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DIY Luxury Hot Oil Treatment

By January 27th, 202138 Comments
DIY Luxury Hot Oil Treatment
Kavuli Nyali-Binase via TheGoodHairDiaries
I have been doing hot oil
treatments since I was pretty young. I remember my mother
buying these tubes of oil that was to be left in a cup of hot water for
a certain amount of time. My mother would pierce the tube and squeeze
wonderfully warm oil all over my head and allow it to sit for about 10
minutes before rinsing out. This was always the best part of getting my
hair done.

I decided to start
making my own hot oil treatments, and it seems as if the gates to some
wonderfully happy place just opened up. I started with warming just
plain old extra virgin olive oil and applying it to my hair and scalp
for about an hour or so. I would then wrap my hair in plastic cling wrap, a
shower cap or a plastic bag if that was the only thing available. After
rinsing the oil out and shampoo’ing once, my hair was soft like silk
and shined so beautifully. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I immediately went to work researching how certain
oils benefit the hair and scalp

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Best Oils for Hot Oil Treatments
Coconut Oil: It stimulates hair growth, softens the hair and conditions the scalp. It also can also help eliminate dandruff!

Olive Oil: Olive
oil is high in the antioxidants Vitamins A and E providing anti-aging
properties and it has disinfectant properties, is moisturizing, soothing
and healing.

Castor Oil: Adds strength to your hair, so those of you with thin hair that breaks easily, think about using castor oil in your hot oil hair pack.

Almond Oil: It helps condition, nourish, and soften hair while stimulating hair growth!

Jojoba Oil: It leaves your hair soft and light, without weighing it down.

All of these oils should be available
at your local health food store, and a few of them are available at your
local chemist and supermarkets.
What You Will Need:
  • Oil blend
  • Hot Water
  • Towel
  • Plastic Shower Cap or Plastic Cling Wrap or Plastic Bag
How To Apply Your Hot Oil Treatment
  1. Put your oil in a heat safe plastic bottle or glass container
  2. Place the container in a pot of hot water for a minute or two
  3. Test on wrist and then apply oil to scalp, roots and length of hair
  4. Massage oil into your scalp for about five minutes
  5. Cover hair with a plastic cap
  6. Dip towel in hot water to make it hot. Ring out the excess water and wrap towel around your head.
  7. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight
Warming the oil and towel will allow
the hair follicle to open up so that the oils can soak in all the
goodness. It’s ok if your towel doesn’t stay warm for very long, the
oils will soak in…trust me!

Rinse the oil out of your hair in the
shower and follow-up with a shampoo or conditioner. The end result
should be soft and shiny hair!

May I Mix Several Oils Together?

Absolutely! Mix until you find your
perfect oil blend. If you suffer from a dry and flaky scalp, you may
want to mix coconut and castor oil together in a jar and put it away for
those hectic flaky weeks. Do you want to thicken your hair and possibly
boost hair growth? Mix almond and castor oil together and go wild.

  • You hair does not need to be drenched in oil, so don’t worry about going broke behind this.
  • You can do these treatments weekly if you want and have time.
  • Keep track of how certain oils make your hair look and feel, so that you can find a perfect oil blend.
  • The oil mix need not be very hot, warm oils suffice!
Are hot oil treatments helping you to reach
your healthy hair goals?
CN Says:
Hot oil treatments… pre-poos… I need to get back on my game. 


  • Rissa Katharine Cobain says:

    I'm subscribed to AliciaJamesMusic on youtube, and she does a Hot Oil Treatment every week (with Olive Oil) and a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Since her hair is super shiny and GORGEOUS, I decided to try it. Since my hair doesn't like Olive Oil, I did it using the Avocado and Grapeseed Oil mix I normally use to seal.
    I finger detangled, slathered my dry hair in the oil mix, twisted it and covered it with a plastic bag and my satin bonnet. I then sat under my bonnet dryer for about 40 minutes.

    On a first impression basis, my hair felt silky, soft and heavy and it was easy to finger detangle it after I removed the plastic bag and bonnet. The individual strands also felt thicker. When I went to co-wash my hair, it didn't absorb water as easily as it normally does, and it took me longer than usual to get enough conditioner into my hair that I felt like it was being cleaned effectively. The heavy feeling persisted after I styled it, and so did the smooth, silky feeling.

