Residue or residue buildup is any substance that remains inside the body of the dreadlock which is unable to be rinsed out.
Almost all residue buildup is a result of poor shampoo choice and/or the use of wax. Most shampoos, including some that claim to be residue free and even many shampoos designed for dreadlocks, will leave residue in your dreadlocks. We will be writing a detailed article on choosing the right shampoo in the future, but for now you can read our Dread Cleanse Guide to remove any residue buildup you currently have.
“I only use shampoos which are designed for dreadlocks to avoid residue buildup in my dreads”