There are lots of pre-made hot oil treatments out there. However, I like to make my own because it’s cheaper in the long run, I can control what goes into it and pure/raw ingredients give better results.
Hot oil treatments have several benefits to your hair. The most pressing is the restoration of moisture balance. Every day our hair is subjected to lots of external elements such as smog, the headrest in the car, random strangers’ hands…not to mention the styling, dying and other things we do that can dry it out or make it brittle. In addition to restoring moisture, hot oil treatments help with dry scalp and frizz while adding body and shine. (Note: If you have dye in your hair, do not use this treatment within three weeks of a fresh application as the oils will strip and remove a significant amount of your dye.)
You should consider doing a hot oil treatment at least once a month, especially in the winter months, or if you feel your hair is often dry to the touch.
Here’s how I make and process hot oil treatments!
Gather your oils:*
- Virgin/Unrefined Coconut Oil (prevents damage and strengthens hair), 4 tbsp.
- Jojoba Oil (most like your skin’s oil, promotes new hair growth), 1 tbsp.
- Then, you’ll need 1 tbsp. of one (or two) of the following oils based on how you want to focus your treatment:
- Avocado Oil (improves strength and boosts shine)
- Argan Oil (hydrates and adds elasticity to dry, damaged hair)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or “EVO” (fights hair loss and helps stop dandruff)
- Almond Oil (locks in moisture and reduces shedding by smoothing the hair cuticle)
- Safflower Oil (protects, nourishes and hydrates the hair)
*Note: Oils can be purchased from any whole food retailer or online vendors. You can experiment with other types of oils; these are just my favorites.
- Saturate your hair with water.
- Combine your oils in a microwave safe container (I use a measuring cup), then heat for about one minute.
- Pour melted oils into an applicator bottle (this will make it easier to apply to your hair).
- Distribute oil into your hair evenly using your hands to massage oil from your scalp to ends (test a little on your fingers first to make sure it’s not too hot).
- Cover your hair in a plastic cap and process under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes (the treatment works best if processed with a hooded dryer…if you don’t have one, that’s ok, but it is an investment every girl should make. Or, if you have a steamer, that works too).
- Remove plastic cap and shampoo*, deep condition and style your hair as usual.
*Note: You can shampoo and then apply the hot oil treatment, but your hair will be incredibly oily during styling if you do not shampoo your hair after processing the treatment.