How to Get Lint Out of Dreads

Updated April 17, 2017

Dreadlocks require little maintenance to stay looking their best. That said, the style is prone to developing build-up if not properly cleaned and cared for. Lint can stick in dreads and become difficult to remove. Bits of clothing, bed linens and towels attach to the hair creating an annoying, unsightly problem.The best defence for lint is prevention, however, if you find lint building up in your dreads, there are solutions for removing it.

Mix the vinegar and water together in the bucket.

Dip your head back into the bucket and allow your dreads to fall into the liquid.

Massage the vinegar solution into your scalp and the lengths of the dreads. Scrub away at each dread while it is immersed in the liquid. After scrubbing, keep the dreads soaking for 10 minutes.

Remove your dreads from the vinegar solution and rinse in a warm-water shower.

Wring out excess water from your dreads then pat them with a microfiber towel. Avoid using terry cloth or cotton towels as these shed and leave lint in your hair.

Examine your hair to determine if any lint has remained after the vinegar rinse. Use the mirror to see your head from every angle. If you notice lint, pick it out using your fingers. Lint is much easier to remove from wet hair.

Wrap your hair in a do-rag to protect it from attracting more lint. Always sleep with the do-rag on and wear it as often as possible to prevent further lint accumulation.

Avoid using greasy products to twist and roll your dreads. Grease attracts lint and makes hair sticky. Instead, twist your dreads with natural oils such as jojoba or coconut.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups water
  • Microfiber towel
  • Mirror
  • Do-rag
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