Always start off by washing your hair with a non residue building shampoo. I know that for long dreadlocks you can easily use a bottle of shampoo in one wash. A more cost-effective way and if you need that lather, would be castle soap, it’s pure soap and doesn’t have any “crap” in it. There are also bar soaps and shampoos by Knotty Boy that works great.
Work on your scalp by massaging it with your finger tips not your nails. Let the water and lather run down the hair to the ends.
A apple cider rinse get rid of dirt and debris just as good as shampoo and is very cleansing,
- 1 part apple cider with 2 parts water and an applicator bottle,
- saturate the hair, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.
- Now, I know you don’t want to smell like vinegar,so you can then shampoo with a tea tree shampoo or spray it down with a conditioning spray or the “salt water” mix.
Then towel dry your hair to the point of not dripping. You can apply 100% coconut oil and/or Shea butter straight to the scalp and then apply to the dreadlocks in sections to make sure all the hair is covered. Don’t use too much, just enough to keep the dryness and brittleness away and not too much to create build up.
You can make a similar mixture of all the good stuff and apply that to your hair. Here is an example of such a mixture and you can tweak it however you want:
NunuBabe Dreadlock Butter
100% raw Shea Butter
100% coconut oil
Castor oil or honey ( I prefer the honey)
Jojoba oil or Almond or Apricot oil
drops of tea tree essential oil ( or your preference )
Melt the shea and coconut oil slowly on a stove top or at 10 seconds increments in the microwave and mix well. Then add the rest and mix well. Let it cool down a bit. Apply to the scalp and shimmy it into you dreadlocks in sections. Once again a little goes a long way
All these ingredients are nourishing to your hair. It melts when heated so it shouldn’t cause much build up, if any. Remember start off with a little first and then adjust to your needs. You can use this butter after your shampoo and/or maintenance routine or whenever you feel you too dry for comfort.
Let your hair dry as normal and remember to use a protective covering at night when sleeping or use a satin or silk pillow case.
Please feel free to comment and ask questions.
This is my client James. James came in with twisted/combcoil dreadlocks. His hair is soft in texture and has a loose curl and a lot of it. While starting dreadlocks in this “traditional way” is perfectly fine on some hair types. James’s hair needed a little more motivation. His dreadlocks didn’t stay in long before they came undone. He also had a specific preference on what he wanted his dreads to look like. He wanted strong, neat, clean and mature looking dreadlocks that he can just live and let go. Now bear in mind, starting locks off as twists and having to keep up with them takes a lot of time and effort on your part and it can take up to 3 years for your dreadlocks to get matured to the point where you don’t have to fuss with it as much.
So here is where the “motivation” part comes in; I crocheted the hair and used varies other techniques to get the desired end result. We sped up the maturation process a bit. In the end we got James’ dreadlocks to look more mature, much less puffy, sturdy, and strong. These dreadlocks are going to need a lot more motivation to come undone.