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How to Make a Natural Hot Oil Treatment at Home
You can use all of the above vegetable oils (plus any other suitable oils) for a hot oil aromatherapy hair treatment. Simply mix your chosen vegetable oil with complementary essential oils that contain therapeutic properties for hair. For example, the following recipe can be adapted with any of the vegetable oils suggested above and switch in (or out) any other suitable essential oils:
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
5 drops sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil
3 drops of Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place the bowl in a microwave oven. Heat up the bowl for two minutes and apply the hot oil directly to your hair (it willbe hot, so use care!). Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the oil on for at least half an hour. Wash the oil out and shampoo as normal. After a couple of treatments, you should notice a difference in your hair.
TIP: add a small amount of shampoo to your hair before washing it with water to help remove the oil more easily.
Cautions for Using Essential Oils
Consult a qualified aromatherapist for advice if you are unfamiliar with the properties of essential oils and how to use them. Never apply essential oils direct to the skin or scalp undiluted; adjust quantities for children, the elderly and pregnant women. You might have to experiment with various aromatherapy recipes before finding one that works well for your own hair but the above vegetable oils, in general, are suitable for hair treatments.
Using natural oils on your hair is a great alternative to store bought shampoos and hair conditioners. You can help restore your hair to it natural condition with only natural oils – meaning both you and your hair will be happier and healthier!