Dreadlocks look very cool and free. The matted locks of hair are closely associated with the followers of the Rastafari movement. Dreadlocks can be seen today sported by men and women of all ages as a hair fashion statement. Dreadlocks are intentionally formed and have to be cared for carefully so that the locks are not released. But given that hair styled in dreads should also be kept clean to prevent the head from smelling due to natural oil build up, smoke, dirt and perspiration and to prevent bacteria and lice infestation, you have to shampoo dreadlocks with a product that will leave the least residue. Below are some tips on how to can effectively shampoo dreadlocks.
- Buy a shampoo that is recommended for dreadlocks. There are different shampoos that you should try depending on the growth stage of your dreads. Residue and product build up that can lead to scalp infection are some of the things you need to avoid in shampoos for dreadlocks.
- There are shampoo bars and liquid shampoos that are manufactured specifically for dreadlocks. The manufacturers of these products have specific instructions on how the product should be used.
- Look for a shampoo that has deep cleaning agents. Completely wet your dreads before you shampoo. If you developed dandruff and dry scales on your scalp, it is best to loosen them first gently with the teeth of a blunt comb so that the scales and dandruff can be washed off later. Treat dandruff with an anti-dandruff shampoo and leave it on for at least ten minutes before you thoroughly rinse your hair.
- Thoroughly drench your dreadlocks with water. Pour a small amount of deep cleansing shampoo on your palm, add a few drops of water and rub your palms together to evenly distribute the shampoo on your hands. Rub the shampoo on your wet hair and scalp. Rub your fingers on the scalp between the dreads and squeeze the shampoo through the matted hair on your scalp and down to the ends. Add water as necessary to work the shampoo through the thickness of the dreadlocks. Keep squeezing and working the shampoo on your scalp and hair for about ten minutes.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly by squeezing each section of dreads from the scalp to the ends until the water becomes clear. Follow the deep cleaning shampoo with deep moisturizing shampoo. Work this in as you did the first time. Deep moisturizing shampoo will lather more as your hair is cleaner. Add antiseptic solution such as one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water as you continue to shampoo. This will help prevent bacterial growth on your scalp. Rinse the shampoo thoroughly after you have cleaned your hair for five to seven minutes.
- Wrap your head with a thick towel and squeeze the ends to remove excess water and press down on the locks that are close to your scalp to remove as much moisture as you can. Spray leave in hair conditioner through the locks or spread cream leave in conditioner with your fingers. This will seal in the moisture and make your dreadlocks shiny and smelling fresh.
- Maintain the good condition of your dreadlocks with moisturizer or your band of hair wax or pomade specifically made for dreadlocks.
Dreadlocks should be shampooed and conditioned at least three times a
week to keep it in good condition. You should also rinse your dreads
with an antiseptic solution containing tea tree oil and peppermint
essential oil to prevent bacterial, fungal and viral infections as well
as prevent itching. More care should be given to dreads than to normal
hair which can be combed and styled freely.