When it comes to protecting and brittle hair, nourishing dry, hot oil treatments are a popular option. Made from plant-based oils, like almond, coconut, and olive, hot oil treatments work by sealing the hair cuticle. This can help to protect and strengthen your hair.
For getting a hot oil treatment there are several options. To a salon, you can choose to go. Or, you can try a do-it-yourself (DIY) hot oil treatment at home if you’re looking for a more affordable option. Bu yourself and by online you can also buy a ready-made hot oil product.
However, be sure it’s right for your type of hair before you use a hot oil treatment and that you understand the safety risks. Ask your doctor or dermatologist if you have any skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema if a hot oil treatment is safe to use on your scalp.
What are the benefits of a hot oil treatment?
Many of the plant oils used in hot treatment have properties that may help moisturize and protect your hair.
Other benefits of using hot oil are:
- Reduced dryness of both the scalp and hair
- Reduced frizz
- Increased blood flow in the scalp, which may help promote healthier hair
- Increased hair strength
- Help with dandruff relief
- Fewer split ends
Is it safe?
Although that doesn’t mean they’re safe for everyone, hot oil treatment use plant-based ingredients. Especially if you have sensitive skin it’s still possible to have an adverse reaction to the oil. Look for oils that aren’t combined with synthetic ingredients to reduce the risk of a reaction and are 100% natural.
Try doing a patch test a few days before using the product if you’re unsure whether a hot oil treatment is safe for you. Simply apply a small amount of the oil to the inside of your elbow to do a patch test. It should be safe to use if you don’t develop any rash or itchiness within 24 hours.
You may need to test different oils until you find one that’s best for you if you do react to the oil. If using a store-bought product, follow the safety instructions and if you decide to try a hot oil treatment at home use caution.
To the temperature of the oil pay careful attention. Because the oil usually needs to be heated, before applying it to your hair and scalp you risk burning yourself if you don’t let the oil cool down enough. To test the temperature, before using it apply a small amount of the oil to your wrist.
Is a hot oil treatment right for you?
A hot oil treatment may be beneficial if your hair is dry, brittle, frizzy, colour-treated, or prone to split ends. The oil may help protect your hair from damage by sealing the hair cuticle. For natural hair, hot oil treatments tend to work and the oil can also moisturize your hair.
You may want to use less fatty oil if your hair or scalp tends to be oily.
Almonds and jojoba are good choices because they tend to be absorbed quickly. This helps to prevent an oily residue on your scalp and hair. For extremely dry hair coconut oil may work better because of its thick, moisturizing consistency.