Hello September! We are one step closer to having cooler temps whether we like it or not. Fall is coming and coming quick. Today’s #TalkItTuesday topic will focus on the current challenge Jen [Just Grow Already] and I have going for the month of September: hot oil treatments. Hot oil treatments for relaxed hair, natural hair and transitioning hair offer awesome benefits such are repair, nourishment and manageability.
What are Hot Oil Treatments?
Have you ever seen the acronym HOT and was not sure what it stood for? Confusion no more. It stands for hot oil treatment which is an oil treatment used to make the hair healthy and manageable. Hot oil treatments can be used on dry hair or damp hair as there is no right or wrong way to accomplish it. I prefer doing my hot oil treatments on dry hair for the manageability it offers for pre-shampoo detangling.
How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment?
Generously apply your favorite oil throughout your hair from root to tip, place on a plastic processing cap on your hair, use a heat source to generate heat for the desired timeframe — 15 to 30 minutes is sufficient.
I love extra virgin coconut oil because of its ability to combat hygral fatigue. Many cannot use extra virgin coconut oil because it has a strengthening effect on the hair. If your hair falls in this category, try using extra virgin olive oil instead. Let your hair be your guide when choosing the perfect oil for your hair. In other words, listen to your hair.
What Hair Types Benefit from HOTs?
Hot oil treatments benefit all hair types and textures. Hot oil treatments are excellent for your hair any time of year but especially during cooler weather when our hair is low on hydration and need the most pampering.
Hot Oil Treatments for Relaxed Hair
To all my relaxed hair ladies, hot oil treatments are not just for natural hair or transitioning hair. Hot oil treatments are also great for our hair. If you are not a long term stretcher, you may not be in need of the slip that it provides. However, it can help your hair with various other issues you may be struggling with like dryness and breakage.
What Oils Are Best for HOTs?
Certain oils like ceramides can repair the hair while other oils like extra virgin olive oil combat hygral fatigue. Extra virgin oil, extra virgin coconut oil and avocado oil can penetrate the hair, thus nourishing it from inside out.
For this challenge, Jen and I encourage you to do a hot oil treatment every wash day even if it is for only 5 minutes. The main thing is consistency. To get the most of this challenge and to see the benefits of hot oil treatments, consistency is definitely key.
What oil will you be using for this challenge?