What is a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

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Women have been using hot oil treatments for decades by applying warm oil to their scalp and hair. People may ask why should I use heat-up the oil?

Because it is more effective and easier for the oil to penetrate the hair shaft.


Skeptical of using oil in your hair? Worry about the greasy look? The hot treatment works well on most hair types, even women with oily hair. Yes, it is true. But if your hair is oily, you want to use less fatty oils. Hot oil treatment is perfect during the winter days. This is when our hair tenses to be the driest.

Hot oil treatment carries many benefits, such as strengthening the hair and sealing in the moisture. The treatment opens up the hair shaft, allowing moisture to penetrate the hair strands. Most oils are sealants that lock the existing moisture. Hot oil treatment is one of the best things you can do to make your hair moisturized and shiny.

Homemade hot oil treatments are a natural solution for dry and dull hair. The oil treatment is enriched with nutritious properties not only for the hair but for the scalp. It coats the hair shaft by helping to keep the hair strong and healthy.


Hot oil treatments help to stimulate blood flow to the scalp. One of the best ways to encourage hair growth. To get the best result, it’s important to massage the oil into your scalp (for at least five minutes) to stimulate blood flow.


Picking the Perfect Oil for Your Hot Oil Treatment


There are various oils that have many health benefits to offer that works well for all hair types and textures. You can work with any oil you prefer. It’s a preference and what your hair needs.

The key is to experiment with different combinations of oils and what works best for your hair. You can create your own concoction in the comfort of your home.

That’s the fun part of DIY, I love best. So, don’t be shy!

There are two basic ways to add oil to your hair routine. Daily application and weekly hot oil treatment. But today we will focus on the weekly hot oil treatment. I tried all the oils that I will discuss in this article.

Don’t you worry I got you!


I will get straight to the point. Homemade hot oil treatments will work better than expensive store-bought hot oil treatments. Do-it-yourself hot oil treatments are the best way to go! They are cheaper, safer, and more effective.


Consider these Things when Using Oil in Your Hair:
  • Use High-quality — Organic or all-natural oils. Read the label — Check that there are no unnatural ingredients or hidden additives, non-GMO and BPA-free.
Where to Buy High-quality Oils?
  • Whole Food stores and Amazon are reputable places to buy your high-quality oils.


Let us jump right in!

Coconut Oil is a popular oil used worldwide. It is the holy grail of hair oil. Coconut oil comes from coconuts. I grew up in the Caribbean. We had four coconut trees in our backyard. We did everything under the sun with coconut. Even the leaves. We used coconut leaves to make brooms. Those brooms were the best. I can go on for days, but I have to head back to the topic at hand.


Coconut oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and various monounsaturated fatty acids. Since coconut oil is a fatty acid, it penetrates the hair shaft deeper than regular conditioners. Because regular conditioner sits on top of the hair.


Coconut oil works wonders on the scalp. This oil reduces dandruff and soothes a sensitive scalp. It strengthens the hair, prevents breakages and aids in hair growth. Coconut oil is available in several varieties, such as extra-virgin, refined and unrefined. I recommend extra-virgin oil.

Olive Oil is my first love! It is the most popular of the oils. Women have been using olive oil in their hair for decades. Olive oil is known as liquid gold and derived from pressing olives. This oil is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids and has high levels of antioxidants. It is a heavier oil than most oils. Olive oil makes it great for coating and protecting the hair shaft and acts as a heat protectant. No wonder olive oil is a great moisturizer. It protects your hair from breakage and split ends. Olive oil is a great choice for textured hair. Extra-virgin oil is the best to use.

Avocado Oil is a natural oil pressed from the pulp of an avocado. Avocado oil is one of the lighter oils. You can apply the avocado oil to your scalp and throughout your hair, without weighing down your hair or clogging your pores. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, which makes it easier to penetrate, moisturize, strengthen, and protect the hair shaft from breakage.

Avocado oil is a great choice for people with dry, curly frizzy and straight hair. Avocado helps to reduce dandruff, reduce inflammation, and stimulate hair growth.

Castor Oil is known as hair growth oil. It comes from the castor beans. Jamaican black castor oil has become one of the most popular castor oils. Castor oil has a very thick consistency and is thicker than most oils. Castor oil is high in minerals, vitamin E and proteins. This oil moisturizes the hair and prevents breakage. Castor oil is a natural antibacterial and has an antifungal property which makes this oil a great solution for dandruff and inflammation. I recommend getting cold-pressed 100% pure extra-virgin castor oil.

Sweet Almond Oil is known as the king of nuts. It comes from kernels inside almonds. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A and E, magnesium, protein and several fatty acids. It strengthens, reduces breakage and helps the hair to grow. It is one of the lightest oils which means, your hair will not weigh down. A great sealant and a heat protectant. Sweet almond oil promotes blood circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair growth. It can penetrate the hair shaft, nourishes and moisturize inside of the hair.

Argan Oil is known as liquid gold oil which grows in southwest Morocco. Argan oil comes from the argan tree and extracted from the kernel of the argan fruit. This oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and vitamin E. Argan oil is great for dry hair. It is moisturizing for the hair and scalp and serves as a conditioner.


This oil makes it easier to penetrate the hair stands because of its small molecules without weighing down the hair and causing buildup. It boosts shine, reduces frizz and increases hair growth. Argan oil is perfect for soothing the scalp for those who suffer from an itchy scalp and dandruff. Argan oil is great protecting the hair and the scalp from heat caused by hot styling tools and the sun.

