If you've been looking for another way to nourish and protect your hair or if you're searching for a solution to cure dryness you can't seem to shake, allow us to introduce you to hot oil treatments.
We know the power of plant-based oils—it's why we use so many of them in our products. So, taking this extra step to strengthen your hair with the help of almond, argan, coconut, and jojoba oils—among many others—is an excellent addition to your weekly routine.
Hot oil treatments are available in most salons, or you can pick one up from your favorite beauty supply or drugstore as many brands have created powerful, reparative formulas. But you know we always like to empower you to do things yourself, so we wanted to share our favorite DIY recipe so that you can do the treatment at home.
Before we get into how to do it, we want to share the benefits, the safety precautions you need to know, and which oils you can use.
We also ask that if you have eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions, you consult your dermatologist or doctor to get their expert opinion.
THE BENEFITS OF HOT OIL TREATMENTS
Plant oils are our go-to's for hydrating and protecting your hair, and they're at the foundation of every hot oil treatment.
The plentiful benefits of a hot oil treatment include more hydrated hair; hair strength, less frizz; dandruff reduction; healthier hair due to increased scalp blood flow; and a reduction in split ends.
SAFETY CONCERNS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Though plant-based ingredients can be useful for your body and skin, you can still react to them. To decrease the chance of a reaction, you should aim to use oils that are 100 percent natural and avoid those with any synthetic ingredients.
You can do a patch test on your elbow to get a good sense of whether the treatment will work on your scalp. Apply a few drops of the unheated oil to the inside of your elbow, then wait 24 hours to see if you develop any itchiness or a rash.
If your skin is fine, then the treatment should be safe to do. And if you do develop a reaction, testing different oils to see which may work for you is a good option.
Any hot oil treatment you buy from another brand will have instructions to follow, and you should adhere to those.
The oil's temperature is something you also need to consider, ensuring you don't burn yourself. Then, please test a small amount on the back of your hand before applying it to your scalp.
WHICH OILS TO USE
Almond: Great for frizz-prone hair as it conditions the hair follicles and smooths.
Argan: Best if your hair needs repair as it softens, strengthens and minimizes damage.
Coconut: Best if your hair is extremely dry due to its dense consistency.
Jojoba: Great for many hair types as it is most like the natural sebum created by the scalp.
OUR 7-STEP HOT OIL TREATMENT DIY
- Choose your preferred oil (or, opt for any of the CurlMix serums).
- Grab your microwaveable bowl and pour 4 to 5 tablespoons of oil into it. Warm for 10 – 15 seconds. Place It somewhere close, so you can grab it from the shower.
- Cleansed hair receives the treatment's effects better, so wash your hair with your preferred CurlMix shampoo.
- Apply the oil to your hair and let it work its magic. Even add in a scalp massage.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and set your timer for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Detangle in-shower, then rinse the oil out of your strands.
- Apply your preferred CurlMix conditioner.