Homemade Hot Oil Treatment

Letting your spa treatments go to your head is perfect for this month’s at home spa treatment…because I’m going to give you the recipe and how to apply hot oil treatments to your hair.  Sounds fun and relaxing, right?  Of course!

Most people think of giving themselves a hot oil treatment when their hair is dry and brittle.  But, even if you have oily hair, you will benefit from a hot oil treatment.

Homemade Hot Oil Treatment
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10 approximately
10 approximately
Homemade Hot Oil Treatment
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10 approximately
10 approximately
Servings: approximately
  1. Be sure to set the mood for your spa treatment with lighting, candles, music, etc. Go ahead and put your robe on and get into the mood. Don't skip over these small details as they really make a difference in how pampered you feel. =)
  2. Place your oil in a double boiler and turn the heat on low. Add herbs to oil and let steep for about 30 minutes on low. Strain oil with cheesecloth or coffee filter and pour into applicator bottle.
  3. Begin applying oil to your scalp. Take a few minutes to massage the oil into your scalp. Use circulation motions with your fingertips to loosen your scalp, relieve tension, and promote circulation. Spend at least 5 minutes giving yourself a great scalp massage.
  4. Now begin applying oil down the hair from the roots to the ends. Don't over apply as too much oil doesn't work any better and in fact will make it difficult for you to wash it all out. Once oil is applied, run a fine tooth comb through your hair to evenly distribute the oil from the roots down to the ends.
  5. Cover your head and hair with a shower cap (you may choose to wrap your head and hair in plastic wrap). Wet one towel with hot water and wring out. Wrap head in warm moist towel and then wrap/cover with dry towel. Let set for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. During this time you can meditate, read a book, drink a glass of wine...do something that is relaxing and spa like to you.
  6. Now it's time to wash the oil out of your hair. Get in the shower and rinse your hair with as warm of water as you can comfortably tolerate. Allow that heat to soak a little longer in your oiled hair while you finish your shower routine. Then turn the temperature down to a more tepid setting and using regular shampoo, wash the oil out of your hair. It may take two shampoo cycles to get all the oil out. Be sure that you wash the oil off your back and neck once your hair is free of oil or else the oil will absorb back into your hair and make it appear oily.
  7. Dry your hair with a towel and let it dry naturally. Avoid using the hairdryer.
  8. Repeat this entire process once per week.
Recipe Notes


Avocado Oil - use this oil if you have dry and frizzy hair.  It is a great moisturizing oil.

Castor Oil - use this oil if your hair is already oily or if you have thin, fine hair.  It will help to add strength to your hair.

Coconut Oil - use this oil if you have dandruff or flaking.  It is great for all hair types.

Jojoba Oil - use this oil if your hair is already oily.  It will leave your hair soft and light.

Sesame Oil - use this oil if you have thinning hair.  It is great for any hair type and will condition and leave a pretty shine.



To CLARIFY hair - rosemary, parsley, sage, nutmeg, or witch hazel.

To MOISTURIZE hair - calendula, chamomile, lavender, catmint, dried rose petals, or aloe.

To STIMULATE hair growth - peppermint, parsley, horsetail, sage, chamomile, ginger, or cinnamon.

To STRENGTHEN hair - chamomile, nettle, horsetail, arnica, or burdock.


Brunettes - nettle, black tea, ground coffee, rosemary, sage, or ground black walnut shells

Blondes - chamomile, rhubarb, calendula, or clove

Redheads - hibiscus, red clover or chamomile

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