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The benefits of a hot oil treatment on curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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When it comes to curl care, there are a lot of suggestions out there. While hot oil treatments may being to mind the little packets our mothers headed up in a glass of warm water in the 90s (just me?) there are actually a lot of great benefits to using this treatment. If you're looking for a relatively cheap and easy way to pamper your curls, give this a try. These are the benefits of a hot oil treatment on curls. Give it a try, and if you love it, let us know!

The benefits of a hot oil treatment on curls

How does it work?

Hot oil treatments work by coating each strand of your curls with warm oil. Remember, the oil should be warm and not hot. Select a plant based oil that works for your hair type. For example, if you have heavier strands you can use coconut or olive oil. Those with finer curls might want to try an almond or avocado oil. Vitamin E oil is also a great option.

Who needs one?

Hot oil treatments can be beneficial for just about every curl type. However, if you have low density or very fine curls, this is a treatment you might want to skip or use sparingly, as it can weigh your strands down. This treatment is especially beneficial for curly girls with kinky coils, or dry, damaged strands. Since your curl type tends to be on the dryer side due to your natural sebum not making it entirely down the curl shaft, a hot oil treatment can be a good addition to your curl care treatment.

What will it do?

After completing a hot oil treatment, you may notice a few things happening. For starters, your curls will most likely be softer and easier to manage.

Curls will be shiner, smoother, and have much less frizz. Additionally, your strands will have better elasticity, meaning they'll bounce back better and be stronger.

When applied to thew scalp, it can help battle issues like dandruff or eczema. Massaging hot oil into your scalp can encourage new curl growth by bringing blood flow to your scalp. Increased blood flow is necessary for cellular regeneration.

You can add a hot oil treatment to your curls care routine by incorporating it ever 2-4 weeks. If you're noticing your curls are particularly dry or in need of some TLC, add another treatment. It's very easy to do; warm your favorite oil and apply it throughout your strands. Focus on massaging it into your scalp with your finger tips, and pull it through your strands. Cover with a plastic cap, and allow it to sit for at least 60 minutes. You can also apply heat, if you'd like. Follow up with your favorite shampoo to remove it, and your favorite conditioning treatment.

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