As the warmer weather approaches, let’s start getting into hot oil treatments for our natural hair. For my hair, summer means dry and crispy. But with hot oil treatments it will be (hopefully) moisturised and soft. Heat actually opens the cuticles of our hair, allowing moisture to come in and restore it. What I love is that you can use whatever oil you would like, depending on what your hair needs. I would say that this particular treatment is for dry and lifeless hair.
You will need:
1 cup of jojoba oil
1/2 cup of coconut oil (because it’s amazing)
1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
2 drops of tea tree oil (if you have dandruff)
Heat up plain water, but do not let it boil. Take your hot water off the stove. Then place your contained oil mixture into the water. Please don’t use a microwave at any stage because you may lose vital nutrients that the oils have to offer. Before applying the oil to you hair, test a little on your wrist, to make sure you don’t get burned. Section your hair into as many sections as you like and massage the oil in, from roots to the very tips. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and let the treatment soak in for 30-35 minutes. Then shampoo and condition your hair with your favourite products.
Benefits: Well, they say that jojoba oil closely resembles the natural oil (sebum) produced in our scalp (which doesn’t travel down the hair shaft as easily in curlier hair). Jojoba oil also makes hair more manageable and tangle free. It is also known to relieve scalp psoriasis. Coconut oil, as I always say, is one of the few oils known to penetrate the hair shaft. It provides moisture and smells really nice which is a plus. Sweet almond oil contains vitamin E, promoting healthier hair.
Your hair should be very soft and with a prominent sheen. You should also notice a decrease in breakage, due to the moisturising properties in each oil.