How to Wash Dreadlocks: Step By Step Guide

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Dreadlocks are a beautiful and unique style, but they require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking their best. In this blog post, we will discuss how to wash dreadlocks using step-by-step instructions. We will also provide tips on how to keep your dreadlocks healthy and looking great.

Gather The Supplies

The first step in washing your dreadlocks is to gather the supplies that you will need. Below is a list of items that you will need to wash your dreadlocks:

  • Dreadlock shampoo
  • Dreadlock conditioner
  • Dreadlock wax
  • A wide-tooth comb
  • A soft-bristled brush

You may also want to consider using a clarifying shampoo if your scalp is particularly oily or if you have buildup on your dreadlocks. For more guides on how to choose the best products for your dreadlocks, please check out our other blog posts.

Washing Process

The next step is to actually wash your dreadlocks. It is important to note that you should not wash your dreadlocks every day, as this can strip them of their natural oils and moisture. We recommend washing your dreadlocks once in two or three weeks. When you do wash them, follow these steps:

Fill Up The Tub

The next step is to fill up the tub with warm water. You want the water to be warm, but not hot as this can damage your dreadlocks. Once the tub is filled, add a small amount of shampoo to the water and stir it around to create a lather.

Add The Dreadlocks

Next, add your dreadlocks to the tub and allow them to soak in the shampoo for a few minutes. You may want to use your hands or a brush to work the shampoo into the dreadlocks.

Rinse The Dreadlocks

After a few minutes, it is time to rinse the dreadlocks. Start by rinsing with warm water and then switch to cool water. Be sure to rinse the dreadlocks until all of the shampoo has been removed.

Dry The Dreadlocks

Once the dreadlocks are clean, it is time to dry them. The best way to do this is to use a dreadlock drying towel. These towels are specifically designed to dry dreadlocks quickly and without damaging them.

If you do not have a dreadlock drying towel, you can also use a regular bath towel. Just be sure to pat the dreadlocks dry instead of rubbing them.

Apply The Conditioner

After the dreadlocks are dry, it is time to apply the conditioner. Be sure to use a conditioner that is designed for dreadlocks. Apply the conditioner to the dreadlocks and then comb it through with a wide-tooth comb.

Allow The Conditioner To Sit

Once the conditioner has been applied, allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

Rinse The Dreadlocks

Once the conditioner has been rinsed out, it is time to rinse the dreadlocks again. Rinse with warm water and then switch to cool water. Be sure to rinse until all of the conditioner has been removed.

Apply The Wax

The final step in washing your dreadlocks is to apply the wax. Again, be sure to use a wax that is specifically designed for dreadlocks.

Apply a small amount of wax to the dreadlocks and then comb it through with a wide-tooth comb.

Wax helps to keep the dreadlocks in place and can also help to reduce frizz.

What to Avoid When Washing Your Dreadlocks

  • Do not use hot water, as this can damage your dreadlocks.
  • Do not rub the dreadlocks dry, pat them dry instead.
  • Do not use a wax that is not specifically designed for dreadlocks. Apply a small amount of wax to the dreadlocks and then comb it through with a wide-tooth comb.

How to Maintain Your Dreadlocks

Now that you know how to wash your dreadlocks, it is important to learn how to maintain them. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dreadlocks healthy and looking great:

  1. Don’t over-wash them. As we mentioned before, washing your dreadlocks too often can strip them of their natural oils and moisture. We recommend washing them once every two or three weeks.
  2. Be gentle when you wash them. When you do wash your dreadlocks, be sure to use a gentle shampoo and avoid scrubbing them too hard.
  3. Use a conditioner designed for dreadlocks. Conditioning your dreadlocks is important to keep them healthy and looking their best. Be sure to use a conditioner that is specifically designed for dreadlocks.
  4. Apply wax regularly. Waxing your dreadlocks helps to keep them in place and can also help to reduce frizz. Apply a small amount of wax to the dreadlocks every week or two.
  5. Don’t neglect your scalp. It is important to keep your scalp healthy and free of buildup. Be sure to massage your scalp regularly and use a dreadlock-safe shampoo to clean it.

Enjoy Your Clean Dreadlocks

That’s it! You’ve now successfully washed your dreadlocks. Be sure to wash them every week or two to keep them looking their best. Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions. We love hearing from our readers! Happy dreadlocking!

FAQ

Q. Can I use conditioner on my dreadlocks?

A. Yes, you can use a conditioner designed for dreadlocks to keep them healthy and looking their best. Be sure to apply the conditioner and then comb it through with a wide tooth comb. Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

Q. Can I use a wax that is not specifically designed for dreadlocks?

A. No, using a wax that is not specifically designed for dreadlocks can damage your dreadlocks. Only use a wax that is designed for dreadlocks. Apply a small amount of wax to the dreadlocks and then comb it through with a wide tooth comb.

Q. How often should I wash my dreadlocks?

A. We recommend washing your dreadlocks once every two or three weeks. Washing them too often can strip them of their natural oils and moisture.

Q. What should I do if my dreadlocks get dirty between washes?

A. If your dreadlocks get dirty between washes, you can use a dreadlock-safe shampoo to clean them. Be sure to massage the shampoo into your scalp and then rinse it out thoroughly. You should only need to do this if your dreadlocks are visibly dirty. Washing them too often can strip them of their natural oils and moisture.Q

Q.Can I use hot water to wash my dreadlocks?

A. No, you should not use hot water to wash your dreadlocks as this can damage them. Use warm water instead.

Q. Should I rub my dreadlocks dry after washing them?

A. No, you should not rub your dreadlocks dry after washing them. Instead, pat them dry with a towel. Rubbing them can cause them to frizz.

Q. How can I reduce frizz in my dreadlocks?

A. Applying wax to your dreadlocks can help to reduce frizz. Apply a small amount of wax to the dreadlocks and then comb it through with a wide tooth comb. You should do this every week or two.

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Cristian Lungu
Cristian Lungu

The best thing about being a barber is that every day I’m in a new environment with different people. From finance to firefighters, lawyers, and coal miners... I get the opportunity to make someone feel good about themselves.

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