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Are You Doing Hot Oil Treatments?

Seems like we have to do a million and one things to keep our hair healthy, but it’s really worth it.  Amongst the co washing, the moisturizing, the deep conditioning, the protein treatments, the apple cider vinegar rinses and (Fill in the blank), hot oil treatments should be a part of your healthy natural hair regime.  It’s not something that needs to be done daily or even weekly.  Doing them 1x a month would be fabulous!  Hot Oil treatments should definitely be a part of your WINTER regimen if not any other time of the year.

You can buy a commercial hot oil treatment like VO5 or Pink.  Or you can just make your own.   Click HERE for an easy homemade Hot Oil Treatment.

Why Should I do Hot Oil Treatments?

Everyday environmental issues, including temperature changes, pollution and humidity, as well as regular brushing, and the use of hair products such as curlers, steamers, straighteners and dryers, can result in damaged hair.  Brittle or dry hair can result from environmental issues, over cleansing or product use; breakage or split ends can result from the use of hair products to achieve the desired style.  No one is immune – dry or damaged hair simply is a part of life.  But there are ways to prevent dry and damaged hair.

Benefits

  • Maintains the moisture balance of the hair. Hair with the correct moisture balance will have more elasticity hence length retention, which in the long run leads to long luscious locks!
  • Great treatment for dry scalp conditions and dandruff
  • Adds incredible shine
  • Adds body
  • Softens and nourishes the hair
  • Can Prevent Frizz
  • Prevents breakage
  • Prevents drying of the hair shaft
  • Soft, moisturized scalp

How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment


Doing a hot oil treatment is simple as pie and is very affordable. Soak your hair with warm water. Apply warm oil. Cover with a plastic cap. Cover with a towel. Done!  For longer hair, working in sections is effective and will minimize on the mess.

If you want to increase the heat, go under a hooded dryer for 15-30 minutes. Make sure to keep your plastic cap on so the heat doesn’t dry the water out of your hair. The heat from the hooded dryer will open your hair cuticles and allow the oil to penetrate, versus just sealing off the hair.

If you want an even better experience, skip the plastic cap and go under a steamer! The intense heat from the steam not only raises the cuticle, but forces water (steam) in there too.

After you finish your hot oil treatment, shampoo and condition.  Yes, I said it, shampoo and condition. There is much debate about whether you are supposed to do a hot oil treatment before you shampoo or if you should do them after you shampoo. After speaking with several licensed cosmos, the consensus was, you do them before you shampoo.

Of course, you can do what works for you and I strongly believe that we all embark on our journeys and do what works best for us.

Which Oil(s) Do You Use for Your Hot Oil Treatments?

How Often Do You Do Hot Oil Treatments?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Ashley

    Thank you for the friendly reminder. With the cold weather, yea I agree it is a must.

  • Inesa Conley

    I think I do a warm oil treatment, because prior to almost every wash session or every other one, I do a warm pre-poo with my oils. My hair is just so happy when I do this, and I pre-poo over night. My hair comes out very moisturized and soft even before washing or co-washing. I think that all type 4's should add this into their routine, especially since our type is the most fragile and prone to dryness and breakage. 4cnaturalhair.com

    • cb

      what is the difference between a hot oil treatment and pre-poo? is it the conditioner that is used in the pre-poo?

      • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

        The difference is, in the professional styling world, licensed cosmetologist don’t use the word pre-poo. That is a term that us common folk have coined. It’s essentially the same but a hot oil treatment leant include conditioner.

  • Tisha

    i usually do mine every other week w/ EVOO or EVCO but i may start doing them once a week since it is becoming winter soon(:

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Your hair will love you more!
      How do you do your treatments?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakira-Nicole/659012123 Shakira Nicole

    I never do a hot oil treatment unless I go to the salon and my stylist suggests it (smh) but it is something I have been thinking about more often. How often do you recommend it be done?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Give I a try.

