Oily Locs: How to Get Rid of Excess Oil on the Scalp

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.


Nourish and Grow Your Dreads With the Right Shampoo

I’m always aware of the smell of my hair, that’s why I try to keep my dreads clean at all times. Washing your locs on a regular basis is not only essential for keeping them healthy and beautiful, but it’s also to prevent bad odors. Choosing a shampoo or soap can be a bit tricky, because dreadlocks are unique and need specific types of shampoos to keep them healthy.

Residue-free Shampoo for Dreads

Locs absorb things more easily than natural or other types of hair, therefore, it is recommended that you use a residue-free shampoo or natural shampoos, or even bar soaps for dreads. This way, when you wash your hair, all the residue will be removed, which will prevent build-up in your locs. Residue-free shampoos may also prevent or get rid of dandruff.

Benefits of Residue-free Shampoo on Dreads

When you wash your dreads with residue-free shampoo, you can immediately feel the cleanness all the way to your scalp.¬† You might notice that residue-free shampoos don’t necessarily have to leave a strong scent in your hair. This does not mean that you didn’t get a deep-cleansed wash. In fact, that strong fragrance that’s left behind is an indication that residues are still locked away in the strands of your locs.

Growing and Restoring Your Locs

Whether you are just starting your dreadlocks or have them for years, you may want to stimulate your locs so that they can grow faster. Choosing certain dreadlocks shampoos with natural oils and herbs, can increase the growth rate of your hair. Over a period of time, you will see the difference in the the appearance of your locs, as you give them the nourishment that they need.

Organic Soap Bars for Washing Locs

If you want to try something other than shampoo for your locs, you can also try natural dreadlock shampoo bar soaps. These bar soaps are just as good as the shampoos, and may even last you a longer time, since some will give a richer lather. Just like the shampoo, they are enriched with natural herbs and oils, without the added chemicals.

The Right Way to Wash Dreads

There’s a slight difference in washing your locs than the traditional hair. Try imagine washing sponge. You would gently massage the shampoo in your scalp and locs. When rinsing, do not wring your dreads, but instead, squeeze the water out of your hair.

Always remember that an important part of your locs-care regimen should include regular washing with the right shampoo. Giving your dreads attention and care, will result in stronger, healthier dreadlocks for years to come.


Achieve Soft Flowing Dreads With Hot Oil Treatment

Your head of locs can be pampered with an occasional hot oil treatment to maintain a healthy sheen. If you struggle with dry damaged dreads, treat your hair to restore its health. There is no reason why you can’t use hot oil treatment like you used to before you locked your hair. The warmth from the oil opens up the cuticles, so that the nutrients can seep in. If you haven’t given your dreads a deep conditioning in a while, this is perfect way to start.

Moisturize Your Dreadlocks With Hot Oil Treatment

The nutrients you feed your hair with, actually shows by the way your hair looks. It’s inexpensive and effective, so get your hot oil treatment done ASAP. The sooner, the better. You will immediately see the benefits as your hair come alive. It doesn’t take much time to apply the oil to your hair. The rest of the work is done while you go about your normal routine.

What Type of Oil to Use for a Hot Oil Treatment on Dreadlocks?

It is important that you choose the oil that you will be using as an hot oil treatment on your locs very carefully. If you don’t have a hot oil treatment readily available, you can use oils that you may already have at home such as olive oil, Jamaican Black castor oil or coconut oil. You can mix castor oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and use that as your hot oil treatment.

The Right Way to Use Hot Oil Treatment on Locs

All you need to do is to warm the oil, making sure not to make it too hot. To avoid burning yourself, test a small amount of the oil on the back of your hand before putting it on your scalp. Massage the oil onto all of your scalp and put some on your locs too.

How to Lock in the Heat From the Hot Oil

Next, you’re going to cover your entire head with a well-fitted shower cap. You can wrap a warm towel around the shower cap, or just sit under a hair dryer for a while. Here’s another great idea you can try if your dreads are super long and can’t fit in a shower cap, after applying the warm oil, wrap your entire head of locs with Saran wrap. That will do the trick, as the warm oil penetrates each strand of lock and repair dry damaged hair.

Closing Back Your Hair Cuticle After a Hot Oil Treatment

During a hot oil treatment, the heat from the oil opens up the hair cuticle, allowing oils to penetrate deep into the layers of your locs. After doing your oil treatment, it is recommended that you close the cuticle by using cold water when rinsing. This also helps to control frizz that so many people complain about.