There are a few different ways to go about doing a hot oil treatment:
What you’ll need: oil, plastic cap, plastic color applicator bottle, bowl
Start by warming up your oil of choice by placing it in a bowl of hot, but not scalding, hot water. I find it easier to place the oil in a plastic color applicator bottle with a small nozzle. These bottles are readily found at your local BSS. The small bottle prevents too much oil from spilling and creating an oil slick.
Once your oil of choice is warm, part your hair into four sections, front to back, ear to ear. Apply the oil to your scalp and gentle massage with the pads of your fingertips. Apply the remaining oil to the length of your hair, paying attention to the ends of your hair as they are the oldest part of your hair and thus require more care. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minium of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.
What you’ll need: oil of choice, small plastic bowl, larger bowl, plastic cap, access to sink
With your oil of choice in hand, begin by placing the oil in a small plastic bowl that can easily sit within a larger plastic bowl. Fill the larger plastic bowl with hot water and place the smaller bowl in the water.
Once the oil has warmed up, head over to your sink. With your hair hanging into the sink, slowly pour the oil directly onto your hair. Gentle massage your scalp and apply a bit more oil to your ends if needed. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minimum of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.
What you’ll need: oil of choice, plastic ziplock bag, plastic cap, bowl
Place your favorite oil in a ziplock bag. Warm the oil by placing the bag in a bowl filled with hot water. Part your hair into four sections, from ear to ear, front to back. After testing the temperature of the oil, cut a small hole at one end. Apply the oil to each section, gently massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers and paying close attention to your ends. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minium of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.
Few variations/additions that can be made to either method:
- Sitting under a heating cap, steamer, or wrapping your head with a wet, warm towel.
- Using a terry cloth headband to absorb any oil that may drip.