Saturday, September 21, 2013
I love the cooler temperature of Autumn, but not so much the dry weather. Unfortunately, they go hand in hand. Not only my skin gets dry easily in Fall, but also my hair. Especially with the area towards the ends of my hair. It sometimes gets so dry and fuzzy, which is not too much fun to deal with. On the other hand, my scalp gets pretty oily on a daily basis. That makes me feel uncomfortable not to shampoo my hair everyday. But isn't more washing will dry out the ends of my hair even more? That sounds like a snowball effect! Do you have the same issue? Well, this Homemade Hot Oil Hair Treatment might be the solution for you, too. It helps to balance out the oil and moisture in our hair. It’s super simple to prepare and only requires a few ingredients.
For this Homemade Hot Oil Hair Treatment, I did a little research on the internet to gather some useful information for you, such as the benefits of different types of oils, herbs, and essential oil (don't you think the internet is the greatest invention, besides my hot oil?) Also, I summarized the information of when and how to use the hot oil treatment and some other general information. Besides that, some are the tips that I learn from using this hot oil myself.
First of all, hot oil hair treatment is for all hair types. The key is to customize it to suit your needs and your hair type. Therefore, choosing the right ingredients for your hair type is important. You can use a single type of oil, or a blend of a few, depending on your needs. Here are some basics oil you can choose from and their benefits.
Olive Oil: It conditions hair and improves elasticity.
Jojoba Oil: It’s best for oily hair. The jojoba oil is like our own natural skin and hair oils. It will leave your hair soft and light, without weighing it down.
Avocado Oil: It is the the most moisturizing oils. Great for dry and frizzy hair.
Almond Oil: It relieves dry scalp, controls hair loss and smooth cuticle of strands
Rosemary Oil: It relieves dry scalp, stimulates follicles and slows premature hair loss.
Coconut Oil: It adds shines and soften your hair! Coconut oil is great for all hair types. It also helps in reduce dandruff.
Castor Oil: It helps strengthen the hair. Perfect for fine hair that breaks easily. However, castor oil might leave your hair dryer. So, use sparingly in the blend. It might be best is your hair is the oily type.
Sesame Oil: It is great for all hair type and adds shines to your hair. It also helps slow down hair loss, great to treat thinning hair.
Besides oils, I also love to infuse herbs in my Hot Oil Hair Treatments. Here’s a list of what your hair might need to improve on and the types of herbs that you can choose.
Hair strengthening: Use chamomile, horsetail, or arnica.
Hair Clarifying: Use rosemary, parsley, sage, or nutmeg.
Hair moisturizing: Use chamomile, lavender, dried rose petals, or aloe.
Stimulating hair growth: Use Peppermint, parsley, horsetail, sage, chamomile, ginger, or cinnamon.
If you don’t have the fresh or dried herbs on hand, you can substitute with essential oils as well. Here’s what I use in my hot oil blend (see picture below). I used Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, infused with fresh rosemary and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. This hot oil blends balanced out the natural oil and moisture in my hair, clarify the hair, and stimulate growth. I love the fragrant from the fresh rosemary and refreshing peppermint essential oil.
Here’s how I prepare my Hot Oil Hair Treatment (see picture below). In a medium saucepan, heat a few inches of water on high until boiling. Then, reduce to low heat and keep water on a simmer. Measure* and place all ingredients (except the peppermint essential oil) in a heat proof bowl and place over the pot of simmering water. Let the oil heat up slowly and infuse for 30 minutes. When it's done, add the essential oil.
*Measurement details are in the recipe below.
In this particular recipe, I made enough oil for 2 treatments. That way, I don’t have to do the above prep work again. Saving time and energy, smart, huh? Check the recipe below for details in how to store and reheat the oil treatment. I think this would make a wonderful hostess’ gift too, don’t you think? I hope you’ll bookmark this recipe and save it for the holidays. The homemade gift-giving season will arrive sooner than you think!
Here comes the fun part on how to apply this Hot Oil Hair Treatment. I recommend you to cover your shoulder with a towel, or wear a t-shirt that you don’t care about. Because the oil stains could be hard to wash out. Just a side note, my natural hair color is black and I haven’t color my hair for over a year already. Those brown color you see on the ends of my layered hair were from previous coloring + dryness. Boy, the ends of my hair was so dry it’s not even funny! I felt like combing hay every single morning!
Anyway, let’s get started! Place the hot oil in a small bowl, around 2-3 tablespoons for medium length hair. Dip your fingertips into the oil and gently massage the oil from scalp to end. Take your time, relax and enjoy the process.
When all the oil is used, cover the hair with a shower cap. At this point, you can also add a damp and hot towel over the shower cap for better result. Leave it on for 30 minutes. This would be the perfect opportunity to catch up on your TV soap, reading a novel, eating afternoon snacks, or do whatever that makes you happy! Then, get into the shower and shampoo your hair. I usually shampoo twice after this hot oil treatment. Repeat oil treatment every 2 to 4 weeks.
Pretty easy, right? Ready to see the before and after picture? I’m sure you do and I was so amazed by the result. Keep in mind, this before and after picture was taken after only 1 use of the hot oil treatment. And I will definitely continue with it and keep you posted on my hair’s condition after a while.
Taa-Daa…..here’s the close up! My friends!
See how the dry and probably damaged ends on my hair improved after the treatment? My hair was so soft to the touch that I can’t stop touching my hair afterwards. I wish I can let you feel the difference in texture of my hair after the treatment.
Now, you can probably see why I wanted to continue with this treatment, can't you? Don't you think the result is amazing? I hope you’ll give this Homemade Hot Oil Hair Treatment a try. This homemade version is way more economical than getting a hot oil treatment in the salon and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. What a bonus! Best of all, you can blend the oil that’s tailored to your own needs. Do you think you’ll give this a try? I certainly hope so.
P.S.: I purchased most of the oil and essential oil from a local health store. You can also get them online if you can’t find them in store. Click on each ingredient below for your reference to purchase online:
Peppermint Essential Oil
Small Air Tight Glass Jar
Health and General Disclaimer:
No information, ingredient or product mentioned on this site is meant to diagnose, treat or replace professional medical advice. They are my experience, my journey, and my opinions. Please consult with your doctor before using any of the ingredients or products mentioned here.
Homemade Hot Oil Hair Treatment:
Makes: enough for 2 treatments (medium length hair)
2 tablespoons organic olive oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 small bunches of fresh rosemary
6 to 8 drops of peppermint essential oil
In a medium saucepan, heat a few inches of water on high until boiling. Then, reduce to low heat and keep water on a simmer. Place all ingredients (except the peppermint essential oil) in a heat proof bowl and place over the pot of simmering water. Let the oil heat up slowly and infuse for 30 minutes.
Check periodically to make sure there's enough water in the pot. After 30 minutes, remove oil from heat let it cool slightly until it's not too hot to handle but still very warm to the touch. Add the peppermint essential oil.
Then, transfer half of the oil to a heat proof air tight container for another use. Leave the lid open until completely cooled. Store in a dark cool place for another use.
Place the remaining hot oil in a small bowl. Cover your shoulder/cloth with a towel or wear a t-shirt that you don't care. It's hard to wash the oil stains out. Dip your fingertips into the oil and gently massage the oil from scalp to end. When all the oil is used, cover the hair with a shower cap. At this point, you can also add a damp and hot towel over the shower cap for better result. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
Then, shampoo your hair. I usually shampoo twice after this oil treatment. Repeat every 2 to 4 weeks.
When ready to use the remaining oil treatment (after 2 to 4 weeks), simply sit the container over a bowl of hot water until the oil warms up. Repeat the application steps above.