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Dandruff can happen to anyone, no matter whether you are wearing dreadlocks or not. The most unpleasant feeling when having dandruff is the itchy scalp besides the annoying white flakes on the hair.

There are numerous reasons that cause dandruff on dreadlocks. You need to figure out what is the main cause of the dandruff on your hair to effectively remove it.

This article will give you the most general view about dreadlocks and dandruff, and how to get rid of it.

What is the white stuff in my dreads?

When you notice that there is some white stuff in your dreads, the high chance is they are residue or build-ups from the hair care products.

However, when it comes with the itchy feeling and you make sure that you always rinse your hair completely, this white stuff is definitely your scalp dead skin cells, or called dandruff.

Is it normal for dreads to have dandruff?

Yes, as already mentioned, the chance to have dandruff is equal to everyone, with every hairstyle. The reason is dandruff is mainly caused by an infrequent washing schedule.

It might be coincident because people with dreadlocks are prone to wash their hair less than others with loose hair.

Even if you’ve just had your starter locs, it is recommended to clean your dreads every three days to make sure that the excess sebum and dirt are removed, keeping your scalp clean and away from dandruff.

Can you use dandruff shampoo on dreads?

Yes, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo on dreads like other types of hair.

The active ingredients in these shampoos will help control and remove the dandruff in your dreads. However, remember to follow the instruction on the bottle to have the best result.

How do you get dandruff out of dreads?

If you have a severe dandruff problem, you should visit an expert to get rid of dandruff effectively. However, the normal situation can be fixed with a proper schedule and home remedies.

Wash your dreads more often

As already mentioned, dandruff is a result of less washing. Therefore, washing your dreads more often will also help control the dandruff.

One notable thing is don’t over wash your locks because it will cause dry scalp and weak hair.

Use anti-dandruff shampoo

Dandruff can be removed partly or controlled with an anti-dandruff shampoo.

The active ingredients in these specialized shampoos are great to take the annoying dandruff out of your head.

Improve your diet

One of the effective ways to indirectly reduce the risk of dandruff is improving your diet.

A healthy diet will provide your body with essential nutrients and vitamins. As a result, a healthy and strong body will nourish and end up a happy scalp with no dandruff.

Use apple cider vinegar or other essential oils

These are cheap and effective ways that you can easily do at home to get rid of dandruff.

The acidity from apple cider vinegar will hinder the yeast to grow in your scalp. And tea tree oil ingredients are also helpful to reduce fungus. But you should combine this oil with another carrier essential oil for the best result.

See also: 3 steps to detox dreadlocks

Last words

Dandruff is common among any kind of hairstyle, not only in dreadlocks.

There are different factors that cause dandruff. You should understand what your scalp and dreads need, then a proper solution will help you get rid of this white stuff on your hair. Good luck!



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