How and Why to Moisturise Locs with Hot Oil Treatments

Hot Oil Treatment on Locs

Do you want to know how to remedy dry, dull dreadlocks/locs or an itchy, flaking scalp? Many locked women struggle with dryness from lack of moisture. Hot oil treatments could be all that is needed to solve those problems. No matter what stage you are in the locking process, hot oil treatments are a safe way to moisturise your scalp and hair.

Hot Oil Treatment on Locs

Hot Oil Treatment on Locs

Benefits of Hot Oil Treatments on Locs

Hot oil treatments on dreadlocks/locs are known to:

  • Add shine to loc’d hair
  • Heal dry scalp/dandruff
  • Facilitate loc’ing by not causing unravelling in looser textures or new/baby locs
  • Minimises build-up in comparison to traditional conditioners
  • Reduces breakage in colour-treated locs
Plastic Caps

Plastic Caps

The Best Oils to Use for Hot Oil Treatment

  • Olive Oil – This oil is a humectant and helps the hair to retain moisture from the atmosphere. This oils is also close to our natural sebum and so works very well in moisturising the scalp.
  • Jojoba Oil – This oil is the closest to your natural scalp secretions. This works particularly well for those who are concerned about a dry or flaky scalp.
  • Castor Oil – This oil not only moisturises but is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil with antiviral properties that fight scalp infections and dandruff.
  • Coconut Oil – This one is great for helping your hair to maintain it’s protein balance and is the only oil that penetrates hair. Remember, hair is just a fibre that we preserve so we must treat it in order for it to be maintained.
Overhead Hard Bonnet Hair Dryer

Overhead Hard Bonnet Hair Dryer

How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment on Dreadlocks/Locs

 Step 1. Wash your hair. Focus on both the locs and the scalp. This strips away the dirt so that the oils can actually penetrate and coat the hair.

Step 2. Blot wet with a micro fibre or lint-free towel to remove excess moisture.

Step 3. Apply an oil of choice (see oil recommendations above or use an hot oil treatment product) to hair and scalp. The oil doesn’t have to be dripping but it should coat the hair and scalp fully.

Step 4. Massage hair and scalp.

Step 5. Apply a plastic cap or plastic bag.

Step 6. Sit under a dryer for 10 minutes and let cool naturally or wrap the plastic covered hair with a towel for 30 minutes while your scalp generates heat naturally.

Step 7. Rinse hair with warm water and conditioner wash with an inexpensive conditioner if you need to get a bit more oil out of your hair. You don’t want to wash with a shampoo as that will strip out all the oils that you have infused into your hair and scalp.

Step 8. Dry and style your dreadlocks as usual.

I hope that this helps you to get the healthier, shinier, moisturised locs and scalp that you are looking for. Please share this link with someone who needs it.

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