Hot oil treatment is regarded by many as one of the best conditioners for dry dreadlocks and scalp. One of the main benefits of hot oil treatment is that it can be done at any stage of the dreadlocks journey. (*)
While it’s recommended to do this treatment once a month, it’s important to remember that locs are different, and some people may need more and others may need less. This treatment will strengthen damaged and/or weak dreads. It will also make them soft and shiny.
How Regularly Should You Do Hot Oil Treatment on Dreadlocks?
You can perform hot oil treatment as often as it needed. If your dreadlocks always feel dry every time you wash them, consider using an oil pre-wash.
However, if your hair or scalp don’t respond well to the oil, change the amount you apply or adjust the length of time you leave it to soak in.
If your aim is to achieve specific results, it’s always important to do an oil pre-wash when your locs have lost the benefits of the last hot oil treatment.
The best time to do hot oil treatment is when your dreadlocks are super dry. Locs dehydration can be a result of spending more time in dry wind or sun, coloring, or a lot of swimming.
Once you’ve figured how hot oil treatment works for you, you will know when you need one.
If your dreadlocks feel too heavy after the hot oil treatment, chances are it may have been too soon, or used the wrong oil, too much oil, or left it for too long.
The Best Oils for Hot Oil Treatment
Below are some of the best oil to use for a hot oil treatment on your dreadlocks.
- Sunflower oil
- Coconut oil
- Fractioned coconut oil
- Babassu oil
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil
- Palm kernel oil
You can also use a blend of the above oils for your hot oil treatment. In addition, castor oil may be good for someone else’s dread and may not work for you.
Should You Apply Your Hot Oil Treatment On Dry or Wet Locs?
It’s always good to do hot oil treatment on dry dreadlocks. The oils used will penetrate without the need for water. Styling products won’t affect the process anyway.
Is This a Moisturizing Process?
The answer is No. Oils don’t contain water thus can’t moisturize locks.
Will Coconut oil Make Your Hair Crunchy?
Some people get brittle, crunchy, or rigid dreadlocks from coconut oil. If that your case, use alternatives such as babassu oil or sunflower oil. If it’s a must to use coconut oil, blend it with other oils.
It’s important to note that other oils can create unpleasant results as well.
How To Do a Hot oil Treatment on Dreadlocks
Most people often ask, should I heat or not heat the oils before this treatment? Well, to answer that question, it is essential to know that oils are more fluid with heat and less fluid with cold. Heating the oils prior will make them more fluid, allowing them to spread throughout the hair evenly.
To provide gentle heat without drying your dreads, avoid the use of a hot hairdryer. Instead, wrap your oiled hair with a plastic bag or cap and then put on a warm hat, cover with a warmed wet towel, or use a hairdryer on a hot temperature comfortable to your skin.
Below is a step by step guide on how to do hot oil treatment on your dreadlocks.
- Step 1: prepare your treatment by putting the oils of your choice in a bowl and dipping it in boiling water. Wait for 1 to 2 minutes, and then check if the oil is at an ideal temperature.
- Step 2: Add your oil mix in the palm of your hands. Press the treatment on your dreadlocks. Focus on your locs only. Your locs don’t need to be soaked in oils.
- Step 3: Warm your dreadlocks by either wrapping them in a moist warm towel and sit under a hood dryer for 15 minutes or in a plastic wrap for about 30 minutes. For proper penetration, allow up to 12 hours.
- Step 4: Shampoo your hair twice with a residue free shampoo.
Below is a video illustrating basic steps in hot oil treatment: