Hot Oil Treatments for African American Hair

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Hot oil treatments might be the answer if you have dry, brittle or persistently kinky hair.  So what are the best ways to use these treatments on African American Hair.

Treatments are beneficial and sometimes essential to the health and look of African American hair.   African American hair can often be dry or brittle to begin with, and a hot oil treatment can moisturize the scalp and hair, repairing and preventing dryness or dandruff.  When applied correctly, the hot oil penetrates deep into the hair follicles and scalp, to counteract breakage, coarseness, and over drying.

Do it yourself hot oil treatments

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You can get a treatment done at a salon and there are also prepackaged treatments, but it is also quite easy to perform one at home. Sometimes you can find the necessary materials just by raiding your kitchen!

A treatment is done by heating oil in a saucepan or in a bottle in hot water, and then applying the oil to the head, giving equal treatment to the scalp and hair.  Wet the hair slightly first and divide into a few smaller sections to ensure that you give necessary attention to all of your hair and scalp.  Oil should set for between 15 and 30 minutes. Using a light conditioner after oiling produces enhanced effects.

What oils can you use?

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There are several different oils and oil combinations that can be effectively used. Castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil are all beneficial for different reasons. Castor oil is popular because it can loosen curls and create a softer, wavier texture. Sometimes the trick is simply to experiment with a few different mixtures of these oils, and learn which concoction works best for you. Olive oil is always good for dry hair and jojoba oil is particularly good for hair growth, as it is rich in Vitamin E.  Coconut oil is especially effective for hair that undergoes other treatments common to African American hair—some of these treatments are harsh and can lead to protein loss in hair, which is remedied by coconut oil.   An oil very high in protein.

How often should you do a treatment?

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Oil treatments that are hot can be used anywhere between once a week and once a month, depending on how prone your hair is to coarseness and breakage.

Sometimes it can feel like there are limits to African American hairstyles. Hair feels constantly tight, coarse, and curly.  But these treatments open up a whole new dimension to your hair styling options. Now, you can work with smooth, soft, shiny waves, not to mention the important improvements to hair health and growth. Give a few oils a try and figure out which one works best for you. You are on your way to happier, healthier hair!

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