Yes, I used the Dawn dishwashing liquid, the same stuff you use to clean your kitchen with, on my locs! So do you want to know the good news or the bad news first?
We’ll start with the bad news and then get into the good news because I was ultimately impressed with the results.
Pros & Cons of Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid on Locs
Cons: The Bad News
There were really only two things that made using the Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid a “bad” thing.
Removes Natural Oils. This is a result of the heavy-duty surfactants doing their job too well. The formula is designed to remove all the dirt, oil, and grime that it comes in contact with; and as a result you MUST follow this product with a moisturizing shampoo AND a hot oil treatment or steam treatment.
Ingredients aren’t natural. Using plant-based all natural ingredients on your locs is one of the best things you can do, but if you haven’t always been a hair vegan then you may need to use a product, such as the Dawn Dish Soap, with some unnatural ingredients to remove the buildup trapped in your hair.
Pros: The Good News
Removes Build Up. Whether you have odors, dirt or product build up the Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid really gets deep down within the locs.
Refreshes Locs. The Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid works so well and it purifies the locs from the inside out which leaves them very lightweight and cleansed.
Thinking about giving the Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid shampoo a try on your locs? Let me give you some tips of advice.
How to Use the Blue Dawn as Shampoo
There are two ways to use the Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid on your locs: On your entire head or concentrated in one area.
Using the Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid all over on your head will be the most effective way to deep cleanse all of your hair. I recommend doing at least 2 shampoos with the Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid then following up with a moisturizing shampoo and a steam treatment.
If you have a few particular locs that have excessive build up stuck in them, you can add the Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to a spray bottle and focus in on those locs individually.
With either method, be sure to rinse thoroughly, at least 5 minutes, with warm water and then follow up with a moisturizing shampoo. Personally, I do not use conditioner in locs, instead follow up the Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid cleansing with a hot oil treatment or steam treatment to replenish the natural oils that are removed during the process and an herbal rinse to strengthen the hair.