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 and I can control what goes into it. 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. It’s best to do a hot oil treatment the week prior to touching up your color.)
You should consider doing a hot oil treatment at least once every 4-6 weeks, or more often, especially in the winter months, if you feel your hair is often dry to the touch. Why!?! I stress to you again…
- The use of hot oil treatments has a conditioning effect on the hair and scalp. This is good news especially for women who have dry hair. Hot oil treatments can help to restore the hair to its best possible condition.
- Hot oil treatments are very good news for dry damaged hair. If your hair is chemically treated, you use heat to style it all the time whether its blow dryers, straightening irons etc. or you use hair dyes. A hot oil treatment will infuse moisture and strength to the hair shaft, because it enters the very core of the hair, helping to heal the damage.
- If you have frizzy hair or fly away ends, a hot oil treatment will reduce the look of damage. Like magic it can make your otherwise dull hair look shiny, full of body and bounce.
- Your scalp loves it! When the scalp absorbs all the delicious goodness from your organic oils it is quite happy to produce healthy hair to reward you for being so kind to it.
Oils I love to use and why:
Coconut oil stands out in the world of black hair care because it is one of the few oils that penetrates the hair instead of just coating the hair strand. It leaves your hair super soft, moisturized a shiny.
Jojoba oil has cleansing and moisturizing properties that benefit the hair. When used as a hot oil treatment, it mimics the natural conditioning of the hair, not only adding moisture but also removing buildup from environmental pollution or from excessive use of hair products.
Extra virgin olive oil treats dandruff and great for general hair conditioning. Being especially prone to dryness, black hair and the scalp need to be kept well hydrated, which olive oil treatments do very well.
Avocado oil penetrates the hair shaft, and gives the hair essential nutrients, vitamins and fatty acids. Also great for treating dandruff.
- Boil water on stove
- Combine your oils in a heat safe container (I use a metal bowl), then place inside bowling pot of water.
- Pour melted oils into an applicator bottle (this will make it easier to apply to your hair).
- Test oil on your finger before applying to your scalp (don’t want to burn yourself).
- Distribute oil into your hair evenly using your hands to massage oil from your scalp to ends.
- Cover your hair in a plastic cap and process under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes…(Or you can leave on for 30 minutes, overnight etc. If you have a steamer, that works too).
- Remove plastic cap and shampoo/co-wash. I prefer to co-wash then rinse using cool water to seal in that moisture.