Jojoba Oil is from the nut of the jojoba plant. This oil carries fatty acids, vitamin E and B complex, saturated fatty acids and minerals. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that prevent and treat dandruff and other scalp problems.

Jojoba oil is emollient, which means it nourishes the hair shaft while filling damage spots and repair damage. The moisturizing properties of jojoba oil smooth down the hair cuticle and form a protective layer; while strengthening the hair follicle and preventing breakage. Jojoba oil protects the hair against dryness, promotes hair growth, controls hair loss and boosts shine.

Grapeseed Oil is pressed from the seeds of the grapes and is a byproduct of winemaking. Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. It is a good source of vitamin E, C and D, minerals and proteins. This oil is great for moisturizing and hydrating dry hair and helps to lock in moisture. Because of its lightweight texture, it won’t weigh down your hair leaving it greasy.

Grapeseed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is effective for reducing dandruff production and soothes the scalp. Great for strengthening weak and brittle hair and promoting hair growth. I recommend cold-pressed 100% pure grape-seed oil.

Amazing Benefits of Hot Oil Treatment

  • Restores and moisturize the scalp and the hair
  • Strengthen the hair shaft
  • Reduces hair breakage
  • Helps to prevent split ends
  • Nourishes the hair from the root or ends
  • Seals moisture into the ends
  • Smooth and soften the hair cuticle
  • Add shine
  • Reduce frizz
  • Act as a heat protectant
  • Increases blood circulation to the scalp
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Helps to seal and protector the hair shaft
  • Combats dandruff
  • Relieve an itchy dry scalp
  • Treat fungal infection
  • Prevent oily hair

Now that we know the different oils and their benefits for our hair. Let’s get to the fun part!

Things You Will Need

  • Shampoo and are moisturizing conditioner
  • Small saucepan
  • Croc clips
  • Application bottle
  • Shower plastic cap
  • Hooded dryer or a heat cap
  • Shower massaging brush – optional 
  • Wide-tooth comb 

When to Apply a Hot Oil Treatment on Your Hair?


These are signs you might need a hot oil treatment:

  • Dry hair
  • Brittle or dull hair
  • Excess shedding
  • Damaged hair
  • Split ends
  • Hair loss
  • Slow-growing hair
  • Sensitive or dry scalp
  • Dandruff-prone hair
  • Colour-treated


1. Warm your mixture by heating one cup of water in a small saucepan on the stove to a boil.

2. Remove the hot-pot from the stove to cool.

3. Mix equal amounts of each of your oils into an application bottle — if you decide on using one or more oil.

4. Allow the oil to sit until the oil is warm but not hot.

5. Test the oil mixture on your wrist  — make sure the oil is not too hot.

Warning! ⚠️
  • Avoid heating your oil in the microwave — doing so will destroy the nutrients — you also run a risk of burning your hair and scalp.


I recommend that you apply a hot oil treatment at least once a week or even once a month. It is really what works best for your hair. I do my hot oil treatments 1-2 times a month.


  1. Divide your damp hair into four to six parts — for easier distribution and less messy.
  2. Shampoo and condition and detangle your hair — hot oil treatment is best on clean hair.
  3. Take the time to detangle your hair.
  4. Pat dry with a microfiber towel.
  5. Place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing. If you prefer, you can use an old t-shirt or apply the oil in the shower.
  6. Apply a generous amount of oil to your scalp using the application bottle working the oil from roots to ends. Take your time to smooth the oil into your hair.
  7. Massage the oil into your scalp in a circular motion with your fingertips for at least five minutes — to stimulate the blood and get rid of impurities. 
  8. Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the oil equal to the hair strands. Be certain to coat your ends — the ends are the oldest and driest.
  9. Use a shower massaging brush — optional.
  10. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  11. Sit under a hooded dryer or heating cap (to generate more heat) for 15-30 minutes or even overnight.
  12. Rinse with warm water — you may follow-up with a moisturizing conditioner. After all the oil is washed out.
  13. Rinse with cool water to lock in the amazing benefit.
  14. Style as normal.


Do not forget to apply your leave-in conditioner!


Facial Care

Use your remaining oil mixture on your face and neck! Now that we know of the amazing ingredients and benefits in oils.

Why not?

Oil is known to cleanse and moisturize the skin, leaving the skin glowing and smooth. Applying warm oil to the face has great benefits for all skin types, including oily skin, normal skin, acne-prone skin, and combination skin. The key is to try different oils to see what works best for your face. Avoid using oils that are too heavy. If you have sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, make sure to do a patch test.


  1. Wash your hands
  2. Remove any makeup
  3. Start by washing and gently exfoliating your face
  4. Use your finger to apply the oil to your face and neck in a circular motion
  5. Take your time to massage the oil
  6. Leave for 10-15 minutes
  7. Rinse with cool water and pat to dry
  8. Use a face cleanser if needed


  • Cleanse
  • Hydrates
  • Soften and soothe dry skin
  • Shrink enlarged pores
  • Protects the skin
  • Reduce scars



It is important for women of all hair types to keep their hair healthy and strong. Implementing hot oil treatments to your hair regimen will be beneficial to the health of your hair and scalp. Hot oil treatment will leave your hair shiny, nourished, and easier to manage and style. After using hot oil treatments for some time, you’ll notice a big change in your hair and its overall health.

I promise you will not regret it!

Have you ever made your own hot oil treatment? What are your favourite oils to create your homemade hot oil treatment?

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