At-Home Hot Oil Treatments For Your Hair

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Old 19-Jun-2012
At-Home Hot Oil Treatments For Your Hair

It seems that dry, damaged hair is an ailment that no one can escape. Simply by stepping outside, you make yourself vulnerable to the elements like sun and saltwater that work to damage hair. Of course, none of us work to speed up the process since all of us have thrown out all our hot styling tools and damaging hair products. Okay, maybe the last part isnít true, but that is exactly why we can all benefit from hot oil treatment for our locks.

Just like it sounds, a hot oil treatment consists of covering your hair in heated oil; donít cringe at the words hot oil because Iím not referring to skin-sizzling oil, but rather warm-like-pie oil. This hair treatment has numerous benefits for both your hair and scalp, working as a temporary repair to dry, damaged hair.

Using a hot oil treatment the recommended once a week can improve the overall health of your hair. The moisturizing and smoothing effect works to prevent frizz, leaving your hair soft and shiny. Massaging the oil into your scalp and hair reduces hair fall-out and helps the overall healthy growth of your hair. Your scalp also benefits because the oil fights dry and itchy scalps, eliminating dandruff.

Whatís great about a hot oil treatment is that you can easily do it at home. There are various mixtures you can make using different kinds of oils like olive oil and coconut oil. The easiest recipe is just to add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to 1 tablespoon of honey and warm it up in a pan. Be sure to heat test the oil by putting a drop on your wrist before putting it on your head to avoid any disasters. Just put the hot oil on your scalp and comb it through your damp hair to insure that the oil is covering every strand. Wrap your hair up in a towel, plastic wrap, or a plastic shower cap and leave it in for at least 30 minutes. If you have very dry and damaged hair, leave it in for longerótry sleeping with it in. Another recipe for an at-home hot oil treatment is beating together 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. For an added scent, try adding essential oils like lavender to any hot oil treatment mixture.

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