To prevent mould from growing within your dreadlocks, it's imperative that they be permitted to dry out thoroughly between shampoos. Since it's best to wash your hair no more frequently than every three days, that's plenty of time for drying dreads to cause your scalp to itch incessantly. You can make herbal dreadlock hair care products quickly and easily to solve this problem and they won't cost you a fortune. They're much healthier for your hair than commercial preparations because they're all natural and you'll save quite a bit of money by making your own herbal scalp treatment and herbal moisturiser.
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Things you need
- 500 ml (20-oz.) plastic spray bottle
- 250 ml (8-oz.) plastic spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Rosemary essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- 100 per cent aloe vera gel or juice
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Essential oil (your favourite fragrance)
Fill the 500 ml (20-oz.) plastic spray bottle half full with distilled water. This is much better for your dreadlocks than regular tap water, which contains impurities.
Add 7 drops of rosemary essential oil, 10 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 grams (¼ tsp) of 100 per cent aloe vera gel or juice and 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
Cap the bottle and give it a little shake. Open it and sniff the mixture. Some people don't like the smell of the tea tree oil. If you're not enjoying the aroma, add a few drops of your favourite fragrance essential oils to overpower the tea tree.
Fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake it gently a few times to blend everything well.
Spritz the herbal dreadlock scalp treatment right onto your scalp in between the dreadlocks.
Repeat scalp treatments daily as needed for itchy scalp in between washings. Store the preparation indefinitely in a cool dry location.
Mixture for dry scalp
Fill the 250 ml (8-oz.) plastic spray bottle halfway with distilled water. Add 4 gr (1/2 tsp) of 100 per cent aloe vera gel or juice. Fill the bottle with distilled water.
Cap the bottle and shake it gently to mix the contents well.
Wash your hair as you normally would. Follow by spritzing a small amount of the herbal moisturiser onto the base of a mature, dried out dreadlock. Smooth the mixture evenly over the entire section of dry hair. Moisturise any other dried out locks the same way. Not only will it moisturise, but this solution will also help to tame frizzy flyaways that may have come loose from your dreads.
Repeat moisturising treatments after washing your hair as dreadlocks continue to grow, mature and begin to feel dry, like straw.
Store the herbal moisturiser indefinitely in a cool, dry place.
Tips and warnings
- Wearing a nylon stocking over your dreadlocks when you wash your hair will help to keep the locks from unravelling. Just shampoo right through the stocking, which will hold the dreads together as well as permit you to liberally massage your scalp.
- If you're sensitive to the effects of caffeine or similar stimulants, avoid using the rosemary essential oil. Rosemary can actually cause the same effects that other stimulants do.