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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 Baba Fats on April 21, 2012 at 6:50am

Are they tight blunts?  I mean, are they so tight that you couldn't get some aloe or olive oil and spend a little while just massaging out what you did?  I'd try that first.  If it doesn't work, and you'd be willing to give it a try.  You could take a razor blade.  Make a TINY nick on the tip of a lock, and massage it from there.  You shouldn't need to make more than a 2-3mm cut.  Just enough to loosen the hair.  But I would use that as a last resort.  Try the Aloe or olive oil first

Comment by Arielle Vogel on April 21, 2012 at 5:46am

i have a question??? i di something silly the other day i saw this video on utube about how to blunt the ends of your locks with a crochet hook. well i did this to about three of them and it shortened thm like crazy and made them look silly. anyway i hate it and im never touching a crochet hook again unless im gonna make a hat or something but i need to undo what iv just done. can anybody tell me how i can fix the recent damage iv done to those poor three little stumpy locks that iv created??

Comment by Ricky Aka Ricky on April 21, 2012 at 3:36am

is it true you use 1/2 a cup of baking soda to every gallon of water?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 19, 2012 at 12:03am

no no thats nowhere near right haha ok in 1 cup water add 1-2 tablespoons baking sioda (u probly need more then 1 cup water) with hair already wet and after stiring to break up clunmps pour it over your head and let soak 10 min (no scrubbing)  then rinse then if your dreads are mature use 1-2 tablespoons per cup water of ascv if young use way way less  now pour that over your head  if dreads are young rinse imediately otherwise wait 3 min then rinse

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Comment by Carlos Baca on April 18, 2012 at 11:52pm

am I washing with baking soda properly? I wet dreads, then sprinkle some powder in hands making a bit of paste and spreading it around. like shampoo. 

I also tried the acv rinse, idk about that either, i rinsed out the soda then poured about 20 oz over my head slowly then rinsed with water. wow, super conditioned my hair w/out jacking up dreads. 

Is this the right way?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on January 26, 2012 at 12:47pm

if u can aitr dry u should if iu must blkow dry do it gently in short quick bursts dont just blow till dry  do a lil wait a few do a lil wait a few etc and keep it on low

Comment by Ali Oop on January 26, 2012 at 12:36pm

while starting the process of natural dreads, is it safe to blow dry hair after a no-poo shower?  or recommended to let your hair air dry?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on December 6, 2011 at 5:36pm

yea aloes a conditioner use it when they are too dry ..when mature after u wash them go play in the sunshine

Comment by angela Golden on December 6, 2011 at 4:22pm

@lenoreosorio, i have only had mine a year and a half but i dont put anything in mine.  Aftern i wash my dreads i let them air dry a few hours then blowdry them the rest of the way dry so they dont mold.  ive never done the aloe thing but i think its for more mature dreads not too sure. what are you washing them with? 

Comment by angela Golden on December 6, 2011 at 4:20pm

@ kyle nutter, i think you can go to a vitamin shop and get the all natural 100% aloe.  good luck with your findings=)

Comment by Lenore Osorio on December 6, 2011 at 4:01pm

hey  my dreads are 4 months old an i would like to know after i wash my dreads do you use aloe on them after every wash or just leave them be wat should i do with themafter washing??

Comment by Kyle Nutter on December 2, 2011 at 11:27am

I don't have an aloe plant :( nor could i raise one.

Comment by Britt Elle on December 2, 2011 at 3:39am

I have soft , fine , caucasian hair that doesn't tangle all too easy . My ends are all whispy, not blunt . Backcombing , palm rolling, twist 'n ripping , and some crocheting ( never again .. letting my locks recover now ) were all used . As well as a teeny bit of Knotty Boy tightening gel to help it all cooperate :3 I started my dreadlock journey 8 days ago , and I was just looking for tips on washing , soaking , future root tightening , ect . :) Love&Light <3

Comment by Britt Elle on December 2, 2011 at 3:33am

Kyle : try an aloe plant ! (:

Comment by Kyle Nutter on December 1, 2011 at 5:39pm

I read somewhere on this website that 100% aloe (not the stuff that is used on sunburnt skin)  is good for dreads. Where can you find such aloe?

Comment by angela Golden on November 22, 2011 at 10:37am

what is the difference between dr bronners mayleees gardens and knotty boy shampoo bars?  


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Comment by Aika on September 20, 2011 at 10:38pm

how does one ACTUALLY "separate"? is it just a matter of pulling the hair apart every day? or is there a method to keeping them apart (besides beads and such)

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on September 1, 2011 at 2:13am

well therers no reason to wait to wash cause u were using wax u should comb them out imediately use extremely hor=]t water and dawn dish soap and remove all traces of wax then start over wax frreee  then wash with dr bronners mayleees gardens or baking soda ab]=nd acv id recomend going natural or twist n rip but no matter what u do no wax whatsoever there is nio ammount of waxx thats ok to use none u want clean hair wax free entirely

Comment by Torie Shea on August 18, 2011 at 3:15pm
Are you going to put up info about felting?
Comment by tripple 7 on August 18, 2011 at 10:02am
Justine just go get your hair redone. I wud try to get them retwisted 1 a month . I am 3 mths in this is my second time dreading. Just. Let them gro don't retwist everyday. Your roots will weaken

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