How to Get Dust Out of Dreads

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How to Get Dust Out of Dreads
Keep your dreadlocks clean and free of dust. (Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Dreadlocks, typically referred to as "dreads" or "locks," are coils of hair that have been purposely matted. Though the hairstyle is most commonly associated with the Jamaican Rastafari movement, dreads have become popular among people from many different regions and cultural backgrounds. In recent years dreadlocks have been seen on skateboarders, surfers and young, alternative musicians. While removing dust, dirt or sand from a mass of tangled hair might seem difficult, a thorough rinsing will usually do the trick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dread-specific shampoo
  • Towel
  • Hair dryer

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  1. 1

    Soak your dreadlocks thoroughly while you shower. Hold your hair under the shower head for several minutes to ensure that each lock is soaking wet.

  2. 2

    Apply a coin-sized amount of dread shampoo to your palm and wash your scalp thoroughly. Move your fingers between each lock to cover every inch of your scalp.

  3. 3

    Rinse your scalp under the shower head, allowing the shampoo suds to run down the length of your dreads. Washing each individual dread is not necessary. Ensure that all the soap has been rinsed from your scalp and dreads before exiting the shower.

  4. 4

    Wring out your dreads if they are long enough to do so. If not, squeeze them with a clean towel. Shake your head back and forth to wick off excess water.

  5. 5

    Dry your dreads completely using a hair dryer on a cool setting. Ensure that your dreads are completely dry to avoid mildew or mould growth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a hat or other head covering if you plan on camping, hiking or performing in other outdoor activities. This will prevent dust, dirt, sand and small bugs from becoming trapped in your locks.
  • Be sure to use a shampoo formulated specifically for dreadlocks. Normal shampoos contain conditioners and other chemicals which can cause your locks to unravel.
  • Proper scalp care is necessary if you have dreadlocks. Wash your scalp at least weekly.
  • Never apply dreadlock wax to wet hair. This usually causes the locks to smell musty and foul.

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