How Much Maintenance Does My Dreadlocks Need?

Updated: Mar 8

The amount of maintenance you need is really dependent upon the age of your dreadlocks, lifestyle, hair type, and the look you are wanting to achieve with your dreadlocks.


The age of your dreadlocks is very important in the maintenance process. For instance, young Dreadlocks (less than 18 months old) will need maintenance much more frequently than those that are older. In the beginning, if you want neat dreadlocks, maintenance will be required between 6 to 16 weeks. Timing is determined by your hair type, lifestyle, and the look you want to achieve. But if you want to achieve neat dreadlocks, I would recommend it at 10 weeks.


If you have an incredibly active lifestyle or if you swim a lot, your dreads will need more maintenance than those who are not active. Swimming and friction on your dreadlocks can create a lot of loose hair around the dreads. It will make you feel a bit fluffy. To correct this and keep it intact, you need to maintain it properly and regularly (every 8 to 10 weeks).

If the whole Dreadlocks is coming loose or getting quite loopy, you need to have it fixed immediately.


Hair type is something that you really can’t change. We can use salt spray and conditioner but it’s something that you have naturally and we can only do so much about it.

If your hair is thin but mats really well, your dreadlocks will come together quite easily. However, one of the common issues you’ll encounter is looping. If you’re not a fan of loops, you will need maintenance a little bit sooner. If you do you like the loops, then just push it out and you can get maintenance every 12-16 or even 20 weeks depending on how you like to keep them.

If your hair is silky, no matter how thick it is, your dreads will require a lot more maintenance just because the hair doesn’t mat well together. They will need a lot of salt spray and a lot of maintenance to make them tight.

If your hair is rough, no matter how thick it is, it will mature well.


This is probably the most important of all the information given with dreadlocks. It is about you deciding how you want to wear your hair.

If you want neat dreads, you’re looking at a lot more maintenance but it is worth it especially if you want to achieve that professional look.

If you want more natural looking dreads, you don’t even have to have maintenance if your hair type holds the dreadlocks enough to naturally develop.

Dreadlocks can create stunning and unique looks on people. It is all up to you to choose what type of dreads will work best for your lifestyle, your style, and your hair type.

There are pros and cons to every hair type. We try to advise the best dreadlocks for your hair type and give you specific information at your appointment.

When you come for maintenance, you need to let the dreadlocks artist know the look you want to achieve. If you want it to look natural, let us know, so we can maintain it so it holds properly. On the other hand, if you prefer to have a clean and neat look, we can make it possible by giving you full maintenance so that it can last longer.

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