For the past 5 years,
I have bleached and coloured my hair too many times to count. I went from blue to purple to pink, to a mix of the three for my hen do, back to blue for my wedding to peach, and now just plain blonde!
As I am sure you can imagine, bleaching your hair time and time again does not do wonders for your lustrous locks. – Or in my case, my dry dishevelled dreds –
I was left with dry, angry hair that felt like straw or as someone once described it to me “barbie hair”
– L I F E L E S S
I tried every remedy I could think of:
- Deep conditioners
- Conditioning sprays
- Coconut oil – Of course, people pour this over life right?
Sometimes the combos would work, and sometimes my hair just wasn’t having any of it. I was beginning to feel hopeless. The coconut oil did nothing for my hair, it did not condition it and it left it looking greasy. I was running out of options. – Obviously, this will not apply to everyone, but my hair was saying “nuh uh“ –
I decided to do some hard research and started looking into other ways I could try to lock some moisture into my dried out and unforgiving mane.
I discovered a hair treatment process using hot oil when I came across some old VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil Treatment (they don’t seem to supply it on their website anymore but you can buy it still from Sainsburys here) and after my hair felt INCREDIBLE. It was soft to touch, had body and shine and was easy to style.
I had to do more of this.
I don’t like to over do it with hair products, so I wanted to find a cheaper more natural alternative to this hot oil treatment I found hiding in my bathroom cupboard. First things first…
What is a Hot Oil Treatment?
Hot oil is used to deep condition dry, damaged hair. It helps to prevent damage to hair or to reduce existing damage to split ends and/or chemically treated hair.
How does it work?
Heat opens the cuticle of the hair and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft locking in moisture and strengthening brittle tresses from root to tip.
Here is how I went from A to B in a few simple steps!
- Wet hair with warm water, opening the cuticles preparing them to soak in the oil from the treatment.
- Warm your avocado oil in a bowl in a bigger bowl of hot water until the oil is hot, but not too hot that it burns your skin as you will need to apply it onto your hair with your hands.
- Making sure that you have cleared an area got a large towel beneath you to soak up any spillage and avoid making marks, apply to your hair from root to tip massaging gently into your hair and making sure it is saturated. – Especially those parched ends! –
- Heat a towel in the tumble dryer then remove and wrap your oil-drenched hair and leave to soak for as long as you desire. I usually leave it for an hour or more and sometimes over night. – Although I wouldn’t recommend it because I woke up with a green pillow and bed sheets! –
- Once the wait is over wash your hair with warm/cold water* using preferred shampoo and conditioner – I’m LOVING Smoothing Therapy -Brazilian Keratin Shampoo and Moisture Rich – Argan Oil Conditioner both by NATURAL WORLD. Check out their other products and see for yourself how amazing their ranges are for all your hair troubles!
- After drying your hair (with WARM to COLD air – hot air damages your locks by making them dry which is what we are trying to fix) and apply your favorite serum for extra shine and silkiness.
Now you can enjoy the benefits of a weekly hot oil treatment for your thirsty hair!
Not only can you benefit from Avocado Oil but there are all sorts of other oils you can use depending on what your hair needs. Here’s a list so you can start experimenting and enjoying the boon of sexy moisture rich hair:
- Avocado: For super dry, frizzy chemically treated hair.
- Castor: For thin, lifeless and brittle hair.
- Jojoba: This is a great oil if you have dandruff or itchy scalp.
- Olive: This oil helps protect ends from splitting and breaking.
- Sesame: For shine and luster.
- Coconut Oil: For softer locks.
- Argan: To hydrate and enhances the elasticity of your hair.
- Sweet Almond: This oil contains plenty of Vitamin E, which helps support optimal hair health.
Have you tried any of these treatments? What worked best for you? Let me know in the comments below!