How to Make an Olive Oil Hair Mask

You can use olive oil for hair that's super-smooth. Here's how to blend everyday ingredients to whip up a spa-worthy hair mask.

Give your hair a healthy glow! This DIY hair mask is made with just five common kitchen items. Using olive oil for hair helps to soften and moisturize, while the benefits of honey include keeping your mane smooth and shiny. (Read about more unexpected uses for honey here.) Vitamin E fights frizz and our secret ingredient, protein-rich egg white, promotes growth.

For best results, we suggest setting aside an hour to let the mask treatment nourish your hair. It takes less than five minutes to whip up—making it perfect for a girls’ night in or self-care day.

(Psst! Not in the mood for a DIY? You can buy a similar olive oil hair treatment here.) 

What You Need:  

  • 3 soft-gel vitamin E capsules
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 egg white

Step 1: Mix and Microwave

Break open the vitamin E capsules. Some brands will twist open, while others may need to be broken with a small knife. Place the contents of the capsules into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Add the coconut oil, olive oil and honey. Microwave on high for 15-20 seconds, then stir until the coconut oil completely melts.

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Step 2: Add Egg White

Let the mixture cool for a minute or two, then add the egg white. Stir gently until all of the ingredients are well-combined.

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Step 3: Apply to Hair

If desired, put on a pair of rubber gloves for this step. Then, apply the mixture to the ends of hair strands, and massage gently. Be careful not to put the mixture directly on your scalp—especially if you have sensitive skin.

Step 4: Wrap it Up

Wrap your hair in a warm towel. Keep the towel on for 30 minutes to an hour. During this time, your hair may stiffen, but don’t worry, it’s a normal part of the process.

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Step 5: Rinse and Clean

Remove the towel and step into the shower or bath. Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water until all of the mixture has been washed away. Shampoo and condition hair as normal.

Step 6: Make it a Routine

For best results, apply the treatment to your hair once every week or two. (You don’t want to use olive oil for hair too often, or your hair will become oily.) Since the mixture contains egg white, discard any excess immediately after use. Make a fresh batch for every treatment.

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