Hot oil treatments are an ancient restorative hair therapy that have multiple benefits for our hair and scalp. The properties of many oils nourish the hair, making it look and feel stronger. Coconut oil, for example, is rich in nutrients including vitamin E, which helps protect hair against breakage, split ends and dryness. For today’s #50forMe Challenge, we’re giving ourselves a hot oil treatment.
Exposure to the elements, product build-up, processing and styling our hair can take a toll. Rather than sacrificing the coif, it’s essential to show our hair and scalp a little extra TLC each month. A hot oil treatment can provide this with several perks.
Fights split ends
Split ends are a result of environmental factors like sun and wind damage or cosmetic factors such as brushing wet hair or excessive blow drying. Hot oil treatments help seal the hair strand from root to end.
Cleans hair and scalp
Oils such as coconut and tea tree have powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial traits that rid the scalp of dandruff, aid in treating scalp conditions including psoriasis, and strip the hair of product build-up.
Locks in moisture
Although it is a myth that oils moisturize our skin and hair—only water can hydrate—hot oil treatments open the pores to help absorb water.
Strengthening + shining
Hot oil treatments coat the hair in nutrients while adding a shine that can last for days.
What We Need
-Carrier oils such as coconut, olive, grapeseed, sweet almond or avocado
1 Tablespoon | Short to chin-length
2 Tablespoons | Mid-length to past shoulders
1 Ounce | Mid-back and longer; all dreadlocks
-5 drops tea tree, lavender or mint essential oil
-Combine carrier and essential oils
-Before washing hair, wet until damp
-Starting with scalp, massage oil in gentle circular motions
-Run oiled hands through hair and lightly wipe remaining oil on ends
-If needed, comb oil through
-Put on plastic cap
-Leave in treatment for 20-30 minutes. For added effect, warm towel in dryer for 2 minutes then place on top of cap
-When time is up, remove cap and towel; wash hair as usual
-Be sure to apply a light leave-in conditioner or hair oil after wash to extend the treatment’s staying power
Voila! We hope your scalp and hair feel luxurious and clean. Let us know what you thought of today’s #50forMe Challenge in the comments below.