Lo, it’s the return of the how to! I haven’t done any of these posts for a while, but I have a few to share with you so they’ll be popping up more regularly!
I know that hot oil hair treatments are like, so 80s (this little baby takes me back to my childhood!) but I’m here to tell you that they’re back and they work! And they’re perfect for you if, like me, your hair is on the coarse, dry side.
If that’s you, try this oil treatment and see how you like it. For me, in conjunction with using a non SLS/paraben shampoo (this one – its amazing), it’s made a big difference to my hair. It’s a lot smoother, shinier and less frizzy, even though I continue blow drying and ghd-ing it. Most days it just needs a blob of morrocan oil and it’s good to go! It’s still curly, thick and a little unruly, but the difference is whether I’d be willing to go outside with my hair down as oppose to just tying it back!
What you’ll need –
- Oil – I use avocado oil (I bought this litre bottle, but it can also be used for moisturising your skin, and cooking with!) which is supposedly the best for dry, coarse hair. Coconut oil and olive oil are options too! You’ll only need about four tablespoons of oil, and we’re going to use it warm.
- An old t-shirt. Needless to say, oil doesn’t really come out of things.
- Disposable plastic shower caps. I get a few uses out of them.
- Wrap around hair turban. Oh, we are going to look so stylish.
What to do
- Set aside around 30-45 minutes, after which you’ll need to shower. Sunday afternoon’s are the perfect time for this!
- Microwave your oil in a small heatproof container that you can easily dip your fingers into. It should be warm-hot, not boiling hot! Careful now.
- Make sure you’re wearing an old t-shirt that you don’t care about getting all oily, and put an old towel down on the floor, or do it in the bathroom.
- Dip your fingers into the oil, and start to massage the oil into your scalp. You’re not aiming to scoop oil – just the amount that’s coating your fingertips is good.
- Once your scalp is good and oily, repeat the process and work the oil down your hair shafts.
- Finally, gather up your hair in a band and cover with the disposable shower cap, and then the turban.
- Leave the treatment on for between 30 minutes, up to two hours, depending how much time you have free.
- Warmth will help with oil do it’s job on your hair even more effectively, so if you’re moving around, even better! I sometimes do a bit of exercise while I’m waiting for the treatment to work.
- Finally, when you’re ready to wash the treatment out, pop into the shower. You’ll need to thoroughly shampoo your hair (again, I recommend this shampoo, especially for frizzy hair) and neck/back to get rid of the oil. You may even need to shampoo twice, but keep rinsing until your hair feels like you’ve gotten all the oil out. Don’t worry – you won’t reverse the effects of the treatment!
- Be sure to lift your hair off your neck and soap your neck and back to remove any oil
- Next, condition and dry your hair as usual. You should be met with more shiny, more manageable hair!
Let me know what you think!