Published on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 by Afrocks
Avocado oil, Argan oil…What are the best oils for your dreadlocks?
Locs are an incredible way to rock your hair, but they need some efforts to look luxuriant and healthy. Many people don’t know how to nurture their dreadlocks properly, and this 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 healthy mane, here is a list of the best oils you can use.
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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