Here's how to use olive oil in your conditioner for beautifully smooth, moisturized hair at home.

Olive oil is one of the top emollients that can penetrate the hair, and its lightweight nature makes it great for moisturizing.

Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin oil is also rich in high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growth.

Olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, making it ideal for sensitive skin and hair.


Olive oil deeply penetrates the hair cuticle so that moisture and nutrients are absorbed, leaving coarse natural and curly hair not only smoother, but shinier and healthier as well.

DIY Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Another great thing about olive oil is that it's a cheap and easy way to add moisture to your hair. Here's a simple deep conditioning treatment you can try for achieving beautifully smooth, moisturized hair at home. All you need is:

-1/2 cup your favorite conditioner

-1/4 cup EVOO (available at your local grocery store)


1. Mix both ingredients in a bowl into a yogurt-like consistency.

2. Apply it to dry hair in sections, focusing on the length and ends of your curls.

3. Clip each section up as you apply the mix, and leave it in for about 15 minutes.

4. If you like dry detangling, now is a good time to do so with your fingers or a wide tooth shower comb.

5. Rinse your hair thoroughly, air drying to maintain moisture and natural curl definition. 

Dry or Wet Hair?

Some women prefer applying olive oil treatments to wet and recently conditioned hair while others want their hair to be dry. If your hair is wet and conditioned, it will lock in the moisture and additional nutrients when the olive oil is applied.

The downside is that olive oil is already slightly more difficult to apply due to the hair’s slipper nature. If you apply olive oil to dry hair, it has a similar effect, but many argue it doesn’t lock in as many nutrients as the wet treatment. Even so, it’s less of a mess than the wet method.

Many users also recommend hopping in the shower and letting the steam do its thing to enhance the effects of the olive oil on the hair. Once you’ve washed it out, watch your step since the floor will be slick with oil.


Do you use oils to enhance the health of your hair? What is your favorite oil for your hair?

Devri Velázquez

NC Content Editor Devri is a passionate writer with a deep appreciation for all forms of expressive art and culture. After being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease in 2011, Devri's personal mission has been to empower other women to focus on their individual self-care and wellness.

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I actually followed a lot of friends suggesting I use pro naturals argan oil and I'm not dissapointing. It has lessened my hair frizz and it's also pretty soft =)

I having been using olive oil for about 3 weeks and LOVE it! I won't be purchasing JBCO anytime soon and I will be saving money! I didn't realize that I could purchase EVOO so cheap.

Olive oil is good for pretty much anything! I was using it on my hair and it loved it, although it started getting a bit heavy and greasy so I switched over to argan oil (mine is from Pro Naturals). That's another miracle product for hair :) Got one online at Beyas and it's been heaven for my hair ever since!

I grew up with my mom using olive oil on our hair. Extra Virgin is the one to use. It's isn't as processed as the others. In the summer, I use it as an everyday hairdress mixed with shea moisture. Keeps a wonderful sheen on my hair as well as keeps my hair moisturized.

Hi Umph! I'm not sure about that either! I almost always use extra virgin olive oil and assumed that the heavier the oil, the better. But that may not be the case, especially since heavier products weigh down hair. And I wonder if it would make a difference if it was cold pressed, as well. Thanks you for your comment, I'll have to check into it, as well! ... Catch me on my Twitter handle, @SamanthaBerley

I have yet to try olive oil; I've tried jojoba & coconut oils but not olive oil. This article doesn't state which is best, extra virgin olive oil or the heavier (darker colored oils). Which is best, does anyone know? I will have to google this. Thanks for the article!

Thanks so much for your comment! You know it's funny I have yet to try argan oil, but I've heard really good things about it. Perhaps it's time for a change ;). Thanks for the tip!!! ... Catch me on my Twitter handle, @SamanthaBerley

Thanks for sharing! I actually prefer argan oil instead of olive oil because it has more benefits and it's super light on my hair, not greasy. I use Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil hair treatment instead and my hair is shinier, healthier and stronger :)