Hello beauty lovers! Lets talk about healthy hair techniques. One of my favorites is a hot oil treatment is a process that uses natural oils combined with indirect heat to condition your hair. This treatment has a multitude of benefits, but here’s 6 reasons why you should definitely start adding hot oil treatments to your haircare routine:
Great as a pre- poo
First of all, what is a “pre- poo”? It’s short for pre-shampooing, which is the process that is done before you apply shampoo to your hair. If you don’t know, shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and can sometimes leave it feeling dry and brittle. It’s good to have clean hair, but that “squeaky clean” feeling isn’t always the best. By applying a hot oil treatment before washing, you protect the hair from the harsh effects that shampoo can have on your hair, especially if it has sulfates.
Opens the hair follicles, stimulates the scalp for growth
This is where the heat comes in. Whether you sit under a hooded dryer or use a warm towel to retain heat, it’s important to apply a source of heat to the scalp after oil is applied. This ensures that the pores on your scalp are opened so that they can better soak in the oils that were applied. This works even better if you lightly massage your scalp a bit before you apply the heat; it stimulates blood flow and promotes hair growth.
Alternative to conditioner, helps to moisturize the hair and adds shine.
Don’t you just love when you get out the shower and your hair has a luster to it, before you even apply product? Hot oil treatments can do that for you, especially if your hair has been looking a bit dull lately.
Helps with dandruff and dry scalp
I often suffer from a dry scalp, which then makes my head very itchy and flaky. This usually is most prominent in the winter time, since the air is dry and my hair is struggling for moisture. Everyone’s hair is different, but a hot oil treatment works to solve all my problems with my dry scalp. Once you begin to apply them regularly, your hair will become trained and your natural oils will balance to prepare for the hot oil treatments. Consistency is key.
Seals the hair to lock in moisture
Oil itself is not a moisturizer. Some say that coconut oil is different because of its consistency and it can feel as if it is moisturizing the hair, but usually oils don’t moisturize. They act as a sealant to lock in the moisture that was applied on the hair. This is why you should always apply an oil to your hair after a water based moisturizer is applied, otherwise it will just dry out. Hot oil treatments work in the same way as they seal each hair strand and protects it from dryness.
Helps mend split ends
Split ends have to be one of the most damaging reasons why you don’t see your hair getting longer. You could take care of your hair and promote growth in the best way possible, but if the ends are split then it will just continue to break off. I learned this the hard way, and once I began protecting my ends from damage, there was length retention. There is nothing like getting your ends trimmed, but hot oil helps to mend the hair where it is splitting and stops the split from traveling up the hair strand. Besides that, dry ends mean broken ends, so treatments definitely help to maintain the moisture balance (back to reason #5).