DIY Hot Oil Treatment for Stronger Healthier Hair

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Get healthier, shinier, stronger and smoother hair with this easy DIY hot oil treatment. You probably have most of the ingredients already in the pantry.

diy hot oil treatment for healthier hair

Treat yourself to softer, stronger, healthier hair with this easy DIY hot oil treatment.

And you probably have most of the ingredients already in the pantry.

I can’t believe how nice my hair feels after doing this treatment. I didn’t want to stop touching it was so soft and smooth.

And the frizz-ball that is my hair here in the sub-tropical climate, wasn’t looking so frizzy, despite the evening downpour and the humidity.

There are a heap of hot oil treatments on the market, but why spend a fortune on a product that may contain synthetic ingredients when you can make your own just as easily for a fraction of the price, straight from the pantry?

This treatment can be used once a week for particularly damaged hair or once a month for relaxing hair treatment. Combine it with a DIY facial, some music and a cuppa for a real beauty spa experience at home.

DIY Hot Oil Treatment Ingredients

hot oil treatment ingredients

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil softens hair, increases shine, strengthens hair, moisturises hair and help prevent dandruff

Olive Oil

The big benefit of olive oil is that you probably already have it in your pantry. As for what it does to your hair, it smooths down frizz and split ends, repairs hair, strengthens hair, increases shine, softens hair, makes hair more manageable.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil helps promote hair growth, helps prevent dandruff also treats hair loss associated with alopecia areata. Good for all hair types.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil not only smells deliciously like roses, but it also strengthens hair, regulates sebum secretion and balances oil in the hair, promotes hair growth.

Both essential oils are said to improve mood, reduce stress so they’re a great choice for a relaxing beauty treatment.

Related reading: How to Make Your Own DIY Massage Oil

hot oil hair treatment

Tips for Healthier Hair

  • Avoid rubbing your hair with the towel when drying it. This will increase split ends and damage. Instead, squeeze or scrunch your hair with the towel to remove excess water.
  • Air dry your hair rather than using a hairdryer or let your hair mostly air dry before finishing it off with the dryer. But leave your hair very slightly damp to avoid over-drying. This will reduce heat and therefore damage.
  • For dry, damaged hair, use a natural leave-in conditioner to keep your hair from drying out. 
  • Trim the split ends regularly.
  • Use a natural shampoo that doesn’t container damaging chemical ingredients.
  • Eat a balanced diet with healthy fats, plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Steer clear of cigarettes and reduce alcohol.
Yield: 4Tbsp

DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment

diy hot oil treatment for healthier hair
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1 - $2


  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil (optional)
  • 3 drops geranium oil (optional)
  • For the Apple Cider Rinse (optional)
  • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 250ml water


  • 2 clean recycled jars or small bowls
  • Hot water
  • Shower cap
  • Towel or head wrap
  • Jar for apple cider vinegar rinse


  1. Place the oils in a jar and place the jar in a bowl of hot water to warm up.
  2. Comb your hair.
  3. Starting at your scalp. Dribble a little oil onto the palm of your hand and massage well into scalp and hair.
  4. Work down the hair shaft, adding extra oil as needed until all your hair is covered.
  5. Give your scalp a good massage with the oil for 3 – 5 minutes.
  6. Tie your hair up if long. You can leave the oil in your hair like this for 30 minutes or you can take this extra step:
  7. Cover your hair with a shower cap and then wrap it up in a towel. This keeps your hair warm, opens the hair follicles and helps the oil penetrate deeper into the hair shaft. Leave in for 30 minutes.
  8. Wash your hair in a warm shower. You will probably have to wash your hair with shampoo twice to remove all the oil. Make sure you wash behind your ears well and clean the oil of your skin around your neck.
  9. Finish off with an apple cider vinegar rinse (optional but adds more shine and lustre) and a cool rinse with water.

To make the vinegar rinse:

  1. Combine vinegar and warm water in a jar and shake to mix.
  2. Pour the vinegar mixture slowly all over your hair, massaging it gently through your hair.
  3. Leave for a minute or two before rinsing out.

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  1. Hi Melissa
    The recipe link for the Hot Oil for hair is broken and does not show anything :-(
    Thanks for some great tips.