Oils are good for your dreads, but when excess oils starts to build up, it can cause issues. It’s normal for our scalp to produce its own oils, otherwise called sebum, in order to keep our scalp moisturized and healthy. In some cases, you may find that your dreads are becoming greasy and your scalp may start to itch. This is caused by the gradual buildup of excessive oils on your scalp.
The Effects of Oily Dreadlocks
At first you may notice that your dreads are becoming greasier than normal. You most naturally will think that it’s the products that you are using in it, but then you realize that even after you stopped using those products, the problem still persists.
If oily scalp is not treated, it can lead to more conditions of the scalp such as dandruff or other scalp fungus, one of which is called malassezia.
What You can Do to Treat Oily Dreads
Dealing with oily dreads is frustrating because as soon as you wash them, excess oils build up, which may cause bad hair odor. The only way to solve this issue is to get to the root of the problem. Try using natural oily scalp treatment to balance the amount of sebum that is secreted from the pores of your scalp.
Washing Less Helps Oily Dreadlocks
The first thought that most people would naturally have when thinking how to get rid of oily dreads, is to wash them more often than they would normally do. This although may sound logical, can worsen the problem. If you start washing your locs too often, depending on the type of shampoo, your scalp will get extra dry, which triggers the production of excess oils (sebum).
Deep Condition Your Locs to Get Rid of Oily Scalp
Choose a natural organic hair conditioner for your locs. Look for one with natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which helps to soothe and restore the scalp, to get rid of excess oils. Use it to deep condition your locs only after your locs are mature. If you have starter locs, you may want to skip this, since it can slow down the loc process.