While trapping buildup and moisture in your locs is bad, leaving your mane un-moisturized and dried out is just as bad, if not worse. Keeping your dreadlocks well moisturized is vital in keeping them strong, healthy, and vibrant. The myth that you should just leave your dreads alone and not look after them constantly is just that--a myth--one thing we hope we have already established.
While synthetic moisturizing ingredients in commercial shampoos can do more harm than good, there are a plethora of options for hair oils that help with managing your locs just as well as regular hair.
All of the products listed below are used in the Dr. Locs product line.
Containing amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids much higher than most natural oils, avocado oil is one of the best things you can put in your hair. It’s rich in nutrients and vitamins A, B, D, and E.
This monounsaturated oil penetrates easily into the hair strands rather than sitting on the surface, moisturizing deeply and strengthening it without making you feel greasy. And because of its non-greasiness, it’s also recommended for moisturizing a dry scalp without any problems.
You can use avocado oil on its own or add into your shampoo. You can also mix it with rosewater and/or glycerin, pour the mixture into a plastic spray bottle, and now you have your own moisturizing hair mist.
You have probably heard of the unlimited wonders of this “liquid gold” for skin and hair--dreadlocks are not an exemption. Extracted from the argan tree, this oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which makes it super moisturizing.
When used as a moisturizer or a moisturizer booster, it can treat hair issues like split ends, and manage frizz. Just like avocado oil, it absorbs quickly but leaves a slight residue that gives off an attractive shine.
Argan oil can be used on its own as a styling agent as it helps smooth out frizz and make locs more manageable. Check out different hairstyles that are easy to do on dreadlocks.
Jojoba oil is not actually an oil, but a melted wax that is close to the natural sebum that we humans produce. Because of this, it keeps skin and hair healthy, moisturized, and balanced. It is also used as a “preservative” of other plant oils, as it extends their shelf life and has a very long shelf life itself.
So if you are planning to use it on its own as a hair oil, you don’t need to worry about it going rancid for a long period of time. Since jojoba oil has antibacterial properties, it is said to be beneficial to the scalp and even manages dry scalp and dandruff. Because of its nature, it hydrates the hair from the inside and boosts its elasticity.
You can also mix jojoba oil into your other natural oils or essential oils, and massage the concoction onto your scalp. This will help stimulate blood flow, helping your hair to grow longer and stronger.
You may be familiar with chamomile because of its tea, and its essential oil that is basically a potion for relaxation. But that is not the only thing chamomile is good for. The essential oil is also loaded with benefits for your skin and your dreadlocks.
Like jojoba, chamomile oil has antibacterial properties that get rid of dandruff and even hair lice. It is also a very good moisturizer for your hair, being one of those oils that strengthens it from within. So massage this or a mixture of it and other oils onto your scalp for strong locs!
Vitamin E is another buzzword in the beauty industry, and for good reason. Also known as tocopherol, it strengthens and moisturizes hair and skin, and it is easily found in the oils mentioned above.
You can also rub this directly onto your scalp to promote strong and healthy tresses. Vitamin E is usually sold in capsules at pharmacies as a beauty supplement. Poke a (sterilized) needle into the capsule, or cut it up, to pour the contents out into 2 tablespoons of pure oil, and massage it into your scalp.