Q. Hey, I have a problem. I rinse my dreads everyday, and use either shampoo or bar soap like 2 times a week. I have had dreads since February and my dreads smell pretty bad. They smell like mold, or when clothes or towels are wet and old. How do I get rid of this smell?
A. Well, I think I know what the problem is… You’re wetting/washing them too much and they are always staying wet inside! If you wash them every day, they are like sponges, and they never get to fully dry out before they get wet all over again, and they start to smell. I would wash them one more time really well with the shampoo bar, wring them out, dry them with a hair dryer, and then wax all the fuzzies down once they are completely dry. Then don’t wash them for at least a week, just so they get a chance to air out and not be wet for a while. After that, only wash once a week and dry them really, really well after – sit in the sun and stuff if you can. Dreads only need to be washed once a week, really, or they do start to smell funky cuz they’re always wet.