My hair is fine, but thick in texture and sometimes it does become dry, brittle and dull. One of my favorite ways to help boost the health of my hair is by making and using my homemade vanilla bean hot oil hair treatment. It contains a blend of oils that nourish the roots to the ends of my hair.
However, I focus the oil more on my scalp since the scalp is really, where healthy hair begins. When the scalp is dry and flaky it is because the proper nutrients are not nourishing it well. When the proper nutrients are given to the scalp, it becomes healthy and so does the hair.
The Ingredients Needed for the Vanilla Bean Hot Oil Hair Treatment
The ingredients I find useful for making my vanilla bean hot oil hair treatment are a half cup each of coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil, one vanilla bean sliced open and ten drops of vanilla bean essential oil.
However, if you do not have all these oils on hand, just use the ones you do have. For example if you only have coconut oil, use a cup and half of that oil. If you have olive oil and jojoba oil use one and a quarter cups of each one. The oils are mainly needed to hydrate, nourish and heal the hair from the roots to the ends.
However, I find blending coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil to be beneficial since they all contain different nutrients that can benefit the hair. The vanilla bean is used simply because it has a lovely fragrance to it that has a calming effect on the mind giving the hair treatment a more pampering sensation.
If you need an intense hot oil hair treatment, add in these additional essential oils; rosemary, lavender oil, peppermint and tea tree oil. These essential oils help promote hair growth and help maintain a healthy scalp. In addition, the essential oils help hair become stronger, healthier, shinier and softer in appearance and in texture. I only add these additional ingredients when my hair is heat damaged or my scalp is extra dry, which usually only occurs in the wintertime.
I find the basic version of this hot oil treatment to be effective for me because the intense treatment can make my fine hair oily. When my hair is extra oily, I find I have to wash it more because I do not like the greasy texture or appearance my hair ends up having.
Creating the Vanilla Bean Hot Oil Hair Treatment
The easiest and best way I find to make my vanilla bean hot oil hair treatment is by placing all of the oils and sliced open vanilla bean into a medium sized saucepan. Then, I place the pan on the stove burner and turn the stove on low heat. I do not want to bring the oil to a boil because it could start a fire and will be way to hot to apply to hair. In fact, if the treatment is too hot it will burn you and your hair. You want the oils to lightly heated and too become infused with the vanilla bean to help give it a pleasant vanilla bean aroma. The maximum amount of time the oils should be on the stove is five minutes. Do not do any longer than this. You want the hot oil vanilla bean hair treatment to be warm and touchable like warm massage oil. Once the oil is heated, you are ready to apply it.
Applying the Vanilla Bean Hot Oil Hair Treatment
When you are ready to apply the warm touchable hot oil hair treatment to your hair, simply pour a small amount into your hands and massage it into your scalp to start. Use plenty of circular motions using your fingertips and do not forget to grab more of the oil if you need too. Once the oil is well massaged into the scalp and roots of the hair begin massaging the oil into the rest of the hair and focus especially on the ends. After the scalp, hair and ends are completely coated in the vanilla bean hot oil hair treatment; leave the oil in for about an hour. I sometimes do all day if I have the day off and I am planning to have a lounge around kind of day. I find the longer the oil stays on the scalp and in the hair the more effective it is for reviving my hair back to healthiness. Once the hot oil hair treatment has been in long enough, I head to the shower and wash my hair a couple times with a cool organic cleansing shampoo until all the oils out. After, I use an organic coconut milk condition to help hydrate and protect my hair from future damage. Once all these steps are completed, my hair is stronger, healthier, fuller and softer in texture and appearance.
To help maintain the health appearance and texture of your hair or to improve the condition of your scalp and hair, use this hot oil treatment weekly until you hair looks and feels beautiful again. My hair is typically healthy so I find using this treatment once a month is just fine, but in the winter I do find myself using this treatment up to three times per month.