  • Dee-jah

    What oil did you use in your video? It works great

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      I used coconut jbco (jamaican black castor oil)

  • apicott

    Hmm…I LOVE how hair looks when drenched in oil. Wonder what would happen if I just left it in like that AFTER a shampoo…might be too oily to wear, huh? Anywhoo, GREAT idea! I will do one today with my Coconut oil! Thanks!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Doesn’t it look so soft, shiny, and supple???
      If you left it in your hair will be sooo oily you will ruin everything! Not to mention your skin might break out like crazy from the oil.
      Please come back and let me know how this goes today for you.

      • apicott

        WOW! 8 months! LOL It went well! I am now incorporating hot oil treatments into my regimine!

  • Allison Watkins

    Wish I would have seen this post earlier. I rarely do hot oil treatments but did one last week….in the wrong order. Didn’t like how my hair felt afterwards. Now I know what to do next time. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Never too late to try again. I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you the next time!

  • yardie_chick

    I will be doing a hot oil treatment when I get home from work in the AM. I love how soft my hair feels after. Thank You for the reminder!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You’re welcome. What oil(s) will you be using?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ewurabenaa Ewurabena Damoah Appiah

    I’ve been natural for 5 months and i have never once done a hot oil treatment even tho i co wash every day and deep condition often but i’ll definitely be working this into my regimen

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Awesome! I didn’t do that at the beginning either because I just didn’t know. Now you know, what oil(s) will you use?

  • obamasgirl

    Hi jenell, I was wondering, that because I use a Ecostyler to style my hair weekly, would it be ok for me to do a hot oil treatment weekly and use rosemary water to moisten it, at least in the winter months, although I havent seen any negatives in my hair from using it for 6 months, but im concerned about it having gel in it daily !

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You can definitely do a hot oil treatment weekly. If you properly moisturize before using gel, your hair will be fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SabrinaBoissiere Sabrina Boissiere

    do you really recommend getting a Huetiful steamer… Is it worth the investment?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      I recommend getting a steamer. Doesn’t have to be that brand. But a steamer is a great investment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003884504755 Shunda Stanley

    I recently did a hot oil/Pre poo using coconut oil & yucca baobab deep treatment masque from Shea moisture line. The warm oil gave the added slip I needed for detangling. The masque really made my hair soft. I double bagged and added my bonnet. For my deep condish I did the homemade steaming method.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Your hair must love you to pieces!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003884504755 Shunda Stanley

        Yes Jenell it does now, since I’ve learned how to love it with TLC. I just want to thank you for all of your vids, they are so educational. Oh the doors that are getting ready to open for you are endless and plentiful. God bless and keep teaching the naturalistas.

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          The things we can do when we just know how!
          You are soo very welcome love, I truly enjoy this!

          Thanks for the blessings. It means so much to me!

    • Karen – ncdeltagirl

      Hi Shunda! I already use the mask for dc. Are you adding the oil to the mask and was your hair dry? Sounds like a great regimen! Thanks for sharing!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003884504755 Shunda Stanley

        Hello. Sorry for the delay. My hair was dry, I added the coconut oil to my hair and scalp first, then I added the yucca & baobab. I finger detangled first then used a comb. I ended up sleeping in the pre-poo overnight. The next day I shampooed with SM retention shampoo, DC w/giovanni, and then my LOC method.

  • Mikasha

    You Rock I will do this on pay day I was doing it all wrong wow

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Okie cool.

