We’ve all heard about hot oil treatments and the moisture that they can infuse into to dry parched hair. Most often, we make purchases in beauty supply stores or drugstores in search for the perfect blend of oils that will deeply penetrate the hair and leave it nourished and moisturized. However, a better choice than store bought hot oil treatments is the option of making your own. This will enable you to completely eliminate any damaging chemicals from the oil blend, ensuring optimal results (many store bought hot oil treatments add other ingredients and the oils are usually not pure).
Here is a hot oil treatment recipe that I have used and really love. It adds lots of moisture to really dry hair.
There are a few ways that you can add your DIY hot oil treatment to your regimen
Simply combine all oils together in a glass bowl and place in the microwave for about 1 minute or until the oil is pretty warm but not hot; you don’t want to burn yourself. Transfer the oil to a bottle, and pour on the hair. Then, place a plastic bag or cap on the hair and sit under a hooded dryer or a heating cap. If you don’t own a hooded dryer or a heating cap, a warm towel can be wrapped around the head to confine the heat to the head or a thermal conditioning cap.
You can do this as a pre-poo treatment, preventing essential oils from being removed from hair while shampooing.
Another option is to perform the treatment after the hair has been cleansed. For girls with curls who live by the LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) method, the hot oil treatment can simply be thoroughly rinsed out and then followed up with a cream to seal the hair.
Make it Your Own!
Other combinations are definitely possible. Many people enjoy adding a few drops of their favorite essential oil (such as lemon, sandalwood, peppermint, lavender or tangerine) to some olive oil when creating a hot oil treatment blend. Since the possibilities are endless, you are limited only by your own creativity, so be daring and try an interesting combination. You – and your hair – may be quite happily surprised.