Updated: Dec 21, 2020
Hot oil hair treatments have been popular in luxury day spas to condition the hair for body and shine, define curls and help reduce frizz. Heating the oil allows the product to penetrate and seal, the hair strands cuticle to moisturise the hair deeply. But did you know you can create these hair treatments at home?
What are the benefits of using hot oil hair treatments?
It helps seal in the moisturise to strengthen the hair to reduce split ends.
The nourishing oil helps reduce frizz.
massaging the hot oil onto the scalp increases the blood flow, which may help to promote healthier hair
The oil helps reduce dandruff and dryness of the scalp.
Can I react to natural hair oil treatment?
It is possible to get scalp reactions from oil or essential oil-based products, especially if you have sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. To reduce the risk of skin reactions, we suggest doing a patch test.
How to perform a skin reaction patch test for the hair oil treatment
Use the following steps 1-2 days before the treatment.
Apply a small amount of oil and (essential oil if adding to the mix) on the underside of the forearm.
If no nasty rashes or skin sensitivities evolve within 24 hours, the oils should be safe to use.
You don't want to burn your scalp when using the hot oil hair treatment, so always test the temperature on your wrist before applying.
Which oil is best for a hair treatment?
It's essential to start with understanding your hair type,(link to determine hair type) so you don't weigh down your hair. We recommend trying a few options to see which consistency works best for your hair.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair
It helps to reduce protein loss in the hair.
Coconut oils structure features fatty acids called lauric acid that can be easily absorbed deep into the hair shaft.
It moisturises and protects your hair from damage which strengthens hair to help it grow.
The Benefits of Almond Oil for Hair
This popular nut, the almonds health benefits include; a source of protein, vitamin E and omega fatty acids. Sweet almond oil;
Can improve the hairs softness and shine.
Rubbing onto your scalp can help reduce flaky skin.
Is high in the antioxidant vitamin E to help protect the hair from the stress of styling with heated tools.
The oil helps strengthen the hair to reduce breakage and split ends.
The Benefits of Using Olive Oil on the Hair
Olive oil is a denser consistency and is more appropriate for thicker hair types.
Adds softness while strengthening the hair
It is high in moisture from vitamins A and E to help reduce split ends.
Try massaging olive oil onto the dry scalp for added moisture.
The Benefits of Argan Oil on the Hair
Argan oil is full of fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamin E that can benefit hair health.
The Vitamin E properties of oil help to prevent dryness and reduce frizz for shiny hair.
It helps maintain the moisture of the hair.
It can help improve skin conditions on the scalp like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis from its anti-inflammatory properties.
The oil can help protect the hair from breakage during heat styling and from the environmental effects of the sun.
The Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Hair
Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc.
Can help prevent hair breakage and strengthen the hair strand
Can be applied to the scalp to help with dryness, itchiness or for flakiness.
The oil helps moisturise the hair follicles to reduce dryness.
How to use a DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Make sure your hair is clean before starting the treatment.
You can either wash and towel dry to remove excess moisture. This allows the oil to distribute easier. Comb or use a wet brush to remove any knots.
Or you can apply to dry clean hair.
Place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing.
The amount of product to use will depend on your hairs thickness and condition. For fine hair - you may only need a few tablespoons. For thick hair - you may need 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of oil. You can start with less and heat more as you apply to reduce wastage.
You can add in some drops of essential oils, like lavender for aromatherapy to relax, or peppermint to cool and soothe the scalp.
Heat the oil in the microwave for 10 seconds and recheck the temperature, and heat if required.
Before applying the oil to your damp hair and scalp, test a small amount of the oil on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot.
Apply the oil evenly throughout your hair and massage it into your scalp to stimulate the blood flow.
Cover your head with a shower cap, heated wet towel or glad wrap to keep the heat on the hair longer.
Leave the treatment on for 20 to 30 minutes.
Rinse out the oil from your hair; you may need to shampoo to remove excess oil, depending on your hair type and then finish the moisturising treatment with your favourite conditioner.