      I haven’t heard “pay day” since I was a child. Lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominga-Changingthegame-Joseph/100000125506808 Dominga Changingthegame Joseph

        What is ‘Pay Day”….is it exactly what it sounds like? LOL

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          Lol yes!!!
          My mom got paid on Thursdays so anything we wanted to do she would say “okie on pay day” lol

          • Jamillah

            lol. i still use pay day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lesa.anne Lesa Anne

    Once again, thanks for sharing beautiful! For my oil treatments I use even parts of honey and evoo. I love the results I get from this mixture.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You’re welcome!
      Thanks for sharing your recipe

  • Kristen

    Jenell, I usually do my Hot Oil Treatment on dry hair and then sit under my hooded dryer for 15min. Condition after and so on…Is this okay too? Does your hair have to be wet?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      In order to seal in the moisture, your hair would need to be wet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominga-Changingthegame-Joseph/100000125506808 Dominga Changingthegame Joseph

    I usuallu just warm up some EV olive oil and apply it

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Cool. Wetting your hair Irish opens your cuticle. More yummy goodness can benefit your hair that way.

  • God’sLeAdingLAdy

    I absolutely love hot oil treatments! Using a DIM (do it myself) treatment of EVOO, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and other essential oils, my hair went from extremely coily, thin, brittle, hard and dry to va-va-voom:: a new world of softness and sheen. I also have dandruff issues also and I noticed that the treatment keeps my scalp moisturized the whoooole week, and that’s WITHOUT using any extra product on my scalp during the week! I can’t wait to see my hair growing thicker as I start my new castor oil regimen this week. #woo-woOp to natural hair hotness!

  • naturallyKurlie

    I love the way Hot oil treatments feel in my hair..I mostly use jojba oil,jamaican black castor oil,grapeseed oil,argan oil, vitamin e oil, evoo and coconut oil. I am so excited to see my hair grow throughout the Winter Castor Oil Challenge..i already have really thick hair but i know it will get thicker using castor oil but i am more so ready to have a little more length. My hair is right at neck length mostly and really curly so it will be nice to see how it falls when it grows out.

  • jamila williams

    I finally tried a Hot Oil Treatment with castor oil.. and my hooded dryer.. AMAZING! My hair felt like butter.. soft smooth and I have to say it might be a condition I wasn’t used to my hair being in, bc It didn’t hold a twist as well but it was EXTREMELY soft. I will definately do it again. I only did it bc I ended up taking a nap in my yogurt hair mask and my hair felt too stiff, ( too much protein) so I did the hot oil to combat that… smh. But Id probably do it in the same order again minus the nap lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/EbonieJoie Ebonie W. Parker

    I’m actually doing a hot oil treatment right now with Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. We will see what the end result is after I wash it out ;-)

  • cahill

    I had been doing mine on dry hair. Tried one on damp hair, and results were awesome. I used grapeseed and olive oil.

  • KayIs4Kurl

    Just went to the store to pick up some oils after reading this. Will be doing my first hot oil treatment with JCBO, Coconut and Argan oil! WIsh me luckkk!

  • Brandy J.

    Im just starting my process of becoming natural and i havent cut off my relaxed hair yet. is it ok if i still do it ? And what oil should i use ?

    • Aqua

      hey how far along are you? i’m transitioning too and the two textures drive me nuts

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Anyone can do a not oil treatment. Olive oil or coconut oil are great oils. I also love castor oil.

  • T’Aylise

    Hey jenell, I’m a bit late.
    (1) If I’m incorporating this on my wash days,
    my hair would have a bit of product build up (gel, shea butter, etc.) so
    how can I maneuver around that?
    (2) Also, is it okay if I co-wash afterwards as opposed to shampooing?
    (3) Also, would this replace a DC?

