diy herbal hot oil treatment for hair color

There are many ways to use oil to help reach their hair goals of stronger, softer, and shinier hair. You can do a pre-poo treatment to prevent your hair from the dryness of shampooing, a conditioning hot oil treatment for your scalp and hair, and an oil rinse in the shower. But did you know it can also be applied as a way to enhance your real hair color?

Every now and then our hair color dulls due to manipulation and styling, exposure to the elements, buildup or all of the above. When paired with an herb, your hot oil treatment can add natural vibrancy to your hair color, restoring luster.  Choose an appropriate herb based on your hair color from the lists below:

Ash Brown to Dark Brunette Hair 

Rosemary + 
Sage +  Ground Coffee +  Ground Walnut Shells

Dirty Blonde to Platinum Blonde Hair 

Chamomile + 
Calendula +  Clove

Strawberry Blonde to Red Hair 

Hibiscus +  Red Clover + 
Chamomile

Directions

Once you have chosen the right mix for your hair color, the steps are the same for every recipe:

1. Steep 3-4 tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice in a 1/2 cup pot of boiling water.

2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of one of the above herbs (according to your hair color).

3. Strain after 30 minutes of steeping.

4. Apply your hot oil treatment and rinse out (after it has coated your hair from root to tip for 40 minutes to an hour).

Follow-up with a sulfate-free cleansing shampoo or co-wash and then use a color-safe conditioner with lots of slip for detangling. Twist, Bantu knot, or braid up your hair and cover with a satin or silk scarf before laying down.

*This batch will be good for about 6 months.