How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment

how to do a hot oil treatment

Experience The Benefits

Hot oil treatments are super beneficial regardless of what type of hair you have.  This means that you can either have relaxed or natural hair and still benefit from a hot oil treatment.  This is true because all types of hair eventually become damaged from using hair tools and styling.  These practices may also cause dry hair and a hot oil treatment will nurture it back to health.  This post will guide you on how to do a hot oil treatment step by step.

Ingredients You Will Need To Do A Hot Oil Treatment

Now, there are no particular rules on what type of ingredients you will need to do a hot oil treatment.  You can play around and mix up the ingredients as you see fit.  Any type of natural oils such as avocado, castor oil, flaxseed oil, coconut etc. will do the job just fine.  At the end of the day it is all in what you prefer.  You can also purchase your hot oil treatment here.  It is made with all natural and organic oils that are vital for healthy hair growth and moisture.

How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment On Dry Hair

Some people decide to do the treatment after washing their hair.  If you ask me for my opinion, I say that starting out on dry hair is most beneficial.  Sounds crazy right? Yeah I know, but let me explain.  After hot oiling your hair, it will be greasy so you want to do a good wash with a sulfate free shampoo afterwards.  If you shampoo and condition your hair prior to doing the hot oil treatment, you’ll have greasy limp hair, when the session is over.  No amount of rinsing with water will remove the excessive amounts of oil that will be left on your hair and scalp, after you have completed the treatment. 

Warm The Oil

I know you may be thinking isn’t this article suppose to teach me how to do a HOT oil treatment.  Yes, but let me first be clear that your oil should NOT be HOT.  Instead, it should be warm enough that it is soothing to the scalp and beneficial to the hair strands.  You don’t want to cook your hair and cause damage to your scalp.  So, be sure the oil is warm.  I do not suggest you warm your oil in the microwave.  The microwave will cook your oil, removing all of the nutrients that the oil contains naturally.  To keep all of the good nutrients in your hot oil treatment you can sit your oil in slightly boiled water.  Test the temperature on your hand before applying to your hair.  Warm temperature is what you should be going for.

How To Apply A Hot Oil Treatment To Your Hair

This step in your treatment is very important.  They way you apply the oil will make or break how well your hair will respond to the treatment.  Once you have warmed your oil start applying it to your scalp first.  Make sure that it is throughly applied throughout the scalp and massage the oil in for about 3 minutes.  Next, you want to apply the oil to the full length of your hair strands.  It is best that you focus on your ends, as they are the oldest part of your hair and most times the driest.

Use Heat

Your hot oil treatment is applied to your scalp and hair.  Now it is time to apply heat to your treatment.  Heat is another important step in this natural hair care technique.  Using heat will make your hair strands expand and open, making it easier for your hair to soak up all of the nutrients in the hot oil treatment.  I suggest using a heated hood dryer.  Remember to use a plastic cap before sitting under the dryer.  The shower cap will trap the heat and moisture underneath, similar to the greenhouse effect.  Set your dryer on medium to high heat and set the timer to 30 minutes.  This is usually enough time to get the job done, but if you feel you need more time it won’t hurt.

Cleanse With A Sulfate Free Shampoo

You don’t want all of your hard work and time to go down the drain.  Be sure to use and shampoo that does not contain any sulfates and “bad alcohols”.  Bad alcohols are known to be very drying and damaging, especially to natural hair.  Natural hair is already dry as it grows out of the scalp and you don’t want to dry it out even more.  Sulfates are also known to  dry out hair strands.  There are so many great sulfate free shampoos on the market today, you have the option of giving your hair the best.  Do away with the cheap shampoos that damage your hair.  When shampooing make sure you do it about two times.

Next Step, Condition

Conditioner will help you to detangle, make the hair smooth, shiny and soak in all of the moisture that you previously added with the hot oil treatment.  Depending on your hair type you may or may not need to rinse your conditioner with cold water.  I know for those who have type 4 hair (like myself and butta babee) cold water rinses do not work.  It makes the hair feel tangled and dry at the end.  Warm water rinses are best for us.  For type 3 hair and below cold water rinses may be best for you.  Keep in mind that everyone’s hair is different and what works for someone else may not work for you.  Trial and error is best if you are not sure how your hair will respond to hot and cold water temperatures. 

Do Bi-Weekly Treatments

Doing a hot oil treatment on a bi weekly basis will help to keep your hair in its healthiest state.  If you are experiencing dry scalp and hair strands this type of treatment is for you.  The important thing to note is that you have to stay consistent.  You will not see results after the first or even second treatment.  Overtime results will come and your hair will become even more healthy than the previous weeks.

Ready, Set, Go!

Lastly, now that you have a better understanding on how to do a hot oil treatment, you will be well on your way to a healthy hair journey.  I am confident that this post has helped you in learning how to incorporate hot oil treatments in your hair regimen.  It’s what your hair needs and deserves!