Best Dreadlock Shampoo, Conditioner, And Cream Products On The Market
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You can look to the stars for inspiration on how to rock your dreadlocks or faux locs and the latest trends and styles. However, one thing they don’t tell you is how to maintain and upkeep your dreads. One thing’s for sure – if you want the best kept, well conditioned and nourished dreadlocks, there aren’t many sources to turn to.
But breathe easy, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a guide on the best products to keep your locs happy and healthy, and how to use them for the best results. Click below to see more info on each:
Now, it’s true that the Shea brand have released numerous products aimed especially at the Afro-Caribbean community, and have built a great reputation. Just when you think they can’t one-up themselves? They do! The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo is not only great for kinky/curly hair textures but also any brother or sister who is sporting locs. Why? Firstly, you only need a grape sized amount of product on your fingers for full coverage. Yep, you heard right. No more stripping your hair to an inch from life, using half a bottle of shampoo to make it ‘feel’ clean.
Another great benefit to using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil version of their shampoo range is the moisture it’ll give your hair. It’s so nourishing to your locs that if you’re pushed for time, or simply don’t want to, you needn’t apply conditioner. We, however do, purely because the shampoo contains apple cider vinegar and we have preference to the glossier, smoother look. It’s totally up to you.
Now the TGIN Moisture Rich Sulphate Free Shampoo is a relatively small brand compared to our first pick, Shea Moisture. Whilst the price is lowered to reflect TGIN being a little less known that Shea, the quality of the product is on par – if not better – and more suited to dreads. The TGIN shampoo is noticeably thicker in texture to other shampoos and is to be used sparingly. Due to this and it being sulphate free, again a conditioner is not needed in most cases. We would only recommend coupling it with a conditioner if your hair is very dry, likes to retain moisture, or is damaged.
One of our favorite things about this shampoo is the smell. Most scents wear off after a few hours or less, but this fresh, homely smell is much longer-lasting and we’d even vouch for it still being there days later. The beneficial ingredients in this product are numerous but one that stands out is its use of coconut oil. And, as they say: Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. No shaving cream? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. Boyfriend acting up? Coconut oil!
Now for the cheapest but by no means weakest shampoo from our top 3 picks, the Tropical Roots Clarifying Shampoo, made with aloe vera and rosemary oil. With this shampoo your hair doesn’t just look well kept but it also feels cleansed. Usually that is pretty difficult to manage, but with this shampoo it takes a pea sized drop to really get the job done. And priced up at only $5.99 we suggest you stock up on a few before the secret gets out!
Things You Ought To Know Before You Shampoo
Whether you’ve had dreads since your teenage years or you’re a loc virgin it’s extremely important to know exactly which products to buy to keep your locs maintained (and not waste your money).
Believe us, we know how deeply tempting it is to pop down to the drug store and take home the $2 bottle of whatever because you don’t have the time or in-depth knowledge to find the best of the best. That’s why we’ve taken the time to do all the heavy lifting for you. Just sit back, enjoy, and get ready for some seriously beautiful locs.
If you’ve got drastic build-up in your locs then the first thing you need to know is that shampooing them isn’t necessarily going to do you any favors. Yes, shampooing is a form of cleaning and cleansing your locs, and totally necessary.
However, the majority of shampoos on the market especially designed for dreads are thick in texture, and nourishing enough that it allows you to skip adding extra conditioner. Sounds great, right? But this has a hidden drawback: this extra nourishment and thickness can cause serious build up in your hair. For this reason we wouldn’t recommend washing more than once a week or every 10 days.
If your dreads are already past the point of no return with build up and it’s noticeable, this is when you need to take it a step further than just shampoo. Sometimes when Mom gives advice we tend to switch off. But this is one of those oldie-but-goodie pieces of advice she might just have given you: Try a homemade apple cider vinegar and baking soda rinse.
Yes, this technique can be very abrasive and drastic for your hair but it gets the job done. And, if you care for your hair properly afterwards. you’ll be left with locs in much better condition than you started with. It’ll get rid of all that nasty build up and leave you with light, bouncy locs. Because this is such a deep cleanse, you might not have to wash your hair for a good three weeks afterward, or go for a swim (and if you do, be sure to get a good deadlock swim cap). Just add some light conditioning spray from time to time if it looks dry.