Although taking a regular trip to your local hair salon is the best way to keep long, dry hair in top condition, you can take steps yourself to boost your salon treatments. The winter months are particularly tough on hair that's inclined to be very dry; the effects of central heating and harsh winds can really parch your hair, leaving it dull and brittle. Long hair is also inclined to tangle and split if it is allowed to become too dry and dehydrated.
Here's a great treatment for long, dry hair for you to try at home that will leave your locks looking lustrous, hydrated, and healthy.
Hot Oil Treatment for Dry Winter Hair and Scalp
Dry, winter-damaged long hair benefits from an intensive treatment with hot oil. You don't need to use specialist hair oil. A combination of any of the following oils work just as well:
All these oils are readily available, and you can find them in your local supermarket or at a health food store.
- Choose three different oils from the list above and combine equal quantities of each in a bowl.
- Place the combined oils in a saucepan and heat the oil very gently on the stove until it is lukewarm. Don't allow the oil to get too hot; it just needs to be at a temperature that you can comfortably put your finger into. If the oil is overheated, it could burn your scalp.
- Now pour the warmed oil back into the bowl. Using your fingertips, apply the warm oil to your scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp, and then work it through your hair from the roots right down to the ends. Make sure that the brittle ends of your hair are well-soaked in oil.
- Continue massaging the oil into your hair and scalp for about 10 minutes.
- Next, take a hot, damp towel and wrap your head in it, ensuring that all your hair is contained inside the towel. Leave the towel on your head for an hour or so to allow the oil to completely penetrate the hair shafts.
- Using a very mild shampoo, wash the oil out of your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly, and dry and style as normal.
In the winter months when long, dry hair can be easily damaged by cold weather and the dehydrating effects of central heating, take time out to deep-condition your hair as outlined above. For more advice and professional treatment of your hair, consult the experts at your local hair salon.