Dreadlock FAQ

How to wash dreads

Hvordan vasker man dreads?
RAW ROOTs Ultimate Guide
to Washing Dreads and Choosing the Perfect Shampoo

Part 1: Washing Dreadlocks
When it comes to washing your dreadlocks, it’s important to follow an appropriate routine to maintain their health and appearance. We will discuss how and when to wash your dreadlocks.

Part 2: Choosing the Perfect Shampoo
Selecting the right shampoo is crucial to avoid product buildup in your dreadlocks. We will briefly outline the different types of shampoos we offer and provide recommendations for various scalp types, so you can make the best choice for your dreadlocks and scalp.

Remember, having dreadlocks is a journey, and it’s important to find the right balance between maintaining their structure and caring for them to achieve the best results.

When Should You Wash Your Dreadlocks?

In the first few weeks, your dreadlocks are fragile. We recommend washing them once a week during the first month. Establishing a regular washing routine is essential to help your scalp adjust. However, be aware of any itching, as it may indicate the need for an earlier wash. After this initial period, typically starting in the second month, you can gradually increase the frequency of your washes to every day or every other day, depending on what suits your dreadlocks and scalp best.

How to Wash Your Dreadlocks

By following this washing procedure, you can ensure that your dreadlocks remain clean, healthy, and pleasant-smelling.

Rinse with Water: Begin by thoroughly rinsing your dreadlocks with water. This step is crucial for removing any surface dirt, dust, and other impurities that can accumulate in your dreads.

Shampoo: Next, massage a residue-free shampoo directly into your scalp and then along the length of your dreadlocks. This will help loosen dirt and product residues while stimulating the scalp and promoting healthy hair growth. When applying the shampoo, it is important to massage gently to ensure it reaches the scalp and the entire length of your dreadlocks.

Rinse Thoroughly: Now, thoroughly rinse your dreadlocks with water. Make sure to squeeze the shampoo down through the dreadlocks and out to the tips to ensure that all dirt and shampoo are effectively removed.

Repeat the Process: To ensure a thorough cleaning and optimal care of your dreadlocks, repeat the entire process if necessary. This will ensure that all traces of dirt and product residues are removed, keeping your dreads healthy and well-maintained. To ensure you remove all buildup in your dreadlocks, we recommend giving them a detox every 3-4 months. A detox helps to clean the hair more deeply than regular washing, removing built-up products and leaving your dreadlocks fresh and healthy. (Read our blog post about dreadlock detox by clicking here)


Now, let’s dive into the meaning of "residue-free" shampoo and why it is crucial for the care of your dreadlocks.

A "residue-free" shampoo is a shampoo without sulfates, silicones, and other chemicals that can leave residues in the hair. It is designed to cleanse the hair thoroughly without leaving any coating, which is particularly important for dreadlocks since residues can cause buildup and maintenance issues. You can find more information and purchase our residue-free shampoos at Raw Roots' shop.

While regular shampoos can be used to wash your dreadlocks, we recommend choosing a "residue-free" shampoo. These shampoos ensure a deeper cleansing of the hair and eliminate buildup that could otherwise hinder the development of your dreadlocks.

Drying Your Dreadlocks

After washing, it’s important to let your dreadlocks dry completely. Damp dreadlocks can lead to odor problems and even mold. Use a bamboo microfiber towel to absorb as much water as possible and shorten drying time. Then, allow your dreadlocks to air dry completely to avoid moisture issues.

Dreadlock Shampoo

Choosing the right shampoo is crucial for dreadlock care. Here are our recommendations for RAW ROOTs shampoos based on different scalp types:

Normal Scalp:
Greenie Genie Dreadlock Shampoo Bar: Ideal for young dreadlocks, contains Himalayan salt, hemp oil, neem, and nettle, which strengthen hair and scalp and prevent dandruff.
Castile Dreadlock Soap: A natural soap based on organic coconut and olive oil, suitable for the entire body and for shaving.

Oily Scalp:
Herbal Cleanser Dreadlock Shampoo: Contains natural plant extracts, soothes the scalp, and has a low pH value, which helps alleviate irritation and itching.
Greenie Genie Dreadlock Shampoo Bar: Cleansing and antiseptic with organic essential oils from tea tree, mint, and lemongrass.

Dry and Sensitive Scalp:
Muddy Luxury Dreadlock Shampoo Bar: Contains jojoba oil and cocoa butter, based on clay from the Atlas Mountains, gently cleanses and cares for the skin.
Simply Calm Dreadlock Shampoo Bar: Mild shampoo bar with flower extracts of chamomile, calendula, and lavender, which soothes irritated skin.

As your dreadlocks mature, your scalp will typically find its balance, and your dreadlocks will become more cohesive and robust. At this point, you don’t need to be as careful with them as before, but it’s still important to give both your scalp and your dreadlocks the necessary care and nourishment. Are you experiencing challenges with an irritated and dry scalp? Click here to read this blog post.

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