Moisturizing Dreadlocks

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Moisturizing Dreadlocks


Moisturizing your dreads after you wash them, as well as at regular intervals, is very important.

Types of Oils

Here are some suggestions of oils you can use: jojoba oil, or grape seed oil, which is of a lighter consistency than jojoba. Hemp oil is another good one. Many people try out these different oils, and decide which one works best for them. You could try extra virgin coconut oil, but if you find it makes your hair too soft, which inhibits their locking, I would switch to a different oil for a while, and perhaps try coconut when your locks are more mature. Or you can use coconut for an occasional pick-me-up for your hair if you find over time they’re getting dried out (I’m African American, so my hair is kinkier, which allows me to use coconut oil despite it’s softening abilities).

You can also use essential oils (lavender oil, tea tree oil, jasmine oil, etc), but do so sparingly. I advise against using it full strength. Instead, mix it with another agent, like jojoba oil or water. The great thing about essential oils is that they are useful for different purposes. Tea tree oil is great for helping an itchy scalp. Lavender oil is helpful in the treatment of hair loss, and can help improve growth. Rosemary oil helps treat dandruff.

EfaGold Pure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

What Brand Of Coconut Oil To Use?

There are many different brands out there, so it’s up to you. However, I recommend EfaGold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a quality, cost-effective brand. Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 2,997 reviews on this specific brand.

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Jojoba Oil

There are many different brands out there, so it’s up to you. In the past, I’ve used the Now Brand Jojoba Oil with good results. Very moisturizing. Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 343 reviews on this specific brand.

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Grapeseed Oil

The Now Brand Grapeseed Oil is a lighter type of oil, compared to Jojoba. I’ve used this as well in the summer. Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 348 reviews on this specific brand.

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Lavender Essential Oil

I’m a freak about Lavender Essential Oil for perfume purposes, and it’s great for your hair as well (make sure you don’t use it full strength). Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 1390 reviews on this specific brand.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil is helpful if you have any itchy scalp. Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 910 reviews on this specific brand.

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Technique

As far as technique, that depends on your comfort level, as well as the thickness of your dreads. Sometimes I use a light spritzer of moisturizer oil and then gently rub them into my hands manually. Other times, I’ll simple pour a small puddle in the palm of my hands, rub my palms together, and evenly distribute it evenly through my hair. And don”t forget to oil your scalp, which is extremely important in the winter months, as well as the ends of your locks.

Frequency

That depends on the dryness of your hair. Everyone’s head of dreads tends to be a bit different. In the winter I tend to lightly oil my hair about every other day, while in the summer I do it slightly less frequently.

Check out this video that demonstrates how it’s done. NOTE: the yellow bottle used in this video is Jamaican Mango & Lime No More Itch Gro Spray, which I review in the Product Review page.

 

 


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