Whatever the season, the hair can benefit from a little special treatment beyond the usual shampoo or conditioner. I recommend this dense, hot oil treatment to add shine, strengthen and soften the hair. You can use this pre-poo as an standard oil blend or add the essential oils for an additional boost. It has a minty, floral scent provided by the essential oils, which also help condition hair and scalp. Recommended for dry, damaged, color-treated or chemically treated hair.
1 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
4 drops lavender
3 drops lemongrass
3 drops rosemary
2 drops geranium
Mix first three oils in order given in a non-reactive bowl. Heat in a double boiler on the stove until it starts to gently bubble or for 40 seconds in the microwave. Remove from heat. Using individual droppers, drop in essential oils in order given; swirl to mix. Test on back of wrist to make sure temperature is acceptable (not too hot).
Divide hair into about 8 sections; twist or secure with clips. Apply warmed oils to scalp and ends of hair. Massage in. Put on a shower cap or other plastic head wrap. Let oils continue to warm using body heat and sunlight if available for 25 minutes. Shampoo, condition and style as usual.
Remaining oil can be stored in sterile jar for later use as long as you keep it pure (no water). It is okay to double this recipe for longer hair.