    I'd call it a win but I'm going to do this same routine every wash day for the next month, and see how my hair responds to it, and if I notice any significant changes, before I decide whether or not to incorporate it into my regular routine.

  • Rashidah Ferguson says:

    I'm going to try the almond and caster oil mix

  • Beauty Peace says:

    coconut oil and olive oil have always been my two most best oils <33

  • Quantte Hightower says:

    Thank You, for the information. I going to start giving myself a hot oil treatment, weekly. Be Bless, Quantte Hightower.

  • Hudson Valley Soap says:

    I make my own soaps so I have access to bulk pricing for some great oils from Africa and every now and then I will dip into these for a nice hot oil treatment. And you are right. I remember these from when I was a little kid and my mother refused to believe that I had "bad" hair. Well she was 100% right. I went through my perm stage and then my braids and extensions but nothing is better than my natural hair. I just cut it all off and let it grow back, nurishing it the whole time. Now I love it – funny how people think it is not my hair because it is so soft and shiny.

  • hunnybun says:

    I mean the before and after are pretty much the same. I don't go from dry to super luxurious hair etc and the results aren't significant enough for me to want to incorporate it into my everyday routine. As for products its ever changing. and healthy hair for me is hair that is not breaking and is free of split ends etc, its hard for me to sum it up lol

  • CleoandIsIs says:

    Are you sure the products are giving you healthy hair a d not just the appearance of healthy hair? Want do you use? What do you gauge as healthy hair?

  • hunnybun says:

    Am I the only one who notices no difference. Even deep condishes do nothing for me unless its heavy protein for damage. Actual hair products that stay on my hair are the key to healthy hair for me everything else that I do is really just a treat for my hair.

  • Brooke B. says:

    I love to prepoo with a cheap conditioner, honey & oil usually coconut or olive oil. I've tried hot oil treatments but I don't enjoy the mess it makes (running down my face & back)

  • Cassandra [C.] says:

    EVOO + Castor Oil you say?!? Hmmm, I may try that. Did you add heat up the oils at all? Just wondering because castor oil is thick and would seem a bit difficult to spread evenly over the hair. . .

  • Cassandra [C.] says:

    I haven't hot oiled my hair in a hot minute! But when I did I used EVOO. It was okay at best. I think I've had better results with using coconut oil as a prepoo, no heat added. It always made my hair so shiny and soft.

  • Hilary B. says:

    I do an overnight hot oil treatment using Vatika, Amla, JBCO, EVOO, and a cheap conditioner (Suave, VO5, Aussie, etc.) as a base bi-monthly. It seems to be beneficial 'cause I notice a difference in moisture when I don't.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've pre-pooed with Vatika Oil once before. But I didn't notice a difference, so I won't be doing it again. I did do a hot oil/DC with Vatika the last time I shampooed and I liked the way my scalp felt after I rinsed. I have always had trouble with seborrheic dermatitis and hot oil treatments seemed to help that, even when I was relaxing.

    My routine: Shampoo with Nioxin, apply oil to my scalp and hair, bag and sit under warm dryer for 30 mins, rinse, then use a leave in (right now I'm using Curls Unleashed leave in. It's ok)

    Does anyone do hot oil treatments after co-washing? I'm going to try that next but I'm concerned about build up.

  • mangomadness says:

    I love coconut oil for pre-shampoo hot oil treatments.

  • Fatima says:

    Pre-pooing with coconut oil is a life saver! However, I don't do the hot oil treatments. It's so messy to do but I do believe one can benefit from them.

  • Anonymous says:

    I prepoo with Vatika Oil and Suave Natural's Conditioner. I occasionally will add coconut oil and/or olive oil to my conditioner after shampooing.


  • Gwenn4ya says:

    I haven't done one in a while, but when I did I used EVOO and castor oil mixed together and my hair loved it! I think I will go back and treat myself to one this weekend!!

  • Unknown says:

    i usually do my hot oil treatments once per month-i do a weekly DC but one week out of the month I do a hot oil treatment instead of a DC. Are there any drawbacks to doing the treatment after a shampoo as opposed to before? I usually do mine after the shampoo and then rinse the oil out-no particular reason it's just what I've been doing.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use vatika oil and olive oil as an overnight pre-poo.

  • karemel says:

    I started out trying Olive Oil for a hot oil treatment. I just rinsed it out, but I should have used a shampoo because olive oil is very heavy for my fine strands. It's been a while, but maybe I'll try Castor Oil (which is heavy too, but my hair loves it) or Grapeseed oil.

