Here are some products and resources I recommend.
Many of them I use, actually. 🙂
I try to use coconut oil to moisten my mature dreads several times a week. It not only light, but provides your hair with vital natural nutrition (and isn’t that what we’re all about? Being natural.). When you get some time, check out the health benefits of coconut oil not only on your hair, but on your entire body. I use it to moisturize my face, and also take it internally.
There are many different brands out there, so it’s up to you. However, I recommend EfaGold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as a quality, cost-effective brand. Click on either the Learn More button below, or the image itself to be taken to Amazon.com, where you will find 2,000 positive reviews on this specific brand.Learn More
Currently my most-used item. Besides smelling wonderful, this mango and lime spray adds some light moisture to my locks.
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Rasta Jam Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo
Every good head of dreads needs a good shampoo. One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that a good, clarifying shampoo will help your dreads not only tighten faster, but look way better in the long run.
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Other Notable Dreadlock Products
LockSteady Tropical Tightening Gel
AMAZON DESCRIPTION: Get them dreadies tighter faster with Knotty boy LockSteady Tropical Tightening Gel Utilizing the age-old dreadlock-accelerating properties of pure aloe vera gel and citrus juices, and combined in a smoothie of vitamins, hempseed oil and other good stuff for maximum hair repair, this great-smelling party-in-a-jar is a light, wash-out formula designed to tighten new and already developed dreadlocks, and bring loose hair and frizzies under control instantly.Learn More
Knotty Body Dread Shampoo Bar
AMAZON DESCRIPTION: Knotty Boy Dread Shampoo Bar is specially formulated with tea tree, rosemary & peppermint oils for dreadlock care and dry scalp conditions. The natural and essential oils used in these formulations are extremely beneficial for hair and scalp health. Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Shampoos gently cleanse, allowing the hair to retain nutrients and moisture, while the rosemary, tea tree and peppermint essential oils work therapeutically to treat and prevent dry scalp, dandruff and other skin and scalp irritations. Use anywhere you need a good scrub – also proven to be effective in the treatment of problem skin and acne, and as an all-over body wash.Learn More
Knotty Boy Professional Metal Dread Comb
AMAZON DESCRIPTION: Wood Handled Metal Dreadlock Comb Maintenance Product.
- The ever-lasting metal teasing comb you know and love is back!
- Micro-spaced, sturdy metal teeth
- The best comb for making the tightest dreads possible
- A dreading necessity!
Dreadlock Book Reviews: The top dreadlock books you should know about, all in one place.
Book Review Alert! Nice Dreads: Hair Care Basics and Inspiration for Girls Who’ve Considered Locking Their Hair
Extremely useful (although I would change the title. Just sayin’). I borrowed this book from the library when I was several years into my dreadlock journey, and it proved very useful. It has chapters on how to start your dread locks, how to care and wash for them, and even how to color them. Plus, you get 23% off the regular price! Look inside using Amazon’s cool feature. You can view the ENTIRE Table of Contents, as well as the Introduction. They will also show you the Resources Section. Judge for yourself how useful it is and if it’s for you. Again, I found it extremely useful. You will also gain access to 30 customer reviews.
Check out their new updated cover from September 2012! For both the professional and the novice, it has almost 300 pages and is, in face, manual material. No joke, folks. Look inside using Amazon’s cool feature. You can view the ENTIRE Table of Contents, as well as the opening pages. Judge for yourself how useful it is and if it’s for you. You will also gain access to 14 customer reviews.
Locs for Life: The Root to Well Being for African-American Women
This book is not only a useful guide for dreadlock hair care and style, but it also tackles topics such as colorism, racism, beauty standards and other social issues. Look inside using Amazon’s cool feature. You can view the ENTIRE Table of Contents, as well as the first pages. Judge for yourself how useful it is and if it’s for you. You will also gain access to 11 customer reviews.