Give your hair some love with a nourishing treatment of oil. It might seem backwards to put oil on your hair when we usually wash hair to get oil out, but it works just the opposite! Your hair will be left moisturized and soft and your roots will be stimulated, which will give your hair more volume.
As someone who has naturally more oily hair then dry, I was at first cautious of this treatment. But now it is part of my regular routine! I use hot oil treatments on my hair weekly to stimulate growth. With a healthy routine, I have been able to average an inch per month, which is twice the average hair growth.
There are lots of oils available, but I have found that they all work relatively the same on my hair. Some oils can sell for around $35 for a 4 oz bottle, but here I’m just going to be highlighting the inexpensive options.
STEP 1: Gather your supplies. All treatments will require a source of heat to warm your oil, a comb, a towel, and a shower cap you won’t mind getting oily. Also, begin each treatment with slightly damp hair. I prefer doing a treatment after I have showered, but you can also use a spray bottle of water to dampen your hair.
STEP 2: Choose your oil or oils. My favorites are listed below:
It is quite possible that you might have a jar of coconut oil around the house. Coconut oil is a miraculously versatile oil, so if you don’t have some already, invest in some!
Coconut oil is particularly beneficial to heat-damaged hair or hair that has been chemically treated. It also calms dandruff and unlike other oils, binds to the protein of your hair. However, be warned: keep this oil off your face as it does clog pores.
A relatively inexpensive oil, almond oil, is a source of magnesium which reduces hair fall and can get rid of split ends. It also reduces dandruff and scalp inflammation which can lessen the anagen phase of your hair growth cycle. I feel like it goes without saying, but if you are allergic to tree nuts, you should avoid this oil.
If you ever cook, you probably have olive oil around your house. This is a very good oil to use, but it has the potential of leaving your hair smelling like a salad. Make sure to use this oil with an essential oil like lavender that can overpower the smell.
My favorite combination is a base of Sweet Almond Oil with four drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils. Lavender has a calming and beautifying effect while Tea Tree has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. It prevents hair loss, stimulates blood flow, and boosts moisture.
STEP 3: Heat up about 3 tablespoons of your oil. Oil should be heated up in a pan over the stove. Never microwave your oil, as it depletes the natural goodness. I prefer to heat my oils in a small bowl over a candle warmer.
Make sure your oil does not get too hot! You don’t want to fry your scalp with oil. You want hair … not french fries.
STEP 4: Use a brush to comb your damp hair of tangles and drape a towel around your shoulders to reduce mess.
STEP 5: Take a small amount of oil on your fingers and slather it on your hair and scalp. Massage your scalp gently, stimulating blood flow to your hair follicles. Once your scalp and hair is completely covered, pile it on your head and use a clip to hold it in place. Oil is messy and can stain. You will most assuredly look silly.
STEP 6: Tie your hair up and cover with a shower cap or, if you want to get fancy, use saran wrap. Leave the oil on for at least two hours or, if you can, overnight.
STEP 7: Wash your hair like you normally would. The oil usually comes out with one shampooing, but shampoo twice if needed. Your hair and scalp should feel nourished like you just used a moisturizing hair mask.
Get creative! Mix different oils to find your perfect balance and put in a few drops of essential oil to leave your hair with a lasting fragrance. Comment below on what your favorite oil treatment is.