What Is A Hot Oil Treatment?
Massaging heated oil onto the hair and scalp to moisturize dry hair and treat/prevent damaged hair.
What Is The Point?
What's the point of adding oil to the hair if it's just going to be washed out two minutes later? Well, hair strands can experience a lot of stress and manipulation on wash day. Shampooing the hair, especially with a shampoo containing sulfate, can strip the hair of its natural moisture. A hot oil treatment prepares the cuticle for manipulation while helping with moisture retention by protecting the hair from the dryness shampoo can cause.
What Are The Benefits?
Softens dry and rough hair
Seals moisture into hair
Restores hair's shine
Prevents split ends
Strengthens hair before washing
Moisturizes dry hair and scalp
Restores moisture balance
Balances hair's ph levels
Tames flyaway ends
How Frequently Can It Be Used?
The frequency of hot oil treatments depends on the needs of the hair. People with a dryer scalp might benefit from weekly hot oil treatments to prevent dandruff and hair breakage. Others may only need to do monthly treatments because any more than that can leave the hair weighed down by the oil. With all of that being said, regular treatments are very beneficial for the hair especially during the winter when there is a lack of moisture in the air. During the winter months, hair needs a little extra care in order to keep it from getting dull, brittle and dry.
Popular Oils For The Treatment
Deciding what oils to use for the hot oil treatment also depends on the needs of the hair. If dandruff is an issue use an oil that contains antibacterial/anti-fungal properties to treat an itchy scalp, for instance, tea tree oil. If the hair is experiencing a lot of breakage and shedding use an oil that strengthens the hair cuticle. Avoid oils that contain mineral oil and petroleum because these products block moisture from entering the hair shaft. Some popular oils for the treatment are:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Tea Tree Oil
African Black Castor Oil
Essential Oils (Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint)
Below are some products that can be used for a hot oil treatment. These oils can also be purchased at places like Sally's Beauty Supply Store, Target, CVS, and Walmart.
Combine desired oils in a microwave safe container
Heat oil in a microwave for 30 seconds or let it sit in a tub of hot water for a few minutes (Please Note: the oil gets hot quickly! Be careful!)
Pour heated oil into an applicator bottle
Lightly spritz hair with warm water
Apply oil to scalp and entire hair shaft (The scalp is more sensitive to heat so make sure the oil isn't too hot)
Massage oil into scalp with fingertips
Cover hair with a plastic cap and let oil sit in hair for 20-30 minutes (Some leave it in overnight)
Shampoo hair thoroughly and deep condition
Style the hair as usual
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