Questions and Answers about dreadlocks!
How often should I wash my dreads?
We recommend washing once per week. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shower as often as you like, just slip on an extra large shower cap!
In the first three weeks your dreadlocks will be very delicate and you’ll want to wash them either every 3 days or every 4 days. Select a day and stick to it for the first month. It will help your scalp to adjust. If you wash them every third day, your first washing will be three days after you have got them. If your dreads itch before it’s time to wash, wash them definitively earlier. At worst, you’ll have a little more loose hair to fix. After they have had a chance to establish themselves a bit, usually at the start of the second month, you can begin to wash them every day or every other day. You can continue this schedule for the life of your dreads. If possible, always use chemical free and natural shampoo when you wash your dreads. Not only will it help them mature faster, it will also ensure that new growth continues to lock up and they continue to dry quickly. Soapscum brakes and in some cases prevents hair from dreading up correctly. Residues can also build up inside the dreads and increase the time it takes for them to dry. This can ultimately lead to rot or fungus inside the dreadlocks. Moisture and mold is unhealthy and it smells like you’re wearing a sour gym bag on your head. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid! Just make sure that your dreads are not wet for long time.
Can I use an ordinary soap or shampoo to my dreads?
Of course you can …. but let me recommend you stick to residue free soap / shampoo. Use shampoo that does not leave anything in your hair – that so-called ‘residue free’ shampoo. Many ordinary shampoos containing ‘Softening’ substances and oils that will deposited on the hair. These are the ingredients that makes the hair easier to comb. Residue free shampoo makes hair clean and leaves no accumulations. No accumulation / residue to lubricate the hair, means that there is more friction and locking dreadlocks much tighter and faster. This is one of the reasons that a residue free soap is a good idea. Another reason is to avoid the “rotten dreads”.
Because the hair inside the dreadlocks are so tightly packed together, it has a tendency to capture everything soaps and shampoos leave behind. When the debris accumulates give it a sheath on the hair and stops the air circulation inside and out. It causes them to hold moisture for long periods of time, which can eventually lead to mold and rot grows inside the dreadlocks. This fungus dies and rots inside your dreads and does not smell very good, like a sack of wet towels left in a hot training cabinet in 3 months.
My roots are growing in and I’m worried they won’t dread. What can I do?
Regular palm rolling will encourage those roots to dread up with the rest of your hair. There’s always going to be a little loose hair, but if you want to add a little encouragement you can rub those root sections against your scalp to get them extra knotty. Make sure you are taking only one section at a time though, and follow with regular palm rolling. Here is how you Palm Roll Dreadlocks!
Is the wax going to stay in my hair forever?
Every time you wash your hair, you’re washing out a little bit of the KB Dread Wax. Once you no longer need the wax to hold your backcombed locks together, you don’t need to be applying after every shampoo – and that’s when you’ll start feeling the wax less and less. In a short while you’ll be left with soft, clean, wax-free locks. Heres how you remove to much wax in dreadlocks!
What are the red spots on my scalp?
Little red “stress bumps” are pretty common to newly locked scalps, especially around the hairline. They’re usually a skin irritation from having your hair pulled into tight sections and generally monkeyed with. Try using a little Cooling Moisture Spray or Rescue spray to banish the itch – and DO NOT scratch them!
Can I go swimming with my new dreadlocks?
Yes! (as long as you know how to swim, that is) Occasional swimming in chlorinated or salt water can be a benefit, helping to tighten your locks. Chlorine and salt water can dry out your skin and hair follicles, so be sure to rinse your scalp. Sun-drying can help also. If you swim regularly for work or play, more attention may be needed. Newer dreads, particularly shorter ones, may need some extra back-combing and palm-rolling to help them get back on track. No matter their length or age, palm roll while damp, then wax / gel again, once they’re totally dry. Here we have a swim cap for dreadlocks!
I wash my hair once a week, but there’s still buildup on my scalp. Any hints?
When you wash your hair too often, you are stripping the natural oils from you scalp and encouraging the production of more oil. Most people wash their hair too often, so the transition to a once-weekly routine is a bit of an adjustment – your scalp needs to get used to the new production schedule! Also, your loose hair was constantly swooshing over your scalp distributing those oils – your dreads, not so much. All this to say, that plaque-y buildup is caused by an excess of oil with nowhere to go.
