Although I am natural I know nothing about caring for locs, so this is re-posted from I Love My Kinky Curly Natural Hair
So you like the no maintenance lifestyle of having locs and you think you would look hot with them. Wait! Having dreadlocks is not no maintenance but rather LOW maintenance. Knowing a few tricks will have those locs looking fabulous.
Whether you go to a loctician or take care of your locs at home, a proper hair care routine is important to reduce an stress and tension on the root of your locs. Nothing worse than think you are oh so cute and to have a loc pop off at the root. Yikes! Beyond that having locs that look dull and unkempt makes you look like you haven’t a penny to your name.
Shampoo- No matter what your friends told you, your locs must be washed. The frequency at which you wash is the same I would say with any natural : its up to you. Your lifestyle and your hair needs will determine this for you. However, your locs will suffer if you use products that can leave a residue. This is where a natural shampoo, like black soap is best to utilize. If you have had your locs less than a year than placing ouch less hair bands at your roots and at the tips of your locs before washing.
As with all naturals massaging your scalp is very important. Also known as toning, it can help release your hairs natural oils and in turn help to reduce dry scalp issues.
Conditioning your locs is a way to help restore your hair and help your locs to continue to thrive. Again, I understand some may have some trepidation about conditioning their loc for fear of them unraveling, but this is a very important step. Conditioning helps to reduce frizz giving your locs a neater appearance. If you are still unsure, try just conditioning the tips.
Drying your locs is also very important to help avoid mildew within your locs and that old man smell.
Start by gently squeezing your loc from the root towards the tip to remove the excess moisture. After you squeeze out the water, squeeze some more. Here is where you can apply your favorite tightening product. A spray gel or other specialty loc product will help gets those locs nice and tight. Follow by wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel for about 15 minutes. Afterward you can let them air dry.
Now is the time to groom those locs by palm rubbing, latch locking or root rubbing. This helps take care of your loose hairs and promote the locking process.