There’s no mistaking that locs are cool and attractive. Apart from that, they are a relatively low maintenance style that will only have you going to your favorite loctician every once in a while to get them back in shape. However, dry locs are a common issue that should not be ignored. It could lead to breakage, unpleasant smells, and unwanted build-up. Therefore, we’ve put together some maintenance tips for moisturizing dry locs which include simple treatments and oils for locs.
Why Are My Locs Dry?
The process is quite straightforward. Your hair grows longer and longer. Therefore, over time, the tips of your dreads will become drier than the length of the locs themselves. That happens to everyone, so don’t worry. The tips are the oldest hair and furthest away from the nourishment of your scalp.
Apart from that, seeing as they are loose and long, they’ve been rubbing against your pillow and your clothes. Plus, you’ve exposed them to the sunlight the most and dried them with your hair blower the longest.
Therefore, the cuticles here are now open, so the moisture escapes a lot easier than with the rest of your hair. That’s why it becomes crucial to nourish them with loc oil.
But, before you can do that, you need to know which hair oil suits you best so that you can make an informed decision when you go out shopping.
The Best Choice – Vegetable Oils
Why is this the best choice when it comes to moisturizing dry locs? Because vegetable oils have fatty acids triglycerides. Apart from that, they come from natural sources when fatty vegetables, fruits, and grains are pressed to extract their precious oils.
We’re big fans of vegetable oils at London Locs Hair not only because they’re amazing as far as moisturizing dry locs goes. But also because they act like a waterproof barrier for your hair. Oils in general are hydrophobic, in the sense that they keep water away from you precious locs.
Therefore, your hair will still be moisturized and soft, but in a healthy way, without gathering build-up.
Vegetable oils are perfect for applying to your locs between showers if they’re brittle. You can also use them once a month in the form of a hot oil treatment. Therefore, think of them as a must-have that you should always store in your cupboard.
Here are some great vegetable oils you can use for moisturizing dry locs:
- Avocado oil
- Almond oil
- Sunflower oil
- Olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Jojoba oil
Our Runner up for Moisturizing Dry Locs – Coconut Oil
The most famous of all cosmetic oils will penetrate deep inside the cortex of your hair and bind all its proteins together, strengthening it.
However, you need to pay attention when using it. If you apply it for too long, it will actually lead to even more breakage and dry locs. This can also happen if you use coconut oil when you don’t necessarily need the added moisture.
If you notice any of these signs happening while using coconut oil, stop or alternate it with grapeseed or sunflower oil.
Can I Use Essential Oils for Moisturizing Dry Locs?
Yes, you can and you should use essential oils for your hair. But not when it comes to moisturizing purposes.
The reason is that essential oils do not have any fats which could soften your hair.
However, they still have healing properties.
For example, they are fantastic if you have dandruff or an itchy scalp. You can add just a few drops of essential oil to any hot oil treatment and your itchy scalp will be no more!
Here are some fantastic essential oils you can use:
- Tea tree
- Bay laurel
- Thomas Bay
A Hot Oil Treatment Recipe
- Add your favorite oils in a bowl. The ratio should be proportional to the length of your hair.
- Place the bowl in a pan with water over the stove to warm them up (the ‘bain marie’ method of cooking)
- Remove the bowl from the source of heat when the oils are warm, not hot to burn your scalp.
- Apply the mixture generously to your locs. Start with the roots.
- Massage your scalp easily.
- Wrap a towel or bag over your head and let everything rest for 30 minutes. You can also sleep on it.
- Wash your locs using a residue-free shampoo.
Note: if you have dandruff or an itchy scalp, add some of the essential oils we mentioned earlier.
How to Moisturize Your Locs After a Shampoo Wash
You should wash you locs every week with a residue-free shampoo to make sure they are clean and healthy. After you’re done:
- Use a towel to remove any excess water
- Apply the vegetable oil of your choice to your locs starting with the tips.
- Press your locs so that the oil penetrates them deeply.
Note: do not put vegetable oil on your scalp because it could lead to dandruff.
Moisturizing Dry Locs between Shampoo Washes
Don’t forget that moisture is important in between washes as well to make sure your scalp is healthy and your hair grows well. If you do so, your locs will not break as easily and your hair follicles will thank you!
- 1/3 your favorite vegetable oils
- 2/3 flower water – rose, lavender, orange or patchouli. But you can also use regular water.
- Essential oils for the smell
Mix well and apply on your locs, especially on your tips. Keep this mixture in the fridge.
Can I Use Conditioner for Moisturizing Dry Locs?
No. As simple as that. I know it’s very tempting because it’s so easy to pick up a bottle. But conditioner will leave residue that you won’t be able to clean off that easily. Therefore, it will build-up in your locs and might start to smell after a while.
Please don’t forget to wash your locs every week using a residue-free shampoo. When it comes to moisturizing dry locs, use vegetable oils to make your hair soft and less brittle. But the most important thing, wear your locs with pride!