Ladies, it’s getting to be that time of year again. Temperatures dropping, winds blowing colder, overcast, rainy days and, for some, an abundance of snow- that time of year that really takes a toll on the health and vibrancy of your natural, curly hair. With the constant back and forth between cold weather and intensified indoor heat, paired with our genetically drier hair, your scalp takes a direct hit, becoming dehydrated and losing the moisture that gives your curls and waves that beautiful bounce and shine. This is true for all women, but especially natural women. For more information on how the cold weather can affect your hair, you can check out the link: https://www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk/blog/can-cold-weather-affect-your-hair.
No worries because there is a solution. A wonderfully luxurious one that you can take to doing in the comfort of your own home and that solution is a hot oil treatment. You don’t need to go to a salon and pay too many pretty pennies to re-hydrate your hair. You can do it all at home, at your pace, with the oils that you want to use. You can mix and match, experiment, and find out exactly what oils make your hair sing with hydrated joy all for a decent price. Most of these oils you can find at your local Walmart or beauty store and if worst comes to worst, Amazon. For those of you who have never done a hot oil treatment on your own before, let’s take a look and we’ll go through it together.
Step 1- Choose your oils. Check out this beauty blogger’s website for a short list of oils that she’s used and their benefits. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/07/luxurious-hot-oil-treatments.html
Step 2- Pour your oils into an applicator bottle (found at any beauty store).
Step 3- Place applicator bottle in a bowl of boiled water and wait 15 minutes. Make sure to test the oil on the back of your hand before application.
Step 4- Detangle and section hair.
Step 5- Apply oil to the roots and work your way down to the ends, being sure to saturate where it’s driest.
Step 6- Place under a cap and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
Step 7- Rinse with warm water.
And you’re done. Easy! There’s really no right or wrong way to do a hot oil treatment. You can do it before your shampoo or after. With a deep conditioner or not. Once a week or twice a month. It’s really up to you, but I promise that your hair will thank you every single day during the winter season for the care you show it by doing the treatment at all. Good luck, ladies.