    • queenbee9

      Hi…just happened to come over to this topic and noticed your question. I was a licensed cosmetologist. DC and hot oil treatments do two very different things so they do not replace each other.
      a Deep conditioner is always used with some sort of heat source like a dryer, steamer or your own body heat. The heat opens up the cuticle on each hair strand….
      Ever see fish scales? Under the microscope that is what the outside of each hair strand looks like–a colored strand covered in overlapping scales. Relaxers, Colors and combs and brushes tear open the cuticle or cause it to raise up in places. a deep conditioner’s job is to try to get the lifted cuticle bits to lay back down.
      we need the cuticle to lay down so that the good stuff inside our hair stays put. the inside of the hair shaft is called the cortex, it is where your color and the bonds that determine whether your hair is straight or curly are. When you get relaxers or color, the chemicals in those products MUST lift the cuticle to get inside to rearrange your color or hair texture.
      Cuticles are relatively easy to lift but they do not lay back down as easily. Also when we comb and brush our hair, we often accidently tear bits of cuticle up–blow driers and the wind also lift cuticle–so we use deep conditioners to deposit MOISTURE laden emollients into the hair shaft and to smooth the cuticle down.
      Oil has a different job–oil gives hair more flexibility and shine and helps to SEAL the cuticle. Without sealing, anything put into the hair will seep out or evaporate through cracks or openings in the cuticle–which brings me to the third and very important goody for your hair:
      Hair that is damaged in any way or has had the cuticle opened often benefits from occasional protein or henna treatments. Both have ingredients which go into the hair shaft and bind to the keratin in the hair–they fill in the gaps often caused by using relaxers, color or just too much environmental damage.
      Hair strands are often being damaged by the environment or chemicals–the worst of course is hair color that bleaches or lifts the color–often the cuticle is shattered by harsh chemicals that sort of explode the cuticle to get in there to take the melanin out of hair (to replace it with bought color)
      So the big 3 are: Hot oil treatments to add lustre, shine and flexibility to hair, Deep conditioners to add MOISTURE and SMOOTH down the cuticle to keep hair healthy and Keratin reconstructors (Protein or henna treatments) to add STRENGTH to hair
      Incidentally, a smooth cuticle reflects the light the best and so will have more shine.
      You CAN overdo deep conditioners, protein treatments and even hot oil treatments–too much of anything will almost always do the opposite–in other words, too much conditioner will weigh hair down and make it appear dull, as will too frequent hot oil treatments–too much protein can actually cause hair to become brittle and break.
      FREQUENCY is key– a lot of people claim their hair loves protein. I’m not a true believer in that. Too much protein can actually damage the hair as it binds within the hair shaft and makes it too brittle. I would never recommend protein treatments over ONCE per month and even then, ONLY if hair is damaged. For healthy hair, there is no need for protein treatments as to be effective protein must be deposited within the hair shaft and that is done due to a lifted cuticle. TRULY healthy hair has no lifted cuticle so the protein treatment is essentially wasted
      Hot oils once a month sounds great or maybe more if hair is washed more in the winter–henna, as you wish, understanding that henna coats the hair and binds to Keratin so it is very drying and Deep conditioning? I would not do it more than once per month or else you may get build up which will leave your hair looking dull and lifeless AND can clog the pores in your scalp which does not need the deep conditioning (hair shafts need it , not your scalp)
      Hair needs lots of moisture and way to retain it, we need to remember that oil treatments, protein treatments and deep conditioners are reparative treatments and so do not need to be used as routinely as leave ins, and moisturizers.

  • Aqua

    Hey i really enjoyed watching your video.. i have a question though. it says that you had your big chop on march 26, 2010 so how did your hair grow that long that fast? i really can’t wait for mine to grow

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      It was a combination of healthy hair care and diet. I do hot oil treatments. I deep condition and I moisturize very well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.carnlouis Kimberly Carn-Louis

    February 17, 2013- I did my 1st Hot Oil Treatment Today! I’m now 3 Months Natural, I used Castor Oil, Olive Oil and my African Pride Olive Miracle Growth Oil which contains Grape seed, Coconut, Fruit, Flax seed Oil and other Oils. I left my Oils on for 45 mins. I had Great results! My Hair is So Shiny and Soft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.carnlouis Kimberly Carn-Louis

    Thanks for the Video! I did my 1st Hot Oil Treatment Today(2-17-13)! I’m now 3 Months Natural, I used Castor Oil, Olive Oil and my African Pride Olive Miracle Growth Oil which contains Grape seed, Coconut, Fruit, Flax seed Oil and other Oils. I left my Oils on for 45 mins. I had Great results! My Hair is So Shiny and Soft.

