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3 Methods To Oil Your Dreads At Home

Conditioning is essential for natural hair, however, things are completely changed for people with dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are made from tangled and matted hair, while conditioners are born with the aim of detangling your hair, making it smoother and silkier.

Therefore, you will be advised to not condition your hair with commercial conditioners if you are wearing dreadlocks.

So when it comes to moisturizing locks, what will be your option? Natural oil will be a great substitution.

In the following sections, we will show you some useful information about the relation between oil and dreadlocks. Now let’s take a look at it!

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Should you oil your dreads?

Yes, you definitely should oil your dreads. The reason is your hair can get benefit from oil as a conditioner without detangling the locks.

Therefore, your beautiful crown can be moisturized while still being in the locking process.

Using natural oil can also nourish your scalp and hair with essential nutrients with fewer buildups lingered on your locs.

Thereby, they will not only look gorgeous but also be healthy from the inside out.

How often should I oil my locs?

In general, you should deep-moisturize your locks every one to two weeks. However, you can introduce oil to your dreadlocks only when they need each other, that means when your locks seem to get dry and brittle.

The daily scalp-massaging with oil will be just fine. It won’t detangle your hair, but nourish your scalp with nutrients and vitamins.

The hot oil treatment is especially good for dreadlocks, and can be carried out once a month. With a proper oil treatment, the result will absolutely amaze you.

What oils are good for locs?

It’s recommended to moisturize your locs with natural oils. This will not only help moisturize your hair with natural and essential nutrients but also limit the buildups on your locks.

Olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil are ideal for locs. Each of them has its own strong points which will match the purpose and hair type of each person.

Check out: The 10 Best Hair Oils for Dreadlocks

How do I oil my locs?

There are different ways and circumstances to oil dreadlocks. Your locks will be moisturized without being worried about detangling if you use oil the right way.

Each of the following methods will require a specific way to apply oil on your locks.

1. Moisturizing dreadlocks after shampoo

It will be great to moisturize hair when it is clean, therefore, after shampoo is perfect.

Things you’ll need:

Any kind of your favorite vegetable oil


  1. Remove the excess water on your hair after shampoo with a towel
  2. Apply a thin coat of your favorite vegetable oil on your locks, especially on the dry areas (don’t apply the oil on your scalp to prevent dandruff)
  3. Use your hands to press the dreads, allow the oil to penetrate deeply into the hair follicle

Related: 3 Steps To Get Vegetable Oil Out Of Hair

2. Moisturizing dreadlocks between shampoos

To moisturize your dry locks with oil between washes, you should combine oil with other moisturizing products.

Things you’ll need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Water or flower water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Essential oil


  1. In a spray bottle, combine ⅔ of water or flower water such as orange blossom or lavender water, ⅓ of vegetable oil, and a few drops of essential oil like peppermint or lavender
  2. Shake well before using
  3. Spray on your dreads from root to top
  4. Press your dreadlocks with your hands to evenly coat your hair with the moisturizing mixture
  5. Store the bottle in the fridge for later uses

3. Hot oil treatment

This method will be suitable for really dry dreadlocks and should only be used once to twice per month.

Things you’ll need:

  • A bowl
  • Vegetable oil
  • Plastic wrap


  1. Add your favorite vegetable oil to a bowl (the amount will depend on how long and thick your hair is)
  2. Add a few drops of Tea Tree, Bay Laurel, or Palmarosa to the bowl of oil if you have any problem with your scalp, or just simply want to add a fragrance to your hair
  3. Warm up your oil until it’s lukewarm (not piping hot)
  4. Apply the oil mix to your hair from the scalp to the tips, make sure that all the locks are evenly coated with oil treatment
  5. Gently massage your scalp and wrap it with plastic wrap
  6. Leave it on your hair for at least 30 minutes
  7. Remove and wash your hair with residue-free shampoo

The bottom line

Don’t underestimate moisturizing dreadlocks, because dry locks can cause brittle and breakage. Using natural oil to moisturize your locks is considered the idealist.

However, only use it occasionally with enough amount, and you’ll always possess such a beautiful crown.



I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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