Our hair is target to many damages every day. You may not be aware, but your shampoo may not be the right one for you, causing hair dryness and brittleness. Your hairspray, gel, volumizer, hair dye, highlights, hair curlers, hair straighteners, hair clips, hair bands and other hair products are mostly part of the culprit to the damages as well. All these affect to your hair being crumped after a while. In order to maintain shininess and good health on your hair, you can give hot oil treatment a go.
Effective to those with abused hair, hot oil treatment is used to moisten and condition the hair. In this article, we will talk about the proper frequency of getting your hair undergo a hot oil treatment.
What is hot oil treatment?
Your everyday conditioner is not enough to bring back your hair’s natural glow, after being damaged for too long. Hot oil treatment can make your hair grow stronger and more beautifully, restoring its softness and sleekness by infusing enough moisture.
How is hot oil treatment done?
Hot oil treatments can be done either in hair salons where you get your beauty fix or simply at home with natural oils. You don’t necessarily spend much to drain your wallets on hot oil treatment. You can just raid your kitchen for a bottle of olive oil for this treatment. Lemongrass oil, coconut oil and jojoba can also be used as alternatives. If you want fragrance, you can add in rosemary, chamomile or lavender. These are also good herbal ingredients that are recommended to be applied to the hair.
Now the goal is to have these essential natural oils penetrate through the hair shaft to deep conditioning. To achieve the effect of “hot oil,” warm a handful or generous amount of any of those types of oil in a bowl. Massage the hot oil through your clean and towel-dried hair and scalp for about five to ten minutes with your fingertips. Rubbing the oil in and around will not only infuse the moisture but also help to stimulate the hair follicles that make way for hair growth.
Then cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic to avoid dripping of oils that will stain your clothes. One other suggestion is to wrap your hair with a heated towel. Leave it at that for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing away with a mild shampoo and cool water. If you can, leave it overnight and take a shower the next morning.
How often is good enough?
Depending on the condition of your hair, you must just evaluate the degree of dryness and damage. If you hair is too oily, then you need a different solution. Hot oil treatments will give more grease to your hair.
If your hair is normal, you can do hot oil treatments thrice a month, once a week, or once a fortnight. If you have extremely damaged hair with ends that easily break, once a week of treatment may not suffice. Try doing the hot oil procedures two to three times per week and judge by the results. If you see improvements, lessen the frequency number until your hair becomes smoother, healthier and less frazzled.
Giving your hair hot oil treatment as often as necessary is important. Among many parts of your body, your hair is one thing that gets instant notice from other people. It is after all your crown and glory. It protects you from the sun and other harmful contaminants. In return, you have to make sure that it is properly conditioned every day. To restore the normal look and health, do away with constant blow-drying, hair dyeing, curling, straightening and using hair sprays and products that may strain your hair.