Monday, May 7, 2012


Baby dreads will have dandruff.  You dreads are pulling, collecting oil and being washed far less than its used to being washed.  You'll probably have dandruff for the first 2-6 months, after which your scalp will be used to whats going on.  Until then, here are a few things you can do:

1. Get a GOOD dandruff shampoo.  I used Neutrogenas T/Gel.  I've heard that head and shoulders is NOT good for dreads, so keep to the stronger shampoos, like the T/Gels, Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Special Shampoo or Selsun Blue.  I usually mix my T/Gel shampoo with my dread shampoo (Dreadhead shampoo) because it's pretty strong.

2. Rosemary is great for dandruff.  I've tried boiling some rosemary and spraying the water on my head.  It works pretty well for mild dandruff and stops the itch for a while.

3. Wash your hair more?  Though it is recommended to wash your hair once a week during the first stages, being a dirty, stinky, itchy dreadhead is no fun.  If it gets bad, wash it, but try and hold back as much as you can.

You can help reduce dandruff torture by preparing before you get dreadlocks.  Start skipping days a month or more in advance.  Practice washing your hair when it feels dirty, not because it's a routine.  If you can go over a week without washing (with normal hair) then you should be pretty set when you do get dreads.

1 comment:

  1. Rosemary and Tea Tree rinses are the way to go! Boil some water, get some fresh rosemary if you have it, or you can use essential oil. Add to the water and leave to steep. Remove rosemary leaves and put into a spray bottle and use whenever your scalp gets itchy. Should help to calm the scalp!