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Dreadlocks Detox: 4 Things You Need to Know

You think that using shampoo is good enough for having shine and healthy dreadlocks. However, no matter how much shampoo you use, your dreads still look frizzy and messy. That’s the moment you should consider detoxing your dreads.

So, what exactly is dreadlocks detox? What are the essential things we need for detoxing and how should we carry on? Keep reading to find the answers below.

What Is Dreadlock’s Detox?

Even when you wash your dreads frequently, there are also chances that dirt, lint, or even residue from commercial shampoos is already built up within the dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks detoxing is the act of cleansing your dreads – buildup, and lint removing – without damaging your dreads form.

However, this method is not recommendable to people with dreadlocks in the early phases such as Starter phase or Budding phase. The reason is that their locks are still young and fragile, if you do serious cleanse on them, they will easily get loosened.

See also: How often should you rewist your dreadlocks?

Can Vinegar Detox Hair?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and baking soda are the 2 main ingredients we used to do the cleansing. Vinegar plays an important part in making your hair shine, stronger, and healthier.

Firstly, ACV helps to bring back the pH balance for your scalp. Acid acetic found in ACV is very close to the natural pH of your hair so it helps to balance the high pH amount of frizz and dry hair, which makes your hair shine and stronger.

Also, the high acid level in ACV also does a good job of killing bacteria and mold, at the same time, exfoliate your scalp. That’s a perfect way to reduce scalp dandruff and inflammation, which gives your hair good conditions for healthy growth.

Last but not least, vitamins and minerals in ACV such as vitamin B, C, E will be a shield of preventing nutrients escaping from hair follicles. Your hair will maintain shine and be stronger.

Also read: Common Problems with Dreadlocks

What to Use to Detox Dreads?

Below is the list of needed items for having a successful dreadlocks cleanse:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, rosemary, and so on
  • Wash basin (optional)
  • Dry tower
  • Spray bottle/squeeze bottle or traveling shampoo bottle
  • Scalp massaging brush (this is optional)

How Do You Detox Dreadlocks?

The reasonable timeline for detoxing your dreads is twice a year. Following the steps below to fully detoxing your dreads:

#1. Step 1: Mixing ingredients

Fill the wash basin (can be replaced by a sink) with a considerable amount of hot water. Make sure the water is not too hot to damage your scalp.

Then, you can pour in half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Once the hot water and the ACV is well-mixed, add in half a cup of baking soda. The apple vinegar can be replaced by using fresh squeezed lemon juice and essentials oils.

#2. Step 2: Applying the liquid on your locs

Soak your dreads in the mixed liquid in about five minutes. You can use the spray bottle or just a plastic cup to reapply the liquid on the scalp.

To remove the buildup, you should squeeze your locs as much as possible. Also, remember to massage your scalp with your fingers or a scalp massaging brush. You should see the removed dirt and buildup in the murky water wash basin.

#3. Step 3: Rinsing

After removing the buildup, you should rinse your dreads twice: first with regular water to remove the leftover baking soda on your scalp and locs, the second time is with the apple vinegar.

Using the squeeze bottle or spray bottle to apply vinegar on your hair one more time. Let it sit for three minutes and then rinse your locs under shower. You don’t need to use shampoo for this step.

In Short

Detoxing your dreads once in a while is important, but keeping them clean is the utmost factor to help maintain the healthy look.

To keep your locks buildup-free between the deep-cleanse, you should be careful about the hair care products you put on locks, cover your locks when you’re in a dusty environment and when you sleep.

Also, create a reasonable deep-cleanse schedule in order not to abuse your locs. Having lightweight and clean dreads will boost your mood a lot in some intentional way!

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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