Have you ever seen someone with dreads and thought, “Ew! How can they NOT wash their hair?” If so, you are not alone. Many people have this reaction when noticing a person with dreads. However, is this assumption about the lifestyle and hairstyle of those with dreads correct?
Dreads are worn by many different people from every race. The reasons for deciding to become a “dread head” are as varied as the people who wear them. Some claim they are on a spiritual journey, others want to seek individuality, and still others are protesting about one thing or another. Whatever the reason for wearing dreads, this unique hairstyle comes with a lot of misconceptions.
Dreads, despite the assumption are not dirty. In fact, most people who wear dreads wash their hair regularly. However, the solution they wash their hair with is not the shampoo and conditioner that you may be used to. Instead, people with dreads use either specialized dread products, or simply follow a “no poo” regimen.
The term no poo is coined from the idea of using no shampoo. Generally, those that are no poo wash their hair with diluted baking soda and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar. This way of hair washing is actually much healthier for the hair than the conventional shampoos and conditioners most people are used to.
Store bought shampoos and conditioners contain a large number of chemicals and have even been claimed to be a waste of money. Shampoos remove all of the hair’s natural oils that keep it healthy and clean. In contrast, conditioners weigh the hair down by leaving a firmly residue on the hair.
So, based on this information, it might even make more sense to say that people with dreads have cleaner hair than most people. Their hair is not full of chemicals that can be harmful to the body and to the hair. However, because of the appearance of dreads, which is simply ratted and knotted hair, others assume that they are dirty as well.