It is a good idea to start shampooing your hair with a Dread Empire shampoo in the lead up to getting dreads. This will remove product residue and build up caused by regular hair care products and prepare your hair for the soon to be knotting and locking. Once dreaded and after the first week, you can shampoo as often desired- this is despite popular belief! Itchy scalps are synonymous with dreadlocks and often the reason for this is that people have stopped or scaled back their shampoo regime. Whilst shampooing can make your dreads messy initially, ultimately, the cleaner the hair the better it will dread.
And we couldn't do a piece on washing dreads without mentioning the most critical of steps - rinse, rinse, rinse and dry, dry, dry! Ensure they are thoroughly dried before tying them back or donning a hat to avoid mildew (aka dread rot).
Tightening Gel - A delicious smelling, light weight aloe vera based gel that will allow you to quickly tame and tidy loose hair. It can be left in or easily washed out and can be used as often as desired.
Dread Dust - This dust has the amazing ability of texturizing hair to encourage even the straighest and most stubborn hair to knot and lock up. It makes backcombing hair so much easier giving the comb something to grip to and it can be used for ongoing maintenance of established dreads, particularly when you are for example, dread balling or tidying up loose hairs. It won't cause build up and it won't cause bits of fluff etc to stick to the dreads.
Dreadlock Accelerator - This sea salt based spray will
Dread Wax - This one offers super bind ability and mostly used by our customers who have very coarse or dry hair or for those with afro hair types. It is heavy duty and designed to stay put so we recommend only the smallest amount is used and palm rolled into the dreads only as required.
Conditioning Spray - A light, leave in spray that is very effective in softening dreadlocks and being Aloe Vera based, it has a scalp soothing effect also. We often use this one to soften new human hair dreadlocks extensions.
Quench - A delicious, sweet smelling blend of oils available in 3 flavours. Quench conditions a little more intensely than the Conditioning Spray. Place a few drops in the palms of your hands and apply to your dreads by palm rolling. Starting with a small amount will give you a feel for how much Quench you need to apply and you can adjust and increase the amount as needed. It addition to improving hair health, it will leave them smelling divine.
Dread Balm - A creamy balm with shea and macadamia oils to deeply condition and help bind dreads. This is the heaviest conditioning product available so it's suitable for very dry hair.
Not only can it aid itchy scalp conditions and dandruff but it is an excellent face and body moisturiser. Rehydrating the skin promotes healing of scars and creates a plumper appearance which may make fine lines and wrinkles less visible. This blend of oils is readily absorbed by the skin and it balances sebum production making it suitable for all skin types including those which are problematic and prone to break outs.