Dreadlocks are a fashionable way to style your hair, but having dreadlocks does take commitment. To have beautiful, shiny dreadlocks they need to be properly maintained and cared for. Healthy dreadlocks are easy with a few tips that can add luster to your twisted locks. Add shine to dreadlocks and bring this ancient hairstyle up to date and glossy.
Shampoo with a low-residue shampoo. Using a shampoo that lathers up too much soap can leave shampoo in your hair and cause buildup, making your dreadlocks appear dull and lifeless. Use lukewarm water and wash dreads gently.
Massage your head often. This will stimulate the scalp, which releases natural oils into the dreadlocks, creating shine. Just make sure your hands are free of dirt or dust before you rub your scalp.
Use dreadlock wax or shea butter to polish up your dreads. A small amount is all that is needed to add some neatness and shine to your dreadlocks. Special dreadlock wax can be purchased at beauty supply stores, but natural shea butter will work too. Scented essential oils can be used in small amounts.
Sleep with a scarf over your head every night. This will encourage more natural oil production to add luster to your hair, as well as keep the shape of your dreadlocks intact.
Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.