After I delivered my third baby, my curls were non-existent and I was pulling out handfuls of hair in the shower.
I had 4 back to back pregnancies (1 miscarriage 3 births) which left my hair in rough shape, to say the least.
In my despair of losing my curls, I resorted to over processing (i lightened my hair to platinum) and using heat tools more often than not.
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Wearing my hair naturally wasn’t even an option because it was so damaged.
I started following the curly girl method which completely transformed my curls (read more here).
Hot oil treatments came on my radar shortly after someone pointed out my receding hairline and let me know that I needed to buy their product to repair it.
I was embarrassed and realized that I did need to treat my hair but I wasn’t willing to spend $80 on a hair serum that I didn’t even know would work.
So I dove into doing a ton of research on how to promote hair growth and hair repair naturally. To my surprise I found an overwhelming amount of research that suggested that you can easily treat your scalp for hair growth using affordable ingredients that you can pick up at your local grocery store.
The two things that kept coming to the surface in my research were
- Oil Treatments (including a scalp massage)
- Fermented Rice Water Rinse (read more here)
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I began researching the best oils to use for hair growth and the exciting information I found is that most oils that we already have in our kitchen have many benefits to hair growth and overall health.
Benefits To Hot Oil Treatment Include
- Moisturize brittle hair
- Helps with dandruff & dry scalp
- Increase blood circulation to your scalp
- May promote hair growth
- Strengthens and adds shine to your hair
Prevents split ends and frizz
I do an oil treatment every 10 days and to follow it up with a rice water rinse.
The rice water helps balance out the moisture by adding protein.
As always, you’ll have to experiment with your specific hair type.
Below are just a few oils I use that have tons of benefits to healthy hair.
- Black Jamaican Castor Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Flax Seed Oil
- Olive Oil
How to Make An Oil Treatment
You can be creative here. Choosing one, a combo, or all of the above oils will do wonders as an oil treatment.
Be sure to warm the oil up before you apply it to activate it.
My Favorite DIY Oil Treatment
I like to use a combination of Argan, coconut, and black Jamaican castor oil, for my oil treatment.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbs Agran oil (read more about the benefit to argan oil here)
- 1 tbs Black Jamaican castor oil
- Heat coconut oil until it liquefies
- Add other oils to the warm coconut oil
- Pre-poo hair strands using finger coils or braid method
- Apply to the scalp in sections using a squirt bottle
- Message scalp
- Let sit for an hour or overnight
- Gently shampoo
- Style as usual
I recommend using a gentle oil like argan, coconut, or avocado, as a carrier oil. Black Jamaican oil is very thick and does better when combined with one of these.
As always, everyone’s hair is different and results can widely vary based on your specific hair’s needs. So don’t be afraid to experiment.
Some people may need treatment once per week while others may only need one once per month.
I recommend doing one oil treatment per week before you wash to start really seeing results with hair growth and hair repair.
Hot oil treatment is one of the best things you can do for hair growth. Adding a fermented rice water rinse weekly will yield even better results sooner.
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