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Several factors determine how often you should wash your dreadlocks. For example, if your dreads are newer, you should wash it less often because they are so much more delicate than mature dreads, and washing them would loosen them. 

For mature dreads, every other day or every second day seem to be the norm for people who sport dreadlocks. Some people who lead a very active lifestyle and sweat a lot wash their hair everyday.

How often you want or feel the need to wash your locs is completely up to you, just as long as you keep them away from dirt and grime. It’s important to keep your locs clean, so never go a week without washing them. On the other hand, over washing your dreadlocks can be detrimental to them as well.

But you said I could wash them as often as I want?

That’s true, but it’s not about how often you wash your hair. Over washing is drying out your scalp and hair by using the wrong products, leading to flakey, itchy scalp and hair that’s prone to breakage.

Which leads us to us to the question, what should you use to wash your locs?

You should be using a shampoo that’s strong enough to get rid of dirt, oil, and lint from your dreads, but is gentle enough to not dry them out even if you wash them on a daily basis. One shampoo I always recommend to people is Dr. Locs’ Yasin Shampoo.

It’s made with the gentlest ingredients and natural plant oils like argan oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil, all of which have been proven to be good for the health of your hair. Yasin shampoo is everything you can ever dream of in a shampoo. It doesn’t strip your hair of its natural moisture, but makes sure that your dreads are clean and your scalp is restored to a balanced pH level once you’re done with your shower.

It’s formulated to get rid of any dirt without leaving behind any product build-up or residue, so it’s safe to use on a day-to-day basis. This shampoo also smells nice, thanks to the refreshing mint and lavender scent it has.

Oils are highly recommended to maintain and care for locs, especially to fulfill your moisturizing needs. Dr. Locs’ Yasin Shampoo takes care of that. You can use it on its own if you want to, but for the best results, it doesn’t hurt to use the complete line of hair care products by the brand.

They make good hair conditioner and leave-in conditioner like the Jinan Leave-In Conditioner that helps ensure that your dreads and scalp are kept hydrated and healthy without making it greasy and dirty-looking.

It’s also important to remember that healthy hair - dreads or not - starts from a healthy scalp. Ty massaging your scalp every night before bed with coconut oil or argan oil, or even without any product to promote healthy hair growth.