Making your own products using natural oils to use on your dreadlocks can save you money and help you solve some challenges that come with having dreads. Natural oils have different benefits for your hair. But is grapeseed oil good for dreadlocks?
When applied to the dreadlocks, grapeseed oil adds shine, treats dandruff, moisturizes, and adds strength to your dreads. Grapeseed oil can also help with the growth of your dreadlocks, especially when mixed with other essential oils such as rosemary oil and peppermint oil.
But what exactly is grapeseed oil and how can it help your dreads? Well, grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes which are byproducts of the wine extraction process. There are two methods of grapeseed oil extraction, cold-pressed or expeller-pressed or using high heat.
The best grapeseed oil is one that has been extracted via cold-pressed or expeller-pressed since it has not lost its properties. Grapeseed oil extracted via high heating goes bad quickly due to oxidation.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Dreads
Here are just a few reasons why grapeseed oil is good for your dreadlocks.
One of the properties of grapeseed oil that makes it a great moisturizer for both your locs and scalp is its lightweight nature.
When looking for products to moisturize your dreadlocks, you should always go for oils that will not leave or cause build-up. Some oils that have been known to cause build-up to some people include coconut oil.
The lightweight nature of grapeseed oil makes it easy for it to penetrate into your dreads and scalp leaving them moisturized inside out.
Mix grapeseed oil with another lightweight oil such as avocado oil or olive oil, in case coconut oil works with your scalp and does not cause build-up in your scalp you can also include it in the mix.
Dandruff can be a nuisance for everyone whether you have dreadlocks or not. No one likes having white stuff in their hair or on their clothes especially when you comb out your hair.
Grapeseed oil is a great treatment for dandruff caused by dry scalp, however, grapeseed oil will not help you fight dandruff caused by eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, fungal irritation, seborrhea, or build-up from infrequent washing.
Given that grapeseed oil is a great moisturizer and does not cause build-up in your scalp, it is a great alternative for dandruff caused by dry scalp. Mixing it with oils such as tea tree oil that have been proven to have antimicrobial properties will help you treat dandruff caused by other factors.
Have you been looking for a solution to promote the growth of your locs. Well, grapeseed oil might just be part of the puzzle to help you increase the length of your dreads.
Based on research conducted on rats that were given a grapeseed oil scalp treatment, the researchers observed that these mice experienced increased hair growth.
These results can be attributed to the ingredients that make up grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil has a high concentration of vitamin E which is a great antioxidant and prevents the damage of the skin cells from environmental factors such as the Sun wind among others. Omega-6 fatty acids contained in grapeseed oil have also been associated with the above results.
Grapeseed oil also contains linolenic acid that has been associated with stimulating hair growth. When mixed with peppermint oil that has been proven to stimulate hair growth, grapeseed oil might just help you increase the length of your lock.
Another benefit of grapeseed oil for your locs that may help with growth is the fact that it adds strength, when applied on the locs grapeseed oil penetrates into your hair cortex leaving it moisturized. A moisturized hair is strong and resists breakage.
If your dreadlocks are looking dull and old, you can revive their look and add shine by applying a spritz containing grapeseed oil and rosewater.
The best way to get your dreadlocks shining again is to wash them using rice water or do a protein treatment then follow it up with a spritz containing rosewater and grapeseed oil. Use this mixture daily to achieve shiny dreadlocks.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil for Dreadlocks
The best way to use grapeseed oil on your scalp and dreads is by mixing it with other lightweight oils such as coconut oil and avocado oil or rosehip oil.
Given that grapeseed oil is lightweight you can leave it in your hair overnight without any adverse effects. At the end of the night, you will have well moisturized, strong, and dandruff-free dreads.
Given the many benefits of grapeseed oil outlined above, grapeseed oil is one of the best natural oil to use on your dreadlocks. Create a regime that involves using different essential and carrier oils on a weekly basis. Grapeseed oil can fit in this regime as a good moisturizing oil. When combined with other oils you will be able to achieve healthy-looking locs.