134 Responses to “The Secrets to a Phenomenal Hot Oil Hair Treatment: Part 2 – Indulging”


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  1. starflower

    OILY!! my hair is oily already but works lovely with the oil treatment… Just wondering if there are any other tips for getting the oil out!?

    • MiaMaria

      just be patient and go slow. if it doesn’t all come out at first, just put your hair into a sleek chignon and try again later. I have been doing these for a few months and have gotten used to it. ‘Luck!

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  10. LaNea Jorgensen

    I have never done a hot oil treatment before. Is my hair wet or dry when I’m putting the oil on my hair? Thanks!

    • laura

      has anyone replied to you? cuz I am in the same situation I am still wondering !!
      please tell me if you can I really need to know Lanea , thank you .

      • Rachel

        I think it’s best if you do this on dry hair as water is resistant to oil. They don’t really mix so your hair will probably absorb the good vitamins and heat if it’s dry.

        Just a thought.
        Good luck!

    • Laura

      I’ve done both ways & see no difference. So try both & go with your preference.

  11. laura

    I have started hot oil treatment for my hair but, firstly, I would like to know is it recommended to apply the oil on dry or damp hair?, secondly I would like to know which is the best and most effective oil to use ? cuz really I used olive oil but I am not sure if it is the best , thirdly I couldnt understand what is “no ‘poo” term , it would be great if someone reply to me , thank you very much.

    • Laura #2

      no ‘poo is no shampoo used. I don’t care for the smell of olive oil so I use coconut oil. It boils down to personal preference. Coconut oil starts in a solid form but melts quickly at body temperature or below. I’ve done both dry & damp hair but found no difference between them for me. Try both ways then choose what works best for you. Crunchy Betty encourages us to these things with our own special twist. Who knows, you may just discover something wonderful that would work for others as well ! Good luck & have some fun with this!

  12. Mia

    This sounds totally luxurious, I am looking forward to trying it. I’ve just started no ‘poo so I will be interested to see how this works (I’m still in the waxy roots, dry ends stage of the process).

    I’m not sure how often the comments get monitored on this blog but I’ve noticed there is a lot of spam here (I recognise the comments word for word for the billions my blog gets even with captcha. I have set mine to needing approval, but if I leave the blog for too long there will be literally hundreds to search through. So annoying..)

    Anyway, I have found this blog really useful and have featured it as one of the blogs “I love” on my own website (idlenessandmischief.com). I’m starting to post my own adaptations of DIY beauty treatments I’ve found on the web or heard from friends and family,
    but the ones I read here are always my favourite :)

  13. Laura

    Dear “Crunchy”,
    Love your site & writing style! Getting a lot of new ideas to add to my small arsenal of going green, getting away from crappy chemicals and just in general improving my life & health. I have been using extra virgin coconut oil in my hot oil treatments for many months & love the way it makes my somewhat over 50 & slightly graying head of hair feel! I use my own homemade soap in place of ‘poo (and shaving cream as well) & it works quite well in getting the oil out but keeping the wonderful softness & shine in my hair after treatment. The soap is made of coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil & a little beeswax. If any of your readers are soapers I would encourage them to give their homemade bar soap a try in place of ‘poo & shaving cream. My head used to itch something awful before I stopped using commercial ‘poo. I’ve been non-commercial for over two years now & am not going back, ever. The difference was quick & amazing. With the combo of my homemade soap, hot oil treatment and occasional use of baking soda & vinegar on my short tresses I feel great & am itch free! Rock on Crunchy Betty!

  14. Jackie

    Can I use vegetable oil?

  15. louise

    Could I use grapeseed oil? And how much lemon juice should I put in the rinse water after my castille and essential oil “shampoo”?

  16. Chloé

    For no pooers out there doing hot oil treatments , simply use a natural hair conditionner, massage into hair and rince. Strangely, I found this works a billion times better than any shampoo to get rid of the oil. If using really thick oil like castor ( my favorite !) massage in, rince and repeat.

  17. Joan

    Hi, thank you for the great idea of the hot oil treatment, I read through both parts but didn’t see whether I need to wash my hair before the treatment or not, also if I don’t need to, should I damp my hair anyway?

  18. Miss Sami

    I have horridly dry brittle ends, curly too. Could never find a stylist that was able to answer why or what to do bcuz my hair was very healthy until it got to the bottom. ALCOHOL was the problem in manufactured hair care. Since I figured it out (yeah me!) the change has been amazing. I’ve done the no’poo, didn’t have good measurements, switched to coconut milk poo w/ Dr. Bronners very pleased & after stumbling onto you Miss Betty I went back to no pooing. TY for your incredibly informative no poo post.

    Made this hair oil & love it. Just as a note, anyone with brittle ends like mine the heaviness of coconut oil is very beneficial. It even works great as a leave in frizz fighter in tiny amounts just on the ends.

    Love ya Miss Betty!

  19. catherine

    Great blog: I like the quality of the info!
    I have been doing homemade hot oil treatment for years, but I always wash my hair before as I was told that hair must be clean in order to absorb oils. I was curious what is your opinion on that? It make sense especially if your hairs are covered with styling products.
    Overall, I think the key is not to overload hairs with oïl.

