Thursday, August 13, 2015

Step 1: Hot oil treatments

On my journey to reach my #HAIRGOALS, I thought I'd share my hair regimen. I know how overwhelming natural hair upkeep can be and reading about it can be even worse, so I decided to break it down step by step.

I recently began incorporating hot oil treatments in to my hair regimen. There were a lot of treatments that I did with my relaxed hair that I did not think would be beneficial for my natural hair. Hot oil treatments were one of them. A few weeks ago, I decided to give it a try and the results were amazing.

My scalp can get very dry and flaky. I think this is still the healing process from years of chemically processing my hair. Although the body is very forgiving, it does take time to heal. Nonetheless, I combined my favorite oils and went to work.

My recipe:
1 tablespoon Meadow foam oil
1 tablespoon Rice Bran oil
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
1 tablespoon of Jamaican black castor oil
Side note: These are the oils that work well with my hair. Freestyle with oils your hair loves! 

Method:
Warm water in a pot and allow the water to come to a boil. Once the water boils, turn the burner off. Add desired oils in to an applicator bottle. Place the applicator bottle inside the hot water (Oils have different properties including different boiling/melting points. This method prevents over heating. Over heating your oils could potentially ruin the beneficial properties). Allow the oils to warm for about 7-10 minutes (The mixture of oils should be warm, not scorching hot). Lightly mist your hair with water, and separate it into four (or more) sections Use the tip of the applicator bottle to apply the warm oil mixture directly to my scalp. Any excess oil can be applied to the hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap followed by a bonnet, warm wet towel, or heat cap. I do hot oil treatments the night before my wash day, however, 15-20 minutes is sufficient.

Benefits:
In addition to the beneficial properties of each oil, hot oil treatments offer nourishment to your scalp. A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair. I mentioned earlier that my scalp can get a little unruly at times but with hot oil treatments, I have noticed a significant improvement. It also provides a means to easily detangle your hair. I always finger comb my hair before shampooing. It is much easier to detangle when the newest hair (new growth) is moisturized.

Step 2: Detangle & Wash


XOXO,

Amaka

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