How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment For Hair At Home

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Hot oil treatments are an excellent way to restore shine, condition the hair and scalp; and restore hair damaged by over-styling with blow dryers, curling irons or chemical treatments like perms and dyes. Many beauticians and stylists recommend using a hot oil treatment on your hair once a month and will sell you an expensive oil to do it with, (or charge you an outrageous price to do it for you) but you can make your own hot oil blends to use for a fraction of the cost and they’ll work just as well, if not better.

The basic process is easy, and only requires a few simple tools and ingredients to accomplish.

You’ll need:

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • a wooden spoon to stir with (that can be reserved for non-food items only)
  • a small heat-proof glass container to mix and warm your oils in
  • a pot to heat water in that is large enough to hold your glass bowl
  • a fine-tooth comb, and a clean towel
  • various vegetable oils
  • optional: essential oils that you enjoy
  1. Fill your pot with enough water to come about halfway up the side of your glass container, heat the water just until it starts boiling, and remove from the heat.
  2. While the water is heating, prepare your oil blend in the glass container. Do not add essential oils at this time.
  3. Once the water comes off the heat, set your container of oil into the pot of water, ensuring that the water doesn’t come over the lip of the bowl.
  4. Check the temperature of the oil every few minutes. You want it warm, but not hot enough to burn your skin.
  5. When the oil has reached a comfortable temperature, remove it from the pot of water, add essential oil if you’re using it (mix well) apply to your hair beginning at the scalp, and comb it through to the ends, making sure that all of your hair is well-coated.
  6. Wrap your hair in a towel to hold in the heat and prevent making a mess. Leave the oil on until it cools completely.
  7. Wash your hair thoroughly, making sure you get all of the oil out; but do not condition until the next day. (If you need a detangler, you can use 2 to 4 cups of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for each cup of water.)
Oils to use:

Single oils: Olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil. You’ll need about 1/8 C. for short hair, a bit more for long hair.

Sidenote: In previous blog posts I’ve written about how the above oils can transform your hair. Click the links below to read about each.

Olive Oil For Hair
Coconut Oil For Hair
Castor Oil For Hair

Good additions: 2 drops of vitamin E oil plus either 1 tbsp. honey or 1 tsp. avocado, jojoba or wheatgerm oil

Essential oils: If you choose to use an essential oil, either for the scent or additional benefits; you can add a total of 5 drops to this amount of base oil. Lavender, rosemary, and chamomile are all excellent essential oils for use on the hair.

A natural hot oil treatment can work wonders for your hair. Try creating your own with the above ingredients, or pick up a pack of Queen Helene Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment for a ready made solution.

If you enjoyed this article, then I expect you’ll enjoy these from the archive, too…

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  1. I am so excited to say that I took the advice to use the Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a Hot Oil Treatment and I am amazed at the outcome! This was the best hot oil treatment I ever had and the most inexpensive. I bought a huge bottle for only $6 and will be able to use it many many times. My hair was so conditioned, soft, hydrated and just beautiful. I could see the difference before I even blow dryed it. I do my own shampoo, conditioner & treatments; then I let a beautician straighten it for me. When she saw my hair right away she said “Wow your hair looks beautiful.” I also took advice in using castor oil and occasionally lightly oil my scalp with it or the olive oil during the times I wore my natural curls. When my beautician straightened my hair she said “Your hair has really grown! At least 2 1/2″!” This was within a month from the last time she did my hair. I had even had breakage in a section from putting in extensions and she noticed that had even grown back. I am so glad I came across this site! The tips offered are fabulous! I love learning about natural ways to care for my health and hair! The advice is wonderful & it works!

  2. How often do you recommend using this treatment? Also, is it safe to use regular olive oil?

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