The natural hair care movement continues to rise in unexpected ways. It seems like it started with food. Everyone wanted to eat organic food, and that idea began to take off.
Then, we wanted better hair care products. You’ve probably noticed the section for natural hair care products in department stores continues to grow.
It makes sense to make some of these products on your own. If you’re like me, you’ve read the ingredients in these products. You’ve noticed that it’s pretty simple ingredients, so simple you think you can make some products yourself.
That’s what I did. I tried to do something on my own, and I couldn’t get the olive oil out of my hair. If you’re in this situation, do not fret. You can get it out; you just have some work to do.
Why Do People Put Olive Oil on Their Hair?
The first question folks have deals with the olive oil and why anyone would put it on.
The reality is that olive oil is used for cooking. Sometimes, it’s used to flavor something like a salad, but that’s pretty much it. No one used olive oil on their hair, so why would anyone do it?
Well, the natural hair care movement opened my eyes to all sorts of things society has forgotten with time, probably due to the mass production of hair care products.
One thing the movement opened my eyes to is that olive oil can do a lot of good to your hair. I’ve been having issues with my hair. It’s been a little too dry and brittle. This has led to breakage as you can probably imagine.
On top of that, my hair doesn’t feel nice to the touch, and we all want that, right?
I looked into what olive oil can do for my hair. I saw videos showing the results, and I got excited. Now, you know why I decided to try this.
Why is Olive Oil Stuck in My Hair?
Unfortunately, olive oil got stuck in my hair. I wondered if I did something wrong.
Maybe I added too much olive oil, or maybe my hair hates me. I wasn’t sure, but that was running through my mind. I went on the internet to do some digging, and I landed on the fact that olive oil is greasy.
That’s obvious right. Olive oil is fat, so of course, it’s going to get greasy, and you know how hard it is to remove fat from things like cooking utensils. You have to use so much soap and hot water to remove the oil.
The problem is that you can’t do that to your hair. For one, hot water isn’t a great thing for your hair; it damages it.
Second, human beings can’t handle that much heat. There I was with all that gook on my hair and no way to remove it. This fiasco lasted for days, and I had to clean a lot of hats and scarves.
How do You Get Rid of the Olive Oil in Your Hair?
You’ll be glad to know that there are a few things you can do to get rid of the olive oil in your hair. The following are some ways folks have been able to get rid of it in the past:
Can Shampoo Get Rid of It?
The answer is yes. Shampoo can get rid of the olive oil in your hair. I tried it, but it didn’t work for me because I didn’t wash enough.
If you’re going to use shampoo, you’ll need to use the shampoo at least three times before you start seeing a difference. I only used it once and figured that shampoo wasn’t the answer.
All you have to do is use your shampoo as you normally would. Just repeat the process three times. Now, it seems like some folks were able to get the olive oil out in just two washes, but these folks used considerably less oil than me.
After washing your hair with this much shampoo, your hair is going to feel it.
You’re going to need to use a conditioner to restore the moisture in your hair. It may be a good idea to use a deep conditioner that you can leave in for a while before removing it.
Would Clarifying Shampoo Remove Olive Oil From My Hair?
The option I went with was clarifying shampoo. This type of shampoo is more powerful, and it’s designed to deal with wax, oil residue, gel, hairspray, and all sorts of gunk that could find its way into your hair.
Someone told me about this option at work, and it worked like a charm.
I only had to use it once. I was still looking for natural products. I just had to do a little research about something I never used before.
One thing I can tell you is that the clarifying shampoo I purchased was pretty expensive. I was desperate, and I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to buy the first product I found at the store.
My heart sank later when I did a little digging online and found out that Amazon has a few options, and they’re not nearly as expensive. Plus, they’re organic and hydrating. I felt so upset that I spent so much, but it was an emergency.
Would a Baking Soda Paste Remove the Olive Oil from Your Hair?
You can do many things with baking soda. I’ve made natural carpet cleaners with baking soda, and I’ve even made deodorant with baking soda.
I don’t know why I didn’t think about looking for a baking soda solution for my little emergency, but for some reason, I just didn’t think of it.
Well, after doing a little research, I found out that baking soda can help. All you need to do is make a baking soda paste. To make it, all you need is a few tablespoons of baking soda and enough water to make it into a paste.
Apply the paste to your hair, and let it sit for some time. I’d say you should do this for 15 minutes, but if you can go longer than that, go ahead. Rinse out the baking soda and see how your hair feels.
If you think it’s still too oily, then go ahead and apply another baking soda paste to your hair. Do this as many times as you need to until you remove all of the oil from your hair.
The only problem I saw regarding baking soda is that it has a high pH value. This means it could throw your hair’s neutral pH value off a bit, which can lead to issues like brittle hair.
Those who want to use baking soda to treat their hair will want to use a conditioner with ingredients that’ll restore the pH balance in your hair.
What to do if All Those Methods Don’t Get the Job Done?
I was one of the lucky ones. The clarifying shampoo took care of my issue, but some folks need a little more than that. Sometimes, the olive oil is too stubborn and won’t come off.
In these situations, you’ll need to turn to something a little more drastic. You’ll need laundry detergent.
All you need to do is apply a small amount. Start with just a dollop, and increase the amount you’re using if you need to.
Detergent is designed to deal with grease and oil. The problem is that it’s powerful and will strip your hair of the oil it has, which is not good. You’re going to have to restore the moisture and the oil after removing the olive oil.
You’re going to need a deep conditioning product that you trust. Try to find one that you can leave in for as long as possible. If you need to use detergent, be sure that you’re ready to care for your hair and bring it back to life afterward.
What Can You do to Prevent Olive Oil from Getting Stuck in Your Hair?
One thing I found was that you can dilute it. Just mix the olive oil with the same amount of water before applying it to your hair. This should make it easier to remove it when the time comes.
I can tell you that the olive oil treatment does work, but now I dilute it before I apply it to my hair. Remove it as soon as you can. The longer it stays, the ickier it gets. Oily hair gets so dirty, and it’s troublesome as time goes on.
Now, you know how to get rid of the olive oil that got stuck in your hair. You can get this done. It’s just going to take some time, but with a little patience, you’ll get your hair back.