7 Tips for Caring for Dreadlocks ...


7 Tips for Caring for Dreadlocks ...
7 Tips for Caring for Dreadlocks ...

Finding the right tips for caring for dreadlocks is super important if you are trying to maintain the dreadlock look. One slip up can cause all kinds of problems (and smells!) in your dreads and who wants that? I've scoured everywhere to compile a list of the top 7 tips for caring for dreadlocks that actually work and make sense! So, all you dreadlock lovers out there, take a look at my tips!

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Residue Free Soaps/Shampoos

There are a ton of different rumors that you can't wash dreadlocks and that there really is no way to clean them at all. Well, I'm here to tell you that at the top of my tips for caring for dreadlocks is to clean them – but in residue-free soaps and shampoos. You want things that are all natural, so that way you can make sure that your dreads don't get worse!


Maintaining the cleanliness of your dreadlocks is essential for both scalp health and the overall look of your locks. Opting for residue-free options avoids any buildup that could otherwise weigh down or damage your dreads. Aim to wash your hair every one to two weeks, depending on your lifestyle and scalp needs. Remember to rinse thoroughly, ensuring all traces of the soap or shampoo are gone, to maintain the lightness and fresh feel of your locs. Moisture is key, but clarity is king when it comes to cleansers for dreadlocked hair!


Palm Roll Your Dreads

Did you know that palm rolling your dreads is actually a great way to keep them tight, keep them looking awesome and to maintain their shape? This is actually how you make your dreads too – of course, using a bit of wax is suggested when you are first starting out.


Blow Dry Your Locks

When you get your dreads wet, the smell can be horrible if you don't let them air dry or blow dry them. The worst thing in the world that you can do with your dreads is to pin them up in a hat while they are wet. Moisture gets trapped and that can cause a smell. Instead, blow dry them and make sure that they are super dry!


Never Apply Wax to Wet Hair

If you are looking for a really sticky and hard to get out mess, absolutely apply wax to wet hair. If you want something that is going to look good and be easy to maintain, apply your wax and palm roll your dreads while the hair is super, super dry!


Wear a Band around Your Head for Sleeping

When you are first getting your dreads in order, it is really important to wear some type of band around your head when you sleep. Why? Well, because you don't want to get wax all over your pillow and ruin it! Instead, wrap a thick scarf around your head to preserve your pillow!


Additionally, a headband or scarf can reduce frizz and prevent the dreadlocks from tangling while you toss and turn. Choose a fabric like satin or silk because they're gentle on hair and will help maintain moisture, which is crucial for the health of your dreadlocks. Securing your dreadlocks away from your face can also enhance your comfort and ensure a good night's sleep without any itchy distractions. Remember, protecting your dreads at night will keep them looking neat and help maintain the hard work you've put into their care.


Peppermint for Itching

I'm not going to lie, dreadlocks can itch a little bit when they start to get tighter and tighter. There are a ton of creams and sprays out there for the itching, but just a few drops of peppermint essential oil can really help calm the itching down! Or you could invest in one of the many peppermint creams out there that are specifically for dreadlocks and eliminating the itch.


Don't Start Dreads with Food Products

Finally, another huge rumor about dreadlocks is that you can start dreadlocks with anything in your kitchen – from mustard all the way to mayo. Don't do that, instead, start your dreadlocks with products that are specifically for dreadlocks. You can find these products online or anywhere really!

I love dreadlocks and while they would never work for me, I think that they are so, so awesome and super chic! What do you think about dreads? Do you have any more tips for caring for them?

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Why is that POPPY? This article is insightful indeed, but, only scratched the surface. Locs are so much deeper than this. Trust me. I've had mine for about 5 years now and I love them. Just to let you how helpful this sight was.....I've never even THOUGHT about a hair dryer for my locs. Usually, I'm sitting under a hooded dryer. Great idea:)

oh and if you have dreads use dr bronners peppermint all in one soap. you will looooove it!

Great post!

Once you have dreads can you take them out or do you have to cut them out?

@Poppy Silver, your right. most girls with locks in my circle would never think to download this app i did on a wim cause of a cute puppy article haha. i searched dreadlocks and only one post. about to search phish and grateful dead and if theres more then one article ill keep it if not ill uninstall for sure

@Rebecca, depends on how long you've had them and how they lock up. but you can comb out the root till your hair grows to a length your comfortable with and then cut the dreads out.

never use wax!! it traps dirt in your hair. if you want natural hair (dreads) then let it be natural!!

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