A Hot Oil Treatment provides a number of key benefits for the hair.
- Nourishes a dry scalp and helps protect against dandruff
- Absorbs easily into dry or damaged strands smoothing it down and disguising frizz and split ends
- Coats hair providing a protective shield against air pollution and helps minimise damage from heat styling like blow drying and straightening
- The vitamins and minerals in the chosen oils will nourish the scalp, follicles and help encourage healthy growth
- The massage technique used to apply the oil will stimulate the blood flow on the scalp thus accelerating hair growth
- May also protect against colour fading
Ideally a Hot Oil Treatment should be carried out weekly, and prior to shampooing. Although there are some recommended leave-in oil treatments they are a little unpractical, and don’t offer the deep penetration that a 20-30 minute wash off treatment will provide.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own Hot Oil Treatment…..
- Put 20-30ml of your chosen Base Carrier Oil into a bowl.
- Heat gently in a bain-marie or a microwave until very warm.
- Let it cool a little until acceptable to the skin – you can test on the inner part of your wrist to be sure.
- Stir in 4-5 drops of your chosen Essential Oils (if desired)
- Over damp hair apply the oil at the scalp and work through from root to tip (this is easier hanging over a sink). Massage into the scalp in a firm, circular motion ensuring every inch is covered. To help move the oil down the strands you can comb it through.
- Wrap your hair in a warm towel for as long as you can – but 20-30 minutes allows enough time for the oils to be absorbed.
- Wash off and shampoo as normal. You may need at least 2 shampoos to remove all of the oil residue.
- Repeat next week.
Once nourished your hair will shine with vibrancy and bounce with more life than ever before. Oils are great for thirsty hair but don’t be fooled – even if you suffer from greasy hair a nourishing Hot Oil Treatment can still transform your locks. Over-active sebum on the scalp is usually a result of over dry hair, or astringent products. Put that moisture in and over time you’ll see a balance of oil on your scalp.
For information on which Base Carrier Oils or Essential Oils to use – check out our Blog post Aromatherapy for Hair Care or if you are suffering from hair loss or Alopecia then check out our post Aromatherapy for Hair Loss for great tips and recipes.