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Clove and Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

Clove and Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

Olive oil is a fantastic kitchen cupboard ingredient for homemade beauty formulas. We know about the great health benefits of ingesting olive oil, and as it turns out the polyphenols and hydroxytyrosol, olive oil’s amazing antioxidants, seem to work topically as well.

Hydroxytyrosol prevents oxidation of keratin, which is the protein essential to healthy, luscious skin, strong nails, and supple hair.

You can make an easy olive oil conditioner by simple using olive oil on your hair prior to shampooing. If you have auburn or brunette hair, you can add cloves for a color-conditioning as well as a boost of warming fragrance. Here’s how:

Warm 1/2 cup olive oil in a small pan, and add 2 tablespoons ground cloves. Heat until hot but not boiling, and remove from heat. Let sit for at least 3 hours, or overnight, and then strain into a small jar or bottle.

When ready to shower, rub some clove-olive oil between your hands to warm it up, and then rub into your scalp and comb through to the the ends of your hair. Wrap in a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. In the shower, rinse oil out (and rub into your skin as you rinse!) and be careful not to slip on the oily floor. Shampoo as usual. You may need to shampoo twice.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

4:34AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

5:56PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Actually, oil serves the purpose of locking moisture in. If you're applying this to dry hair and then shampooing it out, how does that work? Cloves will make your hair darker and cover-up your natural [or artificial] highlights.

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