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You already know olive oil can do great things for your hair. Olive oil moisturizes and improves tensile strength (elasticity), while keeping your hair soft and supple. Your eyelashes and eyebrows may benefit in a similar way from the conditioning effects of olive oil. With each passing year, our eyelashes and eyebrows can become drier, leading to them to become thinner and more sparse. Don't let this happen. Fight back with the help of olive oil!
Properties of Olive Oil
Olive oil is replete with many beneficial elements, but not all olive oil is the same. Extra virgin olive oil contains the highest levels of healthful monounsaturated fats and antioxidants than more heavily processed versions. This type of olive oil is chemical-free, hypoallergenic, and was obtained from the first pressing of the fruit, making it richer in nutrients. Vitamins A and E, plus polyphenol compounds, fight free radicals and offer some degree of ultraviolet protection.
Olive Oil and Hair Growth
Olive oil conditions both the scalp and hair. By eliminating dryness and encouraging the retention of moisture, hair is allowed to grow longer without breakage. Many times, when hair appears not to grow, or to grow slowly, it's merely because the hair is breaking before reaching its full length. Combat dehydration and brittleness with olive oil to reverse this tendency within the first month of use.
Eyelashes and Eyebrows
Encourage your eyelashes and eyebrows to achieve maximum length and thickness by conditioning with olive oil regularly. Olive oil can be used unblended, or combined with a few drops of pure castor oil, which is also used holistically to promote hair growth by reducing breakage. Combine the oil(s) in a small dish or container, and apply with a cotton ball (or an eyelash/brow grooming brush) before bed each night. Hair naturally grows 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch each month, so within four weeks, you may notice a difference in length.
Always apply a light coating of oil to your lashes and brows. Too much is not necessarily better, and it could stain your pillowcases and sheets. Some people find that using olive oil on their lashes and brows only three nights a week can lead to better growth and thickness. Experiment to determine which method you prefer. Wash your face as you normally would in the morning. Although rare, if your skin becomes irritated, discontinue use.