What is olive oil?

While most of us are used to working with olive oil the kitchen, using olive oil for hair and skin treatments is becoming increasingly popular. Over the last few years, though, many people have begun to notice that this extremely powerful oil could benefit more than the quality of our food.

Taken from the process of pressing olives, olive oil is able to create some fantastic benefits for our food. But what about using it on our bodies? Could using olive oil on our hair and skin be beneficial?

Olive Oil For Hair: Benefits

Using olive oil for hair is all about making sure you can find a simple, easy way to keep your hair in top condition. One thing that you will notice about using olive oil is that it can be used to help stimulate and moisturize your hair. Some benefits include:

  • Some research shows that olive oil might make an excellent choice for moisturizing your hair.
  • A study found that olive oil has been linked to hair growth for some time. However, this is linked with ingredients taken from an olive tree.
  • Olives have strong antibacterial properties which could help to reduce scalp damage and infections.
  • Some anecdotal evidence also points to it being good for making your hair softer yet stronger.
  • It’s also been linked with being useful for hair hygiene issues such as dandruff and lice.

As you might imagine, though, more work and research is needed. Olive oil has many benefits, but it’s true benefits to our hair is still something that is being worked on by medical professionals worldwide. 

Olive Oil Side Effects

At the moment, we would recommend trying to keep your use of olive oil for hair to a minimum. It’s a useful solution that is rich in proteins and antioxidants, but you don’t want to use too much olive oil – even in your hair. Be sure to speak with a medical professional, too, so they can make sure that you don’t suffer from any problems that exist from using olive oil as a treatment. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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