D.I.Y. Products

While there are many effective dreadlock products available online, they can be expensive. Dreadlocks are about accessibility. Anyone can have great dreadlocks. As with many things in life, you can always Do-It-Yourself, and make your own dread products. It`s easy and affordable to brew up dread teas, make scalp treatments and mixtures out of natural materials. Listed below are some good herbs and plants to use with dreadlocks, as well as some recipes!

Natural Goodness for Dreadlocks

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rose hip Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Yarrow

All-Purpose Dreadlock Tea Recipe

Chamomile brings out the natural blonde and golden color highlights in light-colored hair. If your hair is dark use rosemary instead. While it won’t give you highlights, the herb’s been known to help hair grow faster.


Mix #1: Yummy

Dried chamomile flowers (use for light coloured hair) OR 1/2 cup dried Rosemary (use for dark hair)

Mix #2: Spicy

Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Cardamom

Mix #3: Fresh

Nettle, lemon balm, mint, catnip



1/2 cup herbs/flowers/spices
4 cups water

Preheat your pot. Pour this water away. Turn on the tap to cold water and let it run a few seconds. This ensures the water is fully aerated (water sitting in the pipes loses oxygen) and quite cold.

Boil the two ingredients for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the tea brew three to five minutes. Longer will be stronger. Strain using a cheesecloth and let cool. Apply the solution to recently washed dreadlocks.

Make sure you rinse it off thoroughly with a lot of cool or tepid water within 20 minutes.

Easy, Inexpensive Natural Hair Treatments

  • Apple Cider Vinegar treatment
    For resistant itchy scalp or dandruff, you might want to try an apple cider vinegar treatment that you leave on to increase the effectiveness. For this itchy scalp and dandruff treatment, mix apple cider vinegar with water as stated above, massage the mixture onto your scalp and place a shower cap on your head for 20 minutes to an hour, then shampoo as usual. For particularly acute cases of itchy scalp or dandruff, you might want to start out doing this treatment two or three times per week, then transition to once per week or once every other week (depending on your individual results) for maintenance.
  • Massage your scalp with aloe vera gel -Massaging aloe vera gel onto your scalp is an age-old cooling and soothing treatment. Try this one after exfoliating and doing a clarifying rinse to help soothe your scalp even more.
  • Massage your scalp with almond oil – Massage a small amount of almond oil or grapeseed oil (slightly warmed or straight from the bottle) and cover your hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes to an hour. This will be particularly helpful is your itchy scalp or dandruff comes from having a dry scalp.
  • Exfoliate your scalp – If your scalp is in need of exfoliation to help get rid of the flakes, try mixing corn meal with a very small amount of a almond oil, grapeseed oil or a light vegetable oil.
  • Use a witch hazel and lemon juice toner – Witch hazel is one of my favorite natural products and can help to relieve itchy scalp and dandruff. Make a small mixture of witch hazel with lemon juice and apply to your scalp after shampooing. Remember, lemon juice will likely lighten your hair if you apply it before going in the sun, so keep that in mind if you use this scalp toning treatment.
  • Treat you scalp to some thyme tea – Thyme is one of the herbs knows for helping dandruff sufferers end their battle with flakes. Boil 3-5 tablespoons of thyme in about two cups of water, allow to cool and strain. After shampooing your hair, massage the thyme tea onto your scalp while your hair is still wet. Put on a shower cap for about 20-30 minutes and then rinse.
  • Massage your scalp with essential oils – Essential oils that are effective for treating itchy scalp and dandruff include rosemary, lemon and tea tree. Massage a few drops into your scalp and allow it to stay on your scalp until your next shampoo. Please be aware that folks who might be pregnant or who have high blood pressure should not use rosemary essential oil.
  • Use a hot oil treatment once per week A weekly hot oil treatment will help to nourish your scalp and keep your hair shiny and soft. Olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil or any light vegetable oil can be warmed up (place the container with the oil into a bowl of warm water to warm it) and applied to your hair and scalp for soothing, nourishing treatment. You can apply this in the shower and leave it on for a few minutes before you shampoo, or you can apply the warmed oil, put on a shower cap for 10-30 minutes and then shampoo as usual.
  • Deep Clean
    1. Large bowl of warm water / Un grang bol d’eau très chaude
    2. 3/4 c of baking soda / 3/4 tasse de bicarbonate de soude
    3. 20 drops of tea tree oil / 20 gouttes d’huile de théier

    4 teaspoons of lemon juice / 4 cuilleres a thé de jus de citron
    *facultatif* (2 teaspoons of salt / 2 cuilleres a thé de sel)

    * Stir until all is well dissolved / bien mélanger pour dissoudre le tout

    Dunk all dreads in and stay for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then rinse, many times, until the water comes out clear. Personally i like doing this in 2 times 10 minutes, with half the recipe each time, changing water…
    It is recommended to do this once every month or two. Not more, because it can make your hair too dry.


    One response to “D.I.Y. Products

    1. ashley ⋅

      thank u!! that was very helpful i wanted to start my dreads up but i didnt want to buy all that stuff that was bad for my hair that i cant afford.. u guys r life savers!!!

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