How to Maintain Dreadlocks

Why is it important to maintain your dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are a hairstyle where the hair is matted and formed into rope-like strands. Failure to maintain your locks could result in dry and brittle strands which may lead you to have to take the 'big chop' and start your hair journey all over again.

Here are some useful tips to help you successfully maintain strong and healthy dreadlocks

1. Use of high-quality shampoo

Using a shampoo that is free of residue and appropriate for dreadlocks, such as a dreadlock-specific shampoo or a mild, unscented one. Here are Top 3 Best Residue Free Dreadlock Shampoos. 

2. Say no to conditioner

Avoiding conditioner, as it may leave buildup in the dreadlocks and make them appear oily.

3. Use Water-based wax or dreadlock gel

Applying a water-based wax or dreadlock gel to help hold the dreadlocks in place and add shine. Everyone's hair is different so here is site that will help you determine where wax or gel is better for your hair type Wax vs Gel for Dreadlocks.

4. Wide-tooth comb

Using a wide-toothed comb to gently separate any tangles in the dreadlocks. We recommend using the below wide-tooth comb from Tangle Teezer for this.

Wide tooth comb by Tangle Teezer

5. Patience, patience, patience!

Patience, it may take several months for new dreadlocks to fully form and for mature dreadlocks to reach their desired length and thickness.

6. Structured retwisting routine

Retwisting the dreads every 4-8 weeks to maintain their shape and strength.

7. Rock your crown

Incorporating hair accessories such as scarfs, headbands, and clips to change the style and add some personality. Using a satin bonnet or pillowcase whilst sleeping can also  be a good way to maintain hair moisture and keep your dreadlocks in good health. 

It is also important to note that maintaining dreadlocks can vary depending on your hair type, texture, and personal preferences. It is recommended to consult with a hairstylist or hair care professional who is experienced in maintaining dreadlocks, to ensure your dreadlocks are healthy and to find a style that suits you.