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Caring for your Dreadlocks at Home

The amount of home-care you are willing to do with your dreadlocks will make a big impact on the way your dreadlocks mature and the kind of experience you will have along the way. Whether your dreadlocks are brand new or years along their journey, these are my best recommendations for caring for your dreadlocks at home and in-between your professional maintenance sessions.

New Dreadlocks

  • Washing your hair: After having new dreadlock installed it is best if you wait to wash your hair for the first time for an absolute minimum of 10 days. The ideal waiting period is 2-4 weeks. This is so that your hair can begin to understand the shape that I have set it into and want to stay that way. Think of this as the "training-period" for your hair.

  • Please purchase a clarifying, residue free dreadlock shampoo to use from the very beginning of your dreadlock journey. There are many great dreadlock product lines out there but my personal favorite is Dreadlocks Naturally. They have 4 simple products that work together and I highly recommend having each of these on hand to use for all your dreadlock needs.

  • When you are washing your hair focus on applying the soap to your scalp and roots. You do not need to regularly apply soap to the body of your dreads. Mentally divide your hair into 4-6 sections and work with one section at a time, using about a quarter size amount of shampoo in your palm at a time. Make sure that after you wash that you RINSE VERY WELL! If you think you've rinsed enough, rinse again! Lift your dreads and rinse, rinse, rinse! 

  • Your dreadlocks will hold a lot of water, especially while they are new. Do your best to squeeze out the water after washing and then you can wrap your hair into a fresh, clean towel. Wear this for around 10-20 minutes. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process if you wish. 

  • Check your sections. Especially after washing it is normal to find that the tiny hairs near your scalp have decided to attach themselves to a nearby dreadlock. This is sometimes called "webbing". Run your fingers along your part lines and pull away all the loose hairs that are going the wrong way.

  • PALM ROLLING: Palm roll your dreadlocks from root-to-tip once a day for the first two weeks. After this period of time you are welcome to palm roll as needed, or after each wash.

  • Stretch & Smooth your dreadlocks. This is actually a very important and powerful technique to keeping your dreads long and straight. Use your hands to massage your dreadlocks in a downward motion from root to tip. You will be surprised how much more smooth and straight your dreadlocks will appear after doing this. 

  • Purchase and use a satin pillow case to sleep on. This greatly reduces the amount of friction on your dreads as you move around in your sleep. 


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