Ancient Indians and ancient Africans used olive oil to stimulate hair growth. Olive oil has been found to be the key ingredient of their hair treatments. Although olive oil was popularly used in aging skin care, it was believed to also help maintain a healthy, lustrous hair by preventing the DTH hormone production, which was determined to cause the hair follicle shaft to narrow. In addition, it helps treat mild forms of dandruff by promoting the health of your scalp through the action of its antioxidants. Massaging the scalp using the olive oil improves the blood circulation, which stimulates the follicles and in some ways produce thicker hair strands.
Olive oil and rosemary oil were popular ingredients in the 19th century American hair regrowth treatment products. Equal parts of olive and rosemary oils mixed with nutmeg oil has been believed to grow hair. The mixture is to be rubbed into the hair every night. One gradually decreased the amount until the desired hair growth is achieved. Soak your hair with 1/2 cup of olive oil mix with one beaten egg, wrap it with a plastic or shower cap for about 30 to 45 minutes then rinse. This solution is good for improving conditions of dry or brittle hair. Progress the hair growth treatment from weekly to monthly. For falling and thinning hair, you may soak your hair with 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil for 30 minutes, then wrap your hair with a towel so it won’t run. For scalp and dandruff problems, you may rub your scalp with 1 tablespoon of olive oil that was gently heated. Wrap with a towel and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
If you have fly aways, dry hair you can use a few drops of olive oil as a light conditioner during the shower. Rub the oil between your palms. Run your hands through your hair. Rinse with water. For deep conditioning and hair regrowth, use a more generous amount of olive oil. Wrap hair in a warm towel. Leave for 10 minutes. Shampoo hair.
Another technique is using an apple cider vinegar. Mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup of peach seeds (inside of pit), and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Boil seeds in the vinegar until the mixture thickens. Strain and place in container. Massage on scalp for 10 minutes. Shampoo well.
To achieve shiny locks, you can use a combination of ½ cup honey, 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, and ½ teaspoon of olive oil as a conditioner. Mix all ingredients. Rinse hair with cool water. Apply mixture to hair. Evenly distribute on hair. Cover hair with plastic cap. Leave for 20 to 30 minutes. Shampoo the hair. Rinse well with water.