Thursday, January 17, 2013
Dry Hair Conditioning Treatments
Harsh winters can leave our hair brittle and dry. The most simple and effective method for keeping your hair nourished is with a hot oil treatment. All you have to do is raid your cupboards for some sweet almond or coconut oil. If you don't have either of these, olive oil will work A-OK. Warm the oil in a double boiler* to 100 - 105 degrees Fahrenheit...this means not very long at all and way before boiling! Head on over to the bathroom and get your hair damp. Long or thick hair typically uses 1-2 teaspoons of oil, and short or fine hair will typically need less than 1/2 teaspoon.
Begin by massaging the oil into the scalp, and then work down through the strands of the hair, covering all of the hair completely. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over the hair, then cover with a towel. As heat facilitates the conditioning process, sit in the sunshine or by a fireplace and/or take a hot bath, if possible. Leave on for an hour or two, then shampoo and rinse.
Your hair may feel a bit more oily than usual at first, but the extra oil is quickly absorbed by your hair.
*I heat up some water in a small saucepan, then put a small mug containing the oil in the saucepan for a few minutes. Voila! Hot oil :-)