What is the best way to wash my Synthetic Dreads after I removed them?

What is the best way to wash my Synthetic Dreads after I removed them?

When you have removed your Synthetic Dreads it’s nice to freshen up the dreads by washing them. In this blog we give you a few tips on how you can do this.
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How can I wash my Synthetic Dreads?

You have removed your dreads and your hair is nice and clean and all combed out. Time to freshen up your dreadlocks!
You can wash the dreads in the washing machine at a maximum temperature of 86.00°F / 30°C. It’s preferable to use a liquid detergent and avoid softener. Do you have wool dreads? We recommend to hand wash them!
Make sure you put the dreads in a big laundry bag or a pillowcase tied shut. This prevents the dreads from getting in the engine of your washing machine. And this will protect the dreads as well. Let your dreadlocks air dry.

Hand washing your dreads

You can also wash your Synthetic Dreads or wooldreads by hand. Place the dreadlocks in a tub with water and a bit of detergent or shampoo and let this soak for about 1-2 hours. After that you can rinse them with lukewarm water.

If you prefer to not use any products for rinsing your dreads, you can just rinse them with lukewarm water. Though it is nice to wash your dreads with a detergent or shampoo after wearing your them a couple of times. When you don’t do this your dreads will become greasy and they can slide out more easily when wearing them. You can consider using a Dread Shampoo.

Can I let my dreads dry in the dryer?

It’s not possible to dry your dreads in the dryer. Because of the warm air in the dryer, the dreads will be become very puffy, they will come out of the dryer much thicker.
Wool dreads are also not made to withstand the heat.

Good luck with washing your Dreadlocks!


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