to counteract the stripping.

BTW, when my hair finally dried, before the shower, the oil was too heavy in my hair then.
Well, *SIGH*, olive oil is also a no-go for my hair. I shampooed with Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious & the oil was still in my hair. I tried again & it was still there. So the third time's a charm rule came into play & I resorted to my clarifying shampoo (Aveda Detoxifier). That worked, but of course I had to do a deep treatment to counteract the stripping.

BTW, when my hair finally dried, before the shower, the oil was too heavy in my hair then.
Originally Posted by Liz's loops
I've had very good luck with jojoba oil. I also use it as sort of a finishing gloss scrunched in after my hair is dry and de-crunched to calm any flyaways or frizzes and as a facial moisturizer. A drop or two goes a long way, and it's inexpensive and not heavy.
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It's been quite a while since I tried jojoba oil. For some reason, that I can't remember now, I or rather my hair didn't like it much either.

I just thought I'd give olive oil, one I hadn't tried before, a chance. There are others I also haven't tried, but I'm not going to chance it since those I've tried haven't worked.

ETA: And the olive oil I used was Pompeian cold-pressed extra virgin.
I've used Olive, Coconut oils as pre-cleansing deep treatments/glossers. I have also used Jojoba as a conditioner/glosser.

Since all of they are fairly inexpensive I buy organic, cold-pressed (rather than expeller presssed) only. I don't want any pesticides or unwanted chemicals in my hair.
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I use olive oil with a drop of lavender oil, kinda like a serum for 2nd to 4th day hair after I refresh with water.

If I'm careful it doesn't weigh my hair down, but I have thick hair.
I havent tried it as a DT but it would be nice if something that simple and cheap worked.
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well i tried olive oil for the first time last night as a DT.
Put it on dry hair..just enough to get it damp..not sopping...put in bun and put an old t-shirt around my head to keep grease of my pillow.
this morning my hair was almost completely dry..and i could tell no difference after i washed...in fact my hair was more frizzy!
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I love olive oil and use it all the time in my hair. I have found, thought, that it absorbs better the more you use it. The first time I used it, I had the same experience as liz's loops, where it didn't wash out, and then when it did, my hair became crispy and dry. I kept using it though (it's supposed to be good for scalp circulation, and now it works great for me!
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