Sunday, May 7, 2017

Oil Treatments for Every Hair Type

So your hair is damaged and you've heard that hot oil treatments can help to repair it. You heated the oil, dumped it on your head, and now you are on your fifth latherand rinse trying to get the stuff out of your hair. Oh, that's never happened to you before? Lucky you, but it has definitely happened to me because the oil I used did not agree with my hair (if you're curious, it was Jamaican black castor oil the first time and shea butter the second). But you do not have to miss out on the benefits of oil, because there is an oil out there for pretty much everyone, continue reading to see which one might be for you!

For thin/fine hair

Try grapeseed or coconut oil, both are light and a little goes a long way. If your hair is extremely thin and you are worried about it being weighed down use grapeseed over coconut.

For medium hair

Try Apricot or Sweet Almond oil, these oils are slightly thicker making it perfect for hair that is just in between.

For thick hair

Try olive oil, as someone with thick hair this is my go to, like I mentioned above I´ve tried thicker oils and my hair became very hostile in response to them (yes, my hair had an attitude lol). Olive oil is just thick enough to treat thick hair without having to wash it a million times to actually get it out.

How to prepare and use a hot oil treatment

Get however much oil you think you will need to coat your hair.

Place it in a microwave safe glass bowl and microwave it for 15 seconds, I always test with one of my knuckles, then place the pad of my finger in to get a better sense of the temperature.

If it isn't warm yet place it back in for 5 seconds, by that time it should be warm enough. If you see the oil steaming you know that you overheated it and it should NOT be applied to your hair or scalp at this temperature.

Once the oil is at the appropriate temperature apply it to your hair and because my scalp is so dry I also massage it into my scalp as well. But if yours is already oily you may wish not to do so.

I leave my treatment in for no less than 15 minutes, it can be kept in for as long as you wish. When you are done wash it out with shampoo and condition as you would normally.

If you need extra conditioning add honey to the oil, I find that any honey will do.

I hope this helps if you are looking for an oil for your hair and please tell me in the comments if you try any of my recommendations!

Thank you for reading and be beautiful,
Erika (^_^)

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