Dreadlocks aren’t a dirty hairstyle, although they can be if you don’t take care of them. If you’re like me and are conscious of every product that goes in your hair, you probably go the extra mile to protect your dreadlocks and keep them healthy.
One of the major concerns for those with dreadlocks is dandruff, oil, and residue build-up. That’s why it’s always recommended to give your dreadlocks a deep cleansing once in a while.
Why Deep Clean Dreadlocks?
Your dreadlocks may seem clean, but the truth is, there is tons of residue build up inside that you can’t see with your naked eye. Even worse, some of the best shampoos marketed as “residue-free” including some shampoos specially made for dreadlocks often leave chunks of residue behind.
In this article, you’ll discover why deep cleansing your dreadlocks is vital in removing residue buildup and enhancing healthy dreadlocks.
What Are Residues?
Residue build-up is mainly comprised of shampoo ingredients that don’t wash out and sebum accumulation from your scalp. Sebum is an oily secretion that’s produced by the sebaceous glands. It helps maintain healthy hair growth.
While it’s good for hair growth, accumulation in the scalp can cause devastating effects on your dreadlocks.
Other factors such as wax, hair conditioners, and leave-in products will also contribute to residue build-up on your dreadlocks.
How Regularly Should Your Deep Clean Dreadlocks?
It’s important to deep clean your dreadlocks every 2-3 months. The frequency also depends on your lifestyle.
How to Deep Cleanse Dreadlocks?
There are two methods to deep cleanse dreadlocks: the use of clarifying shampoos and ACV rinse with baking soda.
Using Clarifying Shampoo
A clarifying shampoo comprises detergent agents stronger than those found in regular shampoos.
This shampoo will get rid of all-natural oil on your scalp and also remove any styling products and shampoo residues, leaving your dreadlocks super clean.
A good clarifying shampoo is characterized by the following:
- It’s clear
- Doesn’t contain any conditioning agent, oil, or butter
Below are some of our recommended clarifying shampoos for dreadlocks:
If the clarifying shampoo available isn’t enough to get rid of residue build-up on your scalp, you can do ACV rinse with baking soda.
Soaking your dreads in a mixture of apple cider vinegar with baking soda is one of the effective ways to clean dreadlocks. The alkalinity of baking powder will help strip all the residues in your locs, resulting in lighter locs.
Additionally, baking soda will also leave your locs feeling fresh and healthier by removing residue build-up.
Apple cider vinegar in this case, will help balance the pH of your dreadlocks. The alkalinity of the baking soda initially disrupts the pH of your hair. The vinegar contains acetic acid, a potent antimicrobial that eliminates fungus and bacteria. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevents mold, lice, and mildew hence keeping your dreadlocks healthy and clean.