Wax On, Wax Off? Guest Blog by Kris Lockafella, The Dreadquarters

By Kris Lockafella, Owner & Head Stylist of The Dreadquarters in Vancouver, Canada

To wax, or not to wax; that is the question on just about every potential dreadhead’s mind.

Dread Wax is easily the most controversial of hair care products, sparking hot debate far and wide in internet-land. Can you have great dreads without using it? Absolutely. Dread wax is not a necessity, but as thousands of happy customers (and stylists) can tell you, using Knotty Boy Dread Wax can safely help you get those dreads faster. We recommend it at The Dreadquarters because it works! If you’re looking for a way to speed up the locking process, look no further than this little tub of all-natural awesome.

Originally formulated to help people with straight hair lock up, Knotty Boy Dread Wax has gained popularity among all hair types as an effective way to keep new knots protected during shampoos, meaning less frustration and less daily maintenance. It also keeps flyaway hair groomed to the body of the dread, making it more manageable for anyone who needs to keep it tidy for work or school. Used as directed, it’s a great tool to have at your hair care disposal – but it’s a choice, not a necessity.

If you choose to use dread wax, here are 4 quick tips for avoiding some commonly-cited pitfalls.

1) Use it sparingly! Apply just enough to hold your knots in place; you should barely feel it after palm rolling. It’s not necessary to reapply every day, or even after every wash.

2) Never apply wax to wet hair; it will seal in moisture, contributing to musty smells. Wait until your hair is 100% dry, all the way through, before application.

3) Wax is meant to hold knots together; you cannot apply wax to loose hair and expect dreads! Backcomb or otherwise knot up your hair first, then apply just as much wax as you need to keep those knots in place.

4) Check your label, then Google the ingredients. There are a lot of products out there labelled ‘dread wax’, containing chemicals like mineral oil, microcrystalline wax, petrolatum (essentially Vaseline) and various other questionable ingredients. Tough to wash out and potentially toxic. Yuck! These are the ingredients that can stay lodged in locks, rather than washing away over time like natural ingredients do.

As is true when researching nearly anything online, it’s hard to get all the information. When someone offers their experience, delve deeper! What worked? What didn’t? What techniques, what aftercare, what products? The more knowledge you can gather, the better prepared you are to make your decisions – and the greater your dreadlocks will be in the end.



  1. Adrian

    I’ve been using Knottyboy wax for 8 years and wouldn’t use anything else. Thanks Knotty Boy 🙂

  2. Jean

    I’ve used wax successfully for 2 sets of locks.

  3. Godbody

    Peace I’ve used knottyboy wax & shampoo off and on for 6 years or more. GREAT PRODUCTS. Knowledge, knowledge

  4. dezzy

    I just found about KNotty Boy products and bought thshampoo bar. OMG!!! This is the BEST shampoo I’ve ever used and I’ve been loc’d for 9 years. No other shampoo will ever touch my hair.

    Thanks Knotty Boy!


  5. Rachel Kochis

    i have been using knotty boy wax in a jar which blends GREAT w/ my red hair, and keeps my root tidy an also the shampoo bar for my locks since ive had them for (on and off; i had to cut e once *frown!) 13 YEARS! since moving all over the country a a train hopper/hobo i always carried some knotty boy stuff with me! Then i moved to LA and for the LONGEST i couldnt find any knotty boy and had to use stuff that was sticky and 2nd rate… yuck. NOW i know where to purchase my knotty boy! Thanks for always bein there! THIS STUFF ROCKS EVERYONE!!!

  6. where can i get knotty boy product in Ogun state

  7. 1treelove

    I’ve had dreads for about 6 years now and I’ve also done dreads for a few friends. I like the wax but have just started using the gel and I love it! I have fine hair and the gel seems to work better for me. But I always suggest to people to use the wax because it is so reliable!

  8. Onyii

    Please where can I get it in Abuja. Nigeria

  9. Rachel

    How much I wish knotty boy was sold in stores!!!! However, I still love the fact that you can get good deals!!!

  10. Wanjeri

    Where can I get your product in Kenya?

  11. Shealagh Cynfal-Wells

    Hi I used Knotty Boy for my dreads about 10 years ago and found it a really great product. I don’t have dreads today but have just helped my son to transform his head into dreads and as he is having trouble locking in the wispy bits as his hair is straight, I have bought him some wax as a present as I know how amazing it is and he will be very pleased as I have bought him the roll stick so he can do it himself 🙂

  12. admin

    Hi Lerara, we’ve since started a relationship with a great company in South Africa, Healthy Coils: http://healthycoils.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=knotty%20boy

  13. Hi just started my dreads. On week 3 now. My question is, i use knotty boy wax but is it stopping my locks dry out? They feel waxy which im not keen on. Is there another product which can keep them tidyish but wont feel waxy?

    • admin

      If you use Dread Wax, be sure to not wet freshly waxed dreadlocks, and to not wax wet (or damp) dreadlocks. Learn more here.

      If your dreads are feeling waxy, use less – it’s powerful stuff!

      Try our Locksteady Tropical Tightening Gel – it’s a light, wash-out formula.

  14. Lynne Olsen-Loose

    Where can we purchase the wax in western Australia..
    My client just got dreads n was told to use hair spray!!!

  15. Christo Bamford

    Can i make locks with regular hair wax?

    • admin

      Not sure what you mean by regular, we’d recommend our own naturally 🙂 It’s proven to work well on thousands of great looking heads of dreadlocks.

  16. Joline

    started my locks today with wax.. unfortunately it got a bit wet from d rain. Do i have a problem

    • admin

      Dry them out thoroughly and you should be all right – you wouldn’t really want to make a habit of this 🙂

  17. Gabby

    Hi! I have been wanting to do dreads for years but I had to wait for my hair to grow out! Could you use wax like Paul Mitchell or other wax you may have on hand? I’ve heard great things about knotty boy but am not in the position to be buying more hair waxes at the moment. Also, I have bangs and am wondering if there a trick for them when trying to dread them?


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