Hair Loss

Hot Oil Treatment For African-American Hair

African-American hair needs specific care in-order to maintain it vibrant and healthy. Dry hair and dry scalp contribute to the damage and breakage of African-American hair. Hot oil treatments are the best treatment methods to correct the breakage and damage of this hair type. But all types of hair need not require hot oil treatments and only some specific hair types require.

Benefits of Hot Oil Treatments

  • Hair breakage is very common among African-American hair and the hot oil treatments serve the best to treat and stop hair breakage.
  • The treatment maintains the integrity of hair follicles by moisturizing the hair with extra moisture and improving the sheen and growth of hair.
  • Hot oil treatment prevents the hair from over-drying and breakage by allowing the oils to get absorbed back into the scalp and hair.
  • It provides extra nourishment and makes the hair shine.

Castor Oil
Castor oil treatment is the best and common treatment method for African-American hair. Castor oil also serves good for curly hair as it loosens the curls and creates wavy texture of the hair. The best Castor oil is Jamaican Castor oil because it is unrefined oil and doesn’t contain any chemicals. It can be mixed with oils like coconut oil and olive oil to create more consistency in the hair’s texture. A mild conditioner can be used along with to make the pH levels balanced in the scalp.

Other Oils That Can Be Used For Hot Oil Treatments

  • Coconut oil is effective for hot oil treatment and moisturizes the coarse hair.
  • Olive oil is also good as it gives smooth and silky texture to the hair.
  • Emu oil is used to treat hair thinning.
  • Jojoba oil is another favorite oil that fights against dandruff and treats dry scalp.

The oil used for the treatment should be heated first in a low flame and the temperature to which it is heated should be tolerable by the scalp. Place the heated oil on the scalp and hair and gently rub it with hands. Apply the heated oil to the entire scalp and hair. Cover the head with a shower cap and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes. You can also apply dryer since it allows the oils to get settled in the scalp and moisturizes the hair.

1 response to Hot Oil Treatment For African-American Hair

  1. Nice article. Jojoba oil did wonders for my hair a few years back when I was suffering from a dry scalp. :-)

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