There’s definitely a reason why the beauty section of any convenience store or beauty supply store is overflowing with some awesome products that promise instant gratification. The choices range from various deep conditioners, serums, conditioners and hot oil hair treatments that pinky-promise they’ll revamp your dry hair into flowing, healthy locks overnight.
Let’s face it-dry hair is difficult to maintain and feels almost impossible to fix. Not only does it feel brittle and lifeless to the touch, but it’s also a sign that your hair is in need of some tender care and a new regime.
Spending a month’s worth of income on new hair care products might seem like an easy fix for your hair’s dryness, but why not make some magical and effective DIY concoctions from your own simple household ingredients instead? Your hair and your wallet will be much happier!
Hot oil treatments soothe stiff locks back into silky smoothness by penetrating the hair shaft with hydrating, intense moisture which then protects the hair and makes it softer and more manageable. Homemade hot oil treatments work wonders and are beyond easy to create. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve gathered some of the best DIY hot oil treatments for you to try.
The Different Types of Oils
There are a variety of oils and ingredients you can combine to create the perfect homemade treatment for your dry, undernourished hair and scalp. From our beloved and most popular coconut oil to argan oil, there are no shortages of treatments you can make in the comfort of your own home. Below, you can find out how each of these oils can benefit your hair and scalp.
#1: Coconut Oil
This oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that are good for the human body. Coconut oil has components that keep hair strong, nourished and protected. It prevents hair loss, reduces previous hair damage and reduces protein loss.
It’s also rich in lauric acid, which has an affinity for hair protein and magically penetrates the inside of the hair shaft. If that isn’t amazing enough, it has a moisture retaining capacity that keeps hair soft and moist for long periods of time, thus preventing dreaded hair breakage.
#2: Argan Oil
Argan oil comes from the fruit of the Argan tree in Morocco. Inside of that fruit is a little nut from which the oil is produced. What makes this oil so beneficial is its copious amounts of vitamin A, C and E. It’s also loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid and lots of antioxidants.
When applied to the hair, it can help boost cell production which can result in healthier locks. It’s a fantastic moisturizer that helps to eliminate dandruff and dry scalps. It also tames frizziness, flyaways and repairs split ends, which is all we could ever want from an essential oil.
#3: Lavender Oil
This oil can be used on any hair type. When massaged into the scalp, it can improve blood circulation, promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. It moisturizes the scalp and balances sebum production, which can reduce extra oily, greasy hair and acne near the hairline and forehead. Its extremely powerful antiseptic actions make it perfect for controlling excessive dandruff or bacterial infections.
#4: Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has that cooling effect we’re all familiar with. When applied to the scalp, it is very useful in rejuvenating hair follicles and promoting healthy hair growth. Its cleansing agents help to open up clogged pores and encourage the flow of skin oils, making it ideal for people who suffer from dry scalps.
#5: Tea Tree Oil
This oil is one of the most popular essential oils for improving scalp health. Since it’s anti-fungal, it’s been successfully used to treat dandruff, itchiness and greasiness. It also helps to slow down the process of hair loss and increase hair growth without the inflammation.
How To Use
All you will need to create a DIY hot oil treatment is your oil of choice. You’ll need around 2-3 tablespoons, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. You will want to use this treatment over recently washed hair that is free of buildup and products, so it is recommended that you try this after a shower when your hair is almost dry but not completely.
Step 1: In a large saucepan, bring a cup of fresh water to a boil. Place 2-3 tablespoons of your preferred oil in a small bowl or mug and then place it into the boiling water. This will quickly simmer the oil without dispersing it into the water itself. Allow the bowl or mug to sit for a few minutes. You’ll want the oil warm and not steaming hot to the touch.
Step 2: When the oil is warm, carefully remove the bowl (without burning yourself) and then let the oil sit for a few moments to cool down. Once it is at the right temperature, massage the warm oil into your hair. Start at the scalp and coat the hair from root to tip. When your hair is fully coated, wrap it in a towel or place a plastic cap over your hair for at least 30 minutes. Read a book or scroll through Instagram while you wait!
Step 3: After 30 minutes have passed, rinse the oil from your hair and rinse it thoroughly! You may need to wash it a time or two to fully remove the oils.
Your hair should now feel softer, cleaner and a step toward healthier. You can do this as often as once or twice a week or treat yourself to it once a month, depending on the level of damage. There is just something so soothing about a hot oil treatment, especially when you save money by doing at home.
These treatments do wonders for your hair and can totally revamp your scalp and reverse damage. It gives something vital to hair length, retention, growth and overall hair health. So, if your hair is feeling way too dry and unmanageable, opt for a homemade DIY hot oil treatment and start taking back your hair health one drop at a time!