DIY: At-Home Hot Oil Treatment For Soft And Shiny Hair

When it comes to giving dry, coarse and dull hair a significant moisture as well as shine boost, nothing can beat the performance of a hot oil treatment. And guess what? You can actually do it yourself at your home and the procedure is super cheap. Learn here how to give your mane a hot oil treatment at home:

Hot Oil Treatment

DIY – At-Home Hot Oil Treatment For Hair

Things Required:

  • Olive oil / any pure oil of your choice – at least 3 to 4 tablespoons / as per the length of your hair
  • Other hair-nourishing oils (sweet almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) – 2 tablespoons each (optional)
  • One or two essential oils of your choice – 1-2 drops (optional)
  • A microwave-safe bowl (if you want to avoid the microwave-method, take a small bowl and a large bowl / saucepan instead)
  • A spoon
  • A wide-tooth comb / hairbrush
  • An old towel
  • A rat-tail comb (optional)
  • A brush / cotton swab (optional)
  • A shower cap / saran wrap
  • Gentle herbal shampoo
  • Conditioner

Hot Oil Treatment

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Stepwise Method:

  1. The very first thing that you need to do is to warm up the oil or oil mixture. It can either be done with the help of a microwave oven or by using double-boiler method.
  • If you are going to use a microwave oven, pour your favorite oil or all the preferred hair-nourishing oils into a microwave-safe bowl. Put essential oils in it and stir gently with a spoon. Now, place the bowl inside the oven and heat it up for 8 to 10 seconds.
  • If you are going to use the double-boiler method, start with filling the large bowl or saucepan with some water and bringing it to a boil slowly. Pour the hair-nourishing oil(s) into the small bowl and add essential oils to it. Stir with a spoon to mix up everything. Now, place the small bowl over the boiling water very carefully and wait for around 15 minutes.
  1. Remove the bowl from the microwave oven or the water in the saucepan and let it sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, check the temperature of the oil mixture. It should be warm rather than steaming or scalding hot.
  2. Once you find the temperature of the oil mixture to be comfortable enough, start preparing your hair for the application and massage. Comb it with a hairbrush or wide-tooth comb and get rid of knots and tangles. Also, wrap an old towel around your shoulders so that you do not end up staining your clothes.
  3. Now, it’s time to apply the hot oil mixture to your hair. For this, you can either section your hair or just do it in one go.
  • For sectioning your hair, make use of a rat-tail comb. You have to separate all your hair in such a way that four sections (two ‘top sections’ and two ‘bottom sections’) are created. Apply the oil to the bottom sections first followed by the top sections with the help of a brush or cotton swab.
  • For overall application at on go, lean your head a little over the sink and pour some of the hot oil mixture over your scalp slowly. The rest of the oil should be applied to the length of the locks for making them fully saturated.
  1. Gently massage the oil into the scalp by moving your fingertips in small circular motion. Continue this for a couple of minutes so that the oil can work thoroughly.
  2. Wrap your hair with saran wrap or simply put on a shower cap and let the oil sit for next half an hour.
  3. Finally, wash your hair with a herbal shampoo and apply a good conditioner. You may need to rinse for a couple of times in order to get rid of the oil completely.

Hot Oil Treatment

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Helpful Tips & Tricks

  • Using pure or extra virgin olive oil is good for hot oil treatment. But it is even better to use a mixture of different types of hair-nourishing oils (olive oil, almond oil, castor oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, etc.) in order to make the most of the treatment.
  • Essential oils can add a wonderful aroma and soothing properties to your homemade hot oil mixture. Moreover, some specific essential oils can address your hair issues in an effective manner. Some common essential oil choices for at-home hot oil treatment are rosemary oil, chamomile oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, rose oil, carrot seed oil, mint oil, sandalwood oil, and so on.
  • Hot oil treatment should be done on clean dry (or even slightly damp) hair. So, always do this after washing your hair and making it free from all sorts of styling products.
  • For maximum shine and softness of hair, opt for homemade hot oil treatment at least once every week.

Now, you are all set for getting soft, shiny and beautiful hair. Enjoy!

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