It dawned on me that I didn’t cover hot treatment which should be a crime because like, they’re really good.
Originally, because I was so tired I wrote “hot oil massages” and then erased it because that sounded…suggestive. I’m afraid of putting hot oil treatment in the tag line because I might attract the wrong crowd. Remember this is a hair blog, keep your head out of the gutter!
Anyway, keeping up with the topic, I used to apply hot oil treatments every month, until procrastination caught up with me. Nevertheless, this tip is absolute gold for someone who wants to keep their hair healthy while on a budget.
What Does it Do?
A hot oil treatment can strengthen your hair, give it shine, and moisturize it all in one. It works because heat can open up the cuticle of the hair and allow moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. This is perfect for people with dry, frizzy or coarse hair.
The effect can differ depending on the oil. A few drops of tea tree oil can be used to cure a dry scalp and dandruff, while castor oil makes your hair grow faster. What type you use depends on what your hair needs.
Castor: Thick and excellent moisturizer. Can strengthen your hair if it’s brittle.
Tea Tree: (a few drops) can cure dandruff and dry scalp.
Jojoba: I love this oil — not only for hot oil treatments but for sealing in moisture. The sebum that our scalp makes closely matches the makeup of jojoba oil. This is a great oil if you have dandruff or itchy scalp.
Olive: This is the oil I like because I always have it around the house. (yup, you can use the same oil that you cook with for your hair). Olive oil is good for protecting your ends from splitting/breaking.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil can really help soften your hair. You can melt it by putting it in a container and sitting the container in warm water.
If you want to know about all the oils you could use, follow this guide.
- Warm your oil mixture by heating plain water on the stove. Wait until the water is just about to boil and remove the pot from the stove.
- Put the oil in a separate container (I use an applicator bottle) and place it in the pot of warm water until the oil warms up.
Don’t heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
- Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
Use the applicator bottle to distribute the oil throughout each section.
Carefully massage the mixture into your scalp and be sure to coat your ends.
Cover your hair with a plastic cap and let the oil treatment sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes.
Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
- Apply oil onto your hair as instructed above.
- Use a sundry cap and sit under it for 15 minutes.
It’s not necessary, but it does cut the time by half.
Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen. Every time I do a treatment I get far less breakage than I normally do when shampooing and detangling my hair.
Enjoy your healthy hair!