Shampoos & Soaps

If you are going to have dreadlocks you should be prepared to invest in (or make) a shampoo that is made specifically for dreadlocks. What is used to wash the dreadlocks is perhaps simultaneously one of the most important yet most neglected … Continue reading

Locking Gels & Sprays

Locking gels and sprays usually are intended to help accelerate the locking process and/or help to tame frizz and create a cleaner appearance. However, these potential aids have just as many pitfalls as shampoo and must be approached with much … Continue reading

Locking Powders

Powders usually contain ingredients that do one major thing: dry the hair of any oil or moisture to aid and expedite the placement or maintenance of dreadlocks. Powders may be especially helpful for novices who don’t have much experience with … Continue reading

Waxing*

The companies out there that sell dreadlock wax products and tout them as being the “only” way to lock up silky, Caucasian hair types and claim that regular washing with shampoo will remove dreadlock wax. However, by the very facts alone that wax is insoluble and hydrophobic suggests the exact opposite. This doesn’t even take into consideration that the highest that the typical hot water heater is set to is 120°F; the temperature at which even just seconds of exposure will scald the burn the skin severely. (Ten minutes of exposure at 120°F water will create third degree burns!) Continue reading

Conditioners

Because it is not recommended to use shampoos with residue that otherwise might “condition” and coat them preventing or stunting the locking process, often over time dreadlocks can become dry and brittle. For this reason many choose to “condition” their … Continue reading