Dreadlocks have been around since ancient Egyptian times but only became notably fashionable when reggae music gained mainstream acceptance. Consisting of matted coils of hair, this hairstyle is very practical because it requires very little maintenance. Creating great dreadlocks could take a long time and it is important to observe a proper hair care regimen. Read on to find out how to keep your dreads clean and looking great.
- Keep your hair clean. Locked or not, unwashed hair will look and smell bad. Within the first three weeks, your dreadlocks are still very delicate so it is advisable that you wash your hair only once a week. After this period, how frequent you wash your hair should depend on your lifestyle. If you get sweaty a lot, daily washing is advisable. If not, washing two or three times a week is enough. It is important to note that clean hair locks up faster than dirty or greasy hair. Have rubber bands at the root and tip of your dreads to keep them from unraveling while you shampoo. Using a mild, residue-free shampoo, gently rub in the product on your hair then squeeze it out. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Make sure that you completely dry your hair. Mature dreads can get really tight and hold water after washing. If you don’t dry your dreads properly, mold and mildew can grow inside the coils. Lean over and let your hair hang down. Gently wrap it with a towel and squeeze out as much water as possible. After squeezing, you can let your hair air dry or use a hair dryer.
- Condition your hair only when necessary. Avoid using too much product on your hair to prevent buildup. If you must, use spray on conditioner to keep your scalp from drying up. Using natural oils like jojoba or olive oil is also a good alternative. Remember to apply these products gently and in moderation to avoid loosening your dreads.
- Rub your dreads. Once your hair is completely dry, vigorously rub the dreads back and forth between your palms. Palm rolling encourages your dreads to knot and tighten faster because of the friction generated between the strands. Make sure that your hands are clean before touching your hair.
- Wax your dreads sparingly. Dreadlock wax helps dreads lock faster and prevents hair breakage. It also smooths frizzy hair after palm rolling. Choose a wax that does not contain petroleum. Gently apply a little wax on the coils focusing on the roots. Melt it into the hair using a hair dryer. Reapply wax only when your hair becomes too dry or when the wax gets washed off.
- Cover your dreadlocks every night. Wrap your hair with a scarf or hat, preferable those made of smooth fabrics, before you go to bed. This will keep your dreadlock from unraveling or becoming untidy from rubbing on your pillow while you sleep. It will also keep your hair from gathering dust or lint. Additionally, covering your hair will allow it to soak in the natural oils from your scalp.
Wearing dreadlocks is not just a hairstyle. It is also a statement. Knowing how to take good care of them is just the first step. To pull off this unique look, you need to wear this hairstyle with great confidence and the right attitude.