Olive oil can be used as a hot oil treatment while the hair is either wet or dry. Olive oil penetrates and moisturizes hair better than many essential oils and is used to enhance the strength and luster of hair while enhancing scalp health.
An olive oil treatment begins with warming 1/2 cup olive oil in the microwave or on a stovetop until the oil is warm to the touch. An addition of coconut, sweet almond or jojoba oil can be added for fine hair. When opting for a wet olive oil treatment, the oil mixture is applied to freshly washed and conditioned hair that is soaking wet to lock in moisture. A dry olive oil hair treatment is applied the same way, and this is an option for hair that does not respond well to oil when wet. The results on dry and wet hair are similar, but dry hair does not lock in as much moisture as wet hair. After pouring the mixture evenly throughout the hair, a shower cap or plastic wrap is placed on the head to keep the hair in place and to enhance the treatment's moisturizing effects. The oil is then rinsed from the hair after 10 to 45 minutes.