For shiny and healthy hair, consider the amazing benefits of a hot oil treatment
By Leah Fletcher
To be health and vibrant, African American has some vey specific needs. For some, a dry scalp and hair breakage may become problematic. One remedy may be a hot oil treatment, often used to correct damaged black hair, However, the benefits of a hot oil treatment is varied and not all hair types need hot oil treatments.
The primary benefit
Hot oil treatments prevent breakage, which is common among people with coarse hair textures, such as African American hair. The need to moisturize the hair follicle with extra oil is prompted by the desire to promote continued growth and sheen while maintaining the integrity of the hair follicle. Hot oil basically allows the required oil to be deposited into the hair to prevent dryness, which contributes to breakage. Hot oil treatments also create extra body and shine, which can be beneficial for black hair because it is prone to become brittle or dull do to its coarse texture.
Types of oils used
There are many types of oils that can be used for a hot oil treatment. Olive oil is very popular because of its smooth and silky texture. Many people use the olive oil found in their kitchens. Coconut oil is beneficial as a daily moisturized and a hot oil treatment. Jojoba oil is a favorite because it helps correct dry scalp and prevent dandruff. Emu oil is used to help with hair loss for individuals who have thinning hair, perhaps due to the use of wigs, weaves or hair extensions, weaves or wigs. It is preferred among some hair care professionals and is available in black beauty salons and beauty supply stores.
Castor oil treatments also are common and quite beneficial for black hair due to its thick consistency. For individuals with extremely curly types of hair, castor oil may help loosen curls and create greater waves and textures. Jamaican castor oil is best because it is unrefined, eliminating unnecessary chemicals that may be deposited in the hair from other types of oils. Castor oil is often mixed with an array of other oils, including olive and coconut oils, to create the right consistency for an individual’s hair texture. It is a good idea to use castor oil with a light conditioner to balance ph levels.
Easy to apply
Hot oil treatments need to be heated to ensure the texture of the oil is light with a temperature low enough to be applied to the scalp. To avoid heating the oil too quickly, some place oil bottles in hot water instead of putting them in the microwave. Heating oil in a small saucepan slowly is another popular method. The best way to apply hot oil treatments is to place oil on the hair and scalp and then rub it in with your hands.
The oil should be applied to the whole head, with special attention being given to the scalp, which should be equally saturated with oil. A plastic cap may be worn after oil application and should be worn for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition of the hair. Sitting under a dryer can help to set oils and increase moisturizing effects.
Salon treatments versus homemade treatments
You might believe you need to go to a salon for a good hot oil treatment. While salon treatments can be relaxing and beneficial, they use the same oils you can purchase at a beauty supply store, or that you have in your kitchen cabinets. Homemade hot oil treatments are more economical and allow you to adapt oil needs to your particular hair type. A mixture of oils can be used to create the perfect balance and consistency of oil, depending on your hair care needs. There is an array of hot oil kits you can purchase with step-by-step instructions that can reduce your costs.
How frequent you get oil treatments depends on the texture and dryness of your hair. Some opt for a weekly treatment; others opt for a monthly treatment. Those with dryer scalps should elect oil treatments more regularly to prevent drying and breakage. At the same time, caution is needed to avoid over saturated hair, which becomes limp and greasy. Be sure to wash your hair regularly to prevent oil build up. However, after you relax hair or undergo any chemical process, hot oil treatments can help improve elasticity, moisture and sheen.
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