Hot Oil Treatments

Hair Fix: Hot Oil Treatments by Veronica W.

Natural hair has special needs that can’t be ignored in order to keep it shiny, strong and healthy. Many naturals complain of dry hair some resulting from porosity issues and others, well, natural hair is just naturally drier than any other hair type. Because of our springy curl patterns, sebum does not sucessfully travel from the scalp and down the hair shaft to keep it moisturized.

That’s where hot oil treatments may come into play depositing oils back into the hair promoting body and sheen. These treatments can be beneficial for natural hair because it is prone to becoming dull & brittle. If you’re having problems with dry hair I suggest trying weekly hot oil treatments to lessen dryness and prevent breakage.

I usually do weekly hot oil treatments as part of my pre-poo process. I’ve been doing it consistently for the past 4 months and have noticed a major improvement in my hair’s moisture retention and less frizzing at the crown

You can get this service done at your local salon or even better, save a buck and do it yourself in the comfort of your own home:

1. Choose An Oil:

Many people use one or any combination of these oils:

Jamaican Castor Oil – Moisturizes and thickens strands; stimulates hair follicles to promote healthy growth

Olive Oil – Conditions hair and improves elasticity

Coconut Oil – Prevents dandruff and imparts shine

Jojoba Oil – Corrects dry scalp and prevents dandruff

Emu Oil – Prevents hair loss and promotes healthy growth; prevents thinning

Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dry scalp, controls hair loss and smooths cuticle of strands

Rosemary Oil – Relieves dry scalp, stimulates follicles and slows premature hair loss

I use a combination of Jojoba, EVOO & Sweet Almond oils as my treatment

2. Apply

There are two methods to applying a hot oil treatment:

A. On damp or dry hair, saturate hair with oil(s) If you’re using a combination of oils mix them together prior to applying to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and put on your heat cap or sit under bonnet dryer for 15 to 20 minutes.

I use this method and apply my oils to damp hair and sit under my bonnter dryer for 20 minutes and then let it sit on my hair for another hour or I’ll keep it in over night to wash out the next day.

B. Pour oil(s) into a small bottle and heat slightly by placing in hot water. (I don’t recommend that you heat the oil in the microwave as it’s easy to overheat it resulting in burns.) Saturate hair, cover with a plastic cap and then wrap in a warm towel. The oil should be applied to the hair and scalp paying special attention to the scalp and ends of hair.


If you are having contsant problems with dryness and frizz, I would recommend adding these hot oil treatments to your weekly/ biweekly regimen to prevent over-drying. Some people only find it necessary to perform these treatments aboutonce a month but it all depends on the needs of your hair.

Hot oil treatments are even great for thoe with relaxers as they help to improve the hair’s elasticity, sheen and strength.

I even remember in the days of old, my mom would give me monthly hot oil treatments with Alberto V05. Ahhh the memories! (I make myself sound so OLD! “days of old” Ha!)

Don’t have your own oils on hand? Visit your local beauty supply as they provide hot oil treatment kits complete with everything you need to perform your own at-home service.

Do you do Hot Oil Treatments?  If not, will you add them to your regimen?

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.
  • Glamchicwithus

    I don't know why, but I get excited about things like this. When it comes to my natural hair & keeping it healthy is just makes me feel good! Trying to maintain the healthy hair I've regain on my hair challenge :)
    I'm going back to the basics when it comes to hot oil treatments.
    Ps. What stores do you know of that carry these oils? I know where to get grape seed, EVOO, & coconut oil from but the others?

  • Pah_NaNa

    We know what made us feel good. We stop doing them and start wondering, "Why… I say we when I mean me (lol). I start feeling sluggish and want to know why. Maybe it's because I haven't hit the gym in weeks. Presently, my hair is so extremely dry. Ridiculously!!! "Why!!!!?" I ask myself. Hello, to self, when I was doing Hot Oil treatments weekly I had luscious moisturized hair!… Gotta get it back. Gotta get it back. 


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  • Tara Johnson

    This is good info!  Thank you so much. 

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

      You’re welcome Tara!
      Will you be adding Hot Oil treatments to your regimen?

      • Tara Johnson

        I will.  I have been doing henna treatments for the past couple of months off and on and it has made my hair very dry and brittle.  My stylist recommended that I stop doing henna treatments and incorporate hot oil treatments into my regimen. I’m hoping that the hot oil treatments will get my hair back on track.

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

          Good for you!

  • Nakiba Quarles

    I really loved loved this read! I have been natural for a year and 7 months and I have never did a hot oil treatment. However since reading this article, I do plan to begin going so. I also would like to confess that I don’t really have a regimen. I have type 4b hair and I really need one, but I guess since becoming a new mommy Nov 10, 11, I have taken my focus on myself. If anyone has any suggestions on a hair regimen for me please feel free to let me know.

    Thanks ladies!

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

      Enjoy your hot oil treatment. Let us know how it goes.

      I have a great mommy version to my regimen. Have you come across it? You can get to it be viewing the ABOUT THE FOUNDER drop down menu at the top of this site.

      • Nakiba Quarles

        Hello lady, I am so excited to announce that I am doing my first oil treatment today. I got some olive and coconut oil. Question, how do you melt down your coconut oil? Beacuse it is a solid do you have to melt down each time to use it? Do you have any tips for me?

