After a holiday in Marrekech (and stocking up on pure Argan Oil!), I learnt about just using a good, pure, olive oil to make a DIY treatment which nourishes and conditioners where it’s needed most. – I mentioned it a little bit here – Moroccan Oil Review
I hotfooted it to the local supermarket and picked up a small bottle of olive oil for <£2 and followed the instructions I’d cobbled together from Google.
.Apologies if this is something everyone knows, my mother says she used to do it in her youth too, but a lot of people I have spoken too are oblivious… This is my how-to :
Old t shirt / vest
Shower cap / cling film
Hair bobble (optional)
2. Start with small amounts, apply to DRY hair, starting with the ends and working your way up the hair shaft. I personally find it easier to put my hair in to a pony tail to coat the ends, take it out then work a small amount of oil in to the roots – mids. You can skip the roots if you feel its better suited to your hair
3. Once you have oiled up, I usually put a shower cap over my hair to keep the heat in and contain the mess or wrap my hair in cling film. I always follow up with a gentle blitz with a hairdryer to increase the warmth and in theory the penetrating power.
4. I leave the oil on for as long as physically possible, usually 2hrs +. I get better results if I can leave it on over night but any length of time is better than nothing right?! I wouldn’t recommend this as a 5 minute jobby, it needs penetration (oo-er) time.
5. When its time to wash the oil off I have a huge tip here – put the shampoo on before you add water (oil repels water!) and make it in to a lather before you wet it. It might take you 2 washes depending on the strength of your shampoo.
I find that doing this to your hair every 3 or 4 weeks leaves the ends so sleek and silky soft and for the price it’s natural and cost effective as I’d guess you’d get about 10 treatments out of a bottle for shoulder length hair.
I tried to do this once a week when my hair was in dire need but the 2nd week made no difference which to me would suggest the shaft is still full of the original oily nutrients!
I have yet to try almond oil, which is also meant to be good for a sore scalp as well as nourishing the hair.
Has anyone else tried a DIY hair treatment?