Dreadlocks are expensive and is an investment so you want to make sure you can get the maximum lifespan out of your new dreadlocks. Following our aftercare advice will help you achieve this. It will also cut down on maintenance time and costs.
SEPARATING YOUR DREADS
This is probably the most important step in dreadlock care
we lose and grow new hair everyday, this hair can lose direction and start to attach to neighbouring dreads, this can make the roots feel uncomfortable and cause itching.
At least once a day separate each dread at the root, feel around the section and gently
pull 2 neighbouring dreads in opposite directions.
WASHING YOUR DREADS
It’s important to clean your scalp as well as remove any build up, lint, excess oil, in your locs. And for that reason, avoid shampoos that leave residue on your hair and use a residue free liquid shampoo, never use conditioner. With regards to frequency, this will depend on you, your lifestyle and your locs. For example, if you workout a lot you might feel the need to cleanse your locs more frequently. I recommend every 5~7 days.
DRYING YOUR DREADS
After washing your locs, drying your hair is a key step. Gently wring out as much water as possible and then take a manageable handful of your locs and again, gently squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Start at the near the roots and slowly work your way down to the ends. Finally, I suggest wrapping your hair in a microfibre towel or giving your locs a final squeeze using a microfibre towel. But whatever your preferred method, please make sure that your locs dry properly as no one wants mould or mildew to build up in their locs!
PALM ROLL YOUR DREADS
Did you know that palm rolling your dreads is actually a great way to keep them tight, keep them looking amazing and to maintain their shape! I like to use a salt tightening spray which also helps tighten the dreads and loose hairs. Palm roll each loc starting at the root and down the length of the dread.
SLEEPING WITH DREADS
I recommend sleeping with a satin bonnet or a satin pillowcase, this stops the dreads catching or rubbing when sleeping. And picking up lint. Never sleep with damp dreads.
I recommend a refreshing spray to keep your dreads smelling amazing.