Can I wash my dreads?  

The answer to that is a resounding YES.  Your scalp needs to be washed very 6-9 days to remove excess oil, dead skin, and everyday dirt and debris. I also recommend doing a full dreadlock deep cleanse once a month or so to remove any of that from the body of your locs.

The 2 big things to remember about washing are rinsing and drying. Make sure you are thoroughly rinsing out ALL the shampoo/cleanser from your locks, and make sure they are 100% dry before you put them up or sleep on them. Tying up or sleeping on wet/damp dreads can lead to that dirty gym locker smell.  Below is a list of tried and true shampoos/cleansers for your locks (in no particular order)

Dreadlock Safe Cleansers

1) Vital Goods Dreadlock Shampoos (bar OR liquid)

2) Alaffia African Black Soap (liquid)

3) Sundari Creations (clay-based bars)

4) Voodoo Soaps and Beads (bar)

5) Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo (liquid; available at Trader Joe’s)

6) Weird Sistas LokkBlokk (bar)

7) Pure Coconut Oil Soap (liquid)

8) Das Boom’s Everything Bar (bar)

9) My Tangled Knots (foaming liquid)

10)Dread Empire Shampoos (bar OR liquid)

11) California Baby (liquid; available at Target)

12) Whole Foods 365 Brand Shampoo (liquid; available at Whole Foods)

13) “No Poo” Method (aka Baking Soda Wash & Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse)