Wanna know a little secret? Living in such hot weather for the last couple of years has taken one heck of a toll on my hair, friends. Although I slowed down on the blow drying / curling / straightening, the few times a year hair dying, the harsher water conditions, and the extreme heat of Manila have left my hair thirsting for some TLC on more than one occassion.
Luckily for me, I grew up with the love of hot oil treatments thanks to my Pakistani background 😉 Ever since I can remember, one of the things I loved most about going to Pakistan and seeing my Grandmother was the amazing oil head massages she used to give me. I have such distinct memories of going up to wherever she was in the house with a bottle of mustard oil and plopping myself down in front of her with a sneaky smirk on my face! Haha.
My Grandmother passed away last year, but I am so glad I got to learn the secrets of a good hot oil treatment from her and that I get to use her amazing massage techniques on myself to give my hair a deep treatment when it needs it.
When I told y’all that I gave myself one of these treatments the other day, quite a few of you said you wanted more details! And so, your wish is my command, friends! 🙂 Today, I’m sharing my tips & tricks for a hair treatment that will leave your locks shiny & soft.
What You’ll Need:
A Small Dish
Hair Wrap / Shower Cap
Virgin Coconut Oil (if you don’t have coconut oil or just don’t like it, you can also use mustard oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc)
To Get Started:
Take about a tablespoon (more or less depending on the length of your hair) of coconut oil and put it into your small dish. Microwave the oil for about 15-20 seconds until the oil is hot to the touch. Some people will tell you to only let it be warm, but I like the oil to be hot so that it soaks into my roots really well.
I look a little nuts, but in my defense, I had just gotten back from my workout & was too tired for make-up and model-esque pictures, okay?
What To Do:
1. I like to use dirty second day / third day hair for my oil treatments so that I don’t strip away the natural oils in my hair multiple times in one day.
2. Give your hair a quick brush through so that there aren’t any tangles in your hair and then starting from the top of your head, using the tips of your fingers, rub the oil right into your roots! Work your way through your scalp and make sure you cover all of your roots with a good rub of coconut oil.
3. When you finish with the roots, rub some oil into the palms of both of your hands and massage the oil all through the rest of your hair from shaft to ends. Make sure you’ve covered all of your head with the oil and keep rubbing your head with your fingertips to give yourself a nice massage too 😉 I’m a total sucker for a good head massage, so I like to put a little pressure into it and massage my temples too to help relieve some of the tension!
4. When you’re done applying all the oil, run a wide tooth comb through your hair to make sure the oil is spread evenly throughout and then pop all your hair up into a top knot / bun to keep the oil from getting all over your face! For extra measures and to keep the applied oil warm & concentrated in my hair, I also cover up with a headwrap.
5. Most people will tell you to leave the oil in your hair for about 30 minutes, but I like to give it a good hour or two to soak! So, while you’re waiting, go grab yourself some snacks and a good show & relax, what do ya say?!
To Remove the Oil:
Now, I know y’all know how to wash your hair, but bear with me a moment, because remember — you’re about to wash out oil! And if you don’t do it right, you’re going to end up with a greasy head of hair for another day and we all know grease = yuck.
When you get into the shower, DON’T blast the water on and get under it. Instead, put your shampoo into your hand and add a little water into your hand too. Work the shampoo into a lather and THEN starting from the top, rub the shampoo into your hair. It’s going to be a little stiff to work the lather into your hair since your hair isn’t wet, but trust me. If you need to add more shampoo because it’s not fully covering your hair, do the same thing again. Once your head is sufficiently covered with the shampoo lather and you’ve massaged it through your hair, rinse it all out. It’s still going to feel a bit greasy, but at this point, you’ll have gotten a good portion of the oil out of your head.
Based on how long your hair is, re-wash your hair another time or two with some more shampoo so that the rest of the oil gets out of your hair. Normally, after I finish up with the shampooing, I work a little bit of conditioner throughout my hair and rinse that through as well.
And voila, the oil is out of your hair!!
When you’re done with your shower, comb through your hair again to make sure it’s not tangled, give it a good blow dry and marvel in how super soft & shiny & amazing your hair looks AND feels!
This pic is a bit old, but it was taken after I did one of these oil treatments and my hair was loving me for it, haha.
I personally suggest doing a hair treatment at least once every few weeks because holy moly, do we all beat up our hair, but even once a month would be a good idea!
Will YOU be giving this super easy hot-oil treatment a go?! If you do, be sure to come back or tweet me (@thelittleaslam) and let me know how it worked out for you!! Also, let me know if you’ve got any additional tips & tricks I can add into my own method 😉