Wheat Germ Oil, Castor Oil & Olive Oil on the Hair

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Sometimes your hair needs extra care with an at-home oil treatment. (Image: kazmulka/iStock/Getty Images)

Keeping your hair in good condition can be a challenge, especially when you regularly use styling products and processes. The scorching heat of summer and the drying cold of winter can also cause hair damage. Keep your hair healthy with an at-home oil treatment, which can add moisture and shine at a relatively low cost.

Why Your Hair Needs Oil

Everyday routines, such as combing and brushing your hair and exposure to the elements, can make your hair dry and damaged. Healthy, shiny hair needs lots of moisture, and oiling your hair is a good way to keep it moisturized from top to bottom. Wheat germ, and castor and olive oils have properties that help to keep your hair healthy.

Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat germ oil comes from the germ of Tritium vulgare, otherwise known as wheat. It features a high amount of vitamin E, which is an essential fatty acid. For hair, the oil can cut down on frizz, and help eliminate split ends and static.

Castor Oil

Castor oil comes from the seeds of the castor plant, which is native to Africa and India. Castor oil is used in hair and skin products. Naturopathic physicians use castor oil to boost the immune system to help fight infections, reports the American Cancer Society.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains healthy fatty acids and antioxidants that help to prevent certain kinds of diseases. Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E. It is the high vitamin E content that makes this oil useful for fighting the aging process. Olive oil's high fatty acid content helps to keep skin and hair smooth and elastic.

How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment

Use a hot oil treatment before shampooing your hair to combat dry hair. With any hair oil, a little goes a long way. Apply a few drops of oil to the palms of your hand and rub your hands together to warm it up. Apply the oil to your hair, gently messaging it through. Allow the oil to stay in your hair for about five minutes, then wash out. Over time, you will find which oil works best for your hair type.

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