How to Shower With Dreads

Dreads, also known as locks or matts, are a very personal thing. Some people love them, and some people hate them. Ironically enough, the same person can go back and forth between loving their dreads one day to hating them on another day.

There is no correct answer for how you should care for your hair, but there are ways that may work better than others, depending on your needs. The following blog post will provide some information about caring for dreadlocks and some tips on how to shower with dreads! 

How to Shower With Dreads

10 Simple Ways on How to Shower With Dreads:

1. Start The Water Out Warm:

The first mistake people often make turning on the waterway is too hot or way too cold. Of course, you can constantly adjust it, but waiting for it to heat up and get comfortable seems like a long time when you’re standing in ice-cold water!

2. Rinse Your Hair:

Rinse your hair from any shampoo with lukewarm water. Never use hot water when you have dreadlocks. Hot water will open the hair cuticle and cause them to shrink, which in turn will tighten up your locks, making them impossible to stretch or loosen.

3. Apply Natural Detangler:  

Apply a bit of natural detangler to your hair. Don’t worry about putting in too much; it’s not like you’re going to make your dreads limp and lifeless. Just make sure that all the knots and tangles are released, and it will feel like you never had dreadlocks at all!

4. Lather Rinsing Conditioner Onto Your Dreads:

10 Simple Ways on How to Shower With Dreads

Rinse your hair with lukewarm water, to make sure all the soap is gone. Next, apply a bit of lathering, rinsing conditioner onto your dreadlocks. This will provide slips for detangling and keep them soft! It will also help you comb out any leftover knots and tangles after you shower.

5. Start Shampooing:

Start shampooing your dreads with a natural dreadlocks shampoo. It will cleanse the scalp and remove any excess oils, dirt, or debris from your hair without drying out the roots of your locks. Apply the shampoo to all of your dreads until you have a rich, creamy lather. Alternatively, you can use a vinegar rinse or apple cider vinegar.

6. Get a Rug And Dryer and Blow Dry:  

As you start washing your hair, get a rug that will be easy to clean and a dryer. Make sure the carpet is stain-free and doesn’t have any bleach or fabric softener if it will be used for drying. If you don’t have a dryer, you can also use a blow dryer or air out your locks.

7. Comb Your Hair:

Now that you’ve shampooed and conditioned your dreadlocks to comb them out with a wide-toothed comb and finish by brushing them out. If they’re looking dry and frizzy, apply some coconut or jojoba oil to keep your hair shiny and healthy. However, if your locks are prone to knotting and getting very matted, then use a leave-in conditioner with aloe vera.

8. Wash Your Dreadlocks:

Rinse your dreads very thoroughly once again with lukewarm water. Dry them with the rug as you go, as it will absorb some of the water as well as keep them from tangling or knotting. Rinse them thoroughly until no more soap is coming out of your locks.

9. Use an Apple Cider Vinegar:

If your dreadlocks are dry and frizzy, you can use apple cider vinegar after you’ve dried them. Apple cider vinegar is a natural detangler and will provide the locks with much-needed slip to avoid knotting or tangling while combing through it.

10. Apply A Dreadlock Balm:

Apply a dreadlock balm to lock in moisture and prevent your locks from becoming dry and frizzy. If you have dry dreadlocks, try applying some jojoba or coconut oil to keep your locks shiny and healthy. If they are knotting or matted, apply a leave-in conditioner with aloe vera to help detangle them.

Tips to Maintain Your Hair With Dreadlock:

Tips to Maintain Your Hair With Dreadlock

1. Wash your dreadlocks every one to two weeks. They will need more frequent washing when they are brand new because of the natural oils in your hair.

2. As far as shampoo goes, pick something gentle and preferably all-natural. Then, massage the shampoo into your hair, starting at the roots and working towards the ends.

3. Rinse thoroughly because any residue left over will attract other hairs to clump together. Some people recommend adding apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to remove build-up that regular shampoo doesn’t take care of.

4. Now that you’ve shampooed, you make choose to condition your hair. This is not necessary unless you feel that you need extra moisture. You can even skip it entirely if your dreadlocks are brand new and still lock up properly after washing thoroughly.

5. Follow your routine with styling products, detanglers, etc.

6. If you are using dreadlock wax, do not make using an excessive amount of this product a habit. Applying too much will only create problems for yourself in the future.

7. Try to avoid getting your hair wet for at least 6-10 hours after washing, but there is no problem with showering before then.

How Can I Prevent Mold and Mildew in My Dreads?

How Can I Prevent Mold and Mildew in My Dreads

As you shower, make sure that you keep your dreadlocks moving to get out all of the soap that is sudsing up. If you find that there is still some soap left behind after a few repetitions, give them a quick rinse with some room-temperature water.

You can also try using a spray bottle to mist your dreadlocks with some water before you begin the process of moving them around, as this will help to release any suds that might be lingering in the locks. Finally, ensure that you are shampooing and rinsing your locks every time you shower, as this will help keep them from becoming too dirty.


In this blog post, we hope to have answered any questions you may have about how to shower with dreads. Dreadlocks are a style that requires upkeep and care, but it is worth the time put in for your hair if you want healthy locks!

We’ve walked through all of the necessary steps, from preparation before taking a bath or shower to what products will give your hair long-term benefits while reducing tangles and knots down the line. If you still need more information on caring for your dreads, be sure to contact us.

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