Q. Can I bleach or dye my dreads, and should I do it before or after I lock up?
A. You can bleach or dye before or after you dread your hair, it don’t matter.
Before is better, if possible, cuz it will be easier to do without your hair all locked up. Coloring before will also help to fry the hair, which will help the dreading process. It’s not difficult to dye or bleach once your dreads are in, though, just proceed as you would with normal hair and really squish the dye out when washing. It’s up to you.
Just make sure that your dreads are strong enough to handle the action, which could be up to 3 months or more after you put them in, and don’t use any dreadlock wax in there for a while cuz the bleach/dye might not take to it very well. You’d have to wait until the dreads are really tight and together.
There isn’t a specific bleaching product that I recommend over another – L’Oreal Blondissima (‘Super’ strength) from the drug store seems to do the job for bleaching and it’s easy to use.
Bleaching is actually kind of good for getting dreads together because it really dries them out and makes them easier to lock up, but use a natural dreadlock wax like Knotty Boy or maybe their conditioning spray after to keep them from getting too dry and brittle.
And I also would recommend anyone that’s bleaching their dreads to pick up a good natural anti-dandruff shampoo because bleaching your scalp is a really good way to get dandruff and your gonna want to use something that helps keep your scalp healthy and itchy-free. The KB shampoo bar is good. I use it after I bleach my hair and I don’t gots dreads right now!