6 Tips for keeping Your dreadlocks Dry

Dreadlocks are a unique and beautiful hairstyle that require specific maintenance to keep them healthy and looking their best.

One of the biggest concerns for those with dreadlocks is keeping them dry, as excess moisture can cause mould, but also because dreadlocks take so long to dry sometimes it's easier to just keep them dry in the first place.

Here are six tips to help you keep your dreadlocks dry and healthy.

1. Use a Large Shower Cap

A large shower cap is a simple yet effective tool for keeping your dreadlocks dry in the shower. When you're taking a shower simply put on the shower cap to keep your locks covered and protected from water.  Choosing a cap that is specifically designed for dreadlocks will ensure your hair is protected and completely covered as regular shower caps are often way too small.

Extra Large Shower Cap for Dreadlocks

2. Use a Dreadlock Hair Towel

Dollylocks Large Microfibre Hair Towel can reduce the time it takes to dry your dreadlocks by 50%. Designed with an easy-to-use elastic strap on the back to stay on your head without pulling or damaging hair. Simply wrap, twist, tuck. No more wet towels on your back!

Large Dreadlock Hair Towel with elastic - Mountain Dreads

3. Use a Cleansing Spray "Save Time and Stay Dry!"

Experience cleanliness without the hassle of washing with water! Cleanse and remove excess oil from the scalp to extend time between regular washing.

Spray directly onto scalp between dreadlocks. Allow a few minutes to penetrate. Use a damp cloth to remove excess product, oil, and buildup. An exfoliating towel can be used for scalp buildup.

Dollylocks Cleansing Spray -Mountain Dreads

4. Use a Dry Shampoo for Dreadlocks

 A Dry Shampoo for dreadlocks is perfect to use in-between regular hair washing. It works by absorbing excess oil from your hair and scalp without the need for water.

Ensure you choose a dry shampoo specifically residue free to ensure it doesn't cause build up within your dreadlocks. Simply sprinkle a small amount of powder directly onto your scalp at the roots and massage in. A little goes a long way! 

Raw Roots Dry Shampoo Locking Powder

5. Keep Dreads Separated

After washing, or anytime your hair is wet is a great time to do a quick maintenance session. As your hair dries, use your fingers to pull your dreads apart at the roots and keep them separated and prevent matting. Proper air flow is crucial for keeping your locks dry, so be sure to keep them separated and avoid compacting them.

Dreadlock Care Tips for keeping Dreads Dry

6. Use a Dreadlock Swimming Cap

If you love to swim, a large swimming cap is a must-have for protecting your dreadlocks from the water. Swimming caps designed for dreadlocks are typically made from silicone and are much larger than traditional swim caps. They provide full coverage for your locks, keeping them dry and protected from chlorine and other chemicals that can cause damage.


Keeping your dreadlocks dry and healthy requires a bit of effort, but with the right care and attention, it's definitely achievable. Whether you're just starting out with dreadlocks or you're a seasoned pro, these tips will help you keep your locks looking and feeling their best. Enjoy your unique and beautiful hairstyle and stay dry!

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