How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

DIY / Protein Treatment


What Is A Protein Treatment?

Protein treatments penetrate deep into the hair shaft. Use of protein treatments stop hair breakage, rebuild hair structure and makes your hair shine and grow. Healthy hair is achieved with the use of protein treatments. However do not use protein treatments like you do hair conditioners at every hair wash. Because protein treatments penetrate the hair shaft too much can cause breakage.

DIY Protein Treatment

At the moment my hair is in a pretty good state (according to my hairdresser), but i'm always on the look out for different homemade treatments that will help to strengthen my hair, promote growth and prevent breakage. You can only imagine my face when i came across this easy, homemade protein treatment. I got straight into it and now i'm here sharing it with you guys, so enjoy and let me know how you get on.

 

Ingredients

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  • Coconut Milk (1 tin)

BENEFITS: It contains vitamin C, E, B and fats which can prove effective in moisturizing hair. A great source of oils and protein.  Fresh coconut milk can nourish hair and promote hair growth. It’s said to be useful for controlling excessive hair loss too.

  • 1 Egg

BENEFITS: A great source of protein and nutrients. Due to the high protein content, eggs can be used to strengthen hair follicles. Equally, the nutrients in it add volume, shine and texture.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Replaces moisture and elasticity. Great healing and preserving properties, helping to restore and retain hair’s health.

  • Argan Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E, contains omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids which provide nutrition for your hair. Other properties of Argan Oil that help to;

Hydrate your hair, adds shine to your hair, penetrate the hair shaft – it absorbs straight away, repair damaged hair follicles and restore moisture to your hair.

  •  Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Coconut oil is completely absorbed by the hair, prevents protein loss and boosts shine,  antibacterial properties protect the scalp against infections resulting in itching, dandruff and weak dry hair.

  • Hibiscus Tea (powder)

BENEFITS: Conditions, stimulates growth and prevents hair loss. Add 1 teaspoon of the powder to a cup of boiling water, mix and then add 2 tablespoons of the tea to your mix.

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients above in a container/bowl of your choice

  2. Mix it together with a whisk or a fork

  3. Once all mixed up, section your hair into four and apply mixture. This can get pretty messy as its runny, so i would advise that you wear a towel around your neck and lay one across the floor. Alternatively you could apply the mixture whilst in the shower/bath.

  4. Apply the mixture to each section from root to tip

  5. Cover your hair in cling film and then wrap a towel around your head.

  6. Leave the treatment in for 40mins and then rinse it out with lukewarm water (do not use hot water as the egg may set in your hair).

  7. Once you’re done, you must follow up with a deep conditioner to restore moisture. Protein treatments can make your hair feel hard/stiff.

TIP: If you have any left, freeze and reuse within 4 weeks. 

Ingredients mixed

Ingredients mixed

Mixture applied to hair

Mixture applied to hair

Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Results

My hair has never felt or looked so good in such a long time. For the past few months, my hair has been looking pretty dull, so i'm really happy that i have my shine back. Yay! Plus my curls are so much more defined and my hair feels and looks healthy.

I choose to air dry my hair, as i'm trying to reduce the amount of heat that i use. And i was pretty impressed with the results as i could see my natural curl pattern, which isn't always achieved when you use a blow dryer.

I plan to do this treatment once a month and see how i get on. 

Defined curls from root to tip

Defined curls from root to tip

Better twist out

Better twist out

Shiny hair

Shiny hair

TIP: You can thicken your treatment and add more protein by adding in some mayonnaise and/or avocado (riper the better) in your mixture.

 

What’s your protein treatment regimen, and how does it benefit your hair?

Source: http://www.cfyh.co.uk/2013/07/25/d-i-y-coc...

Product Review / Arosci Intensive Restructuring System


About 

The Arosci Intensive Restructuring System (IRS) is a revolutionary system of products featuring next generation protein therapies designed to tame frizz, smooth and straighten curly textures, and strengthen hair from the inside out. With the proven AROSCI Strand-by-Strand Strength™ Complex, AROSCI IRS delivers three levels of protection and strength for silky smooth length with superior shine for up to 12 weeks. Works on all hair types. Designed especially for Straight Seekers, Manageability Seekers, Natural Hair Wearers and Transitioning clients.

