Where do I start...I was researching a hot oil treatment on YouTube when I found a very informative video by Nunaavane (Love her channel) anyways, she uses EVOO that is infused with garlic. The Garlic is for those who needs a little help with shedding. I don't have a problem with shedding, however, I fear that being my next issue...So I add garlic to my hairs regimen every now and then just to make sure all is good up there :-)
Okay, lets skip to the chase...Hot oil treatment is said to condition severely dry, damaged hair helping to treat breakage. There are many types of oils that will work with your hair...For example:
EVOO is great as it penetrates the hair and scalp, taming frizz, and adding moisture.
Virgin Coconut Oil is great for those with dry, itchy scalps, adding moisture as it penetrates the hairs shaft while trapping in proteins adding softness.
Grape seed Oil is the lightest of the 3 (perfect for relaxed or fine hair) This oil doesn't penetrate the hair, however, it does adsorb into the hairs shaft the fastest leaving little buildup/not weighing down your hair adding moisture and shine. All 3 oils stimulates the scalp helping with blood flow which wakes up sleeping follicles and provides healthy growth.
This what I do:
I first create my Garlic Tea Bag using minced or chopped fresh garlic. You can use garlic gloves or powder, but I have never done it that way. I cut open the top of a tea bag and empty out the contents. I then add in a Teaspoon of my minced garlic. After that, I staple the top of my teabag shut so none of the garlic escapes and gets into my hair.
Now I prepare my Hot Oil Treatment. I use EVOO. (How much to use depends on the thickness of your hair) I use about 1/3 cup of EVOO or about 2/3 cup for 2 applications. Also you can use an essential oil to camouflage the stench (YES! You will reek of garlic) So about 12 drops of whatever essential oil that smells nice to you. I use Clove Oil. I then microwave my oil mix for about 2 minutes or until it reaches a desired temperature. DO NOT OVER HEAT!!! Next I drop in my garlic tea bag and allow it to infuse my oils! (Smells like an Italian restaurant at this point!) I like it to sit in the oils for about 5 minutes.
I usually heat up my oils once again to my desired temp. I then section the hair and start at the nape area and apply the treatment using a color/perm applicator brush. You may have more left over. I like to use enough to coat and condition my entire head, but not too much where its running down my face and neck.
Once that is applied, either take a plastic bag, shower cap or Saran plastic wrap to wrap or cover your hair. You may need 2 bags! I use Saran wrap so I can trap in heat better. I then use an extra shower cap just in case the oils want to try to escape! To assure you are getting the maximum benefits of your treatment, wrap your hair in another scarf or bonnet for a few hours/while you sleep or sit underneath a dryer for 15-20 minutes. After you had enough of the foul smelling, greasy, hot treatment, rinse your hair AVOIDING sulfate shampoo. Sulfate shampoo will defeat the purpose of your treatment because it will strip your hair of oils...I use a Sulfate Free Shampoo, Miss Jessie's Creme De La Creme.
I C0-Wash my hair using Miss Jessie's Creme De La Curl. I also like to deep condition my hair using a protein base or moisture conditioner. (This is what I need for my hair! If your hair doesn't need it, DO NOT DO IT!!!) I use ORS Hair Mayonnaise Or Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery. This really strengthens my hair and makes it soft. This is the way my hair looks after the treatment without blowing it out...Look at all the shine! My hair was extremely manageable and soft. Combing my hair was such a breeze!!!
This is my hair after I blow dried it on cool with no heat. The only product in my hair at this point is a leave-in by Jane Carter Solutions which I sprayed on before blow drying. Look how full it looks! It was so soft and thick. The texture was improved as well. Check out the back...
I really recommend doing this treatment at least once a month. If your hair can do without the garlic, skip it! The 3 benefits I got from this treatment was, softness, shine, and manageability. I also experienced more body and fullness and movement, however, that might have been from the deep conditioner.
So far, my hair has experienced little to no shedding thanks to the garlic dosage. I am satisfied with my results and I will be adding this into my regimen! I'm on my 8th month relaxer stretch/transitional phase. I am stretching to mid May to make my stretch an even 1 year or I will be big chopping and going natural at that point. Whatever I choose to do is whats best for my hair!