Due to the texture of naturally curly and kinky hair, it is prone to becoming dull & brittle. Hot oil treatments can be beneficial for natural hair because they allow the nutrients in oils to penetrate the hair follicles. Hot oil treatments can be done weekly or monthly depending on the needs of your hair and scalp.
What are the benefits of adding hot oil treatments to your hair care regimen? Here are 5 benefits your hair will gain by routinely applying hot oil treatments:
#1 – Nourish the follicles. Hot oil moisturizes the scalp, and increases the blood circulation. Blood flow improves nourishment from inside out, and the nutrients from the oils provide nourishment from the outside in.
#2 – Soothe scalp issues such as flakes, dandruff and eczema. Hot oil treatments before a shampoo help prevent dandruff and dry scalp. Apply the hot oil to the hair and massage it into the scalp with your fingertips as a pre-poo treatment. Apply a plastic cap for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse hair thoroughly.
#3 – Mends split ends. A hot oil treatment soaks into split ends and smooths them down. This isn’t done in lieu of trimming your ends but it can help get your ends together until you’re able to get a trim.
#4 – Prevents breakage. So many things we do in our hair care routines cause damage and breakage. Hot oil treatments along with deep conditioning help to strengthen hair and prevent damage from heat styling and coloring.
#5 – Adds shine to the hair. Hot oil treatments can help prevent frizzy hair without weighing down the hair. Reducing frizz also helps with the hair’s ability to shine.
People with dryer scalps should do hot oil treatments more frequently to prevent over-drying and breakage. But be careful, because doing treatments too frequently can over-saturate hair with oils and cause their hair to be limp and greasy.
You can get a hot oil treatment at a salon by a professional stylists, or you can do it yourself at home. Hot oil treatments can be done common oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil, or you can buy treatments from your local beauty supply store. Here’s a great DIY recipe for a hot oil treatment.
Hot oil treatments are a great addition to your hair care routine to improve the health of your hair. Are you regularly doing hot oil treatments in your natural hair regimen?