Sunday DIY : Treatment for dry hair

Being the frugal diva that I am, I got sick of spending my pennies on deep conditioners that just didn’t seem to work. Lord knows my bathroom is full of products I’ve tried.
I am even writing this while wrapped in clingfilm, as a deep treat before I go out tonight!

After a holiday in Marrekech (and stocking up on pure Argan Oil!), I learnt about just using a good, pure, olive oil to make a DIY treatment which nourishes and conditioners where it’s needed most. – I mentioned it a little bit here – Moroccan Oil Review

I hotfooted it to the local supermarket and picked up a small bottle of olive oil for <£2 and followed the instructions I’d cobbled together from Google.

.Apologies if this is something everyone knows, my mother says she used to do it in her youth too, but a lot of people I have spoken too are oblivious… This is my how-to :


You need :
Old t shirt / vest
Olive oil
Shower cap / cling film
Hair dryer
Hair bobble (optional)
1. Fill a sink with hand-hot water and put the bottle of oil upright in the sink to warm up. It needs to be warm but not chip-fat hot! I feel like it penetrates better when warm but that could be all in my head!

 2. Start with small amounts, apply to DRY hair, starting with the ends and working your way up the hair shaft. I personally find it easier to put my hair in to a pony tail to coat the ends, take it out then work a small amount of oil in to the roots – mids. You can skip the roots if you feel its better suited to your hair

3. Once you have oiled up, I usually put a shower cap over my hair to keep the heat in and contain the mess or wrap my hair in cling film. I always follow up with a gentle blitz with a hairdryer to increase the warmth and in theory the penetrating power.

4. I leave the oil on for as long as physically possible, usually 2hrs +. I get better results if I can leave it on over night but any length of time is better than nothing right?! I wouldn’t recommend this as a 5 minute jobby, it needs penetration (oo-er) time.

 5. When its time to wash the oil off I have a huge tip here – put the shampoo on before you add water (oil repels water!) and make it in to a lather before you wet it. It might take you 2 washes depending on the strength of your shampoo.

I find that doing this to your hair every 3 or 4 weeks leaves the ends so sleek and silky soft and for the price it’s natural and cost effective as I’d guess you’d get about 10 treatments out of a bottle for shoulder length hair.

I tried to do this once a week when my hair was in dire need but the 2nd week made no difference which to me would suggest the shaft is still full of the original oily nutrients!

I have yet to try almond oil, which is also meant to be good for a sore scalp as well as nourishing the hair.

Has anyone else tried a DIY hair treatment?



  1. 21st June 2013 / 4:09 pm

    I actually have olive oil for my cuticles and did want to use it for my hair but didn’t know how. Thank you for sharing this, I think the ends of my hair could really do with this. 🙂

    • Katie at
      21st June 2013 / 4:16 pm


      Ive got everyone hooked on it!

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