Because shampoos can strip your hair of its natural moisture over time, it can be beneficial to rehydrate your hair on a periodic basis. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to rehydrate your hair is known as the olive oil approach. By simply massaging a generous amount of olive oil onto your hair and scalp, you will be well on your way to rehydrated, healthy looking hair.

Some people prefer to use the olive oil at room temperature, letting their natural body heat warm up the oil, while other people prefer to start with an already heated oil. If you’d prefer to use a heated oil treatment, simply warm up the oil in the microwave, taking care not to overheat it. Oil can become very hot, so it’s important that you cautiously feel the oil before applying it to your scalp to prevent a burn.

Once the olive oil has been applied, it’s time to wrap your hair with a warm towel or plastic shower cap. A plastic shower cap is typically best because it will help to lock in your body’s natural heat, which will help to keep the olive oil warm during the treatment. You should let your wrapped hair absorb the oil for at least 30 to 60 minutes before shampooing.

To rinse out the oil, simply lather shampoo directly onto your oiled hair. Using warm water, gently massage your scalp and let the olive oil slowly wash out. Because the first rinse might not be enough to completely remove the oil, additional rinses may be required.

Whether or not you choose to use conditioner is up to you. Some people choose not to condition their hair because the olive oil acts as a natural conditioner. Others still prefer to end off their routine with a standard conditioning treatment.

If you are looking for a natural way to restore your hair’s moisture, then an olive oil treatment might be just what you are looking for. It is a simple way to rehydrate your hair that won’t end up costing you near as much as traditional department store rehydration remedies.