As with all the great things you want to be part of your new life choices, you must also get ready for all the challenges and changes it might bring. You must get yourself ready to make some changes in your way of life to ease in to the new lifestyle.

Let’s talk about dreadlocks and dandruff: before you decide to make dreadlocks a part of your life, you must consider all the changes you might have to make to make the transition easier. For sure, one of the primary reasons you may have had before living the dreads life is that it requires less care and is easier to maintain, but the first few weeks of it might require careful care and maintenance. Irritation, itching and dandruffs are usually the many challenges that you may face for the first month. Of course, this is not totally unexpected. The process of making dreadlocks itself is a tough one for your scalp: your hair gets pulled, twisted, and you can’t wash your hair for weeks after that. Some irritation may result out of this and lead to itching and dandruff.

Here are a few tips to lessen the effects of dandruff and itching:

Adjust your hair-washing routine: Before getting dreadlocks, your scalp might have gotten used to getting washed every day. With this routine, your scalp produces more oils on your hair to compensate for the oil you washed off every day. By the time you get dreads, you might have to quit washing your hair cold turkey. But your scalp won’t be able to figure that out until after it has secreted oil regularly for the next several days or weeks. The excess of oils on your hair and scalp may cause itching or promote the growth of the fungus that leads to dandruff. So the best thing you can do is to ease-in on the washing before you get your dreads. Instead of washing your hair every day, maybe you can do it every other day, then twice a week and so on. Through this, your scalp will understand the signal that it doesn’t have to produce more oil.

Wash regularly: If you’re not washing your hair regularly, that might just be the reason why you have dandruff. The key to preventing this is to be consistent with your washing routine when you’ve already settled in on your dreads. So on your first month, you might want to wash it every 3 days. Anti-dandruff shampoos might help you out but, again, you have to be consistent with the product you use. BE CONSISTENT. It’s all it takes.

Use apple cider vinegar: most dread heads would certainly recommend that you use ACV. It combats the acidity that your scalp oils have secreted. After doing an ACV rinse, your head will surely feel lighter as it refreshes your scalp. It will actually feel like your hair is breathing. Plus, your hair would start to look softer and it will smell better too!

If none of these work, maybe you’ve already had dandruff even before having dreads. Nizoral might help you get rid of the fungus, two washes is all it takes. Also, don’t forget to give your scalp the necessary stimulation to get the blood flow going. You can use a scalp massager or just give yourself gentle massages while shampooing. Remember: the key to getting rid of dandruff is to ease it in, and then be consistent with your routine.