Little-known oils that can have a tremendous effect on your dreadlocks

Ooli Beauty
Aug 27, 2018 · 3 min read

Keeping your mane looking luxuriant and healthy should be one of the things you strive to do with your locs. Whether your focus is to grow your tresses or to just maintain healthy hair, here are a few oils that you should search for in the ingredients list when buying locs products.

Babassu Oil (which is light yellow in color) is an amazing oil with the unique ability to undo the damage done to your hair, repair split ends, reduce breakage and increase your hair’s elasticity. It is extracted using the cold pressed method from a palm tree native to Brazil and this oil also acts as a moisturizing conditioner that makes your locs shiny and voluminous.

Baobab Oil is native to Africa and it is extracted from the seeds of the fruit tree it is named after. It contains all three omega fatty acids along with a range of vitamins and this oil is used to moisturize your hair. You may apply it to our locs from root to ends to seal in moisture, or you may use it on your scalp to relieve itchiness and dryness.

Black Cumin Oil is extracted from the seeds of black cumin and is known to encourage hair growth while discouraging hair thinning. This amber-hued oil comes from South Asia and massaging this oil into your scalp nourishes your follicles and helps to produce healthy hair.

Another great oil not popularly known but which does wonders for your locs is Borage Seed Oil. Extracted from the seeds of an herb from the Mediterranean, this oil is used to boost hair health. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Borage Seed Oil is also used in the treatment of folliculitis which is a condition in which your hair follicles are damaged and inflamed.

Macadamia Nut Oil is extracted from the meat of the nut of the macadamia tree. As this oil nourishes your hair follicles, it encourages growth of healthy hair and fights hair loss. When applied to your locs, it calms frizz, detangles hair and fights dullness.

The next oil on our list is native to Africa and great at keeping your locs looking and feeling healthy. Marula Oil contains high levels of Vitamin C and oleic acid, which in combination, helps to protect and beautify your hair. Marula Oil also contains an impressive amount of antioxidants. This oil nourishes your hair and scalp to leaves your locs feeling smooth.

Neem Oil has several benefits among which are promoting hair growth, helping with dandruff and itching, treating eczema and conditioning your dry locs. This oil is made from the flowers and seeds of the Neem tree and it has also has medicinal properties that can be used for things such as treating head lice.

Moringa Oil promotes stronger, longer locs and it is light and easily absorbed. It conditions your hair, moisturizes your scalp and promotes hair growth. It also contains high levels of vitamins A, B & E, zinc and silica. This oil does wonders for your treasured tresses.

Red Palm Oil is extracted from the same fruit as regular palm oil. However one great thing about this specific type of oil is that it is processed less than regular palm oil and thus retains its red colour. With high contents of vitamin A & E, this oil is great for moisturizing hair and scalp and for promoting hair growth.

Prickly Pear Oil is another good one. It contains double the fatty acids and proteins as many other oils in its class. This oil also has intense regenerating properties for damaged hair and it is known to protect your locs from environmental pollutants. So if your goal is to achieve sleek and healthy locs, the you should make this oil a part of your regimen..

The use of oils and hot oil treatments are a great way to take care of your locs. So take some time and examine those beautiful tresses on your head. Ask yourself; are they dry and damaged or weak and brittle? Once you are able to determine your hair needs, then it will be easy to choose oils and products that would help you to meet these needs.

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