Treat yourself to softer, smoother, stronger, healthier hair with this easy DIY hot oil treatment.
You probably have most of the ingredients already in the pantry.
I can’t believe how nice my hair felt after doing this treatment. I didn’t want to stop touching it 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’s 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 a relaxing hair treatment. Combine it with a diy facial, some music and a cuppa for a real beauty spa experience at home.
Coconut Oil – softens hair, increases shine, strengthens hair, moisturises hair and help prevent dandruff
Olive Oil – smooth down frizz and split ends, repairs hair, strengthens hair, increases shine, softens hair, makes hair more manageable.
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 – strengthens hair, regulates sebum secretion and balances oil in 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.
- Place the oils in a jar and place the jar in a bowl of hot water to warm up.
- Comb your hair.
- Starting at your scalp. Dribble a little oil onto the palm of your hand and massage well into scalp and hair.
- Work down the hair shaft, adding extra oil as needed until all your hair is covered.
- Give your scalp a good massage with the oil for 3 – 5 minutes.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish off with an apple cider vinegar rinse (optional but adds more shine and lustre) and a cool rinse with water.
More tips for healthier hair:
- Don’t rub 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 hair dryer 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.
- Trim the split ends regularly.
- Use a natural shampoo that doesn’t container Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (used in paint stripper – need I say more) and other 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.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.