DIY Hot Oil Treatment
DIY Hot Oil Treatment
If you are into caring for your hair than you also understand how important it is that you do hot oil treatments. This type of treatment is a necessity especially if you are a natural haired girl. Even if you are relaxed it is still a must for you to add this step to your hair care routine. It’s so easy to do just as long as you have the right ingredients. I will show you how to create a DIY hot oil treatment that will help you get your hair back to life and a healthy state.
DIY Hot Oil Treatment Recipe
Doing your own hot oil treatment is simple. You can choose any natural and organic oils that you like and work best with your hair. For example in our oil blend we have jamaican black castor oil, flaxseed oil, olive, coconut oil and a blend of essential oils. This formula that we have works well for afro textured hair because it moisturizes and helps with hair growth. You may have to play around with different variations to see what works best for your hair. As for myself and Butta Babee I have found that olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil work best on our hair. Trial and error is best to determine what will work best on your hair type and texture.
The Best Oils To Use For A Hot Oil Treatment
There are several oils that work well for a DIY hot oil treatment. Some of them are Argan oil. Argan oil is known as the liquid gold. It has become popular over the years and it is a top choice for many because of its high vitamin e content. Secondly, there is Sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil does a wonderful job at conditioning the hair and protects it from the elements. Thirdly, you have coconut oil. This is a very lightweight oil and super accessible. It is fairly priced and works well on natural and relaxed hair. Olive oil is a bit thicker than coconut oil but also great for oil treatments . This oil helps to retain moisture in the hair and is loaded with vitamins A and E.
Combining The Oils
Once you have made your decision on what oils you want to use in your DIY hot oil treatment, you have to combine them. It is best to use an applicator bottle with a pointed tip. Using an applicator bottle will allow for you to apply the oils to your scalp and hair strands more effectively. Here is a tip: if you are using a 4oz applicator bottle and have about 4 different oils in your mixture do 1 ounce per oil. Again, this normally works well for Butta Babee and I but, this is just a suggestion so you can always tweak it.
Keep in mind that essential oils are also great to add to you DIY hot oil treatment. Essential oils are very potent and have been known to help hair growth. Because they are so potent they cannot be used alone. Never try to do a hot oil treatment with only essential oils. You can potentially burn your skin and that is why they should always be added to a carrier oil. I would say about 10 drops of essential oil per ounce should suffice. My all time favorite essential oils that I love to use for hair care is rosemary, peppermint, sage, tea tree, cedarwood and lavender. This blend of oils mixed with carriers is a powerhouse.
Prep The Oil
Bring water to a boil in a pot. Once the water begins to boil sit your applicator bottle in the pot, filled with your oils and let it sit until it is warm. Don’t make it too hot, you don’t want to burn your skin and cook your hair. Before you apply the oil to the hair test the temperature of the oil first on your hand to ensure that it is not too hot.
Apply The Oil
Now you can apply the warm oil to your scalp and hair strands. Be sure that you apply the oil from root to tip. Focus on the ends of your hair as they are usually the driest and oldest part of your hair. Next, cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hood dryer adding medium heat. Take about 30 minutes of dryer time to really let the treatment work. Afterwards, wash with a sulfate free shampoo and style.