Natural dreadlocks with Klixer®

6. Finishing and dreadlock care

Dreadlocks are a radical change in hair structure which takes several months to mature before stabilising. Thanks to Klixer®, you can have mature look dreadlocks after the first session, but to help them to mature, you should follow some basic dreadcare guidelines.


In difficult areas, close to the root, for example, finishing may be carried out by hand with a crochet needle. For rounded ends, palm roll them first and then tighten them with the Klixer®


A grooming session should be carried out with Klixer® approximately one week after dreading. Check whether the dreadlocks are tight and palm roll those that have become loose and finish off the most conflictive areas.

It is best to carry out further grooming between four and six weeks later.

Dreadlock maintenance:

If a client is interested in maintaining her/his dreadlocks, she/he should make a habit of regularly grooming by palm rolling, massaging the roots so that they grow tangled and using a crochet needle to tuck in any loose hairs.

If she/he prefers, a grooming session once a week (between 15 and 30 minutes) in the salon in the first few months, with sessions gradually becoming less frequent as the dreadlocks mature, is enough to keep dreadlocks looking great.


Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks need not be dirty. In fact, dirt can be bad for hair and the scalp, and so fairly frequent washing is recommended. Washing and drying dreadlocked hair, especially straight hair, requires a little more care and attention to stop them from coming undone. It’s a good idea to adopt some basic after wash maintainance routines right from the start.


How to wash:

  • Thoroughly wet the dreadlocks.
  • Apply shampoo gently massaging the scalp with your finger tips.
  • Squeeze the dreadlock with the lather as if squeezing a sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly to ensure that no shampoo is left inside the dreadlock.
  • Finally, rinse with cold water to help close the cuticles.


  • Wring out dreadlocks by squeezing them in your hand, starting near the root and working towards the ends.
  • Wrap the dreadlocks in a towel to absorp most of the damp. If necessary, change towels as often as required.
  • Finish drying dreadlocks by exposing then to the air or with a hair dryer, working from the roots to the tips.
  • Dreadlocks may be palm rolled whilst wet to help compress them.
  • Do not do any styling or go to bed if the dreadlocks are not completely dry. If the hair is damp for too long, it may start to smell or could even grow mould.

Hair care products:

You should always use natural shampoos and hair care products, with neutral ph and no softeners or conditioners and no additives. Softeners can hinder the formation of dreadlocks, producing an excess of loose hairs. Other additives can get trapped inside the locks, producing unwanted side effects (smells, hair that breaks easily, and others).

Depending on how mature the dreadlocks are, special water based gels for maitaining dreadlocks can be used to hydrate the hair and promote knotting. These gels are easy to wash out and do not accumulate in the hair.

Klixer® does not recommend the use of wax or any other kind of hair stiffener which dirty the hair. By the same token, we do not recommend using any chemical products that may damage hair.

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