When you think of oils for your dreadlocks, natural oils should be the only oils that come to mind. These include natural coconut, olive, and Jamaican Castro oil. I can’t tell you not to put unnatural products in your hair. However, I can try to convince you not to.
Products such as locking gel or locking cream will only cause buildup, leaving dreads thin and dense. When using products that are meant for natural loose hair, unlike undreaded hair, you can’t comb out your locs, so whatever you put in your dreads, stays there and it’s not easily washed off. It can take up to two or more washing sessions to get rid of all the product buildup.
That’s why natural oils are important because the goal is not to lock your hair faster instead to grow healthy dreads. So, before applying oils to your dreads, start with the scalp first using a spray bottle. You don’t have to use all the oils mention below at once; however, choose one that gives the best results.
Coconut Oil Moisture the Scalp
Coconut oil is a fantastic oil to stimulate hair growth and gets deep within your hair follicles to moistures the scalp. It hydrates dry dreads, adds shine and softness to your hair. In turn, it prevents breakage and slows down hair loss. Besides this, coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is rich in Lauric acid that penetrates the hair and strengthens the cuticle. It cools the scalp and helps people who suffer from scalp sweating.
- Coconut oil helps with hair damage caused by the sun.
- Increase hair proteins and prevent hair loss.
Castor oil is notable for hair growth and is one of the best oils for starter locs. Unlike coconut oil, which has a lovely smell, Castor oil smells terrible and may cause your scalp to itch. Still, Castor oil penetrates the outer layer of the hair shaft and increases new growth, which is needed for healthy dreads. Because of the thickness of this oil, it locks in the moisture and improves blood circulation to the scalp.
- Helps tame dreads frizz.
- Prevents hair loss.
- Undo the damages caused by colour-treatment.
Olive oil not only moisturizes your hair but helps tame dreads frizz. You can use it after a re-twist to give your dreadlocks that added shine and fresh appearance. Also, they contain anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevents dandruff. They contain Mono Saturated fatty acid, vitamin E, and antioxidants to improve hair growth. If you are new to dread oils then, Virgin Olive oil is your best bet, in case you have a sensitive scalp.
- Moisturize the scalp and control dandruff.
- Strengthen the roots of dreads.
- Rich in antioxidants and promotes scalp health.
Vitamin E Oil And Rose Water Improves Hairloss
Yannie, the Locologist swears by this mixture and all her clients have the healthiest locs I have ever seen. Vitamin E oils control frizz and improve hair and scalp health as well as encourage hair growth in people who suffer from hair loss (especially those who suffer from receding hairline). Similarly, Rosewater adds a mild fragrance to your vitamin E oil mixture, leaving dreads smelling lovely.
Jojoba oil for Dry Dreads
Jojoba oils are extracted from the jojoba seeds and are a popular oil to use with dreadlocks. Because of its oily properties, jojoba oil is an amazing moisturizer that aid dreads breakage, split ends and dryness. Further, it helps with hair loss and thickens the dreads.
- Helps treat dreads dandruff.
- Stops itchy scalp.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals needed for healthy dreads.
Readymade Natural Oils For Your Dreads
Hairfinity Botanical Hair Oil–The Hairfinity is chemical-free, it’s made from all-natural ingredients and will have your dreads shiny and strong. With thousands of reviews, celebrities can’t get enough of how amazing this product is. It contains a powerful blend of natural oil including sweet almond, olive, grape seed, jojoba, and, vitamin E oils.
EssyNatural Hair Growth Oil–Essynatural nourishes thinning hair and restores your dreads thickness. It consists of all-natural ingredients such as Biotin, Caffeine, Castor oil, Coconut, Rosemary and Olive oil, that guarantee hair growth.
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil–The Shea Moisture strengthens and regrows hair. The coconut and Jamaican castor oil add moisture to your dreads. The peppermint cleanses the scalp and relieves itchiness from dry scalp and dandruff.
Adding natural oils to your dreads, restore moisture after washing and cleanse your hair.
My name is Penny Thomas, I love blogging, and the founder of HTW dreads. I had dreadlocks for the past tens years. However, I cut my hair off to grow them with natural oils and no wax. Apart from my hair, I love reading and swimming.