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Dreadlock Maintenance


Looking for dreadlock maintenance tips?

Are your locks looking silky and well groomed?

Maintaining locks is pretty simple. Honestly if it wasn't, I wouldn't be a wearer of the style myself (the freedom is awesome isn't it?).

Let's look at a quick rundown of tips care for your dreadlocks. They're good for newly started and work with any locking method.


Dreads should be washed at least once a week, more often if you have an itchy scalp. Use a residue free shampoo made for your hair type. Use warm to cool water to wash your hair. Focus on your scalp and let the suds run down the length of your locks. Use natural shampoos and not drugstore brands. Shampoo bars are very popular among dread heads (they're really fantastic).


Rinsing properly is very important to lock health. Residues left behind damage them over time and make them look dirty. It also causes itchy scalp and gives the locks a dull stiff look. Use an after shampoo rinse of water and apple cider vinegar on your locks to get them clean, help them tighten and get rid of any residues.


Use natural products on your locks like oils and hair butters. Apply these conditioners to your hair after washing and every 3-4 days after as needed.


Use a microfiber towel to dry your hair after washing. Regular towels leave lint in your hair. Either air dry or sit under a warm bonnet dryer to get your locks completely dry. Make sure your hair dries completely. Damp hair gets musty and mildews over time, weakening your locks.

Scalp Care

Use shampoo with scalp soothing ingredients like tea tree, rosemary and peppermint oils. Massage your scalp three times a week with light and hydrating oils. Rinse your scalp regularly. Even if you don't use shampoo, a scalp rinse can be very refreshing. If your scalp itches, use a soothing scalp hairdressings like Top Brass.

How to Deal with Loose Hairs

Wrap loose hairs around the dreadlock to help them integrate. Use palm rolling, twisting and rubbing to smooth loose hairs into the rest of the lock.

General Dreadlock Maintenance Tips

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