        I did see your mommy regimen version. I have decided to try it out since I too am a new mommy. I think our sons are a month or so apart. Davi’ was born 11-10-11. How do you find the time to do all the great styles to your hair with you little one?  

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

          Hey love!
          Youre hair is gonna have so much fun. I melt my oil in a warm cup of water. I keep my oil in an applicator bottle and I just put the bottle in water. However when I need to refill my applicator bottle I put my 32oz jar of coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds and take out what has melted.
          JJ was born a month after Davi! 12/17/11

          As for the time to do the styles… Ummm when JJ takes a nap or when I put him to bed at 7:30 pm.
          Gotta get it in where I can fit it in ;-)

  • Tazzykay

    Adding now.thanks for this….my scalp gets drop too quick

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

      You’re very welcome

  • http://www.facebook.com/darealmrs.michaelmagee Deyannie Still Standing Magee

    the best hot oil treatment that i have used for my hair is honey, pure olive oil, grape seed oil and a teaspoon of coconut oil it have my hair soft and manageable with great shine

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

      Sounds so hair yummy.

  • Jamoria Pughsley

    Didn’t know this was real important, thanks for putting this on here

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

      No problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/smidy Susanne Midy

    Where can you find oils like Jojoba and Sweet Almond oils? Preferably online. A lot of the stores near me rarely sell different kinds of oils. Thanks in advance for any leads! :o)

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

      Amazon, GNC, EBay.

      • http://www.facebook.com/smidy Susanne Midy

        Thank you! :)

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

    Thanks for tips; will incorporate into weekly routine… should this be done after DC?

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

      Before shampoo!

  • Shar Mckenzie

    Jenell, Thank you so much for this web-site. I just found your page tonight and I am so glad. I just recently started doing hot oil treatments because my hair is so very dry. It has been a month since my first treatment I have done then twice since I started and found not only is my hair not only retaining moisture but I noticed its easier for me to comb and less breakage. Thanks for giving me more choices of oils to use that would fit my hair condition. Thanks again for this site. Now to go sign up for the health challenge. *Shar

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

      Woop! Woop! You’re so welcome. I’m so happy to help you.

      Have you started deep conditioning at all?

      • Shar Mckenzie

        No not sure what to use or even how often.

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

          I can help, hopefully.

          There are many deep conditioners (dc) for you to choose. If you want to go with a more natural product, SheaMoisture, Karens Body Beautiful and JessiCurl have great deep conditioners. If you aren’t able to find these or wanna try something different, I recommend Organic root stimulator hair mayonnaise, cream of nature Argan oil deep conditioner and/or Sofn free intense healing mask.
          You can deep condition every week. Your hair will love you! If you can’t do it every week, try every other week, but at least once a month.
          I have an article on how to dc, at the top of the site, click hair, go to hair care, the look for the dc article.
          Good luck!

          • Shar Mckenzie

            Happy Halloween…. thank you I will try 1 this weekend and let you know how it comes out
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          • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

            Happy Halloween! Enjoy!!

  • ur-gur

    could you use corn oil as a substitute for olive oil?

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

      Corn oil isn’t as nutrient rich as olive oil. You would be Better off with coconut oil, castor oil. Or grapeseed oil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonniece.williams Lonniece Williams

    Thank you for your post. I will make my own with olive, jmc,, and regular castor oil..Does regular mayo work for natural hair?

  • NaturallyKomplicated

    I was really slack on hot oil treatments (I’ve probably did 3 or 4) during my natural tenure. I was frustrated with how much shedding I was having. I began two weeks ago using Castor Oil, EVOO, and Honey (not sure why I added honey), but I’ve seen less shedding after taking my braids out than I have since my BC started growing out. I’ve loved my hair but clearly wasn’t loving it enough lol. I never thought about using as the pre-poo stage. Would it provide different results?

  • speaking of HAIR

    Doing my HOT as I comment. I mixed JBCO, jojoba and argan oil together in my nozzle bottle and let it sit in my coffee cup in some hot water and then applied it to my dry hair. Am now under the hooded dryer for the nxt 15-20 minutes then I will go Organix Morrocaan Argan shampoo, wash and DC.

  • Melissa Thompson

    Thank you for the information because I didn’t know that I needed to do hot oil treatments. I am learning so much. Thank you!

  • china

    can i use just regular castor oil or does it have to be jamaican

    • queenbee9

      you can use regular castor oil

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    First hot-oil treatment EVER…was Wednesday night! JBCO, Coconut, Argan, Jojoba, EVOO, and Grape Seed… …felt wonderful. Then I found out that I had the wrong coconut oil–it was EXPELLER pressed, not COLD-EXPELLER pressed. Now I have to buy new coconut oil… …any recommendations?

    • NapturallyUnique

      I use Trader Joes cold expeller pressed, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil. It’s in a glass jar. Also you can get some from Dierbergs if you have one or Kroger. I think Schnucks carries them too.

  • NoClueWhatToDo

    Is it okay to mix the “hot oil treatment” with shea butter?

  • Mynameispeaches

    V05 hot oil treatment bought a smile to my face, I used to use that back in the day too. I trying method two right now. Thanks for the tips.

  • Ebony

    Thanks this is very helpful.