To hot oil or not to hot oil? I have been doing a little research online about hot oil treatments for hair and the benefits of using a hot oil treatment. There is so much information out there, to honest it’s hard to decide whether hot oil treatments would benefit my hair hair. type. My hair is relaxed (straightened) and I wanted to add a little bit extra to my routine. I currently love using Mizani hair products. I have been using them for a very long time, and they work so amazingly well with my hair (product reviews to come!) I just wanted to add a bit of a boost to my hair to ensure that it continues to be healthy.
I read various blogs and articles online about different kinds of oils, their properties, their benefits, cold pressed, virgin oil, extra virgin oil, refined, non refined by the end of it, I was bloody confused! I also found myself looking at US websites selling such oils that looked great. But after a little thought I realised it would make more sense to purchase from an Australian website for various reasons:
1. Shipping, I was looking to order a couple of litres of oil, which seemed ridiculous and a bit risky to order from the US. Ordering such a heavy parcel and trying to get it though customs? Pass.
2. Origins of the oil. It seemed even more ridiculous to order oil ethically sourced from various countries only to spend a bagillion dollars on shipping… probably by plane too :-|
3. The products I chose were either made not too far away from Australia, or as stated on the websites are ethically sourced.
So after much debate, I decided to keep it simple (stupid) and concentrate on the properties I was looking for: strengthening, moisturising, and growth promoting…here’s what I came up with:
Sweet Almond Oil: A lightweight carrier oil, great for adding moisture & shine (purchased from Aussie Soap Supplies)
Castor Oil: Many uses for this, I bought it for it’s hair strengthening & conditioning properties (purchased from Aussie Soap Supplies)
Pure Peppermint Essential Oil: Again so many uses, I purchased this for its hair growth promoting properties and lovely fresh scent! (purchased from Aussie Soap Supplies)
Coconut Oil: As well as being a great all rounder for hair, coconut oil can also be used in cooking. The smell of this particular brand “Fijian Gold” is divine! It’s not cloying or overbearing, it really smells like proper coconut. I hunted down this particular brand because it is organic and a product of Fiji. This oil does solidify, and can be softened by warming the bottle in hot water. (purchased from Natural Health Organics)
I have tried my treatment a few times, but I still tweaking the best way to use it..before shampooing, after shampooing, under the dryer…and so on! I will update you once I have the routine down pat!
As you can tell I really love my hair, I would love to hear what you think. Have you tried you own homemade hot oil treatment before? What was your experience and which oil(s) did you use? I’d love to hear from you, tell me all about it in the comments :-)