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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 ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 23, 2011 at 9:10pm

bakingsoda a with teatree pepermint rosemaery essentuial oils follow with a weak acv rinse (after rinsing out the baking soda) or use dr bronners or maylees gardens  adding sea salt will help em dread faster


Comment by Jennifer Hurtado on April 23, 2011 at 8:32pm

Hey man, i just found your site and i really wish i found it about a month ago. Thats when i started my dreads, its been close to a month and everything i've found said not to wash your dreads the first month so they will lock up quicker, but i came across this website which is telling me to wash them. I know i need to wash them, but i wanted to know your advice for what to use to wash them? Just a generic bar of soap? or do i need to buy dread shampoo without residue? Or do you have a recipie to wash your hair? Baking soda mixed with what vitamin oils?

Comment by Brittany on April 22, 2011 at 8:56pm
I'll take your word for it soaringeagle because your dreads are BEAUTIFUL. I'm just gonna forget about my dreads, and love them for what they are.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 21, 2011 at 11:42pm

brittany ive never palm rolled in my life wouldnt even know how nor would i want to.


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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 21, 2011 at 11:39pm
dont need to fix it theyre dreading the way they wanna dread
Comment by taylor on April 21, 2011 at 11:25pm

I never palm roll mine. And a lot of them don't look like dreads. It's taking a while. My dreads are no where near round. They have sooo many z's and flat parts. Not even sure how to fix it.

Comment by Brittany on April 21, 2011 at 4:46pm
Hiiii everyone. I am new to this site, and this is my second time with dreadies. My hair is naturally curly and insane, so I got fed up with it and dreaded it by backcombing. I already know that lots of dreadheads will tell me that I should of just done it naturally, BUT I am a believer that it doesnt matter what "road" you take, as long as you get there. I use dr. bronners bar soap, and sea salt spray. I just wanna know if it really makes a difference whether or not I take time to palm roll it. Palm rollin is boring and pisses me off. :) Can I just "forget" my dreadies, and only worry about seperating the roots?
Comment by taylor on April 19, 2011 at 10:42am
My dreads are natural, and I've been having a hard time getting my ends to lock. I have so many weird Z looking dreads. They just don't look like dreads. I love the journey of them but I've had them for almost a year and I still don't see any progress. What should I do?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 16, 2011 at 3:29am

mix witrh water and spray on but rinse off after 2 hours or mix with the baking soda wash if u use that but keep in mind the ocean is 3.5% salt thats about what u want to use

so calculate 3.5% of whatever volume of water u use

Comment by Sky on April 14, 2011 at 3:32pm
im white. N will keep natural than. But when using the sea salt can I jus mix with water and spray it on or do I need to mix it with something?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 14, 2011 at 3:23pm

i would not use it petroleum? yea that would be hard to wash out are u black? those products are for african hair only  which crave moisture  if you dont have safrican hair its the oposite of wht u want just go swim in the ocean thats all u need


Comment by Sky on April 14, 2011 at 3:12pm
K so I was thinkin of trying out jamaican mango & lime lock gro. Jus to tame some loose hair. Hav been dreading for about 7 weeks. This product doesnt hav wax. But my hair is dreading up well and I dont want to slow it down and I dnt want to use it if its difficult to wash out. But I liv in south fla
N my hair gets super frizzy. So what do u guys think? And any ideas to help the process? .... Ingredients: petrolatum, mineral oil, camphor, menthol, castor oil, (ricunus communis seed oil),

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 14, 2011 at 10:19am

1 get the wazx out use thre wax removers

2 dont do nothin it will dread itself but it should be loose for 8 months or so

3 it shrinks for 8-13 months then grows normally

Comment by taylor on April 14, 2011 at 10:15am

Hey, I've had my dreads since August 2010. The first two months I palm rolled and waxed then realized it was a waste of time and have let them do their own thing since then. Every once in a while I will wrap thin bracelet thread around one or two (to tame the craziness)


I was just wondering.. What are some things I can do to maintain them? I know interlocking is a big no, but the hair that's growing, will it dread automatically? Or is there something I can do to dread the hair that's growing. My hair SHRUNK, a lot and is it true that my hair will seem to grow a lot slower with dreads?

Comment by Dahlia on April 14, 2011 at 1:31am
Why would anyone want to turn a maintenance free hairstyle into something so complicated.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 2, 2011 at 6:25pm
you'll be fine just wash often and try to cover em when u can
Comment by Sky on April 2, 2011 at 6:21pm
thanks. And im working in a fastfood restaurant. I have to wear a hat, and am worried that its going to damage them. I think jus being in the kitchen, my hair might be absorbing oil in the air. Any tips? I wash my hair like every three days.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 2, 2011 at 3:09pm
nooo get them out u never want rubber bands in dreads ..ever
Comment by Sky on April 2, 2011 at 2:34pm
Jus joined today. Have a question... Are rubber bands ok to use at the roots? I started mine with twist n rip about 5 weeks ago.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on March 18, 2011 at 11:56pm

yarn you will get alotta fuz  in em..embroisery thread or hemmp will heklp byt will also smoosh em make em real thin

just igfnoring it in 9 outta 10 casesthey round iut on theyree own


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