Hot Oil Treatments Have Been Used Since the '70s, and This Is Why

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Have you ever wanted to take defibrillator paddles to your hair and yell, "Clear!"? Sometimes our strands enter a dire code blue, and the resuscitation process is a bit more taxing than we expected. Enter hot oil treatments. Yep, we're talking about those little plastic tubes of amber liquid—probably branded Vo5—that you've seen stashed in your grandma's or mother's medicine cabinet. But don't be so quick to dismiss it as an outdated treatment—there's a reason it's been around for several decades, and that's because it works. Before shampooing and after warming up the oil to a comfortable temperature, you can deposit the oil onto your scalp to stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth while also coating the strands to strengthen them and help them shine. So whether your hair is kinky-curly or straight and thin, the new age of hot oil treatments is here to answer your 911 call.