A hot oil treatment is a simple technique to increase your hair’s shine, moisture, pliability and health. It can also make detangling easier.
When using oil on your hair, lighter oils tend to work best for fine, thin hair that is prone to build-up (e.g. jojoba, grape seed or sweet almond). If your hair is thick, coarse and/or dry. You could go with richer oils or butters. Some examples include: olive, castor, hemp, avocado or shea butter. Castor oil can be quite sticky, so it is advisable to dilute it in lighter carrier oil(s).
One oil that can be used on both fine and thick hair, is coconut oil, which I refer to as the holy grail of oils. This is because it has been scientifically proven to penetrate the hair. This is attributed to the fact that it is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that is small and light enough to penetrate the hair shaft and has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.
In Southeast Asia, coconut oil finds a multitude of uses in everyday life from food to beauty purposes. For more than five thousand years, in India, people have used a technique known as oiling. This is said to maintain the natural hair color and reduce gray hair. Additionally, in Ayurveda medicine, coconut oil has a cooling effect on the scalp and thus promotes growth. Based on all of these findings, it’s clear why coconut oil is an essential ingredient in this recipe. It can be used as a pre-poo (i.e. before shampoo) treatment on dry hair. This always makes the process of washing and conditioning my hair easier.
Blossom’s Mango + Coconut Cocoa Whip provides many nourishing ingredients for a hot oil treatment, including coconut oil. Simply take a couple of teaspoons and place it in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl in a hot water until it melts. Apply to hair concentrating on the ends. Place a warm towel or plastic cap over your hair for 30 minutes. Wash/shampoo your hair as usual.