Hot oil treatments were once known as a miracle treatment for damaged hair. Now, there are many more remedies that you can use, however, the same results are not produced. Putting your hair through a hot oil treatment is very beneficial, especially if it’s done once per week.
What is a hot oil treatment & does it work?
There are many things you can do for your hair that aren’t very good for it, such as perms or boxed hair dye, however getting a hot oil treatment for natural hair is very beneficial in multiple facets. Hot oil treatments have been a common solution for those of us with split ends, dry hair, or even hair that has been damaged. The heat from the oil opens the cuticle of the hair follicle and allows moisture to infiltrate the shaft of your hair. This is especially important for people with naturally dry hair.
One of the first things that may come to your mind here is “my hair is already so oily, what would I need this for” or even how to do hot oil treatments for natural hair? Hot oil treatments are good for all hair types and you may even use it to customer your mane (the hair around the back of your neck). The oils will take strengthening compounds and moisture and infuse them and itself to your hair. These oils are typically made up of a protein called keratin. After your treatment, you will have soft & luscious hair with those pesky split ends gone for the time being.
Which oil should I use for my hot oil treatment?
The oil that you should choose for your hair really depends on what problem you’re looking to remedy with the treatment. Here is a list of oils and the benefits of using them:
- Avocado oil – Dry and frizzy hair are no longer a problem after using this oil, as it is very demulcent and soothing.
- Argon – Organically stimulates your hair and strengthens it, protecting against further damage.
- Caster oil – Anyone who has done the oil cleansing technique found out that caster has some drying capacities. If you’re someone with really oily hair, then this option is for you. Also, if you have thin or easily breakable hair, caster adds strength to it.
- Coconut oil – Sufferers of dandruff should apply this oil through a hot oil treatment due to the fact that it adds moisture to the scalp while also adding a voluptuous shine and creates a softness to your hair.
- Jojoba oil – Like natural skin and hair oils, this is really good for people with oily hair looking to dry it out.
- Olive oil – You have most likely seen this lurking around your kitchen, however, this is good for protecting your split ends from splitting.
- Sesame oil – While it’s very delicious, it’s better used in the best hot oil treatment and develops a smooth conditioning to your hair.
- Sweet Almond – Containing vitamin E, using this oil stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
There are, of course, a multitude of other oils that can be used and have heavy benefits as well. Kukui and Apricot Kernel are among them that leave your hair feeling soft and looking very healthy. You can also add herbs to you’re your oil, increasing the effectiveness of your treatment.
Which herb should I use in my hot oil treatment?
There are a vast number of herbs to use in hot oil treatments and most of them are very, very valuable for natural hair. You can customize your hot oil treatment any way you like, personally I enjoy pushing mine through real dried herbs prior to putting it in my hair.
Herbs have many different focuses when it comes to blending it with your oil that you’re treating your hair with including maintaining your hair color after it’s been dyed, to make your hair and scalp moister, to add strength and ensure breakage happens less. Below are several ideas:
Augments the color of your hair: For people with dark hair, you can use black tea, ground coffee, ground walnut shells (preferably black), rosemary, and sage. Those of us with light colored hair can use Calendula, chamomile, clove, red clove, and hibiscus. Redheads can put hibiscus, chamomile, or red clover to further boost their hair color. Using the hot oil treatment on natural hair can be tricky, but these benefits outweigh any cons that you may find.
Strengthening your hair can be done with burdock, chamomile, and nettle. Parsley, rosemary, and sage can be used in the clarification of your hair. Aloe, cat mint, dried rose petals, and lavender can be mixed with your oil to provide moisture. Stimulating hair growth can be done using chamomile, horsetail, sage, and ginger.
Steeping the herbs.
After you’ve decided on the herbs that you will be using, you’ll want to infuse them into the oil you’re going to use for your treatment. One of the faster strategies is to simmer the herbs in oil on low-heat for around 30 minutes.
Step 1 – Take 3 tablespoons of the oil you have chosen and place them in a broiler. Adjust the temperature to low heat and add 1-2 tablespoons of the herb you chose.
Step 2 – Sift the herbs out from the oil into a smaller container, preferably paper based.
Step 3 – Start adding in other things to the treatment to further benefit the health of your hair. The oil/herb mixture can be stored up to six months.
These treatments are not restricted only to herbs and oils, you can use almost any type of hair-safe product in your oil. You can add ingredients like avocado, bananas, egg yolk, berries, lemon juice, carrot seed oil, rose hip seed oil, aloe Vera gel, and many other things to inject nutrients in your hair.
We know that this is a lot to take in all at once and there are a significant number of steps. You can start small by taking the information above and getting the oil, herbs or other ingredients of your choosing and making an oil treatment. You won’t regret it!
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