It’s important to clean your dreads. You should be washing them once a week with shampoo and water, or more frequently if you’re sweating a lot. A good rule of thumb is to wash them at least once a week, but if you can’t fit that into your schedule, don’t stress it — everyone’s dreads are different.
The best way to wash your dreadlocks is by hand, using a mild shampoo and warm water (no more than 115 degrees Fahrenheit). Apply the lather over your hair and scalp, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Do not use soap on your scalp or near the roots of your dreadlocks; this will cause irritation and dry out the roots.
If you have thick or long hair, you may want to consider using a conditioner after washing your hair. Just make sure not to get any product into your scalp or dreadlock roots — only apply it to the length of the hair shafts.
Last modified: November 3, 2022