In this post, you’ll learn about hair oiling, all of its benefits, and how to do it on your own. This is something that I recommend everyone incorporate into their haircare routine!
As I’m getting older, I’m starting to notice changes in my hair. My hair is thinning in places, it’s lost its shine and luster, and I found my very first white hair — not gray, white! I always knew that my face would age, but no one informed me that my hair would, too.
Recently, I started doing hot oil treatments at home and I’ve noticed that my hair is shinier, softer, and, overall, healthier. Plus, certain oils can promote hair growth. Hot oil treatments provide all of this and more, which is why I think everyone should incorporate it into their haircare routine or at least try it once. Here is the what, why, and how of hot oil treatments.
WHAT ARE HOT OIL TREATMENTS?
Hot oil treatments protect and nourish dry and brittle hair. They’re made from plant-based oils and seal the hair cuticle to help strengthen and protect your hair.
WHY SHOULD I INCORPORATE HOT OIL TREATMENTS IN MY HAIRCARE ROUTINE?
There are many reason why hot oil treatments should be a regular part of your haircare routine, but nothing outweighs the benefits of hot oil on your hair. For starters, hot oil treatments have properties that can protect and moisturize your hair.
Other benefits include increased hair strength and blood flow in the scalp (which helps promote healthier hair), and reduced dryness (of scalp and hair), dandruff, frizz, and split ends.
For best results, be sure to choose an oil best for your hair type and hair needs. Here’s a list of popular oils to help you decide:
- Olive oil adds shine, body, softness, and resilience.
- Almond oil improves the shine and strength of your hair.
- Jojoba oil protects against dryness, breakage, and split ends.
- Coconut oil reduces protein loss and keeps hair looking healthy.
- Avocado oil tames frizz and promotes growth and shine.
- Argan oil helps hair maintain moisture and scalp health.
HOW IS A HOT OIL TREATMENT DONE?
Be cautious — although hot oil treatments are derived from plants and have many benefits, it doesn’t mean that they’re 100% safe for everyone! If you have a skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema, talk to your doctor or dermatologist to determine if a hot oil treatment is safe to put on your scalp.
There are three different ways that you can get a hot oil treatment done. First, you can go to a salon. Second, you can buy ready-made hot oil treatments. Or, third, you can do it yourself!
For me personally, I don’t believe in spending tons of money at a salon unless absolutely necessary. I’ve also tried ready-made hot oil treatments and, in my opinion, they’re not as beneficial as the ones I do on my own.
Here are the steps you need to follow if doing your own hot oil treatment at home:
- Wash your hair. I know, it sounds weird and out-of-order, but hot oil tends to work best on clean hair because it allows the oil to deeply penetrate the cuticle.
- After washing, run a brush through your hair to make sure it’s tangle-free and ready for the oil.
- Then, microwave 3 to 6 tablespoons of your oil of choice (I personally use coconut oil) in a microwave-safe bowl. Test the oil on your wrist to make sure it isn’t too hot!
- Place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing, or apply the oil in the shower.
- Apply the oil evenly throughout your hair and massage it into your scalp.
- Cover your head with a shower cap and wait up to 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, completely rinse out the oil from your hair, and follow up with conditioner.
And that’s it! It’s super simple and easy to do at home.
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