Should you use beeswax on your dreadlocks? (Must read!)

I need you to be honest. Have you been using beeswax on your dreadlocks? And if so, do you even know why you are using beeswax on your dreadlocks and whether or not is helping or hindering the health of your dreadlocks?

Beeswax is used for several different products. From candles to food flavouring to beauty products. Think about it. Beeswax is a natural-type wax created by the honeybee workers. If it wasn’t a natural wax, would you still be applying it to your dreadlocks?

Why should you avoid using beeswax on your dreadlocks?

 Beeswax in your hair is a great way to get alot of build-up, which can lead to an unpleasant smell and appearance with your dreadlocks. The trouble with beeswax is that it is difficult to get out of your hair due to its high melting point of 63 degrees Celcius or 145 degrees Farenheight (Source 1 , 2, 3)

This means it is very difficult to completely get the beeswax out of your hair and it could see you washing your hair for a lengthy amount of time just trying to get the beeswax out of your dreadlocks. 

Trying to wash out the beeswax can damage your dreadlocks and hair health. 

If you apply water to your body at that temperature, you will scald and possibly scar your skin. 

If you wash your hair with water that is too hot, you risk damaging the roots of the hair [4], which may cause your dreadlocks to break or become more damaged. 

What if you have already applied the beeswax to your dreadlocks?

If you have already done this and you are trying to get it out, you can try to apply an oil such as extra-virgin olive oil to help strip-out the beeswax from your dreadlocks. 

You will need to have patience when trying to remove the beeswax from the dreadlocks. 

What kind of products should I use instead of beeswax?

With any type of product that you apply to your dreadlocks, you want to avoid frequently applying products that will leave a film of residue on your hair as it will create build-up in your dreadlocks. 

Instead, opt for a dreadlock tightening spray or gel, which will help you to get the same finish. 


[1] NCBI

[2] Food and agriculture association of the United Nations

[3] Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online

[4] Hair Care Manual