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Hot Oil Treatment Beginner Friendly Guide for Type 4 Hair

I'm sharing my beginner-friendly routine with you all. Whether you're new to caring for your type 4 curls or looking for some fresh tips, this blog is for you! Join me as I walk you through a nourishing hot oil treatment that will leave your hair feeling soft, moisturized, and revitalized. From pre-poo to detangling, I've got you covered every step of the way. Don't forget to share this post if you find it helpful! Let's slay wash day together. 💁🏾‍♀️✨

Why Hot Oil Treatments?

Hot oil treatments are a fantastic way to infuse moisture, add shine, and improve the overall health of your type 4 hair. These treatments help to:

  • Strengthen hair strands

  • Reduce frizz

  • Prevent split ends

  • Enhance curl definition

What You'll Need:

  • Your favorite oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, or a blend)

  • A heat-safe bowl

  • Hot water

  • A plastic cap or a warm towel

  • Wide-tooth comb or detangling brush

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Pre-Poo

Pre-pooing is essential for type 4 hair as it provides an extra layer of protection before shampooing, which can strip natural oils.

  1. Choose Your Oil: Select your preferred oil or a blend of oils.

  2. Warm the Oil: Place the oil in a heat-safe bowl and warm it by setting the bowl in hot water for a few minutes. Make sure the oil is warm but not too hot to avoid scalp burns.

  3. Apply the Oil: Section your hair into manageable parts and apply the warm oil to your scalp and hair, focusing on the ends.

  4. Massage: Gently massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes to stimulate blood flow and enhance oil absorption.

  5. Cover: Cover your hair with a plastic cap or warm towel and let the oil sit for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: Shampoo

After pre-pooing, it's time to cleanse your hair.

  1. Rinse: Rinse your hair with lukewarm water to remove the excess oil.

  2. Shampoo: Use a sulfate-free shampoo to cleanse your scalp and hair. Focus on your scalp and let the shampoo run through your strands to avoid stripping them of moisture.

  3. Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure all the shampoo is rinsed out.

Step 3: Deep Condition

Deep conditioning is crucial for maintaining moisture and elasticity in type 4 hair.

  1. Apply Conditioner: After shampooing, apply a generous amount of deep conditioner to your hair.

  2. Detangle: Use a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush to gently detangle your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots.

  3. Cover and Heat: Cover your hair with a plastic cap or warm towel and leave the conditioner in for 30 minutes to an hour. For better results, use a heated cap or sit under a hooded dryer.

  4. Rinse: Rinse out the deep conditioner with cool water to help seal the hair cuticle.

Step 4: Moisturize and Seal

To keep your hair moisturized, follow up with the LOC or LCO method.

  1. Leave-In Conditioner: Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair.

  2. Oil: Apply a light oil to seal in the moisture.

  3. Cream: Use a moisturizing cream or butter to further lock in moisture and define your curls.

Final Tips:

  • Consistency: Make hot oil treatments a regular part of your hair care routine, aiming for once a week or bi-weekly.

  • Experiment: Don't be afraid to experiment with different oils to see what works best for your hair.

  • Protect: Always protect your hair at night with a satin or silk scarf or bonnet.


Caring for type 4 hair can be a delightful journey with the right routine and products. This beginner-friendly hot oil treatment is a fantastic way to keep your curls soft, moisturized, and healthy. Remember, consistency is key, and your hair will thank you for the love and attention.

If you found this guide helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.

Let's slay wash day together! 💁🏾‍♀️✨


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