Category Archives: body and hair care

Hot oil treatments – jojoba and sunflower oil


Cost: About $1
Success rating: 2/5

Last time I got a haircut, I spent $10 on a treatment to calm down my puffy hair. Those were richer days, before I started the townhouse search. (Which reminds me that it’s time to get another haircut…)

I thought there must be a way to do things cheaply on my own, so I looked for recipes online.  There are quite a few. Like with most things on the internet, there is no lack of information, but it takes a lot of sifting to get to the good stuff. Last time I tried a mixture of oil and honey (surprisingly successful) but today I used a combination of oils, and I’m ready to go crawling back to the honey mixture.

I have a bunch of fancy oils from my soapmaking days. I used 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil. I picked jojoba because it’s closest to the oil human skin naturally produces, and sunflower oil because it’s thin and cheap. Just like not everyone has a pet tiger, I know that not everyone has a bottle of jojoba oil hanging around. That’s okay.  Kitchen oils like canola, olive and peanut are also worth experimenting with. I’d be careful with olive oil, though. That is some really greasy stuff.

What I did:

  1. Put 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil in a plastic microwave-safe container. I used plastic because it doesn’t retain heat
  2. Put in the microwave for a total of 60 seconds, for 20 seconds at a time
  3. Let it cool for some minutes until it was cool enough to touch
  4. Changed into my housecoat
  5. Put my head over the sink as I poured a little bit of oil into my palm at a time. I massaged it into my hair. Some sites say hair should be damp when you do this, but mine wasn’t
  6. Massaged the oil into my hair until it was nice n’ oily. You can wrap your hair with a warm towel if you want (I didn’t)
  7. Started writing this post to fill 30 minutes
  8. Shampooed my hair thoroughly. Twice.
  9. Blow-dried my hair, because I’m impatient!

So far, I don’t think this one was a success. My hair is oily rather than shiny. It looks like I haven’t washed it in a couple days. I’m glad I don’t have work tomorrow.

This is the before photo. For an after photo, imagine flatter and greasier.