Every once in awhile I will switch from using the Queen Helene Cholesterol Treatment and do a hot oil treatment instead. Hot oil treatments can help with breakage, dandruff and dry scalp issues. It also adds a nice sheen to hair. The process is really easy and does not take much time. You can buy oil treatments from most stores or you can take the diy approach and customize a oil treatment for your hair needs.
I like to take the diy approach. Lately I have been combining olive oil and rosemary essential oil together. Olive oil is a heavy oil for me to use everyday but I love it for hot oil treatments. Among its many health benefits when used in cooking, olive oil has just as many benefits for the hair. It contains vitamin E, used to treat dry skin, smooths the cuticles and helps prevent frizz. Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair follicles which promotes hair growth and helps with mental fatigue and headaches. After a long week my mental is definitely fatigued..lol
This is the recipe I use when doing hot oil treatments:
- ½ cup of Olive Oil or as much you need
- 1 -2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
- Applicator bottle
- Cup of hot water warmed in microwave or hot tap water
Remove cap from applicator bottle. Pour olive oil into bottle. Add 1 – 2 drops of rosemary oil. Put cap on bottle, place finger over tip and shake to mix oils together. Place bottle into hot water to warm oil (do not cover bottle with water), let sit for 5 minutes. Place towel around neck to catch any drips. Remove bottle, shake again, and apply oil to scalp and hair. Cover hair with plastic cap or bag, let sit for 15 minutes or more. Rinse with warm water.
Sometimes I do this as a pre shampoo treatment or after shampooing. The results are the same either way. I must also add that some aromatherapy sources suggests that rosemary essential oils should not be used by pregnant and nursing women, those with high blood pressure or epilepsy. Rosemary oil can be substituted for another essential oil of choice.
Do you make your own hot oil treatments, what oils do you use?