You HAVE to wash your dreads.
It’s a common misconception that dirty unwashed hair is the best way to get nice dreads. Actually, the dirtier your hair, the harder it is for it to dread. Dreadlocks form when the hair moves and forms knots and gets matted together. When your hair is dirty it stops the hair from knotting. You should wash your hair whenever you feel it needs washed. 1-3 times a week is generally fine. The cleaner your hair the faster it will dread.
What you’ll need:
1 gallon pitcher
1/3-3/4 cup baking soda
½-1 cup apple cider vinegar
Mix the baking soda and about a gallon of water together. Make sure the baking soda is dissolved. Close your eyes and pour over your head, get everything nice and wet. Let it soak for 10-30 minutes, depending on how long it’s been since your hair was washed. Rinse very well.
Mix the apple cider vinegar and about a gallon of water in the same pitcher. Close your eyes and pour over your head. Don’t let this soak as long. 2-5 minutes works well. Rinse everything out.
While you’re in the shower, or over the bathtub, squeeze your dreads to get some of the water out. Try to get as much out as you can. More mature dreads can hold a ton of water. Wrap them in a towel for about 10 minutes. You can blow dry them if you want or just let them finish air drying. Make sure they get the chance to dry completely between washes. They tend told hold a lot of water and if not given the change to dry, they can begin to grow mold. Nobody wants moldy dreads.
Do this 1-3 times a week and your dreads will be fresh and clean and ready to lock up.