How does Olive Oil Help to Prevent Hair Loss?

Hair Growth with Olive

Hair loss occurs due to several reasons. The main cause is aging. As one gets older, it is the structure of the hair which changes. It becomes weaker, thinner, and grey and eventually dies. Besides aging, other reasons could include: frequent coloring, chemical in commercial products, deficiencies in minerals and vitamins etc.

Along with many other benefits of olive oil, it can also help in hair growth, preventing hair loss, keeping the scalp healthy, eliminating dandruff and regaining lost hair. Olive oil contains vitamin A and E which are very important for hair to strengthen its strands. Using olive oil on the scalp feeds the hair with these vitamins and stimulates the hair follicles.

Sufficient blood to the scalp ensures healthy growth of hair. If the follicles are clogged up, they may not receive sufficient supply of vitamins and other nutrients which may result in loss of hair, dandruff and dryness. A light massage of the scalp with olive oil may stimulate and recondition the scalp. This will increase blood supply to the scalp and essential nutrients to hair.

A hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) decreases the hair follicle shaft which can cause hair loss. DHT makes the hair thin, and with the passage of times the hair becomes thinner and thinner until they die out. An increased production of DHT means thinning and dying out of existing hair and no growth of any future hair.  When olive oil is applied to the scalp, it reduces the chances of DHT production and thus can prevent hair loss. The oil is also rich in antioxidants and can promote healthy environment in the scalp forest. It also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can eliminate flakes, dandruff and even lice. Hair Loss Revolution claim that a 28 days study proved that olive oil could significantly improve hair growth.

How to Use Olive Oil to Stop Hair Loss?

Method 1

  1.  Wash your scalp to remove any impurities. Use light herbal shampoo for the wash.
  2.  Apply olive oil to your hair and massage gently. Make sure the oil reaches the roots of the hair and surface of the scalp.
  3.  Leave for one hour and wash it again with herbal shampoo.
  4. Apply minox 5% at bed time.
  5. Use 100% aloe-Vera gel for styling.

Method 2

  1. Mix a few drops of peppermint, rosemary and sage oil
  2. Add in one tablespoon of olive oil
  3.  Massage into the scalp
  4. Wash with shampoo after 30 minutes
  5.  Repeat daily

Method 3

  1.  Mix 3 drops of cedar, 2 drops of sage, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of tea tree oil
  2.  Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  3. Apply to the scalp and massage.
  4. Wash after one hour
  5. Repeat daily

Method 4

  1. Take 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and warm it up. (If you hair is pretty long like women hair, you may increase the amount to half a cup).
  2. Leave the warm oil for 5 seconds.
  3. Massage the warm oil into your scalp and hair
  4. Wear a plastic cap or a shower cap, or a thick towel for 30 minutes
  5. Wash with warm water. You may use a light shampoo.

 Is There any Scientific Evidence that EVOO Stops Hair Loss?

We see health and beauty markets with many products claiming to contain olive oil for increased benefits. The list of such products also includes many hair loss and hair growth products. In some cases, it might be only a marketing strategy to sell the products. Generally speaking, there is good evidence that olive oil is rich in Vitamin E, and other anti-oxidant and contains anti-inflammatory compounds which may help in certain skin conditions. But in relation to hair loss or growth, there is hardly any direct scientific evidence which shows that olive oil helps in hair growth or prevents its loss. All the reports over the internet, books and magazine regarding the effects of olive oil over hair are anecdotal and mainly depend upon the individual’s experience. Although, there is a lack of scientific evidence, there is hardly any harm in trying the oil to see it works.

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