Before you start your journey...
Dreadlocks are intended to be permanent, however if created and cared for properly they can be removed.
Before you jump into spending your time and money on a big change, do your research and check with your employer as this is an alternative look.
Dreadlocks should only be washed 1-2 times a week with a dreadlock safe shampoo. Dreadlock safe shampoos are residue free, as to not cause soap build up inside the dreadlock. However, improper rinsing even with safe shampoos can still cause residue build up.
I carry Dolly Locks products in my studio, including liquid shampoo. Stop by and grab a bottle, or order here.
At least 30-60 days prior to your scheduled appointment, you should start adjusting your scalp for dreadlocks by washing with your new dreadlock shampoo. You will no longer be able to use conditioners. Your hair is going to feel a little different when using the shampoo. I suggest getting a foam bottle to conserve the product and give you a nice lather.
Recommended products for new dreadlock clients:
8oz Liquid Shampoo
1oz Tightening Spray
1oz Refreshing Spray
This is required before any/all appointments.
To get the most out of your maintenance, your dreadlocks need to be clean and 100% DRY! Crochet will not take to wet or damp hair.
A week before your appointment, I require you do to a deep cleanse/detox on your dreadlocks. This removes any residue/build up/dry skin. Please wash your dreadlocks the day or two before your scheduled appointment and come in with completely dry hair. I carry Dollylocks Detox Kits in my studio, or you can purchase on here now.
There is also an "at home" recipe you can put together:
3/4 cup baking soda
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
5-10 drops tea tree/other essential oil
1/2 cup of witch hazel
4-6+ gallons of water
Stir all ingredients till dissolved in a bucket/sink/tub.
(I recommend getting this inflatable basin on amazon)
Soak dreadlocks and scalp for 20-30 minutes.
Squeeze dreadlocks and scrub scalp thoroughly.
Rinse & repeat with new mixture if needed.
Please do not use any wax/gels/pomades or locking powders.