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Olive Oil & Mayonnaise for Hair

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Olive Oil & Mayonnaise for Hair
Get soft, manageable hair with olive oil and mayonnaise. Photo Credit hair image by Pavel Vlasov from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

Homemade hair conditioners and treatments are an affordable alternative to expensive salon products. If you prefer to take a natural approach to beauty, an olive oil and mayonnaise conditioning treatment can leave your hair soft, silky and shiny. Together, oil and mayonnaise provide your hair with moisture and protein to help to smooth the cuticle and temporarily repair damage to your locks.


Together, olive oil and mayonnaise create a rich and nourishing conditioner for your hair. Combine 1/2 cup full fat mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of olive oil and stir together. Add egg, honey or avocado to this mixture if desired, according to website Cosmetics Diary. Plan to use your conditioner immediately, so mix fewer ingredients for short hair or mix more ingredients for very long hair.


Work the conditioning treatment through dry or damp hair, paying special attention to saturating the ends with the conditioning mixture. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a plastic shower cap. Leave the mayonnaise and olive oil mixture on your hair for 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Wash the mixture out of your hair in the sink or over the tub, using cool rather than warm water. Shampoo and condition normally.


Combining olive oil and mayonnaise allows you to create a homemade conditioning treatment that offers your hair emollient moisture and protein. Protein treatments, like mayonnaise, are especially helpful if you have damaged hair and they may help temporarily fill in the cuticle of the hair, according to website Daily Glow. Use a mayonnaise and olive oil treatment once a month on healthy hair or more often if your hair is dry or damaged.


An olive oil and mayonnaise conditioning treatment will help soften your hair, making it shiny and manageable, according to website Beauty-Cosmetic-Guide. You may find that you need to experiment with the ratios of oil to mayonnaise or determine that one or the other works better than a combination of the two for your hair.


Mayonnaise contains eggs. Avoid using warm water or applying heat to prevent the unpleasant possibility of cooking eggs onto your hair. A mayonnaise and oil treatment may leave your hair with a bit of a salad dressing odor. Shampooing should remove most of the residual smell. The website, Women Fitness recommends you to rinse your hair with dilute apple cider vinegar. This will remove any remaining oil or smell.

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