Help! There is too much wax in my dreads!

Help! There is too much wax in my dreads!

It happens to everyone; you accidentally put too much wax or oil in your dreadlocks. This can be very annoying because your dreads get a dirty look, even though there isn’t a bit of dirt in them! But because your dreads get sticky, a lot of dirt can get stuck in there. Fortunately the oil or wax is removable!

If you applied too much dreadoil in your dreads

The most simple solution is to wash your dreadlocks. Sometimes this isn’t enough and your dreads remain fatty after washing them. Fortunately there are other solutions to get you dreads all fresh and clean!

What do you need?

  • A special dread shampoo
  • Toilet paper or paper towel (preferably with not too many layers and not too soft)
  • (When needed) a blow dryer

Wait, after washing your dreads, until they are dry or blow dry them. Take a large piece of paper and fold it up a couple of times. Fold it carefully around your dreads and wring them out. This way, you catch the oil in the paper. Pay attention to the paper; a lot of toilet paper or paper towels have so many layers that they come off when wringing and attach themselves your dreads. Our advice is to use a cheap kind of paper.
When your dreads were really fatty, you can wash them again to get the last bit of oil out of them.

When you applied too much dreadwax in your dreads

WaxToo much wax in your dreadlocks is harder to get out. Wax gets soft with heat and sturdy when cooling down. This way, the wax really gets stuck into your dreads. This is very annoying. Dreadshop has a way to freshen up your dreads.

What do you need?

  • A special dread shampoo
  • Toilet paper or paper towel (preferably with not too many layers and not too soft)
  • (When needed) a blow dryer

Wash your dreads and wait until they are dry or blow dry them. This way, part of the wax is already washed out. When your dreads are dry, you can continue getting the wax out of your dreads.

Blow dry your dreads one by one on a high temperature, by heating them you soften the wax that is still stuck in your dreads. Take a large piece of paper and fold this a couple of times. Fold them carefully around your dreads and wring. This way you catch the wax on the paper.

Pay attention to the paper; a lot of toilet paper or paper towels have so many layers that they come off when wringing and attach themselves your dreads. Our advice is to use a cheap kind of paper.
When you have used too much wax, the best way is to blow dry and wring out your dreads one by one. This way, the wax won’t harden when you are wringing out another dread.
If you are done with this, you can wash your dreads again to get the last bit of wax out.

Some general tips when using dreadwax and dreadoils

  • Choose a product that goes with your type of hair. Most dreadoils and dreadwax make your dreads fatty. Maybe a dreadcream or conditioning spray works better for your hair. These products take care of your hair, but are way less fatty.
  • Would you like to use dreadoils or dreadwax? Don’t use them more than once or twice a week. For example after washing the dreads (you should wait until they are dry though, some products will close off your dreads and your dreads will retain water).
  • Don’t use too much. One drop of oil or a pinch of wax per dread is more than enough!
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