Today I want to share the olive oil hair treatment I used to deal with a recent rash on my scalp. I also want to share the process I used to get the added benefit of soft, shiny (dandruff-free) hair.
This might sound really crazy to some of you, but it was only a few weeks ago that it occurred to me just how much the things we put into our hair affects the skin around and under it.
This reality was hard for me to ignore a couple of weeks ago when I got THE most persistent rash I have ever had on my scalp, neck, and upper back. I’m still not sure what exactly I was allergic to in the shampoo yet (it was natural after all), but my body did NOT like it at all.
Following are the supplies needed to perform this treatment, how to do it, and how you get soft shiny hair while getting rid of a rash or dry scalp itch. I’ll also give you a warning about when this treatment wouldn’t be a good idea.
The Supplies You’ll Need
This is SO easy. You’ll only need a few things to get the most out of this treatment.
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of Castille soap or a gentle shampoo you’re not allergic to
- 5 drops of German chamomile essential oil (optional, but recommended)
- 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional, for people with dandruff)
- Plastic hair cap
- An old towel
The Olive Oil Treatment I Used
For My Itchy Scalp
I have found olive oil to be extremely beneficial for skin rashes I occassionaly get from soaps or detergents. So, I figured, why not use it on my hair? Away I went to do some research.
Here’s what I did:
Step 1: The Pre Rinse
I rinsed my hair with a combination of Castille soap, water, and apple cider vinegar.
The mixture was 1/4 cup water, 1/8 cup apple cider, and a drop of Castille soap (about 1/2 teaspoon).
The purpose of this stage was to get rid of any leftover residue from the shampoo on my hair.
Step 2: Prepare The Bonus Benefits
Once that was all rinsed out, I got out of the shower, dried my hair a bit with a towel, and went down to the kitchen to heat up my olive olive oil and coconut oil mixture.
You’ll only need to heat it up for about 10 seconds. Any more and you’ll scald you head!
You don’t really need to heat up olive oil to treat an itchy scalp, but since I was doing it anyway, I figured I would get the most out of this and do a hot oil treatment.
So… in treating my itchy scalp, I was also treating my dry hair.
Step 3: Add the Main Ingredients
Add the other essential oils to your heated olive oil and coconut oil concoction.
Step 4: Apply mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes to 10 hours (overnight)
Now, you can start adding it to your hair. I hopped back into the shower for this part so I wouldn’t ruin anything.
I poured a wee bit of the oil mixture on my scalp and started rubbing it into my scalp. I added as much of the mixture as possible to my scalp area as well as to the rest of my hair.
Then, I covered my hair with my shower cap. You want the cap on nice and tight. If you want, you can even blow dry the cap for a couple of minutes to get even more of a hot oil treatment.
What to do with the extra oil mixture?
It’s possible you’ll have too much of the oil blend. I did.
You can either store it away for future use or apply it to the rest of your body (this is what I did).
Rinsing out the oil mixture
This is the hard part! I had to wash my hair two or three times before the oily mixture was gone.
How Did It Work?
I had to repeat this process three times over the course of the week before my itchy scalp was gone.
It helped my hair A LOT, but it didn’t make my super dry ends go away, which was a real disappointment! I guess I’ll still have to go get that hair cut. 🙂
Warning About Olive Oil Hair Treatments
An olive oil hair treatment will do wonders to soften your hair. Here’s the thing, though: It’s not always the best course of action if you are looking for a treatment to soften your hair and relieve your itchy scalp on a regular basis.
If you have dyed or highlighted hair, olive oil will actually speed up the fading of your hair color. If you only use it every few months, it won’t be an issue. But, if you need regular treatments, avoid the use of olive oil.
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