  • BrownEyedDevil

    I just recently did a hot oil treatment & my hair felt amazing. Its was my 1st of many. My problem is my hair does not retain moisture. No matter what I do or tricks I try it is still feeling a little dry. Hoping these hot oil treatments work.

  • Antonia

    EEOV, coconut oil, few drops of lavender oil, almond oil, black seed oil, grapeseed, oil. Warm oil in a pot and add a tea bag of green tea and peppermint. I also add a Tablespoon of honey. I put in my hair, put a plastic cap and sit under a dryer.

  • sammyt

    Hi ladies , I currently use the Jamaican black castor oil on my scalp, but I recently purchase ,avocado oil, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil, sweet almond oil and few more other oil, ( below is a pic of the oils I purchase) but I need advise on how to mix these oil wth my castor oil, pls give me some ideas

    • queenbee9

      How you mix oils depends on what you want to achieve. do you know the use of each oil and the molecule sizes? Oils with very small molecules can be absorbed directly into the scalp and hair shaft–for this reason, they are considered feeder oils and serve to soften and condition hair or help to give it shine. Oils with larger molecules are too large to go directly into the scalp. They work best to condition the cuticle and block or seal the hair so that water does not evaporate as easily.
      Castor oil has large molecules and works best as a sealing oil BUT castor oil is also a humectant which means it draws moisture from humid areas to places with lower humidity or which are drier. In wet weather or humid weather this means Castor oil will draw moisture from the air and into your hair BUT it also means that when the air outside is dry, Castor oil will draw moisture out of your hair and into the air (NOT GOOD) Because of this dual effect, Castor oil is considered both a feeder or absorbing oil and a sealing oil.
      Tea tree oil is an antiseptic–it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Because it is a therapeutic oil, it works best when used to treat an infection or condition but tea tree oil is drying as it also is astringent–if you do not have a condition which requires an antimicrobial agent, you may wish to use this oil sparingly and not put it into your daily mixture.
      Grapeseed oil works well as a heat protectant oil and is one that is a bit too thin to use as a sealer but works well in a blend to help nourish the scalp.
      It is important to know how you plan to use an oil to determine what to blend and in what proportions.
      1. Oils do not moisturize. They do not contain water.
      2. when there is a product where both oil and water is held in suspension it is called a conditioner
      3. when heavy oils are used and whipped up to hold water in suspension, that product is a moisturizer
      4. both conditioners and moisturizers allow water to be held in suspension to allow for slower release and less evaporation. Water leaves–it goes up into the air–this is called evaporation and means the hair is left without moisture
      5. Oils either feed the scalp and hair by providing nutrients, stimulus, or they condition the scalp and hair shaft making hair softer and more pliable OR… some oils seal. Feeder oils (that can be used directly on scalp or hair to be absorbed) are: coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil , olive oil
      6. some oils are great for lightening up heavier oils–they are not that easily absorbed but they do make some oils less heavy –these are called carrier oils–sweet almond oil , wheat germ oil, camellia oil, Aloe vera oil, Argan oil are all oils that mix well with other oils but are not considered feeder oils
      7. Sealers are heavy oils. they are not heavy enough to seal large gaps or breaks in the hair cuticles but they work well to seal the natural cracks between cuticle scales. This sealing keeps water from leaking out of the hair BUT they also prevent water from getting into the hair. some great sealers are : shea butter, hemp oil, castor oil, vitamin e oil (do not use on scalp)
      8. The last type of oil is a nutritive oil and accelerants for regenerating the cuticle in hair and skin. These type of oils are called Ceramides and include wheat germ oil, hemp oil and sunflower oil–these can be used right after using feeder oils or can be blended with a moisturizer or conditioner.
      it is best to not use sealing oils in an LOC application because if you do, the sealing oil will prevent the conditioner or cream from releasing moisture to the hair strand. Instead it is a good idea to do an LOCO–this allows the application of a Liquid, then a feeder oil or ceramide and feeder oil blend, then a cream or conditioner (moisturizer) then a nice good, sealing oil to keep all that good stuff in.
      the last special oils are Aryuvedic hair oils and can be Bhrami, Bhranghi, Amla or Vatika oils–these are hair growth promoters and should not be mixed with nonAryuvedic oils except coconut oil.
      to blend, for feeding use: 1/4 to 1/3 CO then add 2-3 tablespoons of each of your other oils depending on what you have and a few drops (no more than 5) of Vitamin E, top the container off with a good oil such as the almond or sunflower or grapeseed oil, shake and apply to scalp and hair as the first oil in an LOCO method.
      to make a sealing oil–Use 1/2 castor oil and add a ceramide such as hemp or wheatgerm oil. blend and use as a sealer after applying water, a feeder oil, conditioner or cream.
      If you use Aryuvedic oils, keep them in a separate bottle and if you use Ceramides keep them and Aloe Vera oil in the fridge.
      store all oils either in the refrigerator or in dark bottles or in a dark place–oils degrade rapidly when faced with sunlight.
      Try to find bottles with applicator nozzles or with an eyedropper for easier application especially if you have braids or weave at times.
      Mix all in an applicator bottle.

