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Mildew and Odor in Dreadlocks

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The causes of mildew and odor in dreadlocks are numerous.  More often than not however people with these issues make some of the same mistakes:

Not properly drying your hair

Dreadlocks are like a wet towel.  If you allow a wet towel to sit, debris, allergens, and anything from the air will gradually settle on the towel and "breed."  If your locks are wet for hours on end, if you sleep on wet dreadlocks, you are encouraging the growth of mildew and bacteria.

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UglyMusic's picture

i got shot and was bedridden for almost a year so taking care of my locks was basically imposible, therefore my locks now have buildup spots in them. i need some help!!!!! do u have any prducts that i can buy to remove the buildup?? i tried to follow the gunk be gone link but it says its broken i am also interested in the vinegar products. please help me out i love my locks and want them to be beautiful and gunk free! Please Help me!!!!!!!!!

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cherryischocolate's picture

Do you have any information on getting rid of lint in your locks! My locks are almost waist length and have white spots (lint) in them. Gross, I read some info regarding benoite clay but was leary any suggestions! BTW this is my 1st post and I just signed up so be eazy! Peace!

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admin's picture

lord give me strength

are the white spots actually lint or product build-up?

if it's product build-up, you can use something like gunk be gone (naani's naturals product) and that will help lift and clarify.

if it's lint and it's deeply embedded, you will have to pluck it out OR do a rinse.  jazzing is a temporary dye that if you let heat process (and choose a shade as close to your hair color as possible) that will tint the lint.  it's not a permanent solution but a more attractive one.

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mrtkwilliams's picture

How can I get rid of loose hairs in my dreads?

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admin's picture

lord give me strength

are you fully locked?  two-strand or palm them.  they'll eventually get in line.

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MichaelClarZQD's picture

Are there any negative affect to allowing your locks to completly air dry as opposed to using a dryer. I have tried both and discovered that I had more volume when I air dry my hair although it take longer to do so. I am most concerned about developing a smell from airdrying. No, I do not tie them up wet, nor do I sleep on them wet (which would also mean that I still do not tie them upwet).

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MichaelClarZQD's picture

Are there any negative affect to allowing your locks to completly air dry as opposed to using a dryer. I have tried both and discovered that I had more volume when I air dry my hair although it take longer to do so. I am most concerned about developing a smell from airdrying. No, I do not tie them up wet, nor do I sleep on them wet (which would also mean that I still do not tie them upwet).

naaniFam Speaks
admin's picture

lord give me strength

not really but as they get longer and denser, this is something you typically want to avoid.  it'd be akin to leaving a damp towel in a moisture rich environment.  it doesn't dry fast enough, so it can start to smell stale.

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