Why did I decide to use it?

After wearing my box braids for 6 months, I decided that needed something that was going to make transitioning to natural hair, as easy as possible and to help strengthen my hair. I considered the ‘Big Chop’ (cutting the relaxed ends off) and working with a TWA (Tweeny Weeny Afro), but I wasn’t ready to lose my length just yet. So after crawling the Internet for the best options, I discovered a keratin treatment called Arosci’s Intensive Restructuring System. This treatment promises to smooth and straighten my curly texture for up to 12 weeks and is aimed at those transitioning like myself. Unlike a relaxer, which permanently straightens your natural hair texture, the treatment is temporary and doesn’t use harsh chemicals. Great news!

The Result

  • I was curious about the ‘relaxer like’ results achieved by the treatment. I mean how good were the ‘relaxer like’ results really going to be. BUT I can confirm that I had silky, straight hair, which had body and bounce. So I was extremely pleased with the results.
  • My hair wasn’t bone straight like a relaxer but to be honest I preferred it, as the treatment made my hair look fuller and gave it so much movement. This is great for those with fine hair. 
  • The first wash after the treatment was absolutely fantastic. Detangling was a breeze, blow-drying took half the time and there was drastically less hair in the drain. Yey!
  • It was so easy to go from curly to straight as I simply activated the treatment with heat, using my blow dryer (after I washed my hair) and straighteners. 
  • One of the negative sides to the treatment was that I had to use quite a bit of heat in order to get my hair straight. And even though I didn’t need to use my straightener’s everyday, I was still worried about the condition of my hair and causing heat damage. So to avoid this, I reduced the amount of heat and kept my hair in protective styles (up do’s and twist outs) as often as I could to be on the safe side.
  • Managing my hair was really easy as I found that my hair was always soft, smooth and styling was straightforward. 
  • I also enjoyed the versatility of wearing my hair straight or curly, which is great for someone who’s transitioning. But you have to remember that this is not a relaxer, so your hair can revert back to its natural state through heavy sweating, lots of moisture and humidity. 
  • The treatment has a slight odour, which becomes a slightly stronger during the blow drying and flat iron process. But I wasn’t bothered by it.

 

After Care

I was advised by my hairdresser to use sulfate-free products, which will prevent stripping the treatment from my hair. She recommended two after care options…

  • Arosci after care products are designed to work synergistically to keep all hair textures in a harmonious state by cleansing, moisturising, strengthening, protecting and nourishing the hair. 
  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil range is a high performance line which is infused with Argan Oil, rich fatty acids, vitamin e and antioxidants giving hair exotic shine, nourishment and protection.

I decided to go with the Arosci after care range strictly for consistency reasons. I was slightly hesitant as their products are quite expensive, but I was willing to make the investment for the benefit of my hair. 
Overall I was happy with their after care products, apart from the Intensive Moisturising Treatment, which I found to be quite harsh on my hair. So after a while I stopped using it and replaced it with As I Am Hydration Elation, which does a great job.

I did purchase a few products from the Crème of Nature Argan Oil range to see if there were any differences. I didn’t really see any major differences, so I would definitely recommend the Crème of Nature Argan Oil range for those on a lower budget. 

How long did it last?

Arosci state that the treatment should last up to 12 weeks. I'm pleased to say that it lasted at least 16 weeks on my hair. I'm assuming this is dependant on an individual’s hair type, washing routine, manipulation and just general hair maintenance.

 

Curly and straight styles

Curly and straight styles

Have you re-applied the treatment?

I’ve replied the treatment twice and last application was in September 2013. I got to a point where I was getting more curious about my natural hair and starting to fall in love with the texture. Plus I generally spend most of my time in twist/braid outs, up-do’s and protective styles, so there was no need for the treatment.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how my hair will look once I do the ‘Big-Chop’ (cut off the relaxed ends). I’m hoping to do this within the next year or so, so watch this space.

 

 Have you tried this treatment? If so what did you think?