Root rubbing is a maintenance method in which the base of the dreadlock is rubbed against the scalp in a circular direction to facilitate matting, and therefore knotting, of new growth.
This method is one that is easy to over-do, and if obsessive root rubbing occurs the hair can become damaged and brittle causing obvious negative effects to your dreadlocks. If you choose to root rub we recommend only doing so once or twice per month within 1-2 days after you wash your dreadlocks. The drier and cleaner the hair is the better.
“Not all hair types work well with root rubbing, but it works great for me!”