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Temporary synthetic Dreadlock Care

How to prepare

  • Wash your hair the night before, DO NOT put any conditioner in your hair. 

    • If you want to optimize your installation, start using a dreadlock shampoo from Dollylocks a couple of weeks before your install. Again, no conditioner as it will cause your locks to slip and shorten your wearing period.

  • My sincere recommendation is to stock up on Dollylocks Refreshing Spray in Lavender Sky, it will be your best friend if/when it starts itching. Use code ZARAH10 when you order at to receive 10% of your order.

    • I also sell sample size products in the studio.  

Things to think about

  • It is normal to experience discomfort for the first few days, or even a couple of weeks.

    • This is your scalp getting used to the weight of the synthetic dreadlocks.

    • The now non-existing scalp stimulation called brushing (fingertip massage your scalp is okay!). 

  • Itchiness can be patience testing, Dollylocks Lavender Refreshing Spray can be used to alleviate the itching. Try putting it in the refrigerator before use for a cooling effect. 

  • Tension can cause something called "Tension bumps"​ this is small redish pimple looking bumps that also itch. Mild case of this is normal and it will go away by itself in a few days. Severe case means your dreadlocks might be installed too tight and the section may need to be re-attached. Please contact me with pictures if this happens.

  • "Allergic Reactions" are caused by the chemicals used when creating and processing the synthetic hair used for making dreadlocks. IF you have purchased synthetic dreadlocks from Dread Vibez, the hair is guaranteed to not be coated with any chemicals. If you bought your dreadlocks from somewhere else, they might have the coating causing skin reactions. Washing them thoroughly and doing rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar may help.


Stay Away From

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




  • “REGULAR” SHAMPOO - Will cause residue buildup 

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

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


Washing Your Temporary Synthetic Dreadlocks

Every 7-14 day is recommended.

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

  • See below for a washing video

  • A good method to elongate your wearing period, is to wash your scalp with Dollylocks Spray wash.

Three different products are recommended

  • Dollylocks Refreshing Spray

  • Dollylocks Spray Wash

  • Dollylocks Shampoo Bar / Dollylocks Liquid Shampoo​


Please Consider

  • Synthetic dreadlocks are not meant to be color altered in any way.

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