Hair loss is a harrowing experience and one that we dread each and everyday. Since so much of how we look is tied up with how our hair looks, it can be a blow to your confidence levels. It is extremely saddening to find clumps of hair in your brush every morning. Most of us start losing hope after trying a couple of products which seem to be promising, but when they don’t really offer any results. There is such a wide array of kitchen items that can be used on a daily basis to get amazing and wonderful results. Olive oil is an amazing ingredient for hair care and can offer amazing benefits.
Benefits of olive oil for hair loss
Reduces the production of DHT
The production of DHT is one of the leading causes for hair loss in men. The hormone has been shown to attack the hair follicles and cause it to weaken which is linked to hair loss in men. Using olive oil on a regular basis can help to block DHT production and in the process, lead to a reduction in hair fall in men.
If you are suffering from hair loss, it could be a sign of environmental damage to the scalp and hair. Olive oil is one of the best remedies that can help to protect and prevent environmental damage due to its rich content of antioxidants that can help in maintaining the health of scalp and hair by helping to stabilize the free radicals(unstable molecules in the atmosphere which can cause cellular damage to hair follicles) to prevent hair damage.
Nourishing and conditioning the hair follicles
Olive oil is one of the best oils that can help boost the blood circulation to hair follicles and nourish the individual follicles with the help of unsaturated fats and essential nutrients which can ensure that the moisture is sealed into the hair shafts, thereby stopping any kind of dryness and helping to increase the manageability of your hair.
Reducing breakage of hair follicles
Olive oil can help to prevent the hair follicles from drying out and can help make your hair more voluminous by thickening it and thereby reducing any breakage issues. The oil also helps to condition and strengthen the hair follicles with the help of the rich content of the essential omega-6 fatty acids that can prevent the hair from becoming brittle and snapping off.
Soothing your scalp
Hair fall can also stem from a wide array of scalp and hair conditions. Olive oil is an amazing healant that can help provide antibacterial and antifungal properties that can treat a number of scalp conditions like eczema, dermatitis, dandruff and clogged follicles. Issues like clogged follicles and dandruff are some of the leading causes of hair loss.
If you are looking for some DIY recipes that can help control your hair fall and help your hair grow thicker, longer and smoother naturally, here are two of the best home recipes you can use for different hair types.
Olive oil and egg white hair mask for oily hair
- 2 whole egg whites
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- A spatula or hair coloring brush
- A shower cap
In a small bowl, start whisking the egg whites, slowly adding the oil till it is well combined. Apply this mixture into the hair and scalp section by section and cover your hair with the shower cap to prevent the mixture from dripping. Leave it on for around 20 minutes and rinse off the hair with the help of cool water and a mild shampoo that is free of sulfates. Repeat once or twice weekly.
How this works
Hair fall is often linked to an oily scalp. Contrary to popular belief, an oily scalp is often a reaction to the lack of moisture to the scalp which causes the scalp to produce excess oil as a reaction. This pack can help in normalizing the process of oil production in the scalp and can help nourish the scalp and hair with all the necessary proteins that can aid in the regrowth of hair.
Honey, cinnamon and olive oil mask for dry hair
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together till the texture is smooth and consistent. Apply on the scalp working it down to the tips. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water and a sulfate free shampoo. Repeat weekly or bi-weekly
How this works
Cinnamon can help to improve the circulation of blood to the scalp which can help to stimulate the re-growth of your hair follicles. The olive oil helps protect and nourish the hair and coupled with honey, this mask is amazing for people with dry scalp issues, as the honey acts as a humectant, improving moisture retention in the hair follicles.