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Recipe: Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


Recipe: Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

Homemade hot oil treatment

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You can make your own hot oil treatment for your hair using a few ingredients you can find in your kitchen. This recipe creates a nourishing hair mask that's great for all hair types. It will leave hair soft and silky.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of oil. You can use any type of oil, but some are better for different hair types. If you have normal hair, I like sweet almond oil argan oil or extra virgin coconut oil. Oily hair? Try castor oil. Dry or coarse hair will be best treated with jojoba oil or avocado oil. You can mix a couple oils (I love to mix coconut oil with almond for example). You can even use olive oil in a pinch! Keep in mind that the a little bit of oil goes a LONG way.

  • Essential oil. I like to use 3 drops of chamomile oil. If you have dark hair, rosemary oil is lovely and sandalwood has a strong fragrance that some women absolutely love. Tea tree oil is wonderful for women with dandruff or itchy scalps. Carrot seed oil is amazingly moisturizing. You can skip the essential oil if you want.

  • Infused herbs. Some women love to add herbs in the warming oil. Try a mixture of any of the following: rosemary, parsley, black tea or chamomile (take the leaves out of the bags).


To heat the oil to the perfect warm (not too hot!) temparature, you have a couple options. One is to warm the oil in a small bowl that's placed in a larger bowl of very hot water. You can also create a makeshift double boiler and warm the oil in the smaller boil while the larger one (filled with water) slowly heats up. This should take about 15 minutes. I'm lazy, so I always use the first method. It's fast and easy.

Add in the drops (never more than 3 drops of essential oils, please) and stir.

If you are adding tea leaves or any infused herbs, add this to the bowl while heating it up. Once oil is heated, use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain.

Separate hair into 4 sections -- 2 up and 2 down -- and apply the hot oil using a pastry brush to the bottom sections first.

Once hair is covered, massage the hot oil into the scalp.

Using Saran wrap, wrap your hair in plastic. Follow this with a hot towel. Leave the oil treatment in for at least 30 minutes.

Shampoo hair at least twice to get the oil out (it could be crunchy if you don't). You can also mix in baking soda with your shampoo to get the oil out.

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