I also wanted something inexpensive but effective. I searched around my cabinets and decided to give Sweet Almond Oil & Sweet Basil Essential Oil a try. I have to say that my hair loved this combination of oils in a hot oil treatment. After using the hot oil treatment, my hair was moisturized, soft, silky and I also had less breakage. I will include directions on how to make your own DIY Hot Oil Treatment below.
First of all, if you're going to do a hot oil treatment, I suggest using a light, non greasy oil that can easily penetrate the hair shaft, such as Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil or Jojoba Oil. Sweet Almond Oil nourishes the hair, smooths hair follicles and prevents dry itchy scalp. It also makes hair long, strong & thick. In addition to reducing hair breakage, adding sheen to hair and reducing fairy knots.
Sweet Basil Essential Oil is fragrant & stimulates the scalp. "Basil is reputed to stimulate hair growth and increase vitality and blood circulation to the hair. Massaged into the scalp, this wonderful essential oil tingles the scalp and cleanses clogged, tired hair follicles so that strong thick hair can escape." There are different types of Basil oil, so make sure you purchase Sweet Basil, however you should not use Basil oil if you are pregnant. You can purchase Sweet Basil Essential oil & Sweet Almond Oil at health food stores, Whole Foods or at http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
Sweet Almond & Basil Hot Oil Treatment -- I used this on dry hair
1/4-1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil depending on hair length--this makes a lot-so you'll have some leftover oil.
5-6 drops Sweet Basil Oil
Measure out the Sweet Almond Oil & pour in measuring cup. In separate large bowl, add warm water.
Place the measuring cup in the larger bowl to warm the oil.
When the almond oil is warm, add the Sweet Basil Oil & blend.
Part hair in 4 sections. Start by pouring the warm oil in a plastic bottle, so you can apply it easily. Pour the oil on your scalp in between each of the 4 sections. Next apply oil to the scalp, hair & ends on each section. Massage thoroughly. Apply more oil if necessary, especially on ends. Cover with a plastic cap. Sit under a warm dryer for 30 minutes. Leave oil on the hair for 1 hour, before rinsing. After 1 hour, I rinsed my hair with warm water and co-washed with Natures Gate Herbal Conditioner.