  • Taylor says:

    I'm using olive, coconut, and probably carrot oil! 😀

  • Anonymous says:

    I use argan and coconut oils mixed together. These are the two oils which work best on my hair and do not lead to a heavy build up or greasy film. They are all purpose- for pre-pooing, DTs, sealing and a little extre boost of moisture if things get dry.

  • Anonymous says:

    What about mustard oil? I purchased some from an Indian store last year but I never used it because the guy said it darkened his hair, plus Im not exactly sure what benefit I get from it

  • Fabienne says:

    I mix coconut oil with avocado oil whenever I feel my hair is breaking due to dryness. I warm the oil mix, put it on my sectionned hair and follow with applying a regular conditionner (usually Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dryness Reversal Treatment). Leave it on for about 1 hour. I get a prepoo and hot oil treatment all into one! My hair feels like new after. No more breakage!

    Since I have fine hair, I will try the coconut and almond oil mixture.

  • Anonymous says:

    Vatika oil (Indian hair oil) has all these oils plus more. Cheaper than spending money on all these different oils when it is already mixed up and all natural. I prefer to use Vatika oil. Its only 2.99 at my Indian grocery store.

  • ChocolatePhoenix says:

    Would leaving your oil mixture in your head overnight equal a hot oil treatment? I use a mixture of oils for my pre-poo (Olive, Castor, Jojoba and Coconut) where I leave them in overnight braided up and wash the next day but I have not added "outside" heat.

  • Anonymous says:

    I definitely want to try hot oil treatments. My hair has been acting weird lately and I'm not sure what is causing it.

    For those of you who have done hot oil treatments, do you keep your hair in twists during the treatment?


  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    I haven't done an actual hot oil treatment, but I have done Amla and Brahmi treatments where I mix warmed coconut oil and castor oil with my powders.

  • Erika A. says:

    Can't wait to add hot oil treatments to my routine. I've never tried any oils on my hair so I'm super excited to see the results! Thanks for the info.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have fallen off my game usually I would mix up coconut oil and olive oil. I have not done a hot oil treatment in a while only when I cut off my heat damaged hair and the coconut oil really helped my hair grow out, my hair went from a short Bob to shoulder length. I do not know what length I am now I have not did a length check in a while. Hot oil treatments make my hair healthier to me than a deep conditioner.

    Megan Montgomery

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to do pre-poo religiously, before every wash session. I fell off the wagon a bit but now I pre-poo with warm honey and olive oil since its summer time and its heavenly. Hot oil treatments in addition to deep conditioning are a must for length retention, IMO.

  • Anonymous says:

    I did a pre-poo treatment using coconut oil and a cheap conditioner…my hair screamed…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  • Vasha says:

    Thank you for this article! This website is PRICELESS! I just started wearing my natural hair out after 3 years. I have been watching YouTube videos on castor oil challenges and I was going to use castor oil exclusively for a fear that adding several oils would overpower the effect of the castor oil. I have a habit of bouncing around with my methods so I think I'll give the castor oil a go (at least to the end of the 3 months) then switch it up if need be.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do hot oil treatments every week and LOVE IT! I use all the oils listed above and sometimes add melted shea butter in the mix. In the end I like to add a few drops of essential oil (Rosemary, Lavender, etc). Instead of wrapping my hair with a warm towel I use my heat conditioning cap to help keep my oil treatment warm and keep my scalp stimulated. I do this for approx 15-30min after finishing I may keep it in overnight or rinse out immediatly afterwards.
    Sonnie (my hair) has already shown me how thankful she is for this!


  • Anonymous says:

    I do oil treatments prior to washing or cowashing. sometimes I'll do a brown sugar scrub prior and it is great. my hair always looks and feels great.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm with NIKKI on this one…I NEED TO GET BACK ON MY GAME! Let's Go!!!

  • Jane says:

    I normally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for my hot oil treatments. It works really well making my hair soft, shiny (not too shiny) and easy to comb my fingers through. Although I normally use Castor oil and Coconut oil when my hair is dry and I'm about to style it.

  • The Curly Oenophile says:

    I have been wanting to make my own oil treatment. I've never had success with store-bought concoctions. They always mad my hair feel hard after rinsing out. I'm definitely going give this a shot. Very good info!

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