Sometimes we can be very cruel to our hair. Pulling, curling, coloring, straightening, etc. We do not realize how much torture we actually put our hair through. That’s why it’s important to put back in what you take out. But before I get into that…let’s take the healthy hair test.
HEALTHY HAIR TEST:
1. Pluck a strand of hair from your head
2. Drop the strand of hair into an eight ounce glass of water
Okay chicks…if your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the glass quickly… your hair lacks protein and moisture. If your hair floats…it’s healthy!
I’ve listed three of my fave natural hot oil treatments below and they all add moisture and promote healthy hair and scalp. These hot oil treatments can be found in your home! If they’re not in your home…they should be!
Coconut Oil: I love coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to regrow damaged hair and it’s effective in eliminating dandruff. It’s also a great moisturizer for dry hair, scalp and skin . Coconut oil is light, so it’s perfect for chicks with fine hair who suffer from dandruff and dry scalp. BONUS: You can also bake with coconut oil! Cooking with coconut oil has many health benefits. It aids in digestion, kills bacteria and strengthens your immune system. You can find coconut oil at your local health food store. Please go to www.organicfacts.net for more information on coconut oil. If you’re allergic to coconut try flaxseed oil or avocado oil.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree is one of the best healing oils. It’s a natural antibacterial disinfectant. One of the major hair/scalp benefits of tea tree oil is that it eliminates dandruff and scalp bacteria while adding moisture. Tea Tree oil is also great for men to use after haircuts…to help prevent razor bumps. Do not cook with tea tree oil! BONUS: Tea Tree oil is effective on burns, acne, warts, boils, etc. Caution: If you’re preggers (pregnant) or have sensitive skin, you should avoid using tea tree oil. Visit www.homeremediesweb.com for more information on tea tree oil.
Olive Oil: one of the oldest and most common oils on the market today. Olive oil works wonders on dry damaged hair. If you have a dry hair issue more than dry scalp…this is the oil for you! BONUS: Olive oil is probably the most popular cooking oil today and cooking with olive oil has cardio vascular, digestive, and anti-cancer benefits. Visit www.whfood.org for more information on olive oil.
Do-It-Yourself HOT OIL Treatment
1. Take your oil of choice and put it into an applicator bottle. Heat oil in the microwave for a few seconds (you can buy applicator bottles from your local beauty supply)
2. TEST OIL ON YOUR FINGER FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OIL IS NOT TOO HOT!
3. Apply oil to your scalp and massage in using your fingertips for 5-10 minutes.
4. Comb oil through hair from scalp to ends.
5. Run hot water over a towel. Twist out excess water and wrap the warm towel around your head.
6.Place a plastic cap over the towel for 15-20 minutes. (optional)
7. Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly.
*Like everything in life…you get out what you put in! If you take care of your hair and scalp…healthy hair will grow out!