Because the soap residues found in standard shampoos can slow down or prevent locks from forming.
Knotty Boy and Dread Head HQ are especially made for dreadlocks, while Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps are a general-purpose residue free shampoo that's widely used for dreadlocks.
A buildup of residue can slow down the drying time, which is not good for locks, as mildew can grow in the core and create a unpleasant odor.
Dreadlock shampoos have no conditioners, moisturisers, chemical foaming agents, fillers or softeners. (All of which are beneficial for the formation of your locks.
One Common Pitfall
However, using residue-free shampoos regularly can cause dryness. Some brands such as Knotty Boy add oil to their shampoo to combat this. (You may still need to moisturize your scalp after washing.)
Where To Buy
Most dreadlock shampoos are sold online, although it's possible to find some in stores.
Knotty Boy is sold both in stores and online. Dread Head HQ and Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps, are both sold online. (They can also be found on Amazon) In addition, salons that provide hair care for dreadlocks also supply specialist shampoos.
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Loreen Hall - aka, Miss Natural Notts