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.
May 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm
I am a professional cosmetologist and I too HAVE used Dawn on hair …but only for removal of extreme build-up. It does strip your hair of all oils -DO NOT PASS GO if you do not use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner after! This isn’t an option for regular shampooing, and you don’t need much but it works! Thank you for sharing this! We had a running joke in the salon for new customers with lots of buildup- we had to “Dawn Her”
May 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm
LOL @ “Dawn her”! That’s hilarious but so true! It took my locs about a month to recover from the Dawn cleansing but my hair is so much cleaner now, inside and out!
September 5, 2015 at 11:22 am
After taking my hair down from being twisted, I wash my hair and it locks up, dread, I can’t get it apart so I have to cut the matted parts out, will washing my hair in dawn remove the wax that is used to twist my hair, I don’t want to have to cut it again, wax will NEVER be used on my hair again. Thank You
September 9, 2015 at 1:01 am
You can try, but wax is really hard to get out. Lemon essential oil and Apple Cider Vinegar will also help.
December 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm
I’ve been growing my locs for only 3 yrs and 4 months. Since the first year of my journey I’ve had this terrible itchy scalp. I don’t have dandruff, flakes or any other scalp conditions. Just this darn itching. As a result, my hair has thinned in the crown and I’ve had to combine locs to fill in the spaces. It looks as if I’m missing locs in the crown and also at the temple. I’m not sure what to do. I semi-free formed for 7 months and just last week, I got to the point where I had to break down and do a re-twist. I’m thinking of going to a dermatologist for the itching and thinning… Any suggestions before I do?
Thanks in advance for your professional imput…
December 24, 2015 at 11:35 pm
Hi Deborah, I am sorry to hear about your thinning and constant itching. I would suggest going to see your Physician for blood work to test for food allergies, you may be allergic to something you’re putting on your scalp or your body. Also, look into a Dermatologist (doctor of skin) but also a Trichologist (doctor of the scalp) in your area to help you. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you get some answers soon! xo
December 25, 2015 at 12:37 am
Thank you for your reply back. I will take your advice and see a dermatologist.
September 2, 2016 at 12:43 am
Why would you use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid for your hair? Of course it’s great at removing buildup it’s purpose is to remove grease and tough stains – on dishes. Dawn doesn’t even list its full ingredients on the bottle and contains a groundwater contaminate – Dioxane. Cosmetologist or not be careful.
September 4, 2016 at 4:08 am
It was necessary to remove the build up in my hair. If you’re using unnatural ingredients, sometimes the only way to get it out is with products that are not all naturally derived.
December 14, 2017 at 4:45 am
I don’t have the blue dawn dish soap. Can i use the Apple dawn dish soap?
May 12, 2020 at 11:47 am
I believe the blue dawn in the original formula with less additives, but I have not heard any negatives with using the Apple version. If you give it a try, please let me know how it turned out.
April 13, 2020 at 4:07 pm
I have a lot of build up how should I use the dawn in my dreads I been growing bout 6years
May 12, 2020 at 11:46 am
Hi Keshia! I have detailed how to properly use dawn to remove heavy buildup in locs in the “How to Detox Locs Recipe Guide“.