Oil treatments should be a part of any healthy hair regime. Our hair thrives on natural oils. You can purchase oils at beauty supply stores like Sally’s or at health food stores like Whole Foods. They come in plastic or glass containers in which you take small amounts and heat up on the stove or in the microwave before applying. You can buy some hot oil hair treatments that are pre-measured and mixed in a small tube that you simply immerse in hot water and even better are those that are self-warming.
Try not to use heavy non-diluted oils on your scalp and test them on the back of your hand. If the oil is light and quick absoring then it is probably going to be good for your scalp.
Most directions will require you to heat up the oil, massage it into the scalp, let it sit for a while, and then rinse. The heat helps the oil to penetrate the cortex. Once there, the oil will begin to strengthen the hair shaft. It will condition the hair, protect the cuticle, and lock in moisture by coating the strand.
Use hot oil treatments on a weakly basis for very dull, dehydrated hair. Follow all directions to prevent burns and be sure to select high-quality oils. High-quality oils are virgin and unrefined and should say so on labeling. As always, read the ingredient list. All oils are not created equally and you don’t need all the extra ingredients some companies put in their products. On eBay, you can find pure and inexpensive oils like jojoba oil and shea butter. Both of those are excellent for your hair.
Here is a list of oils and how they benefit your hair:
Jojoba Oil – The best hair oil because it is very similar to human sebum which is the natural oil your body produces and uses to help protect and strengthen your hair.
Lemon Oil – Good for dry scalp and underactive sebaceous glands, (the glands that produce the sebum).
Peppermint Oil – Good for dry hair and promotes hair growth.
Olive Oil – This is a great, inexpensive, easy-to-find, conditioning oil. You can find extra virgin olive oil anywhere.
Sage Oil – Works as an astringent killing bacteria. It is also known to help promote growth.
Rosemary Oil – Detangles hair which makes it more manageable.
Almond Oil – Full of vitamins E and F and it is great for relieving an itchy scalp.
Avocodo Oil – Rich in potassium and sulfur and vitamins A, D, and E.
Tee Tree Oil – Great treatment for dry scalp and underactive sebaceous glands.
Oils are a great way to moisturize and condition your hair and scalp. Using them as a pre-shampoo treatment could help decrease the harshness of some shampoos. When applying the oil, be sure to take the time to massage it in thoroughly. Take advantage of every opportunity to massage your scalp as it promotes blood circulation to the a. After you apply some of the oil to your scalp, use the remaining oil on your ends.
To get the most out of your hot oil treatments, using a heating cap, shower cap, or warm towel (throw it in the dryer for a few minutes). The heat will help the oil penetrate your hair.