Anyone with dreadlocks will tell you that they are not meant to be washed on a daily basis. However, proper hygiene is still a necessity, and not everyone has a lot of money to spend on fancy shampoos designed to keep dreadlocks intact. Here is a cheap way to keep your dreadlocks and scalp clean.

Put the baking soda in the cup.

Fill the cup with water and stir.

Bring the mixture into the shower.

Wet your scalp and dreadlocks, then pour the mixture over them.

Massage the mixture onto the scalp, making sure that all areas are covered.

Let the mixture sit for one minute.

Rinse thoroughly, making sure that no baking soda residue is left on the scalp or on the dreadlocks.


If you prefer a store-bought shampoo rather than a baking soda mixture, be sure to use a product that explicitly says "anti-residue."


Do not use conditioner because it can cause your dreadlocks to come apart, especially in the early stages. If your scalp starts to get dry and itchy, consider making a spray out of water, peppermint oil, tea tree oil and lavender. It is best to use a plastic cup when taking the mixture into the shower because glass can slip and break.

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Samantha Herman

Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.