Every once in a while I stumble across a bizarre beauty tip that actually works and this week has been one of those times. My hair has been crazy dry and fragile lately (stress is VERY bad for hair). I'm going to get it cut short next week but in the interim I've been trying to figure out what I can do to improve matters. Someone told me to take some extra-virgin olive oil (at least 3 tablespoons) warm it up in the microwave and then apply it to my hair and scalp. After that you're supposed to wrap your head up in either a cap or a cheap satin scarf (your scarf won't be looking so great after it's been coated with oil so you might want to save the Hermès for another occasion) and sleep with the stuff in your hair.
It seemed like kind of a weird idea and it took me a while to get around to trying it but in a moment of desperation I went to my cupboard, pulled out the olive oil and (after warming it) put it on my head. I don't love sleeping with my hair wrapped up but it didn't kill me and the next day I stepped into the shower, pulled out the shampoo and washed the stuff out...and my hair was more manageable and softer than it has been in weeks. Even after I washed it out it was easier to comb. It wasn't oily but it had a shine that lasted for the next few days. I've been doing some research on the internet and it seems this treatment is supposed to work for all hair-types and some claim it even stimulates hair growth. Seriously, put whatever your hair problem is into a Google search and then add the words "olive oil" and you are bound to find site after site telling you how olive oil can help with all those bad hair days.
So if you're in the mood to dump some oil on your head I strongly recommend that you go for it. Guess extra-virgin olive oil isn't just for cooking anymore.
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