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How To Revive Damaged Hair Using Homemade Hot Oil Treatments

Updated on February 10, 2014

Hot Oil Treatments are a perfect remedy for hair that has been damaged due to chemical processes ( relaxers, bleach or highlighting jobs, dyeing), frequent straightening (with blow dryers, curling irons, etc) and environmental factors. This effective treatment works to hydrate and strengthen your hair which restores it from a brittle and dry disaster to a healthy and smooth state that is easy for you to manage. And, the best part of it all, this treatment is completely safe regardless of your hair's condition and easy to obtain with products that you can find in your kitchen cupboards right this instant! Hot oil treatments have worked wonders for my hair. I am a victim of relaxers, dye jobs and bleach jobs and practising this treatment twice a month has saved my hair from ending up in large clumps on my bathroom floor! This treatment is completely safe and extremely beneficial. What have you got to lose? Let's begin!

What You Will Need

- Oils

Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil... these can be, but are not limited to, the number of oils that you can use for this treatment. You can use one, two, or even all of the oils listed above.

- Honey

Honey is optional. It works as an additional moisturizer and is packed with a number of vitamins and minerals that your hair will love.

- Spray Bottle and Long Tail Brush (Optional )

If you do not have a spray bottle or brush, you can use your fingers.

- Glass Bowl

Or any other type of microwave safe bowl.

- Saucepan

Only if you prefer to heat your oils over a stove top instead of using a microwave.

- Shower Cap or Towel

Before we start:

  • Section your hair into four equal parts to ensure that you receive full coverage.
  • Place a towel around your neck area. Oil can be very messy!


  1. Step 1. Mix oil(s) and honey into a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Remember, we only want the mixture to be warm to the touch. If you are mixing a number of different oils as well as honey together, check your mixture every few seconds and stir it to prevent it from separating. * If you do not wish to use a microwave, you can heat the oil in a saucepan over the stove.
  2. Step 2. Once your oil has achieved a desired temperature, it's finally time to apply it to your hair! If you have a brush, simply dip it into your bowl and completely coat your hair with the treatment. If you are using your hands, massaging the mixture into your hair works perfectly fine. Remember to be gentle with your hair. Try not to tug or rub your hair harshly as this can cause damage.
  3. Step 3. Once your hair is coated, place your shower cap or towel over your hair, making sure that every strand is completely covered.
  4. Step 4. Now the waiting process begins! I usually leave the mixture in my hair for one hour, some people opt for leaving it on for thirty minutes or less. This decision is completely up to you, as you are the only one who can fully evaluate the amount of damage your hair has undergone.
  5. Step 5. After your desired amount of time has passed, simply rinse and wash your hair preferably with a gentle shampoo. Dry and style your hair as normal. I would advise that if you frequently use hot styling products to reduce their use to an average of once a week. If you cannot, please remember to use a good quality heat protecting spray.
  6. Step 6. Head out into the public and show off your lovely, healthy hair!


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    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I tried this tonight, and my hair feels so good! I'm sharing this article.

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks like an interesting treatment. My hair needs a little t.l.c., so I will try it in the next few days. Thanks for such a useful hub!


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