From cooking, to beauty and hair routines, the Mediterranean influence is all around us. What if all that was needed to restore brittle, damaged and dry hair to its natural shine and strength was a bit of olive oil? Here is an overview of its benefits throughout the centuries.

A precious oil with multiple uses

Per recent studies, olive trees have been cultivated by man for around 5,000 to 7,000 years. From the Egyptians to the Romans, the people of the Mediterranean region have been taking advantage of olive oil’s many benefits to cook food, power oil lamps, and grease carriage wheels. But these ancient civilizations had also discovered the oil’s nourishing and moisturizing properties for face and hair.

Antioxidant and nourishing benefits of olive oil

The small fruit, whose name is derived from olea, the Latin word for “olive”, has all the properties of a bigger one. Rich in fatty acids (omega 9), vitamins A, D, and K, and minerals, its oil was used by Mediterranean women to nourish, soften and tone their skin. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant known for countering the effects of cellular aging. This multipurpose oil removes makeup, strengthens nails and rehydrates the skin after prolonged exposure to the sun.

A natural treatment for dry, dehydrated, frizzy hair

Mediterranean women used it to untangle their hair, add shine, tame frizz, and improve the overall health of their scalp.

Nowadays, olive oil is an ingredient used in shampoos, regular conditioners and leave-in conditioners. Olive oil hair masks are geared towards treating dry, damaged locks. It helps smooth and nourish the hair fibres, all while maintaining moisture.

When massaged into the scalp, it is also said to help eliminate bacteria, fungus, as well as treat itchiness, get rid of buildup and dead skin, and clear pesky dandruff.

If you’ve already integrated olive oil into your diet, all that’s left now is to add it to your hair routine!