Summer is fast approaching, and that means long days in the sun, which of course is awesome but also can dry out your hair like nobody’s business! To get your hair prepped and ready with a little moisture boost, consider trying this easy and ultra-cheap DIY hot oil hair treatment.

While you may have tried store-bought hot oil treatments before, you can make your own at home and save yourself some money – and from needless chemicals that can be found in the store-bought stuff. Plus, you can make this treatment easily with ingredients and tools you probably already have at home, and this treatment is so natural and easy, you can repeat it again and again until your hair shines like a mirror (if that’s what you’re going for!).

All you need for this DIY hot oil treatment is some olive oil – around 2 to 3 tablespoons, depending on the length of your hair. You’ll want to run this treatment over recently washed hair free of buildup or product – so your best bet is to do this sometime after a nighttime shower when you hair is almost dry, but not completely dry. The key is that you don’t have any product in your hair, though, as styling aids will prevent the oil from penetrating the shaft of the hair like it needs to.

You’ll want to make a water bath to heat up your oil. In a large saucepan, bring about a cup of fresh water to a boil. Then, place your 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl or mug, then, being very careful not to burn yourself, place the bowl or mug in the saucepan of boiling water. This will simmer the oil without dispersing it in the water itself. Allow the bowl or mug to sit for a few minutes, testing to oil for its temperature. You want the oil nice and warm, but not boiling or steaming hot.

When you get the oil warm, carefully remove the bowl or mug from the water while wearing an oven mitt or oven gloves (and you can turn off your boiling water now) and then let the bowl or mug sit for a few moments more to cool down just a tad more. You still want it warm, but, again, not scalding hot. You’ll be placing this warm oil on your scalp and hair, so make sure it’s just the right temperature for you to do this and feel comfortable.

When the oil is at the right temperature, begin to massage the warm oil into your hair. Start at your scalp and slowly coat the hair, all the way through down to the ends.

When your hair is fully coated with the oil, wrap your hair in a towel and allow the oil to sit for at least 30 minutes. This is the perfect time to peruse plant-based recipes on One Green Planet! Or you can do whatever else that suits your fancy for 30 minutes of down time. Meditate. Call a friend. Read a book. Relax and enjoy the warmth soothing your head.

After 30 minutes time, you can rinse the oil from your hair. Wash your hair and rinse thoroughly. You may need to wash a time or two to fully remove the oil. Some people like the excess left in! You will have to see how it feels for you. Either way, your hair should now be nice and soft. You can do this as often as once or twice a week, or some people treat themselves to this easy treatment about once a month. Whatever you want, know you’ll be doing a really nice thing for your parched hair cuticles – all in an easy, DIY, inexpensive way!

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