Revive your hair with a hot oil treatment

It’s not just your skin that can react to the change of season. Your hair may need some extra love as we move from Autumn to Winter. It’s not uncommon for shiny locks to turn dull, or fine hair to become fly-away once we start using heaters to keep warm. Never fear, a hot oil hair treatment is easy to do at home and you can use a variety of oils that you may already have. Here are some options that may give your hair a boost.

Olive Oil

Good for conditioning and may improve elasticity

Jojoba Oil

Can work well for oily hair

Avocado Oil

Great for moisturising and ideal for dry, frizzy hair

Almond Oil

Can help to relieve a dry scalp

Rosemary Oil

Can be used instead of almond oil to help relieve a dry scalp

Coconut Oil

May help to reduce dandruff

Castor Oil

Can work well for strengthening hair (great for fine hair)

Sesame Oil

Adds shine 

Looking to super-charge your treatment?

For added benefit, try infusing the oil with herbs. You can use fresh or dried herbs like chamomile to help strengthen, rosemary, parsley, sage or nutmeg for clarifying, chamomile, lavender, dried rose petals or aloe vera to help moisturise, and peppermint, parsley, sage, chamomile, ginger or cinnamon to help stimulate growth. 

How to apply a hot oil treatment  

In a medium saucepan, heat a few centimetres of water until boiling.  

Once boiled, reduce the heat to low and keep at simmering point.  

Now in a heat proof bowl placed over the pot of simmering water (or use a double boiler), add 6 tablespoons of oil(s) and a couple of bunches of fresh herbs or 2 tablespoons of dried herbs. You can also substitute herbs with 6-8 drops of essential oil.  

Simmer all together for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot to ensure it doesn’t boil dry.  

After 30 minutes let the oil cool down. Once cooled, apply it to your hair and wrap your head in a warm towel and leave for 30 minutes.  

Tip - wear an old t-shirt as the oil can get messy.