DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment

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Back when I used to get a perm every year for my birthday (I was going for the Nicole Kidman look), I'd routinely apply hot oil hair treatments to soothe my dry locks.

I always loved the way the treatments made my hair feel so soft and smooth.

I don't get perms anymore, and I make an effort to stay away from chemical laden products, so when my hair gets dry, I need to find a natural treatment, or make my own.

You know which one I chose, don't you?

Yep. Make my own.

Before I share how to make your own hot oil hair treatment, let's take a look at the ingredients of a leading brand of hot oil hair treatment:

Water (Aqua), Cocotrimonium Chloride, Acetamide MEA, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEI 1750, Oleth 20, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium 10, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vegetable Amino Acids, Lysine Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phytantriol, Polysorbate 20, Keratin Amino Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, PG Propylsilanetriol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Niacinamide, Biotin (Vitamin H), Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake (CI 15985) (CI 15985)

Here are the ingredients for the homemade version:

Olive oil.

I don't know about you, but I feel more comfortable with olive oil.

Even if the hot oil treatments I used to buy were all-natural (which they're not), why buy something when I can easily make it with an item that's in my pantry?

Here's how to make you own hot oil hair treatment:

Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil into a heat proof measuring cup.

Set measuring cup in a heavy saucepan.

Pour a few inches of water into the saucepan (to the same height as the oil).

Warm pan over medium heat until the oil reaches 100 degrees F.

CAREFULLY remove the measuring cup from the pan.

(I don't think you need me to tell you how badly hot water or oil can burn. Please be VERY careful. Watch closely as it doesn't take the oil long to reach the desired temperature).

Massage oil into your scalp and hair then cover with a shower cap or towel.

Please note: If you have short hair, you won't need the full amount of oil. Maybe even just a teaspoon.

Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour.

Wash out with shampoo.

This treatment can leave hair a little oily, so I don't recommend doing before a grand night out. It doesn't take long for the hair to absorb all the oil, though. And you will have luscious, soft, smooth hair all because you made your own hot oil hair treatment. Fun, right?

Do you use hot oil hair treatments?


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  1. I also believe that making your own hot oil treatment is a great idea, and with so many natural oils being praised these days, the possibile combinations are endless. Thanks for this!

  2. I gave up commercial beauty products almost 2 years ago and have never looked back. I wash my hair with baking soda and ACV and I stopped dyeing it as well. I think that I am adding the hot oil treatment thanks to you!

  3. I have scalp dermatitis VERY badly. It runs in my family. I have been looking for something to put on my scalp to help with the flakes. I’m so going to try this!

  4. I am a big fan of natural skin care too. I made my own henna hair pack with oils as moisturizer on a weekly basis. I started to realise DIY is much more healthier as it is fresh and without preservatives and artificial fragrance.

  5. I use avocado oil. I put some in a small dish and set it in a bigger bowl of hot water tap. Easy and works great!

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