How To: DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment in 4 Easy Steps

One of the things that I always look forward to during weekends is my ‘pamper time‘. It’s that time of the week where I get to be a girl and not have my husband lurking around the house asking why I have a pile of cream on my face, petroleum jelly on my feet, or shower cap on my head while cleaning the house. I get to relax and prettify myself and not worry about anything.

My weekend pampering ritual varies from time to time, but one constant thing that I always include is a DIY hair treatment. You know me and my hair love affair. If only I could run to a salon for a quick hot oil or hair spa treatment every time I want to, I would. But who’s got time for that? I definitely don’t.

I’ve been doing DIY hot oil for as long as I can remember and I do it without fail. I’ve used different hot oil products from different brands before and honestly, they all work the same for me. The real secret to getting the same salon-hair-treated result lies in the process of how you do your DIY treatment.

hot oil cream

If you’re also like me who likes having a hot oil hair treatment once in a while, but don’t have time to go to the salon, you’re in luck! I’m going to debunk my no-fail secret, that honestly, some of you may already know.

DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment


First thing you need to do is shampoo your hair. If possible, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the dirt residue on your hair. Clarifying shampoos can be drying as it strips the natural oil of your hair, but not to worry because that’s what you actually want. The hair needs to be as clean and as oil-free as possible so the hot oil product can efficiently cling to the hair strands. It sounds scary, but trust me, your hair will be twice as moisturized after you’re done with the treatment. Pat dry your hair to remove excess water.

Apply Hot Oil Cream

Apply a generous amount of hot oil cream to the hair  from roots to tips. Make sure you dig your fingers into your hair to make sure each strand is fully coated.

Introduce Heat

This is where the hot oil magic begins. Salons use a steamer to apply heat to the hair, but of course, not all of us have that at home, right? What you can do instead is, grab a mini towel that’s been soaked in hot water (regulate the temperature to a level that you can tolerate) and wrap it around your hair. Wear a shower cap to seal the heat.

Wait and Rinse

Let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes and rinse. No need to shampoo again, but you can apply conditioner if you prefer.  If possible, try not to blow dry your hair and just let it dry through the air naturally.

And you’re done! Easy peasy, right?


Here’s how my  hair looks like  after a DIY hot oil treatment session. As much as possible, I try not to blow dry or iron my hair as I’m (figuratively) allergic to hair damage. When I dyed my hair a couple of months ago, I did experience drying that somehow made me regret coloring my hair. Thankfully, after a few hot oil sessions, my hair is now back to its healthy state.

And that’s just about it for now. How about you? What’s your favorite ‘me time’ ritual?

Julie Alontaga is the Beauty Content Creator and Editor of As Told By Julz. She works as a VA-SEO Specialist for a Web Development Company based in Australia. When she's not at work, she spends her free time binge watching movies and TV series, reading books, cooking/baking, or playing SIMS 4.

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