For both natural and treated hair, hot oil treatment is necessary now and then. This treatment helps the hair to absorb the goodies in the oils better than when used the regular way. Oils are sealants and this treatment enhances the sealing of the hair cuticle process which help protect and strengthen your hair.
It is important to use 100% pure natural oils to avoid the risk of an allergic reaction that may be caused by synthetic ingredients. For beginners, i would advise you to use one carrier oil at a time in case of an allergic reaction then you will easily know what the cause was. You can change them from time to time then you will know what you can work with. Then you can mix them up.
If you have oily hair or scalp, Almond, Jojoba and coconut oils are good for you because they are easily and quickly absorbed without leaving oily residue.
What is a hot oil treatment
Hot oil treatment is basically using warmed up oils to boost absorption of the oil nutrients into your hair. This can be done as pre shampoo or after a light conditioning as a hot oil rinse kinda thing. I prefer doing this on clean hair.
You can have your hot oil treatment done professionally or you can do-it-yourself. (DIY) The following information is how i do it myself and has worked for me over the years. There could be other ways of doing it but this is what i do.
What do i need?
- 2 or 3 Essential oils of your choice.
- A carrier oil or carrier oil mixture of your choice.
- A mixing tin or bowl
- Wide tooth and rat tail comb
- some styling clips
- Plastic cap or cling film
- Hooded dryer or conditioning cap
- Moisturizing conditioner
- Microfiber towel or T-shirt.
7 quick steps
- With a wide tooth comb, divide your hair into 4 sections to make your work easy and detangle.
- Put your carrier oil/ mixture into a mixing bowl and add a few drops of the essential oils. Mix well.
- Warm it up in a microwave for 10 seconds or use a double bowl method. (Put the oil in a bowl and put the bowl in another one with hot water) The oil should be hot but not too hot for your hands. Put a drop on your hand to test the heat before using it on your head.
- Apply a good amount to your hair from roots to ends in smaller sections to ensure even distribution. Concentrate on the ends because they are the weakest part of your hair. Massage your head to spread the oil evenly to the scalp.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap or cling film. If you are using a conditioning cap, follow the instructions about heating it up then wear it for 15 minutes. If using a hooded dryer, set it on medium heat or low heat depending on the setting. It shouldn’t be uncomfortably hot that you can’t handle. Cover your hair with it for 15 minutes.
- Rinse out the oil and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
- Remove the excess water with a microfiber towel or t shirt. Air dry if possible.
Benefits of hot oil treatment.
- When applying the hot oil, you will massage it to the scalp then later on apply heat. By doing so, you automatically increase the blood flow in your scalp which stimulates healthy hair growth.
- Reduces dryness of your scalp and hair which leads to reduction of dandruff and breakage caused by dryness.
- Promotes moisture retention leading to reduction of frizzy hair and split ends
- Increases your hair strength hence reduced breakage.
As you have seen, these are very simple steps and the things you need are easy to find. It is cheaper to DIY and you can also save time. The Best part is you choose the oil mixture you like and you can switch it up whenever you do a fresh treatment.
Those are the things or rather steps i take when doing my hot oil treatment and have done it for years now and it has worked for me. I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
There could be other ways to do it out there that i have absolutely no idea about lol. I will be glad to try out something new. Feel free to write your suggestions in the comment section or contact me.