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Dreadlock Care

Things to think about

  • If you never had root ties before, but want to give it a chance, it is normal to feel a bit of scalp tension for the first 1-2 days. 

  • The root ties function is to elongate the time between maintenance, and also work like constant palm-rolling. It promotes locking and helps your dreads grow out in a round and smoother shape. The tie will grow out together with your hair and be practically invisible.

  • Should you be bothered by the root tie, I offer free removal at any time. I recommend not trying to cut it out yourself, it is easy to accidentally cut hairs. If you keep them in, they will be cut out at the next maintenance. 

  • They will not damage your hair or dreadlocks because of the type of knot I use. It is well tested and proven over time by Seienstyle.

  • If you do not appreciate the idea of having the ties in, we can cut them out before you leave the studio, or we can skip them completely. It is your choice.  

  • When you wash your dreadlocks, the maturing process, for crochet dreadlocks, is accelerated. 


Stay Away From

Think twice before trying out different home or self-care methods for dreadlock maintenance as some are very damaging and can ruin your dreadlocks over time. 

  • WAX OR GELS – Never use sticky products, unless its Dollylocks tightening gel.

  • CONDITIONER – Never use conditioner, unless Dollylocks conditioning oil.

  • BAKING SODA & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – Causes unhealthy ph-balance reset. Use Dollylocks Detox kit.

  • “REGULAR” SHAMPOO - Will cause residue buildup and prevent locking.

  • BED WITH WET DREADS - Can cause mold/mildew inside the dread.

  • ROOT FLIPPING / INTERLOCKING - Will cause weak dreads/breakage.

  • TOO MUCH WATER - Dreads need to be kept dry. Ensure complete dryness after allowing them to become wet.


Washing Your Dreads

Please never not wash your dreadlocks! Every 7-14 days is recommended.

  • Your wet dreadlocks will be very heavy as they function like sponges and hold water.

  • Rub the Dollylocks shampoo bar along the scalp or lather a quarter size amount of Dollylocks liquid dreadlock shampoo and massage it into your scalp/roots. A little products goes a long way.

  • You may want to apply some product to the dreadlocks to but they will wash clean as you rinse.

  • Rinsing is very important. Start from the scalp and work your way out/downwards. Squeeze the locks repeatedly to make sure no residue is left behind. BE SURE to flip your head and fully rise the underside.  

  • Repeatedly squeeze out as much water as you can.

  • Go through all your locks and separate the roots from each other. Any connecting hairs must be separated, or your roots may possibly grow together. 

  • Towel dry your dreadlocks; microfiber works best, natural sunlight is great, and a hair dryer speed up the drying process. 

  • Dreadlocks should never be left wet for longer than a few hours and you should never go to bed with them wet - this can result in mold and mildew inside the dread. 

  • If you find residue in your dreadlocks or would like to be proactive it’s recommended to do a deep clean/detox rinse every 6-12 months. Dollylocks Dreadlock Detox is recommended.


Please Consider

  • The ocean is great for speeding up the locking process, but too much saltwater will shrink your dreadlocks.

  • Coloring your dreadlocks is not recommended, but with professional help you can change the color of your dreadlocks. Do not try it yourself; there are many products that leave residue afterwards. Bleaching dreadlocks can result in dreadlocks weakening/breaking off. Make sure your stylist is experienced coloring dreadlocks before proceeding. If interested, I can give you some stylist recommendations.

  • Dreadlocks are considered permanent, but You can successfully BRUSH OUT dreadlocks if they are created with a non-invasive technique such as Seienstyle. It’s a lengthy process but it is possible. We offer this service in the event you ever decide to end your journey.

  • Extension hair is color processed human hair, which means it is not indestructible. The better you take care of your locks with extensions, the longer they will last. Especially in dry climates, Hello Colorado!, you will need to treat them with deep hydrating products or they can thin out faster. I recommend Lion Locks Locking Moisturizer Gel and Lion Locks Advanced Rose Water Spray. Buy them from Amazon!

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