Deciding whether or not to use dreadlock wax in your locks

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Using dreadlock wax - much like using the backcoming method - is one of the most popular ways to start and maintain dreadlocks.

It's become so popular because dread wax makes it really easy to hold your locks together as they mature.

Usually made from a blend of beeswax and various natural oils as opposed to 100% pure, the use of dreadlock wax is much debated between lock wearers and lockticians.

Some common comments are:

Dread Wax: Good

  • holds locks together
  • helps dreads lock up faster
  • tames loose hairs around the locks

Dread Wax: Not So Good

  • makes hair look greasy
  • attracts dust
  • prevents your dreads from locking

If the negative opinions about wax don't bother you and you still want to use this versatile hair product on your locks, then there are a few things to consider as you shop for a dread wax:

  • Don't use a dreadlock wax that lists petroleum as an ingredient. Read the dreadlock product page for the reasons why.
  • A good wax will absorb into your hair easily and won't be visible to the naked eye. If your dreads do start to turn into waxy-looking candles then you're either using too much of the product or the wrong product altogether.
    • So never use more dreadlock wax on a lock than can fit on your littlest fingernail. Use a hair dryer to melt the wax into your dreads, if you still feel as if there's too much product on your locks.
    • When using the wrong product, all you have to do is wash it out of your hair using a residue-free shampoo and start over again with another dread wax.

Always opt for dreadlock wax that's enriched with vitamins and nutrients. That will help your dreads grow stronger and prevent breakage.

Wax Alternatives

Then again, deciding that you don't want to use dreadlock wax doesn't mean your only option is to grow your locks product-free.

Alternatives to dreadlock wax include:

  • pomade
  • clay
  • balm
  • cream
  • styling glue

You'll find these tubes, tins and pumps in your local beauty store. When shopping around, ensure that your product picks have as few of the bad ingredients in them as possible.

Take note of whether or not the product contains alcohol. If it does, it will dry out your hair. In moderation either dreadlock wax or a dread wax alternative can help keep your growing locks together. Once your locks mature, you can reduce or even eliminate these products from your hair care routine.


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» Start with the best selling wax or opt for handy tightening gel instead

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» Before you wax your dreads, you should wash them

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