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dreadlock maintenance

dreadlocks are typically low maintenance, however if you do a lot of maintenance you can make a low maintenance hairstyle into a high maintenance one.

typical maintenance for low maintenance dreads include:

washing dreads

separating dreadlocks to prevent congos.

high maintenance dreads can include any or all of the following, all of which is unnecessary:

twisting dreads.

palm rolling

root rubbing

clockwise or counterclockwise rubbing.



interlocking or root flipping


sewing in loose hairs

tip rubbing



for more info on all these dreadlocks maintenance methods see the maintenance section of the forums


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Comment by Jessie Mitalle on March 11, 2013 at 6:39pm

Fabulous on the clean. Thank you much

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Comment by Baba Fats on March 11, 2013 at 5:54pm

Get your hair nice and soaked, then get the bar wet. Scrub your scalp with it till you are nice and lathered up. Don't scrub your locks themselves, just your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse it off well. If you don't use much, it may leave some residue. If your hair is really lathered up, you'l be just fine. As you rinse, it'll run through your locks, cleaning them

Comment by Jessie Mitalle on March 11, 2013 at 5:48pm

Anybody inform me how to use the dread bar for shampooing?

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Comment by Baba Fats on December 13, 2012 at 8:45pm

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Comment by Baba Fats on December 13, 2012 at 8:44pm

We actually have a whole shops page on here where people sell their wares.  Tons of people make tams

Comment by Dylan Battle on December 13, 2012 at 8:38pm

Thanks guys. Are there any websites you guys recommend beside etsy to find wool tams? Are tams a positive or negative thing for dreads

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Comment by Baba Fats on December 13, 2012 at 4:18pm

The reason you hear a lot of whatnot to do and yet still see round locks is because locks round themselves out over time.  There's no secret we're hiding and keeping to ourselves.  

Palm rolling gently, will only make them look clean for a few hours.  It doesn't do anything lasting.  So it's really not worth it.  

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on December 13, 2012 at 3:28pm

rolling does nothing at all unless u do it enough to cause harm  flat dreads tend to get round over time when u flatten it 1 way then another it gets round

just leave em alone

dreads shouldnt cause a receding hairline unless tuied back too tightly or heavy with wax buildup

theysd also need to be tied back almost all the time

Comment by Dylan Battle on December 13, 2012 at 3:23pm

I have seen a lot of what nots to do yet i still a lot of people with round dreads. I was wondering is any maintenance such as palm rolling dangerous if you do it carefully? the dreads on the back of my head are flattened from sleeping on em and some times i roll them when i am bored. Even if i don't feel tension on my scalp am i still damaging my dreads? I love em and never want to have my hair just fall out. also do dreads increase receding hairlines? from weight i mean

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Comment by Kayla Starr on December 12, 2012 at 2:18am

Thank you for the info, what a relief!

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on December 9, 2012 at 7:24pm

if it didnt you should be worried all hairs somewhat elastic..way more so when wet.. a good reputible stylisht would testthe elasticity before doing real harmful things  cause once its not elastic it will break with a light p]pull elasticity acts like shock absorbsion

and without shocks on your car the pu]otholes could damageyour internal organs and maye even brake bones

practices like interlocking remove all elasticity at those points thats why they are so much more likely to break

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Comment by Kayla Starr on December 9, 2012 at 7:18pm

Hello, question here, my locks are about a month and a half old, Im worrid  gets elasticey and stretchy when its wet, is this bad? what can i do to help my hair? please & ty

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Comment by Gloria on December 4, 2012 at 5:42am

Thank you Soaring eagle. I tried Shampoo some 2 weeks ago, it was nice but my hair hardens and dries out fast. I have a thick African hair and the B.Soda softens it but shampoo hardens it. This brown colour puts me off so then i will try shampoo again. I think you are right about the sun, cos we have plenty of it here in the Northern Nigeria. Thanks.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on December 3, 2012 at 6:16pm

baking soda does strip away dyes and color treated  air coloring but shouldnt change natural colors  sun however can certainly lighten dreads but maybe u can try a dread shampoo?

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Comment by Gloria on December 3, 2012 at 5:58pm

Hi guys, question: is it normal for dreads to change colour? I've been using the Baking Soda wash almost a year now, my dread is one and half years old, i wash my hair 3 times a week with the B.Soda. My dread is changing colour from complete black to now, brown. Is this normal or am doing the B.Soda thing too much? I also spray me hair everday with a mixture of water, carrier oils and essential oils. Am i doing somthing wrong?

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Comment by Baba Fats on November 26, 2012 at 6:53am

Don't worry when the tips come undone.  It's all part of the process.  Every time you redo them, it set your progress back

Comment by Nik on November 26, 2012 at 6:30am

Need dread advice! i did the hole twist and rip thing being to impatient for them to occur naturally and now that they are all done they are all starting to slowly come undone at the tips i just keep twisting and ripping them to keep them in 

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Comment by Rhianna Loves You on November 12, 2012 at 5:18am

okeh okeh, no need to jump on ma trunk lol

Comment by Castaway J on November 7, 2012 at 2:42pm

rolling your dreads so much as in palm rolling, time and time again, day after day, will result in hair getting pulled out, hair that may never grow back. please, do not palm roll because clean n tidy dreads make no sense. dreadlocks are a beautiful mess, much like a genius's office is an organized mess.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 7, 2012 at 2:16pm

doesnt really matter palm rolling does nothing permenant 9except harm)  the effects of palm rolling last hours to a day or so no longer  and its completely pointless but if u do it lot can cause permenant harm

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