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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hair Tips | Hot Oil Treatments For Natural Hair

Hair Tips | Hot Oil Treatments For Natural Hair


Hot oil and pre-poo treatments are great for those with fine-natural hair to help keep the hair soft, promote shine, and to keep the hair detangled with ease. These treatments are also great for those who use shampoos (especially with sulfate) so your hair won't be too stripped.

I differentiate pre-poo and hot oil treatments. I use different products and ingredients for certain purposes my hair needs at the time. Following are the benefits and the ingredients/recipes of hot oil treatments.

Hot oil treatments add extra conditions benefits for your hair before washing or for your deep conditioning process. They are especially awesome for those with dry and damaged hair because of heating tools, hair chemicals, and plainly - the environment (humidity, blazing sun, etc.).


  • Strengthens hair follicles and increases elasticity
  • Prevents frizz and drying of the hair
  • Great for many scalp issues, like dandruff
  • Restores moisture back to the hair
  • Promotes healthy, shiny hair
  • Awesome for length retention and increases blood circulation

Hot oil treatments are super easy to do. You can choose to get the pre-packaged treatments from your local beauty supply stores or you can create your own, using natural oils. Here are some great natural oils to consider for hot oil treatments:

Hair Tips | Hot Oil Treatments
For Natural Hair

After rinsing out the coconut oil...
have not even washed my hair
yet! So shiny!!!
Coconut oil: absorbs into the hair shaft, stimulates hair growths, softens hair, conditions scalp, and prevents any damage to the hair

Olive oil:
high in vitamins A and E for anti-aging, protects and seals the hair, ultra moisturizing and nourishes the hair shaft, and improves elasticity

Castor oil: promotes hair thickness and growth for thinning edges, soothes and lubricates the hair shaft, awesome humectant (draws moisture from the air), cleanses toxins from the scalp, and helps tame frizz

Avocado oil: stimulates new hair reproduction, promotes healthy scalp and lessens scalp issues, helps retain length retention, and smoothes the cuticle

You can use one or all of them to make a conditioning mixture. Make sure the oils you are using are 100% extra virgin.

How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment

  1. Choose the oils of your choice (you may also add a few drops of essential oils for increased scalp stimulation)
  2. Boil water in your sauce pan. While your water is boiling, section your hair in 4-6 workable sections.
  3. Mix your oils in a microwavable bowl and place the bowl in the boiling water (do not put in microwave! The conditioning effects will lessens and you could have hot spots in the oil, which is not good for your hair nor scalp)
  4. Once the oil is warm (check on your wrist to determine heat), apply the oil to your scalp and massage for about 5 minutes
  5. Work the oil on each section of the hair until your hair is fully coated with conditioning oils. Loosely twists/bantu knot/clip each section to fully condition the hair
  6. Massage your scalp again for 10-15 minutes and make sure to concentrate on the edges and nape hairs
  7. Once complete, cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Add heat from a hooded dryer or a warm winter beanie would be beneficial to open your hair cuticles for added conditioning effects.
  8. Once the time is up, rinse the oil out and proceed with your Wash Day or styling

Hair Tips | Hot Oil Treatments For Natural Hair

My Experience

I love hot oil treatments! Although I do them once a month, I really feel like my hair benefits from the conditioning oils I use for that entire month. I definitely experience the benefits of the oils I use.

I normally use coconut oil with peppermint essential oil before I wash my hair. Sometimes I use castor, olive, sweet almond oils, or whatever I have in my cabinet at the time.

After I do a relaxing massage for about 15 minutes, I add a plastic on my head and use my blow dryer attachment (hooded dryer) to do get more conditioning effects from my hot oil treatment. I do hot oil treatments for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then I rinse the oil out and continue with my wash regimen.

Hair Tips | Hot Oil Treatments For Natural Hair
...but first, wipe all of that oil off of me...

Natural hair says: if you are having trouble with your wash day because your hair feels so dry after shampooing and deep conditioning your hair or when styling your hair has way too much frizz and static, try a hot oil treatment. Your hair will love you for it.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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