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So my first post will be about hot oil treatments. They’re probably the best thing you can ever use to condition your hair. Hot oil treatments are also completely safe for oily hair—everyone can use them, and they can be completely customised for every single hair type. I’m going to explain the basic ingredients that every hot oil treatment needs to be a hot oil treatment, and then I’ll show you the extra options to improve on your ideal treatment. I’ll also write up some basic recipes for each hair type. This treatment is good for weekly to monthly use and large batches can be made and stored for later uses.
Olive oil: Plain and simple, you probably all have some lying around in your cupboard. This is the basic oil that everyone can use regardless of hair type. I’d recommend this if you aren’t certain about what your hair needs or wants. It’s also great as a base oil while you add others to the mix.
Coconut oil: Also great for all hair types, and is great for getting rid of dandruff. Adds shine and softness.
Castor oil: Good for oily hair as it is known for drying your hair out. It also strengthens hair and can be used in small amounts for that purpose alone.
Jojoba oil: The most lightweight oil, perfect for dry hair or for mixing with castor oil. Absolutely will not weight your hair down but will leave it shinier than before.
Sesame oil: Actually used to treat hair loss, so it’s a great idea to use this if you are constantly styling or dyeing your hair to the point that it’s started falling out (like mine).
Avocado oil: Perfect for dry and frizzy hair. This is the best for moisture and relaxing your hair.
There are thousands of other oils to use, but these are the basics and easiest to come across. If you’d like to try out others, there’s (probably) no harm in that, though I’d do a quick google search to make sure they’re good for your type. Submit me any results, good or bad, that you have with other oils and I can add them to the list!
You can stop at just oils, but adding extra herbs, fruits or spices to your treatment makes it even better and even more suited to your hair.
There are millions of herbs to use, but the most common ones are listed under hair colour and condition. You can also use essential oils not only to benefit your hair but to make it smell amazing. Most herbs have more than one use, making this even better (and cheaper). To add herbs to your oil, simply mix the oil and herbs in a pot on low heat for about half an hour, then strain the body of the herbs out of the mixture, leaving it smooth and infused.
Brunettes: Nettle, black tea, ground coffee, rosemary, sage, ground black walnut shells.
Blondes: Chamomile, rhubarb, calendula, clove.
Redheads: Hibiscus, red clover, chamomile.
Clarification: Rosemary, parsley, sage, nutmeg, witch hazel.
Strengthening: Chamomile, nettle, horsetail, arnica, burdock.
Moisturising: Calendula, chamomile, lavender, catmint, dried rose petals, aloe vera.
Growing: Peppermint, parsley, horsetail, sage, chamomile, ginger, cinnamon.
Extra (non-herb) additions:
Moisture: Bananas, avocado, aloe vera, carrot seed oil, rose hip oil.
Shine: Egg yolk.
Clarification: Neem oil, kaolin clay, aloe vera, grapefruit juice.
Redheads: Raspberries, strawberries.
Blondes: Lemon juice.
Strengthening: Neem oil, carrot seed oil.
Using hot oil treatments:
What you need: Shower cap/plastic wrap, hot water, towel, whatever you use to wash your hair.
Applying your treatment:
1. Heat up the oil by pouring it into a glass and placing the glass into a bowl full of boiling water which must reach to or higher than the oil in the glass. Do not mix with the water.
2. Start with dry hair. Apply the oil to your scalp first, using stimulating circular motions. Massage your scalp to promote hair growth and healthy oil release.
3. Apply oil to the rest of your hair, not to the point of dripping but covering. Attempt to comb through.
4. Cover your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap, then either heat up a towel with hot water and place over your head after wringing it out, or blow dry over the covering. Remove the towel/blow drier after your hair is sufficiently warmed/the towel is going cold.
You can wait any time between half an hour and overnight, though that could be messy.
Washing your treatment out:
Get into the shower and blast your hair with very warm water, then have your shower. Shampoo out the treatment last, repeating twice. Condition. Blast your hair with cold water to seal in the good oils. Make sure to wash the oil completely from your face/body.
That’s the perfect hot oil treatment to keep your hair nice and smooth/shiny/conditioned and perfect. I’ll add recipes over the next few days.