DIY Hot Oil Treatment

Thursday, 23 January 2014

There's now well and truly a chill in the air and the cold can be so harsh on our bodies, especially our hair. Each time the winter rolls around I rely on hot oil treatments more and more to inject some life back into my winter-beaten tresses. They're inexpensive and you can use as many oils as you like. I like to do hot oil treatments before shampooing on wash days - though you can use them as a deep conditioner too.

All you need is an oil of course, some bowls and a shower cap - oh and some time to spare too!

1 Grab your oil(s) of choice and measure out about 1-2 tablespoons into a bowl. My favourite oils to use are a mix of Coconut, Avocado and Sweet Almond oil

2 Warm the oil by placing the bowl it into another bowl filled with boiling water or you can just stick it in the microwave for 20 seconds

3 When it's cooled slightly so it's not too hot pour the oil a little at a time into your palms. Apply the oil generously to your ends and then start spreading to the rest of your strands. I tend to keep the oil off of my scalp as mine gets quite oily naturally. If your scalp is dry using oil can help nourish it and protect it from over stripping shampoos. 

4 Once applied clip your hair up and put on a shower cap to keep the heat in - or sit under a steamer if you have one

5 After 10-15 minutes rinse off and follow with shampoo and your usual wash routine

Have you tried a hot oil treatment? 

Lesley x

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Post updated & reposted 23/01/14


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  2. I do hot oil treatments atleast once a month or every other week depending on how my hair feels. Lately I've been loving EVCO to prepoo.

  3. I love them year round! My favorite oil mix right now is EVOO with grapeseed oil.

    Abbi of

    1. I love hot oil treatments. I just always forget to warm the oils. Ha-ha! Thanks for sharing Lesley!

      KLP | SavingOurStrands

  4. Oo that is an interesting mix. Never tried Avocado oil...*pops over to Amazon for a mini splurge* lol

    Mo x

  5. great post hun, i used to do oil (but not hot) as a pre shampoo treatment..:) too lazy lately though.. xx

  6. Hot oil treatments are perfect for winter time or just when my hair needs that extra boost of moisture! Great post!

    -Courtnea @ Finally Growing!

  7. I have not done a hot oil treatment in over a year, I think I will give it a go on my next wash day.

  8. I definitely love me a hot oil treatment, currently using grapeseed/coconut oil. I have used pretty much all oils in the past. I am the 20sec microwave person you speak off lol.

  9. Thank you all for commenting :) x

  10. Coconut oil is the best hot oil treatment by far...thanks for posting this.

  11. What an interesting mix, something i'd love to try! xx

  12. Thanks for commenting ladies :) x

  13. Love coconut oil,I love using it as a prepoo before I DC and in my DC too!

  14. i use coconut oils mostly ,i love the smell but my problem (like you mentioned here ) is time, time, time. Giving it sometime to settle into my hair.

  15. I take a mix of heated coconut, olive, and jojoba oils and leave it in my hair overnight. Then wash in the morning....loves!!!!


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