A hot oil treatment is a type of deep-conditioning treatment that benefits the hair (whether relaxed or natural) by hydrating it and the scalp and limiting breakage.
Before I tried out a hot oil treatment for the first time months ago (I have natural hair), I was sceptical and thought my face and neck would end up drenched and dripping with oil, but I was pleasantly surprised.
When choosing an oil, you can use a ready-made hot oil treatment (available at most pharmacies), any brand of oil, you can make one yourself using oil/s of your choice (you can use one from your kitchen cupboard).
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According to AfroBotanics, there are several ways to do a hot oil treatment. We chose the simplest method, suitable for first-timers:
Step 1: Shampoo the hair with a sulphate-free shampoo. It’s better to wash the hair first (even though you’ll wash it again after the treatment) to ensure there isn’t any build-up or excessive dirt on the hair.
Step 2: Boil water in a pot, then place the bottle of oil (you can alternatively pour your oil into a glass container) and place it in the boiling water until it’s lukewarm.
Note: Don’t let it get too hot, as it may burn your hair and scalp. Also, don’t heat the oil in the microwave as this will break down the nutrients, reports AfroBotanics.
Step 3: Apply oil to hair and massage the scalp
The amount of oil you use depends on the length and thickness of the hair – make sure it is enough to cover the scalp, length of hair and the tips. Please don’t forget the tips – they are the most fragile part of the hair shaft.
Step 4: Cover your hair with a plastic or shower cap, then cover with your usual doek or scarf. You can then leave it covered in the oil for 45 minutes, several hours or overnight if you can.
Note: If you have a hooded dryer or deep conditioning heat cap (try Bounce Essentials), you can use either of the two to ensure the heat penetrates quicker.
Step 5: Rinse off with water, then condition.