Dreads, or dreadlocks, are very fashionable across many different cultures. They can also be very attractive if properly cared for and maintained. Nevertheless there are drawbacks to having dreads that are a common problem for anyone who grows them. One of the biggest issues associated with dreads is dandruff. If not properly treated, you can end up with persistent dandruff when you have dreads, so it’s important to get rid of it sooner as opposed to later.

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Use a dry shampoo on your dreads. A dry shampoo can be applied directly to the scalp and without water. Massage it into your scalp and along the bases of your hair shafts. Once it’s set you can simply wipe it out of your hair with a small towel.

Use a combination of tea tree oil and aloe vera oil to help get rid of dandruff in your dreads. These two oils in combination will help release debris from your scalp, as well as moisturize it to help stave off the return of dryness. After leaving these oils on your scalp for roughly 10 minutes, wipe them away and proceed to use a dry shampoo to clean your hair.

Apply Vitamin E cream to your scalp. Since it’s a cream, however, you’re going to have to remove it carefully. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, but if you leave a cream residue in your hair you run the risk of having dandruff and other problems develop later. Apply it sparingly and wipe it away thoroughly to help get rid of dandruff.

Shampoo irregularly, but only after your hair has had a chance to set into dreads. Once your dreads are set you can safely shampoo every few days. Gauge how long your hair can go without a shampoo by waiting first for 2 weeks, then 3, in between shampoos. Reduce the time to only 4 to 5 days to see how your hair reacts to that schedule as well.

Consult a dermatologist whenever your dandruff is not treatable with over-the-counter methods like those described above. In addition, be aware that the danger of head lice is also prevalent, so seeking medical treatment might eventually become your only option.

Tips

  • Don’t use a conditioner when you have dreads. You would think it would provide moisture to your hair, but conditioners will actually do the opposite and increase the potential for dandruff.