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Washing Your Dreadlocks

  •  It is important that you choose a RESIDUE FREE shampoo made specifically for dreadlocks. There are many dreadlock shampoos on the market, however highly recommend Dollylocks shampoos! They were made specifically for the health of your dreadlocks and scalp with the most lovely organic and vegan ingredients on Earth! Dollylocks' dreadlock shampoo is also great for brushable hair leaving it silky and shiny. Therefore, you won't need a different shampoo if you have partial dreadlocks or fringe. Dollylocks does it all!

  • When we wash our dreadlocks we are concentrating mostly on cleansing the roots and the scalp. Our dreadlock bodies act like sponges and will self clean once we rinse the shampoo from our head. We recommend washing your head in sections (top, sides, crown and nape) to ensure you are not putting too much shampoo in one area and not enough in another. Put about 3-4 pumps of Dollylocks' shampoo in your palm, dilute with a bit of water, rub hands together to emulsify the product and scrub your scalp 1 section at a time. Scrub well and in between each lock and under the roots. You may apply a bit of shampoo to the bodies of your locks if you feel it's necessary, just be sure to NOT squish anything inside of them. Instead, lighltly rub the outside of the bodies in a downward motion. 

  • Rinse your scalp and locks well. Rinse in between dreadlocks at the root and all over your head. Rinse, rinse and rinse again! Your roots and dreadlocks should feel noticiably clean. 

Drying Your Dreadlocks

  • It is important that your dreadlocks dry within a reasonable amount of time (5-6 hours) otherwise you run the risk of mold growing inside of your locks. Mold can not only be stinky but can also cause severe irreversable problems in your dreadlocks in time (aka: dreadrot).


  • When you are all done your shower/bath and ready to dry off. You may gently wring your dreadlocks out as if you would a washcloth or towel. Then hold each lock by it's root with one hand and with the other "stretch" out the entire lock from roots to end. Like you are massaging it and stretching it downward. Not only will this allow you to get out excess water from each lock it will also help excessive shrinkage and lumps and bumps from occuring. If you are allowing your hair to air dry completely do this sporatically throughout the drying process. You may wrap them in a towel or turban towel for no longer then 60 mins until you begin the drying process. A micro fiber towel/turban towel work best for soaking up excess water. 

  • If you would like to preven flyaways/frizzies and help new locks feel tighter faster you may apply Dollylocks Tightening Gel to your damp dreadlocks before drying. Rub a minimal amount (less is more) of gel onto your palms and gently apply in a downward direction from roots to ends. Do NOT palm roll into the hair. Smooth it on instead. 


  • You can air dry your locks. The sun works best so go take a walk or bike ride, do some gardening, have a catch, play with the dog or just bask in the sun ( just don't forget your sunscreen).


  • Your dreadlocks can also be blown dry. We blow dry our locks in a downward motion, from roots to ends. Finger comb from roots to ends pulling in a downward motion as you blowdry. Remember, locks dry from the outside in, so they may feel dry at first but soon the moisture that is still trapped inside will eventually be soaked up on the outside. Drying may take a bit of time so have some patience and make sure you have enough time to dry completely.


  • We never put our dreadlocks in a hat, ponytail, braid or headband until they are 100% dry.


  • Do not go to sleep with wet dreadlocks. 


  • When not washing your hair, protect your locks from getting wet in the shower/bath with an extra large shower cap or turban towel.  

Weekly Maintenance

  • Separate your roots.  Dreadlocks love to make friends with their buddies next door, but don't let them! Pull your dreadlocks away from each other in all directions. If you feel a hair or two attached to the wrong lock, RIP it apart. Don't be scared to! If your dreadlocks are not coming apart at the root asking a friend or lover to help you may be necessary. If that still doesn't work and you feel the only answer is a pair of scissors, put the scissors down and pick up your phone and call us for a maintenance appointment! Separating is best done when your hair is still damp from washing and after swimming but can be done at any time really. 

  • Palm rolling.  Palm rolling has a cumulative effect and it's results will not be seen for some time especially with new dreadlocks. We promise you though, it is very helpful in keeping the bodies in a cylinder shape and to help them tighten. Palm rolling will not get rid of the fly aways/frizzies! In fact it can make it worse (temporarily). It is recommended to palm roll your dreadlocks when your hair is dry. 

  • Root rubbing. Holding your loose roots in between two fingers and gently rubbing it clockwise and counter-clockwise against your scalp. This will help encourage new growth to begin tangling up a bit. 

  • Tightening spray. Dollylocks' tightening spray can be used from roots to ends on a daily basis on damp or dry hair. This organic and vegan sea salt spray that will help to tighten up your locks and make them smell divine! Be sure to shake up that bottle EVERYTIME you use it, as the salt settles to the bottom quickly. Try not to spray directly onto your scalp as it can be very drying to the skin. This product is meant for the dreadlock bodies, not the scalp. 

  • Refreshing spray. Dollylock's refreshing spray is applied directly to the scalp/root area and along the lock bodie. It is the best for an itchy scalp and for refreshing the scalp and attacking oils in between washes. It is also a lovely light moisturizer for the lock bodies. 


Fuzzy/Frizzy Dreadlocks

You can apply Dollylocks' Tightening Gel to damp locks and dry them to help eliminate your fuzzies. 
You can apply Dollylocks Pomade to dry locks. Emulsify in your palm first and smooth down the lenght of your locks. (for mature locks only) 

Dry Dreadlocks

Over time your mature dreadlocks may feel a bit dry and brittle. You can give them a little life again with Dollylock conditioning oil. Rub a bit into the palms of your hand and apply from roots to ends. 

Swimming With Dreadlocks

  • The ocean is your new dreadlocks best friend. Salt water is so helpful in the tightening process of  new dreadlocks. Just make sure you are allowing them to dry in a reasonable amount of time and you are "stretching" them out as they dry to prevent excessive shrinkage. (see above in the drying section for more detailed information).

  • Chlorine is a chemical we really don't want to remain inside our locks. It's definitley ok to swim in a pool with dreadlocks. Just be sure to wash your hair with a residue free shampoo afterwards and dry completely. If your locks are going to air dry before you have a chance to wash them, be sure to "stretch" them out during that drying time to prevent excessive shrinkage (see above in the drying section for more detailed information).


  • Swim caps that are specifically made for dreadlocks are available to purchase on various sites online. Google "dreadlock swim caps". They are fun and work well in keeping locks dry. 

  • If you have dreadlock extensions be sure to braid your locks in one single braid or two side braids for added proctection while swimming. 


Sleeping With Dreadlocks


It's not necessary to do anything specific with your locks while you sleep. In fact they may affect your partner more than they bother you. If you feel that your locks are messier/fuzzier/frizzier when you wake up in the morning you can try a satin/silk pillowcase or a dreadlock sock (can be purchased here at  www.dollylocks.com) .