With all of that shampooing, styling, coloring, heat and so many other things we put our hair through, it’s no wonder that many of us are suffering from lackluster, damaged hair. Thankfully, Mother Nature has given us natural ingredients that can help, including oils. In fact, some of those very same oils you like to cook with can also be used to help enhance the health and beauty of your hair, especially when used as a hot oil treatment.
Rescuing dull, dry hair
If your hair feels like straw and lacks shine, a natural hot oil treatment can come to the rescue. That’s because natural oils like sunflower and olive oil are very rich in nutrients and antioxidants that work together with essential fatty acids to restore and revive your hair, making it shine once again. Hot oil treatments help oils get deposited back into the hair and prevent dryness that can contribute to breakage as well.
Help protect against dry scalp & dandruff
Many people struggle with dry scalp and dandruff. It occurs when dead skin sheds from a dry, very oily or microbe-infected scalp, resulting in redness, itchiness, flaking and general irritation of the scalp. To restore balanced moisture, a dry and dehydrated scalp produces excess sebum, which consequently blocks the hair follicles.
These hair follicles attract microbes, leading to a bacterial and fungal infection of the scalp, and ultimately causing dandruff, or seborrhoeic dermatitis. Applying a natural oil through a hot oil treatment before you shampoo your hair is a very effective way to prevent both a dry scalp and dandruff.
Extend time between salon visits
If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the hair salon, a hot oil treatment can help, as it’s able to hide signs of neglect. The oil soaks into any split ends and helps in smoothing those ends down until you can get in for that trim. If you do this once a week, you’ll be able to put off that appointment for several weeks.
Deep conditioning to minimize damage from styling and coloring
All of those tools you use on your hair, like curling and straightening irons, blow dryers and so on, not to mention coloring your hair, can do a lot of damage.
All hair types are prone to cuticle damage from coloring and hot styling tools, making regular, deep conditioning a must. It will help minimize damage and keep colored hair looking more vibrant for longer. Remember, when your hair loses oil, the result is dull, lifeless hair, but a regular, once a week hot oil treatment can make a dramatic difference.