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How to keep your dreadlock clean and healthy-looking

By Faeza
06 January 2017

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.