Since high school I’ve been using VO5 Hot Oil Treatments. I’m always amazed that in the fickle world of drugstore beauty products that they still sell them. Not only that, the packaging hasn’t even changed much over the past 20 years since I bought them for the first time.
Last night as I was trying to run a brush though my brittle, tangled mop, I determined it was time for a treatment. I didn’t have any.
I’d just been puttering outside in the sweltering heat and was sweaty and filthy. There was no way I was going out to get some. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I could just use olive oil. After all, I use it to make bath salts and sugar scrubs, why not use it in my hair. So, I went to the kitchen, poured about a quarter cup of olive oil and heated it for a few seconds in the microwave. Then used it just as I would have with the VO5 tube.
Well, lo and behold, it worked.
I know, I haven’t exactly made a world altering, scientific breakthrough here, and I’m sure there are lots of people who have though of this long before me. Plus, with a unit price of about $2.00, buying the commercial treatment wasn’t exactly breaking the bank. I do, however, prefer the idea of using olive oil when I consider the ingredients in VO5. To be honest, I don’t know much about cocotrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, niacinamide, panthenol, phytantriol or methylparaben, but I’m probably better off without them.