How to keep your dreadlock clean and healthy-looking

Dreadlocks have grown in popularity over the past few years, and like any other hairstyle, they need to be maintained.

 
WASHING
The most important thing when you
have dreadlocks is to keep them
clean and odour free. Clean dreads
become tighter and require less
maintenance, while dirty ones are
harder to maintain. After washing,
don’t completely dry them because
they break easily. Use a shampoo
that doesn’t condition as chemically
treated shampoos tend to prevent
the locks from growing. Dreads
must be washed every two weeks.

 

SLEEPING
Just like any other hairstyle, dreads
have to be protected from breakage
and friction while sleeping. To do
this, wear a silk scarf or cap.
HOW TO AVOID BREAKAGE
Dreadlocks can easily break if they
aren’t properly moisturised. Use
dreadlock cream to keep them
moisturised.
Don’t use the cream
everyday or the dreads will be too
oily.

 

TWISTING
Twisting is a form of treatment
to keep the locks tight. But doing
it too often leads to premature
breakage.

 
Method
Section the hair. Apply dreadlock
gel or beeswax. Roll the locks
in between your palms. Dry
the dreads if necessary. Style as
desired.