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How to Maintain Dreadlocks

Maintaining dreadlocks is easy if you are willing to put in a little effort.


  • Step 1: Roll any loose hairs that aren't fitting in with a dread into little balls, or dread balls. Hold the hairs between your thumb and the side of your forefinger and twist the hairs together over and over, folding them into each other to form a little ball. After the ball is formed, tuck it into the dread it is supposed to go with.
  • FACT: As of 2010, the Guinness World Record for longest hair was held by a Chinese woman whose hair measured 18 feet, 5.54 inches long.
  • Step 2: Palm roll your dreads between your hands. Hold one dreadlock tightly between your palms and quickly roll it back and forth. This should be done for 30 seconds to each dread for every day that there is wax in the dread. This technique tightens up the dread.
  • TIP: If you can see the wax on the dread, you don't need more.
  • Step 3: Shampoo your dreads every few days to make sure they stay clean. You don't have to wash them as often as non-dreaded hair, but they do need to be washed.
  • Step 4: Apply wax to your dreads to keep the knots tight and to keep your hair moisturized. Wax will prevent the hair from breaking so the dreads look smooth and pretty. You only need to wax when dry hair, though.
  • Step 5: Band up the roots and ends of your dreadlocks with small rubber bands for the first two months that you are growing them. This will promote the hair growing together and knotting nicely.

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