Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hot Oil Treatments

Many people have become fascinated by hot oil treatments and moisture treatments for hair.  But just what are they good for, and how do they work?
I tend to believe the more natural the ingredients - the better the results for your hair.  But before packing on one of these treatments, it's important to go through the right pre-treat systems.  Otherwise, you're just packing oil on top of hair that already has build-up, and the benefits won't be as noticeable.

  1. As always, consult with your salon professional before self prescribing these hair moisture treatments yourself.
  2. It's important to shampoo and condition hair prior to application for best results.  I also recommend a clarifying shampoo to help remove build-up on hair.  
  3. When shampooing, remember to work the scalp area as well to help stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells at the scalp area.  This helps prevent flaking.  
  4. When applying your conditioning oil, begin with the ends and loosely apply through ends, then apply oil at the scalp area, and work through to the middle of hair strands last.  
  5. Wrap hair in a warm wet towel and allow to sit for 15-30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse, shampoo, and apply a light conditioner at the ends.  
I don't recommend moisture treatments any more than once a week or once every other week.  Hair needs time to breathe and it can become even more fragile with too many products caked on.

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