So today I have a two tutorials to share and both are all about a Hot Oil mix which can be used as:
- a pre-poo – applied before using a shampoo/cleanser to avoid the hair feeling completely stripped.
- an overnight hot oil mix – after which you would co-wash or shampoo your hair (you don’t have to warm up the oil)
Personally I like using it as an overnight hot oil mix so I shall delve a little more into that aspect but like I stated above you do not have to warm up the oil before application since your body heat (your scalp) and a shower cap (which you should use) helps to keep the oils warm. I prefer warming up the oil because it feels awesome applying it while lightly warm and my hair seems to soak up the oils when it is warm.
- 1 oz Rose infused Grapeseed Oil
- 1 oz Coffee Bean infused Almond Oil
- 1 oz Neem infused Virgin Coconut Oil
- 3 capsules Vitamin E Oil (roughly 0.15 oz)
- 1-2 drops Essential oil (optional)
All you need to do is to combine all the oils together. If you opt to make it a hot oil treatment then you place the bowl with the oil in a pot of hot water (no longer on the stove) for 3 – 5 minutes. Once the oils are a little warm you can add the essential oil and you are done.
NOTE: Do not let the water mix with the oil especially if you plan on storing the remaining oil for future use. And remember to never place the oil in direct heat e.g. in the microwave or directly in a pot on a stove! You run the risk of not only zapping away the nutrients of the oil but will cause the oil to burn your hair and scalp and might accidentally cause a fire!
Before I apply the warm oil I like to spray my hair with a little plain water. I find this step necessary because 1. it means I am re-hydrating my hair with moisture 2. it makes the application process a little easier and 3. if you have dry hair then applying the oil onto dry hair means you are “trapping in” the dryness versus trapping in moisture if you apply water first.
I like to apply the oil while warm (NOT HOT) going from my roots to my ends. I work in the oil really well and usually do a quick detangle with my fingers. I cover up with a shower cap and scarf for the night and then proceed to wash my hair with shikakai or a co-wash depending on what my hair needs.
- Helps to stop cleansers from stripping the hair.
- Provides shine.
- Softens the hair.
- Eases detangling.
- Fights against dry hair
- Soothes a flaky/itchy scalp.
The results afterwards and even during the hot oil treatment is really quite evident immediately! In the video you can see how my old, dry and tangled hair quickly becomes soft, detangled, shiny, smooth and all round happy!
I would love to hear if you do hot oil treatments and how? Do you do overnight treatments, what oils do you use? Do you apply water first? Tell me all about it!