      • Guest

        I feel so blessed by this post, no joke
        Thank you for breaking that down!

        • Margie Fuller Edwards

          Thank you so much for explaining the oils in layman’s terms. First time ever reading it and truly understanding oils. Thank you again.

    • queenbee9

      A simple yet great oil blend for new growth is 4 oz of JBCO mixed with 4oz of Cantu Shea butter leave in and 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil–keep this in an applicator bottle and apply to new growth if hair is braided and your scalp–the mixture will soften your hair as well as moisturize–sleep overnight with a plastic cap or use your satin bonnet if you do not want the intensive, wet treatment. This moisture treatment normally last 3-4 days in relative humidity and is pretty inexpensive to make.
      After putting it in a 12-20 oz color applicator bottle just point the nozzle at various places on your scalp and head and give a little squeezed (like applying mustard to a hot dog) along your parts–massage it in and move on until entire head is done–it will feel very refreshing and your hair will be soft and silky when it dries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taina.pierre Taina Pierre

    Did you say that steamers can damage hair??? Was thinking about buyin one…

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      No, steamers are great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmarie.west1 Ann-Marie West

    I remember when I would do hot oil one week and deep conditioner the other even though I do put Tons if oils in my deep conditioner but I need to go back to doing that

  • JojoFree

    Jenell I am so glad I found your site. I love it! I am the Queen of pre-poo but I have not been applying water before the oil. I can see this will make a difference. I can’t wait to use this method with my avocado/lavender oil!

  • Schely Schel

    Before I started on my hhj, I would do a hot oil treatment before every wash with olive oil and mayo & sit under my conditioning cap for at least one hour. Now that I have started, I purchased a steamer & sometimes I use olive oil and mayo and other times, I use castor oil. Today, I am currently sitting under my conditioning cap with castor oil & it has been almost 2 hours.

  • Cae Crockett

    Doing a hot oil treatment at this very moment using Vatika enriched coconut oil. Can’t wait to see/feel the results.

  • queenbee9

    I do a combo hot oil and prepoo treatment using Vatika oil first then following with JBCO and conditioner. The reason for the double whammy is that though the Vatika oil provides extra strength to my hair, it tends to make it feel tough and sort of dry in a weird way. the JBCO and conditioner leaves my hair very soft and ready to take on the next steps of my shampoo day which normally involve a henna treatment, a steam dc treatment, and an overnight dc. (my hair requires more than 1 dc after henna or protein treatment) the next morning, I clarify with ACV rinse then rinse out the overnight dc and apply a 3rd dc if necessary–then on to my regular Aloe Vera shock treatment, leave in and my boing, boing spa treatment–after that, my hair is lush, moist, happy and amazingly soft and conditioned.

