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Learn How to Give Your Hair an All-Natural Hot Oil Treatment

Updated on April 30, 2012
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If you’re struggling with dry and dull-looking hair, it may be time to try a hot oil treatment. Commercially produced hot oil kits are very popular and do work wonders on most hair types, but doing it yourself using essential oils is a far more affordable and healthier option. I’ve oiled my hair numerous times and the results never cease to amaze me.

Which Oils to Use as Hair Oil

You could use just about any oil you can think of as hair oil. I’ve tried sunflower, olive oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil. Olive oil is fairly ‘heavy’ and tends to be harder to wash out, but it does give the hair a real moisture boost. My favorites include sweet almond and jojoba oil. Both these oils are very lightweight and are easier to wash out afterwards.

You could also add essential oils to the base oil. I’ve used rosemary oil, lavender oil and even tea tree oil. Adding these oils to the base and massaging it into the scalp helps stimulate hair growth and may also improve scalp issues like dandruff and the like.

How to make Hair Oil

Making hair oil at home is fairly easy and you only need about 20ml of base oil. Add a few drops of essential oils and heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it slightly.

How to Oil Your Hair

It’s best to apply hair oil to dry hair, and to work it through the hair with your fingers. If the ends are especially dry, apply extra oil to help hydrate the tips. If you’ve warmed the oil slightly, you’ll also find that it penetrates the hair more and gives you better results.

Once that’s done, warm your hair using a hair dryer and then wrap a towel around your head to help keep the heat in. This also helps the treatment penetrate and you may be able to keep the oil on for a shorter period of time and still see the same results. The longer you leave it on, the better, but you could settle for around 15 minutes and still give your hair a real moisture boost.

It’s easy to get the oil out, and all you need to do is wash your hair like you would normally. It may mean washing and rinsing twice, especially if you use a fairly heavy oil like olive oil. Dry and style your hair as usual, and you’ll notice that your hair is softer and more manageable.

Oiling your hair may work better than any conditioner out there, it most definitely has in my case. If you struggle with frizzy or hard-to-manage hair, then this may be one way to tame those locks for good. As an added bonus, the oils you purchase can be used to make various other skin care products as well, so the investment will be well worth it.

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