  20. Jeramie

    Can I add oil to the bottom six inches of my hair? My hair goes down to my bum and the ends are super dry. I don’t wash my hair more than three days a week currently. Should I use more than a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of castor oil? I don’t have any other herbs, clays, or oils I’ll be using at this time.

  21. Madina B

    When you say oil blend can I put regular oil. Or does it have have to be special one?

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  28. Schoojerger

    Has anyone mashed in the berries? I tried 1 strawberry, and the consistency of the treatment is totally different–much thinner and not oily. Wearing the towel now. I’ll report back.

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  32. Marina Togneri

    Hi! I really like and trust your site. I have a question. My hair is
    over fifty… it is dry and frizzy. I normally use very gentle shampoo or
    just water to wash my hair. I tried the olive oil, it leaves my hair moisturized but still frizzy. I have also tried mashed banana and milk (would like to
    try coconut milk) with similar results (the latter being easier to wash out). Which treatment is better, more nourishing, for hair?

  33. aaman

    why r u so against of oilve oil and coconut oil…

  34. Marie

    HELP PLEASE!! So after following Part 1 and making the oil treatment, I look at Part 2 which says not to use coconut oil if I am doing the No-Poo method… Since my treatment was already finished before reading this, I decided to tough it out. Now, my hair is totally greasy!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions??

    • jessica

      I read somewhere for no pooers you can mix a raw egg with a little water, and if want add a little raw honey or lemon juice. Some say add mayonnaise. But basically it’s the raw egg that will take the oil out. I am currently trying out no poo and did a coconut oil hair mask and had the same results as you. Super oily even after two no poo washes. The egg was messy, but got it out pretty well. Third time was a charm i guess. Hope this helps.

      • jessica

        Thank you chewy pickles for reminding me. Please wash egg out of hair with cool water! Otherwise you will end up with scrambled eggs in your hair! Lol

      • jessica

        One more thing to consider is that eggs are packed full of protein. They are beneficial for hair only if used no more than every two three weeks. Any more than that may damage hair.

  35. ChewyPickles

    When I use some kind of heavy oil in my hair, I always always ALWAYS use an egg mask to wash it out. I don’t remember where, but I read it somewhere and it’s worked wonders. About half an hour before you go to wash out the oil, crack an egg into a bowl and whisk together the egg yolk and whites. I suppose you don’t have to use both parts, I just like to. You can also use a bit on your face, if it suits your fancy. Apply the egg all throughout your hair (make sure to get it EVERYWHERE, any areas without the egg will probably still be oily). Wait for 15-20 minutes, then wash it all out. Don’t forget, hot water will cooks the eggs in your hair, so be careful. You shouldn’t need to shampoo or condition afterwards, but listen to your hair. I hope this helps(:

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  36. Jess

    Have a tip for those no pooers that enjoy oil treatments….eggs.
    Mixing an egg with some water helps to wash the oil out of your hair. Take one egg and mix with a few Tablespoons of water. Coat your hair with this mixture being sure to get your scalp and leave on for about fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes, use whatever is left in the bowl and coat your hair one more time, massaging it into your scalp again. Rinse out in the shower with cool water and follow up with your version of shampoo.

  37. aishlnch

    Hey Crunchybetty,

    All this information is just awesome!!!
    I have made myself the hot oil using olive oil and rosemary essential oil with few herbs in it. I have very dry damaged hair with little frizz in them. I have planned on using apple cider vinegar rinse after removing the oil by shampooing. I wanted to ask if i need to use a conditioner after that vinegar rinse. I have just followed this once but i read on many blogs that vinegar rinse leaves your hair ends dry. But i doubt if they are using oil treatments like me.

    Please reply
    Thanks in advance :)

  38. Emily

    Sigh. I really need to learn my lesson. ALWAYS check with Crunchy Betty first. I’m no poo, and I didn’t read this before doing an oil treatment. With coconut oil. Lots of it.

    All I have to say is at least I’m just hiking today. Braid it is! And I hope a 16 hour oil treatment works out for me ;) I’ll try the baking soda and ACV rinse stuff when I get home. In the meantime, I will enjoy having straight (ish) hair for the first time in my life.

  39. Slizz

    I’ve found that coconut oil works incredibly well with my version of no ‘poo, which is using soapnuts as a detergent to clean my hair. I treat my (very very bleached) hair with coconut oil before washing about twice a week and use a little bit more after washing as a leave-in conditioner.

  40. Ema

    Hi…can i leave the treatment on overnight?

  41. mrsholley

    i am excited to try this my hair is so dry and frazzled. so how often do you do this oil treatment? once a week? every other week? would more often be too much?

  42. Ani

    Hi Betty! Really appreciated the time and care you took to share the hot oil hair treatment process according to your experiences. I’ve done my own “intuitive” style of hot oil treatments–overlapping w/much of your advice–and I enjoy the combo of coconut oil & jojoba oil on hair & skin, but definitely picked up some new tips. Rock on, Lovely Lady!

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