  • Keysha

    Hi Janelle I just wanted to know if i co wash instead of shampooing should i still do the hot oil treatment before i co-wash or should i only do a hot oil treatment as a pre poo?

  • Keysha

    Hey Jenell again (sry i spelled your name incorrectly in the last post) I have two questions. I just wanted to know if it is alright to do a hot oil treatment during the week I am doing a protein treatment or if that will lessen the effects of the protein treatment being able to bind to the hair? Another question unrelated to hot oil treatment that I have been trying to figure out since I have learned about the L.O.C method and proper hair care is where in the L.O.C method would my leave in conditioner and my qhemet biologics burdock root cream fall? I know it says “cream” in the name, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that its a cream due to its ingredients. The first ingredient listed is water. So would it be leave in conditioner, burdock root cream, oil of choice, and then whatever styling products i want to use? Or should i use the burdock root cream after i put the oil?

  • VeeHx

    Hi, I want to dye my hair. Can you dye it and do a hot oil treatment at the same time, or should you do them on separate days?

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    Which oils are best for stimulating growth?

    • ItaRay

      Essential oils such as peppermint oil & rosemary oil. But they have to mixed with a “filler” oil, such extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Those essential oils are stimulators

  • Jeanae

    I use jbco, coconut oil, and evoo mixed as my hot oil treatment.

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    Can you give your hair hot oil treatments when it’s in a protective style? If not, what are some alternatives to this process?

  • Vee Hx

    I want to do a hot oil treatment and dye my hair also. Can they be done together or should I wait and dye my hair later?

  • Ms Betty

    What do u think about the Wen hair products for black women hair?

    • NickiDrea

      I LOVE Wen. My hair is super dry and it looks and feels amazing after Wen. However, the Wen from the infomercials does not work on my hair. I have to use the Fig scent, it’s specially formulated for our hair. I also use six-thirteen. You can buy them on QVC’s website. If you have less-kinky hair, you can use a different scent (my daughter has 3C/4Aish hair and I use Winter Vanilla Mint Wen in her hair, which smells delicious.

  • Cienna

    Can I do a successful hot oil treatment without shampoo? I don’t use shampoos at all and try to stay away from them, so I wanted to know if this was okay and to make sure I’m not doing something that will eventually prevent moisture from getting into my hair. What I do is I heat the oil, saturate my hair, sit under a plastic cap for an hour or more, then wash the oil out with cool water to seal the moisture in. Afterwards, I condition my hair and do another cool water rinse to seal (even though I did cool water rinse to wash off the excess oil . . . . ). Afterwards I moisturize with my leave in, seal with oil, style as usual.

  • Ronchelle Chaffin

    1. Share your current hair regimen in easy to follow steps? I shampoo weekly with cream of nature shampoo. I prepoo my hair with coconut and castor oil. I seal my hair with cantu leave in conditioner, castor oil, and shea butter. I style with shea moisture style milk, smoothie and souffle.

    2. Do you prefer “all natural”/”organic” products or are you open to using anything? Why? I am open to using any products that agree with my hair.

    3. How did you do last week (week 5)? Did you follow through with your goals? Any challenges thus far? I did pretty good last week. No challenges thus far.

    4. (optional) Share a picture of the products you use in your hair regimen.

  • Shanique Ferguson

    Alot of people use the Jamaican castor oil, I prefer Abaco Neem Oil mixed with a lighter almond or olive oil! http://www.abaconeem.com/

  • Ebony

    What kind of oil are you using for your hot oil treatments?

    • NickiDrea

      I use a mix of coconut, olive, and avocado oil.

      • Ebony

        I’ve used coconut and olive oil but never avocado oil. I’ll add that to my hot oil treatment. Thanks :-)

  • Ebony

    Thanks soooo much for this site :-)
    Some great natural hair advice.