Caring For Your Dreads

To maintain shiny dreads and to remove any residue, follow this lock maintenance recipe.

  • Wash locks with a clarifying shampoo.
  • After shampoo is rinsed from hair and locks are squeezed to remove as much water as possible, soak your locks in Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Pour it on the scalp from the roots and then down on each individual lock.
  • Leave Apple Cider Vinegar on the hair for about 10-12 minutes. Cover locks with a plastic cap and wrap head with a warm towel.

  • Rinse hair with warm water thoroughly to ensure all or any build-up has been removed from the hair.
  • This hair treatment can be done every two weeks or possibly once a month - depending on the condition of the hair. This handy recipe adds sheen to locks keeping them looking well maintained and manageable.

    Used as a hair rinse, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos. This recipe can be used for all hair types to add sheen and softness to your hair. Don't forget to try a patch test first to ensure you have no allergic reactions.


    It's usually hard to find the right hair oil for ethnic and multi-ethnic women. Many products claim to be "everything" but really offer "nothing".

    When looking for a good hair oil, opt for the natural hair oils. Whatever you do stay away from petroleum, waxy oils or petrolatum. What these man-made products do is cause build-up on the hair and scalp. These products don't allow the hair and scalp to breathe which can be detrimental to proper hair growth.

    To keep your curls and dreads healthy, try the following natural essential oil moisturizers:

  • Patchouli Oil - Adds moisture and sheen to dreads.
  • Sage Oil - Stimulates growth and is said to kill bacteria.
  • Rosemary Oil - Adds sheen to hair, stimulates growth is said to be good at fighting dandruff.
  • Sweet Almond Oil - Great for fighting a dry, itchy scalp. Contains vitamins E and F. Also good for itchy scalp.
  • Primrose Oil - Conditiions and moisturizes hair.
  • Jojoba Oil - Great for adding moisture to a dry scalp. Jojoba oil smoothes and conditions hair.
  • Avocado Oil - Contains vitamins A, D, and E.
  • Birch Oil - Great anti-dandruff scalp soother.
  • Calendula Oil - Light astringent. Is said to soothe the scalp and eczema problems.
  • Olive or Extra Olive Oil - An excellent leave-in conditioner.

    These essential oils are great at adding moisture and sheen to locks and other natural styles.

  • Find out about dreadlock maintenance here.

    Check out beautiful dreadlock pictures here!

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