Natural hair has special needs that cant be ignored in order to keep it shiny , strong and healthy. Many naturalistas complain of dry hair some resulting from porosity issues and others , well , natural hair is just naturally drier than any other hair type. Due to our springy curl patterns, sebum does not sucessfully travel from the scalp and down the hair shaft to keep it moisturized .
That’s where hot oil treatments may come into play depositing oils back into the hair promoting body and sheen. These treatments can be beneficial for natural hair because it is prone to becoming dull & amp; brittle. If you are having problems with dry hair I suggest trying weekly hot oil treatments to lessen dryness and prevent breakage.
I usually do weekly hot oil treatments as part of my pre – poo process . I have been doing it consistently and have noticed a major improvement in my hair’s moisture retention and less frizzing at the crown.
You can get this service done at your local salon or even better , save money and do it yourself in the comfort of your own home :
1 . Choose An Oil :
Many people use one or any combination of these oils :
Jamaican Castor Oil – Moisturizes and thickens strands; stimulates hair follicles to promote healthy growth
Olive Oil – Conditions hair and improves elasticity
Coconut Oil – Prevents dandruff and imparts shine
Jojoba Oil – Corrects dry scalp and prevents dandruff
Emu Oil – Prevents hair loss and promotes healthy growth; prevents thinning
Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dry scalp , controls hair loss and smooths cuticle of strands
Rosemary Oil – Relieves dry scalp , stimulates follicles and slows premature hair loss
I use AfroRiri Luxe Coconut oil as my treatment.
2 . Apply
There are two methods to applying a hot oil treatment :
A . On damp or dry hair , saturate hair with oil( s ). If you are using a combination of oils mix them together prior to applying to your hair . Cover your hair with a plastic cap and put on your heat cap or sit under bonnet dryer for 15 to 20 minutes . Afterwards, if this treatment is done at night, you can sleep with it and wash off with a shampoo followed by your favorite conditioner.
I use AfroRiri Aloe Honey Black Shampoo followed by AfroRiri Luxe Detangling Conditioner.
B. Pour oil( s ) into a small bottle and heat slightly by placing in hot water . ( I don’t recommend that you heat the oil in the microwave as it’s easy to overheat it resulting in burns). Saturate hair , cover with a plastic cap and then wrap in a warm towel . The oil should be applied to the hair and scalp paying special attention to the scalp and ends of hair . I prefer this method sometimes.
3 . Consistency
If you are having contsant problems with dryness and frizz , I would recommend adding these hot oil treatments to your weekly / biweekly regimen to prevent over -drying. Some people only find it necessary to perform these treatments about once a month but it all depends on the needs of your hair .
Hot oil treatments are even great for those with relaxers as they help to improve the hair’s elasticity , sheen and strength .
Don’t have your own oils on hand? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +2348187844327 to get any oil of your choice.
I hope this helped.
Do you do Hot Oil Treatments ? If not , will you add them to your regimen?