Attention dreadheads – you can finally relax!
No longer are you ever going to have to worry about figuring out how to treat dandruff if you have dreads, because we are going to share inside information with you below that helps you banish dandruff once and for all (all without having to ruin the look of your dreads in the first place)!
All you have to do is pay attention to the tips and tricks we are going to bring down for you below and we will be off to the races.
Shall we jump right in?
Let’s do it!
How to treat dandruff if you have dreads – Wash it!
Believe it or not, research has shown that clean hair is going to “dread up” a lot easier than dirty hair regardless of what you may have heard in the past.
A lot of people are under the impression that you simply cannot ever expose your dreads to water if you want them to stay nice and tight, but that simply isn’t so. Yes, you’ll want to choose a dread locking method that allows your hair to stay nice and consistent (so that you can wash it at least once a week), but that isn’t going to be all that difficult.
There are lots of guidelines on the Internet that will help you do exactly this – and a lot of YouTube videos that will walk you step-by-step through the process so that you can lock your dreads in while still being able to clean your hair.
Now, at the same time, you obviously aren’t going to want to scrub your hair clean with all kinds of chemicals or shampoos that might otherwise wash out your dreadlocks.
Instead, you’re going to want to use shampoo and conditioner that has been specifically formulated for dreadlocks (but you can find that at any department store or on Amazon). Remember, you’re going to want to shoot for a once a week washing and no more frequently than that.
You can use this alternative to shampoo to scrub your hair clean twice a week
If you really aren’t all that crazy about stepping underneath the shower and potentially ruining your dreads (even though that isn’t likely to happen), you can try this mixture to destroy dandruff while maintaining the integrity of your dreadlocks all the same.
What you will want to do is get your hands on 3 cups of water and 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and mix them together. Warm water is obviously going to be better than ice cold water (nobody likes to dump cold water on their head to come after all), but in a pinch you can use bottled water or distilled water.
From there, all you have to do is simply drop that mixture into your scalp (and your scalp alone) really looking to destroy dandruff at the source. Figuring out how to treat dandruff if you have dreads doesn’t get a lot easier than this!
Looking for other natural home remedies for dandruff? It is time you start paying a little more attention to your hair.
Tea tree and rosemary oil combine for a one-two punch that will devastate dandruff
Of course, another alternative to shampooing and washing at all is to simply take advantage of the healing and restorative powers that tea tree and rosemary oil have to offer.
For decades now, people have been using tea tree oil to clear up blemishes on their face, but a lot of people have no idea that it also works amazingly well as an advanced dandruff solution. Rosemary oil, the other hand, is not only fantastic at fighting the bacteria that causes dandruff in the first place, but it also helps to moisturize your scalp so that you don’t have any chance of creating dandruff flakes to begin with.
Does it get any better than that? We didn’t think so!
Massage your roots to stop dandruff at the source
A lot of people that have dreadlocks are going to allow their roots to get a little bit crazy – growing every which way and then some – and that’s where you’re going to get a lot of dandruff problems.
Your roots need to be kept as healthy and as happy as possible, and that simply isn’t going to be all that easy to accomplish if your roots are unruly and unkempt.
What you’ll need to do is gently massage and tease your hair on a regular basis (for just a couple of minutes each day) to promote better health, more even growth, and a root structure that is strong and healthy.
Do this and dandruff will never be able to establish a foothold in your scalp to begin with.
Some “dandruff powders” actually work
The overwhelming majority of “dandruff powders” that are sold on the market today – usually sold specifically to those that want to figure out how to treat dandruff if you have dreads – just aren’t worth the cost, and almost always aren’t all that much more than baby powder sold under a different name.
On the other hand, there are definitely a couple of options and brands out there that have fantastic dandruff powder that gets right to the source of the bacteria causing this issue, dries it out completely, and then gently exfoliates every time you rub your head.
This is the way to go if you’re going to work on getting rid of your dandruff overnight. You’ll want to apply these powders or solutions to your hair just before you go to bed and then allow your tossing and turning (not to mention Father Time himself) to do all of the heavy lifting when it comes to banishing dandruff from your head once and for all.
You may have to do a little bit of experimenting to find the right powder for your specific needs, and you may even need to look more closely into specifically designed and medicated options that offer you the best chance to kill off the bacteria causing these problems in the first place.
But with a little bit of time and a little bit of research, you should be good to go!
Robert Price says
What are these ” shampoo and conditioner that has been specifically formulated for dreadlocks ” you mentioned? The page you link to does not mention locs specifically, could you give specific recommendations?
Maja T. says
Hi Robert thanks for the question. The #1 product you use with dreadlocks is oil. Every day, So finding a good one is key.
With dreadlocks, you have to be really careful about the shampoo you use. Most commercial shampoos are thick and won’t wash completely out of your hair. This will cause a white residue to be left behind on your tips which is gross and annoying to try and get out. Most dreadlock shampoos are sold online, although it is possible to find some in stores. Knotty Boy is one such brand that is sold both in stores and the web. The other two major brands, Dread Head HQ and Dr Brenner’s Magic Soaps, are both sold online.Taliah Waajid’s is also a very good shampoo that I could recommend you try.