Can You Get Dreads Wet & Other Dreadlock Care FAQs

Posted: July 18, 2022 By:

Dreadlocks are a beloved hairstyle heavily steeped in culture and history. One of the biggest draws to dreadlocks is the relatively easy upkeep and maintenance associated with them. 

In order to get to the point where your dreadlocks are completely locked in place and easy to care for, however, you have to do some groundwork. It helps if your hair meets certain criteria, although just about everyone can be successful with dreadlocks if they take the right steps.

At Tabula Rasa Salon in Charleston, SC, our expert stylists can make your dream look a reality. So, if you’re ready for your new look, or need any kind of hair help, book an appointment with us today!

How to Care for Dreadlocks

Let’s take a look at a few of the most common questions people ask when they are considering dreadlocks for their next hairstyle.

Can I You Get Dreads Wet?

The answer is yes! You can do anything you would do normally, including swimming and showering. If you swim in a chlorine pool, just make sure to rinse the chlorine out afterward. 

If you just got your dreads done, however, the answer is slightly different. Avoid getting your hair wet or washing it with any products in the first two to four weeks, as you may loosen some hairs and negatively affect the neat appearance of your dreads. 

Once about a month has passed, you are free to wash your dreads as needed. Most people with dreadlocks wash their hair only two or three times per month because the hairstyle simply doesn’t require as much upkeep. It’s important to use all-natural shampoo and pat dry to avoid pulling hairs out of the locks.

How Long Does My Hair Have to Be?

Most hairstylists agree that hair should be at least chin-length before starting the process of getting dreadlocks. When shorter hair is dreadlocked, the dreads won’t lie flat and will likely stick out to the sides. Additionally, since each lock will be relatively small, they won’t stay locked as well as longer hair might. 

If you have short hair but are really passionate about getting dreadlocks, you can always lock your hair and have dreadlock extensions added to create a longer, more seamless look.

Can I Dye My Dreads?

You can absolutely dye or even bleach your dreadlocks depending on your hair color goals. In fact, the coloring process tends to dry out hair, which can be a negative thing for standard hairstyles but actually helps the locking and matting process for dreadlocks. 

For best results, dye your hair before getting dreadlocks and avoid deep conditioners. If you already have dreadlocks but want to color them, wait 10 to 12 weeks after getting them and deep clean them before you apply the dye.  

Can I Take Out Dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are meant to be worn for a long time and often get better with age. However, if you want to comb them out, you can do so with the help of an experienced stylist and lots of deep conditioning. 

Expert Care for Your Hair 

Interested in dreadlocks and other unique hairstyles? We can help you on every step of your journey to gorgeous hair. Contact us at Tabula Rasa to schedule an appointment today!