When you have locs, though, it’s no longer just a simple matter of going to the grocery store to scour the shelves for the shampoo that you think smells the best, or has the most convincing tag line printed on the bottle.

You may think you have aisles and aisles of stuff to choose from for shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and other hair stuff, but not everything on those shelves is going to be right for you. Now that you have dreadlocks, you have to be extra picky when it comes to your hair products so as not to damage your mane, starting with your shampoo.

Product buildup will eventually unravel all that hard work you (and your stylist) put into twisting your locs, so it is crucial that you look for a cleansing product that will not leave any amount of residue.

This means you will have to find a shampoo created specifically with locs in mind, or make your own, if you have the resources, as the beauty industry doesn’t exactly cater to women with dreadlocks. But don’t fret--we have exactly the information that you need for healthy locs.

First and foremost, if you are not already using a residue-free shampoo or have been buying your hair cleansers from your local store, you are probably suffering from a lot of residue right now. So the best way to start with this is to get rid of it all--no, not your locs, relax--but all that product residue in your hair.

Dr. Locs Yasin Shampoo

Another cleanser worth mentioning is the Dr. Locs Yasin Shampoo. One of the all-natural brands out there created specifically for dreadlocks, Dr. Locs offers a good variety of products for your hair regimen. Seriously, you should check them out. 

Dr. Locs shampoo has been tested a number of times to ensure that it leaves absolutely no residue in your locs, making sure you get to maintain soft, healthy locs for a long time. And we can attest to that!

ACV Rinse

This is also most likely true if you shower with hard water, as it causes mineral buildup. To fix this problem, simply rinse your hair with some apple cider vinegar in the shower. If you do have hard water and you can’t invest in a water softener, which is highly recommended, there is no need to worry as you can just do a rinse with apple cider vinegar every once in a while.

However, if you can’t stand the smell of ACV, you can still get rid of all the trapped oil, dirt, and product by washing your dreadlocks with Dr. Locs’ Anti-Buildup Pre-Cleanse.

Dr. Bronners Castile Soap

And finally, we get to the important part. If you’ve been reading articles and blog posts on the internet, you have probably heard of Dr. Bronners Castile Soap. A highly suggested facial cleanser for acne-prone skin, this is also probably to most suggested cleanser for dreadlocks on online forums. It cleanses well and it’s cheap. What more could you ask for?

However, it is not recommended to use their liquid soap--especially the regular bar soap--if you have hard water since it will cause major product buildup. If hard water is not a problem, you can use Dr. Bronners, but make sure to dilute it. The ratio should be 1 part of the Dr. Bronners to 12 parts of water.

Once you have mixed those two parts together well, massage the mixture onto your wet scalp and hair, and use like a regular shampoo. To make sure that you are not getting residue buildup in your hair, rinse with ACV or an anti-buildup cleanser regularly.