There have been some rumors floating around that olive oil is successful at promoting hair growth and also at preventing or reducing the rate of hair loss. On the subject of hair loss there is seemingly always a new “miracle drug” that hits the market every so often. This is usually more the product of a clever marketing strategy rather than sound scientific study.
So is olive oil really effective for hair growth or is this just another snake oil idea? There is scant scientific research available on the topic of olive oil being used as a remedy for hair loss. So it is difficult to say with a confident level of scientific accuracy that there is any truth to the rumor. However, there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence available that indicates that the treatment may be effective for some people.
Olive oil has been well known for centuries to promote the health of both skin and hair. It is included in many hair care and skin care products for that very reason. Many cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, etc. tout the wonderful benefits of olive oil as an ingredient. And it has often been noted that people who eat plenty of olive oil also have healthy skin and a fine sheen to their hair.
So it is really no surprise that some people claim that olive oil also helps to promote hair growth. We will not make any unfounded claims to its efficacy, however, we can encourage you to test it on your own to see if it works for you. With the number of people claiming that it has benefited them, you might just get lucky and find that it does the same for you.
Olive oil does have antibacterial qualities when rubbed on the skin which can help to rid the epidermis of microbes that can affect hair growth and promote hair loss. By rubbing a mixture of olive oil and salt directly into the skin and massaging into the scalp with the fingertips using a circular motion, you can stimulate the hair follicles and encourage the absorption of the oil’s antioxidants and vitamins. The vitamin E in olive oil is very good for skin and hair, too.
If nothing else, the olive oil will definitely act as a conditioner to your existing hair and help give it a fluffier and fuller texture. It is especially helpful for people with dry hair, because olive oil has a moisturizing and rejuvenating effect on split ends and dry hair.
If the remedy is working for you, you should notice an improvement in your situation within a few weeks. Of course, at this point no one can guarantee that you will see any results, but there is some scientific evidence that olive oil does help skin and hair, and if we take the liberty to connect the dots one may conclude that it might also have benefits for hair loss and hair growth. Give it a try and see if it works for you.