Thickening Your Hair With Cloves and Olive Oil

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Some hair treatments might improve hair's appearance, but it's unlikely to make your hair thicker. (Image: Photo_HamsterMan/iStock/Getty Images)

Thinning hair is a common effect of aging, but some people believe olive oil and cloves can help you grow thicker hair. Because such a claim is unsupported by rigorous scientific research, seek your doctor's advice before using it as a hair treatment.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a natural oil produced while processing olives. It contains no added substances or other ingredients, and can be created from a variety of different olive types. The highest quality olive oil is classified as "extra virgin," and must undergo strict testing to adhere to standards set by the International Olive Council. Olive oil is a mainstay of cooking and of homeopathic medicine.

Olive Oil and Hair

Olive oil treatments can help you make your hair softer, shinier and more luxurious, according to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. That might at least help give it the appearance of being thicker. Olive oil has been used for many years to help grow and thicken hair, but its effectiveness for this purpose has not been proven scientifically.

Cloves

Cloves are produced by a small aromatic tree that grows in tropical regions, including the Philippines and South America. Its strong-smelling flowers develop into a berry containing a single seed. These berries, or cloves, can be dried or processed into oil. Cloves and clove oil have been used for many years in both cooking and medicine.

Cloves and Hair

Hair treatments created from cloves or clove oil, like those created from olive oil, have also been a mainstay of homeopathic medicine for some time. Their purpose, in many cases, is to thicken hair or to prevent hair loss. Although some swear by the effectiveness of such treatments, little definite scientific evidence supports their use in all cases. You should follow your doctor's advice regarding treatment for any hair conditions.

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