Avocado oil, Argan oil…What are the best oils for Locs?
Locs are an incredible way to rock your hair, but they need some effort to look luxuriant and healthy. Many people don’t know how to nurture their dreadlocks properly, and this is why they experience agonising itchiness on their scalp. The truth is that happy dreadlocks don’t just happen; you have to take care of them so they can grow and glow with moisture. Whether your goal is to grow your tresses or just maintain a healthy mane, here is a list of the best oils you can use.
Pumpkin seed oil
The pumpkin seed oil is also known as Pepita oil. It is extracted from pumpkin seeds and is very rich in linoleic acid (a type of omega-6 fatty acid) and has high amounts of antioxidant compounds. As the name suggests, it is great to “pump” and support your dreads.
For better improvement with this loc oil, you should mix it with 15-30ml of an equal quantity of coconut oil. After applying, observe an average of 25-35 minutes before washing out with shampoo and conditioner.
Grapeseed oil is a vegetable-based oil derived from grape seeds. As a byproduct of winemaking, it contains both saturated and unsaturated fats. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties (proanthocyanidin) and has been proven to hydrate, soften and improve the elasticity of the scalp. It also helps the vitamin E and C on the scalp to be effective and is efficient in preserving the scalp. You can purchase it as grape seed oil extract (liquid or capsule form) or in its raw form and massage it onto the scalp.
Almond oil contains vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. In its unrefined state, its nutrients are better retained, but in its refined state, they are heated with chemicals. It’s a popular oil mostly included in skincare products. But it’s also a great oil for locs due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These elements contain a natural SPF-5 that protect your locs from sun damage.
Almond oil is also rich in vitamin B-7 (or biotin), which keeps hair and nails healthy and strong. When applied to the scalp, its antibacterial properties balance the yeast that causes dandruff. It also hydrates the scalp and cleans hair follicles.
Tea tree oil
The tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, a small plant mostly found in Australia. It is a great oil for dreads because it contains a terpinene-4-ol compound that kills certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Tea tree oil is also known to prevent infection and promote scalp healing. When mixed with olive oil or almond oil, tea tree oil tends to improve the effects of dandruff severity on the scalp. Tea tree oil also reduces the itching and greasiness which comes as a result of dandruff.
Extracted from peppermint using the distillation process, peppermint has always been associated with edibles like chewing gum or candies because of its menthol. Although some peppermint oils are stronger than others, the strongest types are made using modern distillation techniques. Its menthol and anti-inflammatory properties give a soothing feeling to the scalp, so you can use this to curb scalp dryness and itchiness. Also, due to its vasodilation property, you can use it to improve blood flow to the scalp and enhance the growth of your locs. After applying to the scalp, leave it for 10-15mins before washing with shampoo to improve hair growth.
Black seed oil
Black seeds are seeds from the Nigella Sativa plant, popularly found n Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Western Asia. Some countries call it black caraway, black cumin, black onion seed, and kalonji. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a good choice for reducing inflammation. It possesses antioxidant properties which makes it one of the best oils for dread. When applied to the scalp, black seed oil softens the dreads and promotes their shiny features.
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Extracted from the pulp of the fruit, this light oil is rich in amino acids as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E, making it one of the best oils you can put in your hair. It is particularly known for its ability to penetrate into hair strands to offer a moisturising treatment. It promotes hair growth, strengthens the roots and nourishes the scalp. Avocado has a shelf life of up to one year if you store it correctly, and can be mixed with shampoo, rosewater or glycerin.
Many know this oil as Moroccan oil, but the name isn’t as important as the wonders the liquid gold works when applied to dreadlocks. It is a great source of fatty acids and vitamin E, serving as an effective moisturiser. it also has antioxidant properties to restore the damage done to the scalp while the anti-inflammatory properties relieve dry skin and itchiness. When applied to locs, argan oil absorbs quickly, leaving a slight residue that will make your dreads smooth and shiny.
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Contrary to what many think, this is actually a melted wax which is very similar to the natural oil (sebum) our body produces. It is even theorised that when applied to the skin and hair, Jojoba oil can trick the body into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil (sebum) production. You can use it with any mixture without worries as it doesn’t clog pores but rather prevents rancidity. In addition to preventing breakage and adding shine to your locs, this oil can aid stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, thus helping your hair grow longer and stronger. However, don’t use it too often or in large quantities as this might cause buildup on the scalp.
Chamomile has been used for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years, and it is widely known today as an ingredient in herbal tea. Its oil can also do a lot of good to your dreadlocks as it loaded with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to soothe an itchy scalp. The oil also serves as an effective treatment against dandruff and lice, while adding softness and shine to your locs. That’s not all; chamomile oil can help nourish your hair by strengthening the follicles from within, so don’t hesitate to add this to the list of oils you should have.
Also known as tocopherol, Vitamin E oil is derived from vitamin E, and can be applied to the skin and hair. It is a hot product in the beauty industry and for a good reason. Like other oils, it has great scalp benefits as it reduces dryness and prevents dandruff, psoriasis and itches. Give your locs a treat by massaging it into your scalp, but we recommend you use it sparingly, so it doesn’t cause buildup since it is heavy. You can buy vitamin E in gel capsules at pharmacies and then poke it with a sterilised needle so you can pour the contents out.
If you feel your locs are thinning out at the roots or if you’re experiencing hair loss, lavender oil is the liquid gold to buy. Its disinfecting properties will fight fungi, microbes and other viruses that cause hair loss while promoting hair growth and an increased number of hair follicles. Another unique benefit it offers is that it balances the scalp’s PH and sebum production. Like other oils, it improves dry skin and gives shine to the tresses. As a bonus, it has a pleasant scent which is therapeutic as it relieves stress and anxiety.
Rich in vitamins B, C, and E as well as omega fatty acids, castor oil is a great choice for those who want longer and thicker dreads. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil is a strong anti-fungicidal and antibacterial agent which helps to protect the hair and scalp from infections. It also absorbs moisture quickly and locks it in so you can have stronger, longer and thicker locs. Going further, it has a shelf life of up to 3 years which is impressive, but that’s only possible if you store it properly. Since it is thick like honey, we recommend you use castor oil in small amounts, so it doesn’t attract lint and dirt.
As the name suggests, it is derived from the leaves, bark and berries of cedar trees and is often used for hair growth and thickening. It will help regenerate your hair if you have hair loss or your hair is thinning. Also, if you feel you’re at risk of getting lice, cedarwood oil (or cedar oil ( can help as it contains insect repellant properties. You massage it alone on your scalp or mix it with lavender and rosemary essential oils.
Coconut oil can work some serious magic on your hair due to its ability to penetrate the hair more than other oils. The hair loses its natural oils daily due to exposure to toxins and strong hair cleaning products like shampoo, but coconut oil provides the needed boost of moisture. Its natural SPF properties protect the hair from damage which can be particularly helpful to those with split ends while the vitamins and essential fatty acids can keep the scalp healthy.
If you want thick, long and shiny locs, then you need to give them some tender love and care using the oils above. Take some time to examine those beautiful tresses on your head to determine what they need. Remember that consistency is key; so keep up the routine to get the desired results. If you are looking for a mobile loctician in London check us out now