This week, Wednesday to be exact, I decided to do a luxuriousÂ hot oilÂ treatment and while I mixed my oils and herbs together IÂ couldn’tÂ help but think back to the good old days when mommy used to buy that little hot oil pack, throw it in a pot of warm water, cut the corner and rub that joint all over my head. Then she would put the ‘steam cap’ on and I would have to sit there twiddling my thumbs for about thirty minutes that kinda sorta felt like 3 hours. Now thatÂ I’mÂ older and a bit more fancy I have been looking at ways to make my treatments a little more luxurious experimenting with oils and herbs.
What is a Hot Oil Treatment
A hot oil treatment is basically using oils and heat to create a deep treatment for the hair. The oil is said to impart moisture to the strands leaving the hair soft andÂ manageable.Â It is weird to think that oils can impart moisture butÂ depending on the oils that you choose the added strength and smoothness the oil gives the strands allows for more moisture retention. Â Hot Oil treatments have a great way of masking stuff like split ends, and frizz but only temporarily,Â whichÂ is not alot to ask for.
Choosing Your Oils
This is the fun part! you can pretty much choose any oil you want but it is good to have a little knowledge about what oil does what when added to yourÂ treatment. For instance:
Coconut Oil – You cant go wrong withÂ CoconutÂ Oil,as one to the only oils that can penetrate your hair strand having it as part of your mix will only add strength to your hair .
Jojoba Oil – This might be a great choice if you already have oily hair, again weird, but trust me, this oil will leave your hair so luxuriously soft, IÂ don’tÂ question science when I get great results.
Castor Oil – Castor Oil is a great choice if you have thinning hair orÂ sufferingÂ from some hair loss. TheÂ strengtheningÂ properties of this oil is undeniable.
If you like ‘fancy’ like I do, you can try other great oils like, avocado oil great for moisture orÂ sesameÂ oil great for conditioning, and a whole host of others, this should be fun and relaxing soÂ don’tÂ be afraid to be bold with your choices.
Mixing It up – Creating a Super Oil using herbs
When I mix my oils with herbs I like to call it ‘my super oil mix’ and even though this might be a little involved, it is totally worth it, when you are all done mixing and applying and you can relax in your ownÂ aromatherapyÂ concoction. Some examples of great herbs can be easily found at your local grocer, these includeÂ rosemaryÂ Â parsleyÂ sage, nutmeg and dried rose petals. Some examples of great recipes include Chamomile, nettle, horsetail, arnica for hair strength, Calendula, chamomile, lavender, catmint, dried rose petals or aloe for moisture, and for hair growth use peppermint, parsley,horsetail, sage, ginger, cinnamon and Chamomile.
How To Fuse your Herbs and Oils Together
The easiest method of fusing your chosen herbs with your oil is on the stove using low heat with everything combined in a deep enough pot to avoid spills. A great measurement is 3 table spoons oil, to one tablespoon of your chosen herbs. Now if you have thick long hair thenÂ adjustÂ theÂ measurementsÂ to suit your needs, the point is making sure you have more oil than herbs.
Once you are done steeping, use a cheese cloth or a really good strainer and strain the oil from the herbs! Once the oil is strained, apply it to your hair and enjoy!.The cool thing about these mixes, is that you can make a really big batch and store them in Mason jars for up to six months.
2 Table spoons tea tree oil
2 table spoons Olive Oil
2 Table spoons Coconut oil
1 strand of rosemary
5 sage leaves
Some Awesome Recipes I would love to Try
2 tbsp Avocado Oil
2 tbsp Jojoba Oil
1/4 tsp Marsh Mallow Root
1/4 tsp Comfrey
2 strands Curry Leaves
Are you a fan of hot oil treatments?