DIY Hot Oil Treatment

Soften Coarse, Dry Hair

Close-up of oiled hair
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Hot oil treatments are a luxury we recommend to everyone no matter their hair texture. You can buy them, but why spend the money when they cost pennies to make?

This DIY hot oil treatment recipe creates a nourishing hair mask that's great for all hair types, including oily hair. One use and you will find your hair is super soft and silky. We recommend using this treatment once per week.

The Ingredients

For this recipe, you will use 3 ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 drops essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon infused herbs

Let's break it down by one by one.

Pick the Perfect Oil for Your Hair Type

There are so many oils that work beautifully in hair. The secret is using the right oil for your hair type. You'll want to use a couple tablespoons for your recipe. A little goes a LONG way.

If you have normal hair, try sweet almond oil, argan oil or extra virgin coconut oil.

Oily hair? Try castor oil or jojoba oil.

Dry or coarse hair will be best treated with avocado oil.

You can mix a couple oils (coconut oil with almond, for example). You can even use olive oil in a pinch.

Select Your Essential Oil

Essential oils give your hot oil treatment a fragrance and some conditioning properties. You can skip the essential oil if you want but it's an added and necessary luxury.

Use 3 drops.

Our favorite is chamomile oil. If you have dark hair, rosemary oil is lovely and sandalwood has a strong fragrance that some women absolutely love. Tea tree oil is wonderful for women with dandruff or itchy scalps. Carrot seed oil is amazingly moisturizing.

Infused Herbs

Some people love to add herbs in the warming oil. Try a teaspoon of any of the following: chopped up rosemary, parsley, black tea, or chamomile. For tea, simply take the leaves out of a bag.


To heat the oil to the perfect warm (not too hot) temperature, you have a couple options. One is to warm the oil in a small bowl that's placed in a larger bowl of very hot water. You can also create a makeshift double boiler and warm the oil in the smaller boil while the larger one (filled with water) slowly heats up on the stovetop. This should take about 15 minutes.

Add in the drops (never more than 3 drops of essential oils) and stir.

If you are adding tea leaves or any infused herbs, add this to the bowl while heating it up. Once the oil is heated, use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain the chopped up herbs.

Separate hair into 4 sections—2 up and 2 down—and apply the hot oil using a pastry brush to the bottom sections first.

Once hair is covered, massage the hot oil into the scalp.

Using Saran wrap, wrap your hair in plastic. Follow this with a hot towel. Leave the oil treatment on your hair for at least 30 minutes.

Want to Make More? No Problem!

You can make as much of this hot oil treatment as you'd like and keep it covered in a refrigerator for up to 6 months. This way you can use it weekly without having to re-steep the herbs. Simply heat up the oil using the double-boiler method. Just make sure not to make it so hot you burn your scalp.

The Importance of Shampoo

You may find that one quick shampoo won't remove all the oil. Shampooing your hair at least twice is necessary to get the crunchiness out of hair, which always happens with oils.

You can also mix in baking soda with your shampoo to get the oil out.

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