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Hot Oil Hair Massage Tips

Hooray For Hot Oil Hair Massages

If you have coarse or medium hair, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but no matter your texture, hair oil is one of the best ways to keep your locks looking good. My favorite oil delivery method is a hot oil hair massage using a nice amla or almond oil, but there are tons of options and lots of different oils, at least some of which you almost certainly already have in your kitchen. If you already know how to do a hot oil massage, I'd love your tips and tricks in the comments. And if you'd like a how-to or a refresher, just read more.

  • Give some thought to what oil you want to use. Coconut oil is good for medium textures who shampoo (if you're not a shampooer, it can build up). A 3:2 ratio mixture of olive and canola oil works well on coarse hair or any very dry hair when shampooed out afterward. Argan oil (Thanks, ladies on Facebook!) is great on fine hair. Drugstore synthetic oils can also be good options — just check the ingredients for drying agents and silicones, which have have a tendency to build up.
  • Heat five to nine teaspoons of your oil (depending on your hair length and thickness) in the microwave for about 15 seconds. You want it warm, not hot. Remember that different oils heat up at different speeds, so stay on the conservative side when you're warming them.
  • Apply the oil with your fingers, massaging through from tip to root, concentrating on the ends and remembering not to massage too deeply into the scalp, since too much oil will only clog the follicle. Don't use more oil than you need to lightly coat your hair — your strands can absorb only so much.
  • Wet a towel in warm water and wring until slightly damp (you can also pop it in the microwave for a few seconds if you want extra heat). Wrap around your hair, and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with warm water, shampooing if you need to. Repeat no more than once a week.

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LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
I've put approximately a third of a cup of avocado oil in the microwave and then ran it through the ends of my hair. I left that on for about 20 mins and shampooed it worked really well.
shaima shaima 7 years
thanks for sharing this ;) my hair is so dry, i don't know what to do anymore. I'm gonna try this with argan.
kcmosinki kcmosinki 7 years
i agree with brandi, make sure the towel has moisture in it otherwise you'll be getting more heat than you bargained for. with that said, i think i'll give this a try tonight, my hair gets super dry in the winter and my apartment feels like a sauna...not good.
brandi797 brandi797 7 years
Be careful putting towels in the microwave...I started a fire and destroyed the microwave that way once!
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Thanks. I'l try this
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