To help get rid of any buildup, and to help your scalp start to right itself quicker, mix up a vinegar rinse for just pennies! Take one part white or apple cider vinegar (your call) and 9 parts water. Either use a spray bottle or just pour it over your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse it out with just water (no shampoo!) until the smell dissipates. Buy apple cider vinegar here!
My roots are much thinner than the rest of my locks now. What could be causing this?
Weakened roots can be caused by a few different things. Dreadlocks are created by capturing and knotting the hair that is naturally shed from your scalp into the dread you have created. Because of this, the lock grows in mass as well as length. If you have started with very small sections, it’s possible that the weight of the lock is now too much for the small amount of hairs that anchor it, breaking them slowly. In this case, you may consider joining your weakened lock to its neighbor, giving it a larger base. If your scalp is thinning or balding, you are no longer replacing shed hairs with new ones, and the dreads will eventually be unable to support themselves. Here is how to maintain roots!
How do I stop my dreads from getting flattened?
This problem of flat dreads is very common with new, soft dreadlocks. They are still really just knotted hair held together with wax, and haven’t yet started developing into the tight, matted knots that make locks. So when they are still soft, they will get squashed and fall apart sometimes. The best thing for them is just patience and palmrolling to make them tighter. It’s a pain, but worth it. It’s just another one of those little tests of endurance that make you so glad it’s all over once they really start rocking. Don’t worry about it too much, and just use enough wax to keep them stuck together in the beginning. Here is how to palm roll dreadlocks.
How can I prevent/get rid of loops in my dreads?
Palmroll, palmroll, palmroll! Palmrolling vigorously from the roots to the ends will prevent and cure most dreadlock issues. We recommend palmrolling once a week while wet after washing, and once again when 100% dry, at which point you can add wax or gel if you choose. Another good help to loops are Docta Lock and Lock n Loop Tool they easily push loops into the dread using small barbs.
What can I do about my tips that won’t dread?
Take the undreaded end and “backcomb” it lightly with your fingers – just push the loose hair back towards the dread (if you have a lot, you can use a comb.) Scrub the backcombed tip around in the palm of your hand until you’ve got a nice knot, and then you can wax and palmroll the whole dread from the root as usual. Using lock powder might be a big help. Lock Powder degreases and helps the hair dread immediately, it makes it much easier to lock up for a dreadlock knot. Here is how to tighten tips!
My scalp is really itchy. What can I do?
Itchy scalp is a really a usually a problem with the new dreads. Pulling your hair in small sections can stress your scalp, and it may take a while to get used the scalp only to be washed once a week as opposed to daily. Try using Rescue Spray or Knotty Boy Cooling Spray – it’s formula with peppermint, rosemary and witch hazel to soothe irritated and itchy skin. Although not necessary, you can get it into your fridge for an extra cooling føelse. This is great between shampooing, after training, and anytime your scalp drives you crazy! Products for itchy scalp!
I’ve got headlice, should I cut my dreadlocks?
if you’re concerned about lice, please have someone to check it out immediately. While nothing to be ashamed of (it’s got nothing to do with being dirty!) it is highly contagious, and should be dealt with quickly.
Dont worry about cutting your dreadlocks! There are a few methods that are useful in dreadlocks where you can not get to the combing.
1 Easiest solution is to use the Raw Roots Creeps Tincture. You can purchase it here in the shop. It is easily distributed in the scalp and hair and does not have to be rinsed out, let it dry into your hair, repeat this after 5 days and the lice are dead. This is a natural product so you do not leave chemicals or residues in the hair.
2. Make a mixture of apple cider vinegar (undiluted), rinse with teatree oil and wash hair with this mixture minimum every 3 days.
3. Then there are methods with oil and coconut milk where you wrap your hair in coconut milk or oil with a bag around and sleep with it overnight. This method must be repeated after the eggs hatch. This can be a little hard of getting washed out of his dreadlocks after treatment.
– You can prevent lice with some teatree oil in a spray bottle with water and a few drops of cooling spray or Rescue spray and get the soothing advantages to the scalp. Not only does it prevent lice it also helps the scalp from itching and possible dandruff.