One of the best ways to nourish dry or dehydrated hair is to apply a hot oil treatment. But not all oils are created equal. Find out which oils are most beneficial for moisturising your mane.
One of the best ways to nourish dry or dehydrated hair is to apply a hot oil treatment. Of course, oils at room temperature are effective at sealing in moisture. But the addition of heat opens up the hair cuticles, allowing the moisture to properly penetrate the hair.
Incorporating hot oil into your haircare routine promotes healthy hair growth and leaves your tresses shiny and healthy. Hot oil treatments are particularly good for natural hair, as they add body, define curls, and nourish without encouraging frizz. However, any hair type can benefit from hot oil.
Which oil should I use for a hot oil treatment?
Different hair oils benefit different hair types, and it’s important to choose an oil that suits your hair and won't weigh down strands with too much hydration. There are various nutritious ingredients to look for, all of which offer different benefits.
Argan oil comes from the argan tree and is sometimes referred to as 'liquid gold'. This oil has soared to popularity recently, with many people taking advantage of the benefits of its high content of nutrients.
Argan oil is extremely high in vitamin E, which is known for protecting against toxins such as air pollution. As far as hot oil treatments go, argan oil helps treat split ends and leaves your hair silky and soft. Argan oil is an extremely versatile product, and you can use it on your skin as well as your hair.
This oil on its own is very expensive, however. MoroccanOil adds it to its hero product, Moroccan Oil Original Oil Treatment. For some hair types, argan oil is too heavy, so MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment Light is recommended for those with finer hair.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is another popular oil for hot oil treatments, as it conditions the hair whilst promoting hair growth. Sweet almond oil also contains a large amount of vitamin E to protect the hair from external elements.
Almond oil is recommended for damaged hair or hair loss. Payot Elixir Beauty Oil contains sweet almond oil and is a great option for those who want to grow healthier hair.
Coconut oil is a favourite for many and has grown in popularity over the last few years due to its versatility. Coconut oil works well as a hot oil treatment, as it’s incredibly gentle and lightweight, making it great for all hair types. Oil of coconut conditions and nourishes your hair, leaving it soft to touch.
Pureology Precious Oil contains coconut oil as well as other favourite oils such as jojoba oil and sunflower seed. It’s a good all-rounder product that works on all hair.
Possibly the most accessible oil to use when trying out a hot oil treatment for the first time, olive oil is probably in your home already. Whilst it works very well at retaining moisture and is packed with vitamins A and E, olive oil can be too heavy for even thick hair. Only use a small amount of olive oil for your hot oil treatment, and avoid using it regularly.
Whilst these are by far the most popular oils to use for a hot oil treatment, there are other oils to explore: jojoba, avocado, sesame, and castor, to name a few. It's worth trialling some and seeing which combinations work well together to give you nourished and healthy hair.