I maintain dreadlocks from home to make some extra money. There are so many ways to maintain dreadlocks, I’m only going to share with you what I do.
What you can do at home:
I only recommend washing your dreads every few months. I only washed mine every 6 months or so. When yo do wash, use a pure castile residue free soap or dread shampoo. Paul and I make our own dread shampoo bars that (I must say) I think are perfect for washing dreads. You can use any pure castile soap though, Dr. Bronner’s is also a good one to use. When you wash your dreads, palm roll them as they are drying. You can use a hair blow dryer to speed up the process too. To avoid dandruff, I also recommend massaging your scalp to get the blood flowing. If you do develop dandruff, massage tea tree oil into your scalp.
Palm Rolling regularly is also important if you prefer tight looking dreads. Just roll the dread in your palms working in loose hair and frizz.
What I do during an appointment:
When people come to me for a “maintenance” first, I separate any dreads that may have grown together. Then, I tighten the roots by twisting and using a crochet hook. Then I use a crochet hook to incorporate all the loose hairs back into the lock. Crochet hooking can take a long time, depending on how many loose hairs there are. Then I palm roll. Also depending on your hair I use an aloe vera gel to get rid of frizz, and a salt water spray to execrate locking if your dreads aren’t fully matured yet. I also install beads, extensions and wooly dreads. Sometimes if your hair is thin in certain areas and dreads have weak spots, I use afro bulk human hair to strengthen and even out these thin areas. I also dye, cut and round ends. The whole appointment can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on your locks. I charge $20 an hour for all my services. You can check out my Facebook page for more info.