Here is a list of the best dreadlock shampoos in New Zealand. This guide will help you to select your dreadlock shampoo, how to wash your dreads and the products to avoid
Dreadlocks Shampoo Versus Regular Shampoo
There’s no unique ingredient in dreadlock shampoos that make the difference from the common shampoos.
All shampoos comprise of water mixed with cleaning agents known as detergents. In some instances, the manufacturers add oils and butters (cocoa butter, shea butter). These extra ingredients help achieve extra softness. Some have active ingredients such as anti-dandruff ingredients and proteins.
What Dreadlock Shampoo to Look For?
Now that you’re aware there’s no special difference between regular and dreadlock shampoos, here’s what you should know before buying a dreadlocks shampoo.
- The shampoo should be residue-free – it should not leave residue on your hair. You should avoid creamy shampoos as they contain oils or butter that guarantees to leave an oily residue on your hair. Additionally, these shampoos also have conditioning agents that bind to the hair and can result in build-up.
- Clarifying shampoos and translucent shampoos are highly recommended for washing dreadlocks.
The Best Dreadlock Shampoos in New Zealand
- Love Locs Natural – Wash My Dreads Shampoo
- Neutrogena – Anti-residue shampoo
- Neutrogena – T. Gel Shampoo
- Tresemmé – Deep Cleansing Shampoo
- A’Kin – Purifying Lemongrass & Juniper Shampoo
- Ecostore – Volumising Shampoo
- Kinky Curly – Come Clean
- Herbal Essences – Daily Detox Shine Shampoo
Love Locs – Wash My Dreads Shampoo
This is a natural and effective cleansing shampoo. It’s a blend of juniper berries, aloe vera, and tea tree that help in balancing, preserving, and protecting the scalp’s natural barrier resulting in a clean and healthy scalp foundation.
It’s a residue-free shampoo that doesn’t contain oils or any other ingredients responsible for build-up.
Additionally, it’s free from harsh chemicals, aggressive surfactants, synthetic fragrances, dyes, and parabens.
Click here to buy Love Locs – Wash My Dreads shampoo
Neutrogena – Anti-residue shampoo
The Neutrogena – Anti-residue shampoo is sold in a 6-fluid ounce bottle to help get rid of up to 90% of residue caused by conditioners, ordinary shampoos, and styling products.
It contains a gentle and mild formula that will work fine for dreads of all hair types and even for color-treated locs.
Neutrogena – T. Gel Shampoo
The Neutrogena-T. Gel Shampoo is excellent for controlling scalp itching and flaking as a result of eczema, scalp psoriasis, common dandruff, and seborrheic dermatitis.
Tresemmé – Deep Cleansing Shampoo
TRESemmé is specially formulated to clarify and gently remove build-up and heavy residue from dreadlocks.
Its infused with vitamin C and extracts of lemon a grapefruit to help remove build-up and replenish moisture.
To use, gently coat your locs with your ideal amount of shampoo and massage the scalp and roots with your fingertip. Gently squeeze the cleanser from the roots to the ends of your dreadlocks and rinse thoroughly.
A’Kin – Purifying Lemongrass & Juniper Shampoo
This shampoo is specially formulated to help cleanse and hydrate your dreadlocks without adding extra weight.
It’s enriched with juniper berries and lemongrass to help remove excess oil and clarify, leaving your hair and scalp thoroughly cleansed and refreshed.
If it’s your first time using a natural shampoo, it’s important to note that your hair will likely undergo an adjustment period.
It could last up to a month to entirely remove the build-up and for your hair and scalp to experience the full benefits of natural shampoo.
To use the A’KIN Purifying Lemongrass & Juniper Shampoo, simply massage it into wet hair, adding some more water to create a natural lather. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Ecostore – Volumising Shampoo
The Ecostore Volumising Shampoo is specially formulated with gentle cleansing agents that protect the hair from breakage and fly-away without leaving residue or adding weight to your dreadlocks.
The ingredients in this shampoo meet all international safety standards and are safer for the environment.
Kinky Curly – Come Clean
The Kinky Curly contains a natural chelating agent that softens hard water by removing minerals such as magnesium and calcium. This helps prevent possible hard water buildup on your locs.
Additionally, this moisturizing shampoo contains a blend of Mandarin Orange extracts and Sea Kelp to help gently clean locs and maintain the perfect moisture balance, respectively.
Herbal Essences – Daily Detox Shine Shampoo
The Daily Detox Shine shampoo refreshes your hair to reveal radiant-looking hair. It’s a pH-balanced formula that contains traces of mint and white tea and is perfectly safe even for color-treated hair.
How Regularly Should You Wash Your Dreadlocks?
It’s recommended to wash your locs at least once per week.
However, you should wait for at least one week if you’ve just started dreadlocks.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, those with dandruff should:
- Shampoo daily and use dandruff shampoo at least twice per week for Asians or Caucasians.
- Those with afro hair should shampoo once per week using dandruff shampoo.
How to Wash Your Dreadlocks?
Now that you’ve just discovered your favourite dreadlock shampoo, it’s time to learn how to clean the locs.
Cleaning at least once per week
- Wet your dreadlocks and scalp with warm water.
- Apply some shampoo in the palm of your hand and then apply into your locs.
- Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. Be gentle but thorough enough not to scratch your scalp.
- Rinse the locs with plenty of water. You should let the shampoo run through the dreads, so it removes any buildups without you having to touch them every now and then. This works perfectly for new locs which are soft, and it won’t damage them.
- For mature locs, don’t let the shampoo run through them, instead “milk” them to help clean them effectively.
- Shampoo your locs one more time. For this second wash, allow the shampoo to rest on your scalp for several minutes to allow the ingredients to work their magic and then rinse with water.
- There are two methods to dry your dreadlocks. You can let them dry naturally or use a hairdryer on medium heat. Your dreadlocks may develop molds if you go to bed with wet hair.
How Going to the Beach is Great for Dreadlocks.
Ocean water will help with the matting process. However, after going to the beach, rinse your dreads with clean water as salty water can make your dreads very dry.
Is Conditioner Good for your Dreadlocks?
Conditioners contain butters, oils, and conditioning agents such as silicone that promote softening and hair detangling.
Some of these ingredients strongly bind to the hair and won’t come off even after rinsing with plenty of water resulting in buildup.
I highly discourage the use of conditioners in your locs.
If your aim is to soften your dreadlocks, there’s a magic alternative- apply vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil.
Don’t apply the vegetable oil to the roots area. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to add some sweet scent.
Another great alternative to conditioners is hot oil treatment with the oil of your choice. Apply some warm oil on your dry hair, then cover it with a plastic bag and scarf and leave it overnight. Wash your dreads, as usual, the day after.
Below is a video on how to do hot oil treatment using the oil of your choice.