Hot oil treatments vs. DC

What's the difference between a hot oil treatment and a deep conditioning treatment?

I see a lot of posts about how both make the hair soft and moisturized, but I'm a little confused on how a hot oil treatment differs from a deep conditioning treatment (besides the obvious fact that you use mainly oils in a hot oil treatment).

Is a hot oil treatment supposed to be moisturizing? If so, how does it compare to a regular deep conditioning (homemade or otherwise)? Do you think you could do weekly hot oil treatments in place of weekly deep conditioning treatments and still get that extra-moisturized hair you would get from a deep conditioning?

I, personally, don't like doing the hot oil treatments. It's hard to get the oil out, so you have to use shampoo and I really feel you just defeat the whole purpose.
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IMO, hot oil treatments are most beneficial to the scalp and hair follicles. The oil will penetrate the scalp, and if you massage the oil in you will increase blood flow to the area which is beneficial for the follicles and the new growth. Different oils have different fatty acid profiles, so the benefits will vary a bit. Some oils are anti-inflammatory and will help soothe an irritated scalp; some oils are more moisturizing, some oils help form a barrier to help retain moisture... you get the idea. The benefits to existing growth are softening dry, brittle hair and restoring gloss. Some oils actually penetrate the hair shaft so the benefits go beyond the surface.

Deep treatments are also good for the scalp, but benefit existing growth by restoring moisture, softening the hair, etc.

Hope that was helpful.
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IMO, hot oil treatments are most beneficial to the scalp and hair follicles. The oil will penetrate the scalp, and if you massage the oil in you will increase blood flow to the area which is beneficial for the follicles and the new growth. Different oils have different fatty acid profiles, so the benefits will vary a bit. Some oils are anti-inflammatory and will help soothe an irritated scalp; some oils are more moisturizing, some oils help form a barrier to help retain moisture... you get the idea. The benefits to existing growth are softening dry, brittle hair and restoring gloss. Some oils actually penetrate the hair shaft so the benefits go beyond the surface.

Deep treatments are also good for the scalp, but benefit existing growth by restoring moisture, softening the hair, etc.

Hope that was helpful.
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Wow! Thanks for that info. I've also wondered about this.
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