When thinking of growing new dreadlocks, you may also wonder how often you will need to wash them.
We have got you covered in this article.
Should You Wash Your Dreadlocks At All?
There is a lot of misinformation around that people with dreadlocks don’t wash their hair at all or very rarely.
It is important to wash your dreadlocks regularly because:
- Your dreads will lock faster. When washing your dreadlocks with hot water, the hair scales will raise on a microscopic level, thereby making the hair rougher. As you scrub your hair, it will tangle and lock up. Rinsing your dreadlocks with cool/cold water will help the scales to lay down. Little by little, your locks of hair will become dreadlocks thanks to the daily friction and the movements you make while washing them.
- You will reduce the possibility of your scalp developing dandruff and itchiness.
- Your dreads won’t be developing odor.
- You will minimise the oil secreted by your scalp, so this will not cause a greasy appearance on your hair.
- You will have healthy, light and fresh dreadlocks.
How Often Should You Wash Your Dreadlocks?
To maintain a healthy scalp and odor-free dreadlocks, you should wash your dreads at least once a week using a residue-free dreadlock shampoo.
Yet, this is not a one-size-fits-all answer; after all, people are different. You may have to wash your dreadlocks 2-3 times a week depending on your lifestyle:
- You are very active.
- You work in a dusty environment.
- You suffer from dandruff or have an itchy scalp. As indicated by the American Academy of Dermatology Association, you should wash your hair two times a week using an anti-dandruff shampoo.
- You work out.
After washing your dreads, you will need to make that your hair is dried quickly to avoid odor. We don’t recommend going to bed with wet hair nor letting your hair dry all day.
Overall, if you are going to grow healthy dreadlocks, you will have to wash your hair at least once a week. In case you lead an active lifestyle or work in a dirty place, you will have to wash your hair 2-3 times a week.