Dreadlocks do not require as much work as normal hair but there are a few things you should do to keep your dreads looking, and smelling nice.
Dreadlocks should be washed every 2 to 3 days. If you do not want to wash them this often that’s fine, just make sure you wash them at least once a week. Dreadlocks should be washed in a shampoo that leaves nothing behind in the hair and removes all residue that is in the hair. The best shampoo I’ve found is the residue free shampoo on the DreadHead site.
You should get on a wash wax routine the best I’ve seen is from Jonny Clean on the DreadHead HQ site.
“In the first three weeks your dreadlocks be will very delicate and you’ll want to wash them about every 6-7 days. After they have had a chance to establish themselves a bit you can begin washing them every 2-3 days.
After you wash them, squeeze the extra water out, then put them in a dry towel (one that doesn’t shed) for about 10 minutes. Then let them air dry or dry them with a hair dryer. They also have these nifty hair dryers that have a plastic bag which fills with hot air and dries your dreads faster and they also have bags that can attached to a normal hair dryer. These will leave your dreads tight and fluffy. I found one at Sally’s Beauty Supply.
Only wax your dreads when they’re dry. Dry and warm them with a blow dryer while you wax them if possible. This will help the wax settle into the dreads where it does the most good. More wax does not make them dread faster. Only use enough wax to hold loose hairs down. During the first 3 weeks you’ll want to keep some wax on the dreads all the time. A little goes a long way, add small amounts at a time and work it in completely before moving on the next dread. Only reapply wax after it has been washed away, you won’t need to re-wax every day. After your dreadlocks mature a bit and feel tighter they will need less and less or no wax. When your dreads start to feel dry work some wax in to moisturize them and prevent breakage or use a dread moisturizing product to keep your dreads from getting brittle.
One routine that works really well is to alternate your maintenance weekly.
Week A you wash, use the Locking Accelerator, then palm roll and clockwise rub for a few hours before adding wax.
Week B you wash, use the Locking Accelerator, then palm roll and clockwise rub as often as possible, but don’t add wax. During the B week your dreads will be a bit frizzy, but frizzy is good for starting new knots. During week B the new knots form, and during week A they work on turning from knots to dreads.”