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Is it okay to use olive oil or coconut oil as a hot oil treatment for my hair?

Asked by desiree333 (3206points) November 17th, 2008

I’m trying to grow my hair longer, thus i need to get it healthier. I want to do a hot oil treatment to my hair cuz i heard it makes your hair really shiny and smooth, but i was wondering could i use olive oil or coconut oil or a mixture of both as a hot oil treatment??

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dynamicduo's avatar

While I’ve never had a hot oil treatment, I am known for having long wonderful hair, so I thought I’d throw my two cents in. What do I do to make my hair wonderful? Nothing. In fact I think it’s the “nothing” that helps it stay healthy. I shampoo and condition once every two days. I don’t use any type of product in my hair, mine’s as flat as a board so there’s really no point in styling it. I let it air dry after showering, and comb it once a day or so.

From what I’ve just read about hot oil treatments, they need to be done regularly in order to keep up the shininess, so it’s not a one-time thing. As well, there’s always the issue of being careful with hot oil. However, I’ve stumbled on a recipe which uses olive oil as the base, so I think it’s a viable oil to use.

If you want to grow your hair long, I would focus on keeping it healthy by not adding product and treating it delicately, and getting the ends trimmed every few months or so. However I know each person’s hair is different. This site offers a few tips on what vitamins can be taken to help with keeping your hair healthy, well as healthy as a dead protein can be :)

skfinkel's avatar

I’ve heard that coconut oil can be very good for hair, skin, and also our insides.

gailcalled's avatar

skfinkel, only if it is unhydrogenated :-)

desiree333's avatar

Thank You dynamicduo you were very helpful :)

cooksalot's avatar

Coconut oil, great Hawaiian hair treatment. Used to do that a lot as a teen.

COBx666's avatar

Hot oil treatments actually damage your hair, yeah it may look nice but it will damage it, you should actually use either egg whites, or put conditioner in your hiar and wrap it up in a towel for 24 hours and than wash it out, it works the same but it doesnt damage your hair

cooksalot's avatar

No don’t heat the coconut oil. Rub it into your hair then put it all into a shower cap then wrap your head in a towel. Leave for 20 minutes, then shampoo. Your own body heat does the job.

IBERnineD's avatar

Coconut Oil is phenomenal! So are egg whites, the protein in them strengthen your hair. In fact I use a really good shampoo and conditioner by the company Organix. It’s their Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner http://www.organixhair.com/coconutmilk.asp

I love them because I always get complements on the way my hair smells, and I haven’t been getting fly-aways as much as I used to. And I live in West Virginia and blow dry my hair a lot.

desiree333's avatar

i want to try that new brand “Be Fine” im pretty sure its organic

casheroo's avatar

Jojoba oil!! Best stuff ever. It’s the closest thing to sebum, which our body naturally produces.

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