How to Keep Your Dreadlocks Healthy

How to Keep Your Dreadlocks Healthy
Visit a hair stylist, or loctician, for advice on keeping your hair healthy. 
Find a hair stylist that is experienced with dreadlocks and other natural hairstyles, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions about your hair. If you are looking to get dreadlocks or maintain the ones you have, make an appointment with a stylist and explain what you want to do with your hair.
  • A "locktician" is a hair stylist who specializes in dreadlocks. They might do only dreadlocks or a variety of different natural hair styles.
 Retwist your dreadlocks as needed when they begin to loosen. This should be done about every 6 to 8 weeks. Depending on your hair, your dreadlocks might naturally untwist as they grow. If you know how to tighten dreadlocks, you can do it yourself by rolling or wrapping them in whichever method you prefer. However, if you’re new to dreadlocks, visit your locktician for twisting and tightening to maintain your locks.
  • Twisting your locks too frequently can cause them to grow in thin and can make your hair break. If you’re inexperienced with dreadlocks, ask your locktician about how often they recommend twisting.
  • Never twist your dreadlocks when they’re dry, which can cause the hair to break.


Use a spray-on moisturizer as needed to keep your locks shiny and smooth. Dreadlocks can sometimes look frizzy due to a lack of moisture or frequent re-twisting. When your hair is dry, spray on a light moisturizer and work it into your dreads with your fingers before styling your hair.

  • You can use spray-on moisturizers every day as long as you’re washing your hair weekly to remove buildup. If you aren’t washing your dreadlocks frequently, try to avoid using excess products.


Do a hot oil treatment every 1-2 months to rehydrate your scalp. Make an appointment with your locktician for a moisturizing treatment that is formulated for people with dreadlocks. This will restore moisture to your hair without making your dreadlocks untwist or dirty.

  • If you have naturally oily hair, you may be able wait 3 months in between treatments. However, it’s important to maintain your scalp health to ensure that your hair is strong and healthy.


Sleep with a silk scarf on your hair to protect it from damage. While you’re sleeping, your pillowcase can pull or tug on your dreadlocks, causing the hair to break. Pull your hair into a ponytail or bun, and fasten a silk scarf around your dreadlocks. The silk will slide smoothly across your pillowcase and won’t pull on your hair.

  • There are also special wraps you can buy that are made specifically for dreadlocks. You can order them online or buy them at the beauty supply store.
Remove your dreadlocks when they feel too heavy or unruly. Depending on your hair type, dreadlocks can become heavy and cause stress on your roots and scalp as they get longer. When you feel like your locks are too long, visit your loctician to have the dreads cut off or combed out.
  • Removing dreadlocks by combing them out requires a lot of patience and can be slightly painful due to the tugging. However, it’s a great option if you want to keep your hair long.
  • In general, you can keep dreadlocks as long as you want, but be sure to check with your hairstylist regularly to ensure that your hair is healthy.



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